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Honor Choir Audition Information


Step 3:

University Plaza Hotel

Reservation Link

Note: MCDA does not offer refunds in the event the student cannot attend.

For safety reasons, all rehearsals are closed to the public. Only those who are official chaperones or registered members of the conference (including single day registration) are allowed in the rehearsal space. Please help us maintain the safety of our singers by adhering to these requirements.


For liability reasons, members are not supposed to be official chaperones. But in the event that there was no other option, members still need to register for the conference. Thank you for supporting the organization that supports these ensembles!

July 24-25, 2023

University Plaza Hotel &

Juanita K. Hammons Hall (MSU), Springfield, MO

Event Information

  • The participation fee covers: music packet, practice tracks, t-shirt, 1 meal, a performance in Hammons Hall, and a world-class choral experience with Dr. Andrew Crane

  • Open to all students who were accepted as members, alternates, AND honorable mention to the 2023 Missouri All-State Choir

  • Rehearsals: July 24-25

  • Performance July 25 (evening)



Practice Tracks & Resources

Missouri All-State
Festival Choir Information

Meet the Clinician





Dr. Andre' Thomas

 Dr. Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and The University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa 

   Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the  state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive. They include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral

Musicians' summer residency of the World Youth Choir in the The Republic of China and the Philippines. He was also the conductor of the World Youth Choir's winter residency in Europe and a premier performance by an American choir (Florida State University Singers) in Vietnam.

   He has been the guest conductor of such distinguished orchestras and choirs as the

Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, guest Conductor for the Berlin Radio Choir and the North German Radio Choir in Germany, the Netherlands Radio Choir, The Bulgarian Radio Choir and Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, China's People's Liberation Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. From 1988-2019, he also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

   Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. Hinshaw Music Company, Mark Foster Music Company, Fitzsimons Music Company, Lawson Gould, Earthsongs, Choristers Guild, and Heritage Music Company publishes his compositions and arrangements.

 Dr. Thomas has produced two instructional videos, "What They See Is What You Get" on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and "Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice" on adolescent voices, with Anton

Armstrong. His recent book "Way Over in Beulah Lan'. Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual" has quickly

become a significant resource in this area of study.

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