2017 Junior High Honor Choir Registration

June 1, 2017

Dear NY/ACDA Middle School Honor Choir Parents and Participants,

Congratulations on being accepted into the Summer Middle School Honor Choir, sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association of New York State (NY/ACDA)! This exciting event takes place at the Hilton Albany on Saturday & Sunday, August 12 and 13, 2017 as part of the summer music conference co-sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and NY/ACDA.

CONDUCTOR: Our guest conductor this year is Dr. Andrea Ramsey, Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. A composer, conductor, music educator and native of Arkansas, her teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children’s voices to frequent guest conducting of all-state and honor choirs. As an active member of ACDA, ASCAP, and NAfME, Andrea believes strongly in the growth of young people as musicians and human beings through the experience of performing meaningful choral music. We are very honored to have her with us this summer!

HILTON ALBANY: Our rehearsal and performance site is the Hilton Albany. You are not required to stay at the Hilton Albany, however it is very convenient as all rehearsals and the concert will take place there. Hotel arrangements should be made on your own as soon as possible, as the hotel fills up quickly for the summer music conference. All reservations must be made online at www.hilton.com. Use group code 1NYSMA. Rates start at $144/night.

PAYMENT AND MEDICAL FORM: The registration fee for participation in the Honor Choir is $125.00 per singer. Payment can be made via Paypal:

Student’s First Name
Student’s Last Name

OR checks should be made payable to NY/ACDA and mailed to James Ludwig. A notarized medical form must be submitted along with all registration fees and POSTMARKED by Friday, July 6th.

CONCERT DRESS: Concert dress for each student will be black dress pants, belt, shoes and an honor choir t-shirt, which will be provided upon arrival.

CHAPERONES: Chaperone information and cell phone number must be submitted via e-mail to James Ludwig by July 9. Chaperones may be nominating teachers or a parent who volunteer on a rotating basis to be present for 1-2 hours of rehearsal over the weekend. While we do not expect all chaperones to be present at rehearsals, we ask that chaperones are reachable by cell phone should an issue arise.

NAMETAGS: Students must wear nametags to all rehearsals, which will be distributed at registration. (We will not wear nametags for the concert/photo opportunity.)

Tentative Schedule:
Saturday, August 12

  • 12:00-1:00pm – Registration – Hilton Albany Ballroom Foyer
    (Lunch with families prior to arrival)
  • 1:00-3:00pm – First Rehearsal – Ballroom A
  • 3:00-3:30pm – Break – Snack Provided for Participating Students (Not for Chaperones)
  • Second Rehearsal – 3:30-5:00pm Ballroom A
  • 5:00-7:00pm – Dinner Break with families.
    Please return promptly. It is critical that every student attend every minute of every rehearsal.
  • 7:00-8:30pm – Third Rehearsal –Ballroom A
  • Evening free with families.

Sunday, August 13

  • 9:00-9:45am – Fourth Rehearsal – Ballroom A (Breakfast with families prior to arrival. Please be punctual.)
  • 10:00-10:45am – Open Rehearsal – 10:00-10:45am Open to all Parents, Teachers, Summer NYSSMA Conference Attendees.
  • 10:45AM-11:45am Short Lunch Break with families

Please return promptly. It is critical that every student attend every minute of every rehearsal.

  • 11:45am Pre-Concert Warm-up – Behind Ballroom A
  • 12:00pm – Concert – Open and Free to the Public, No Tickets Required

All further correspondence will be via e-mail. Students should practice music daily, as it needs to be memorized! It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend. See you in Albany!

As always, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions at all.     

All the best,
Cyndi Feinman & James Ludwig
NY/ACDA – Middle School Honor Choir Co-Chairperson

Send all mail to:
Herricks Middle School
James Ludwig
7 Hilldale Drive
Albertson, NY 11507

FORMS: 2017 Medical Release Form