Sing Around Nebraska

The Nebraska Choral Directors Association is pleased to announce the 2016 Sing Around Nebraska Honor Choir. This select chorus will be under the direction of Mr. Ken Berg. The choir will be made up of 120-150 students from grades 5 and 6. The event will begin with Friday evening registration and rehearsal, November 4, and will culminate with a concert at O’Donnell Auditorium at Nebraska Wesleyan University on Saturday, November 5.


The Purpose…

There are four main purposes for the Sing Around Nebraska Honor Choir:

ONE: To provide talented young singers the opportunity to work with and learn from a specialist in the field of children’s voices.

TWO: To provide an opportunity for elementary music specialists to observe the work of an artist in the field of children’s choral music.

THREE: To experience quality children’s choral repertoire.

FOUR: To provide an experience that will stimulate singer and music educator alike.


Event Information

The audition includes the submission of an online application and mp3, due by midnight on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Each teacher who is currently a member of NCDA is eligible to submit ONE audition for every 15 students in their 5th and 6th grade classes.   (For example: if you work with 120 fifth graders and 80 sixth graders, you would be able to send in a total of 13 mp3’s or CDs. If you work with 20 fifth graders and 15 sixth graders, you could send in 2 mp3’s or CDs.)


If accepted, it is understood that the student is expected to commit to this event. In addition, an adult chaperone (teacher or parent) must be present in the room during each chorus rehearsal. Friday night’s lodging is the parent/sponsor’s responsibility. Lunch, snacks, and supper will be provided, but directors/chaperones are responsible for monitoring their students during lunch and snack times.


Participants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by October 1, 2016. Approximately 120-150 students will be selected for the chorus. A registration fee of $65.00 will be due Saturday, October 22 from each student selected. This fee covers organizational expenses, t-shirts, music, rehearsal CD, lunch and dinner on Saturday, snacks, and one complimentary ticket to the concert. Music and a rehearsal tracks will be mailed to each director with the notification of acceptance. Each singer needs to come to Lincoln with the music well learned and memorized.


LOCATION: Nebraska Wesleyan University

Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, at the Rogers Center for Fine Arts on the Nebraska Wesleyan University Campus (5000 St. Paul Avenue). Choir members will attend 2 hours of rehearsal Friday evening (7:00-9:00 pm), and they will rehearse throughout the day on Saturday, November 5. The performance is scheduled for 7:00 pm in the O’Donnell Auditorium on Saturday. Students will be dismissed to parents/chaperones immediately following the rehearsal Friday evening (9:00pm) and after the concert on Saturday evening.



  • Audition fee: $6.00 per student, non-refundable (payable to NCDA—one check per school, please)
  • Record auditions in mp3 format (click here for more info on mp3s)
  • Complete online application:
  • Upload mp3’s at the address given at the end of the form.
  • Postmark deadline for audition fees: September 12, 2016.
  • Mail checks to: Tom Michalek, NCDA Children’s Choir Chair 823 Valley Chase Ave. Hastings, NE 68901



MP3 Audition: The best software choice to use for an Apple/Mac is Garageband to record high quality mp3’s. A video tutorial is on the website for this option, as well as written directions with pictures in a pdf format. A digital voice recorder, an iPod mic attachment, USB microphone, or your computer on-board mic, are other options as well. Consult your media/tech specialists for the options in your building or church. Educational Service Units (ESU) would also be a great resource for you if there are any questions about this process.


If you are uploading an mp3, please save the recording this way:

  • Voice part-School-Student
  • Example: Sop-Watson-Julie Smith


The audition should include the following:


ONE: At the beginning of the recording, the singer will speak his/her name, grade in school, and the voice part for which he/she is auditioning.

TWO: Sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (America) unaccompanied.

  • Sopranos: start on A above middle C
  • Altos: start on F above middle C.

THREE: Sing Jubilate Deo alone without accompaniment beyond a starting pitch. The student will then sing the song a second time, with the director trailing the student in canon on the piano. (The teacher will begin at number 1 when the student reaches number 2; thus creating a canon. The student will finish first, ahead of the piano.) (Note: First syllable is pronounced “yoo”.)

Larger version to print: Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo


FOUR: Selected Solo—Sing one verse (and refrain, if there is one) of one of the listed songs. You may accompany the singer with the piano and in any key desired. Please choose from: “Amazing Grace,” “All the Pretty Little Horses,” “Greensleeves,” “Home on the Range,” “Scarborough Fair,” or “Simple Gifts.” Use a simple arrangement. (These are all available in most folk song books).


If you have questions, please contact Tom Michalek