Alabama Vocal Association

State Newsletter - October 2015

Fall Workshop

It was great to see 136 attendees at the recent Fall Workshop! Dr. Debra Spurgeon shared, from her wealth of experience, ideas that could increase our effectiveness as teachers on a daily basis. We encourage all teachers to take advantage of Professional Development opportunities offered by AVA. The opportunity to associate with colleagues who share similar classroom experiences and learn from specialized clinicians is a great way to energize your spirit each school year.


Each Director Must Update Information on The Website to be Eligible for Participation in AVA Events.

**Updates must be completed by October 16 to continue to receive AVA emails!**

Director Portal: username: pat, password: blackwell

Membership; member enrollment

Fees for every event must be postmarked by the Absolute Deadline. Students will not be scheduled for auditions or festivals unless registrations are complete and fees have been received by the published deadlines


Audition Dates: October 16, 17, 2015

Audition Site: Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2015

Absolute Deadline/Fee Deadline: October 9, 2015

Festival Dates: January 20 - 23, 2016, Montgomery, AL @ AMEA Conference

All-State Performance: Opening Ceremony @ All-State Festival, March 3 @ Samford


Honor Choir Screenings take place within each district. Schools must be screened in their own district. Only students who have been screened may participate in the festival. Check out the calendar events page on the website for a schedule of the screenings and registration deadlines.

Honor choir is open to students in grades 10 - 12. Directors must nominate students in balanced quartets and may send up to two quartets for screening. Directors may combine with other schools in order to nominate a balanced quartet.


The auditions must take place in the district of the participating school. All rules, forms, audition dates can be accessed on the AVA website.


Look for rehearsal notes for each choir!!!

FOR EACH SITE: Registration deadline: October 2 Absolute deadline: October 16

A check for the original number registered must be postmarked by October 16

Alabama Music Educators Association Conference

Conference Dates: January 21 - 23, 2016

All-State Show Choir Festival: January 20 - 23, 2016

Register Future Music Educators for FAME

Alabama Honor Choir Festival; January 21 - 22, 2016

All Directors must register for the conference to bring students to ASSC & Honor Choir

Dr. Jeffrey Benson

AVA Session Presenter: San Jose State University


Saying What We Mean, Not Just Saying What We ‘Say': Feedback in the Choral Rehearsal

Conserve, Love, Understand, Teach: Doable Masterworks for Your High School Chorus



Many students are auditioning for several events at this time of year and we wish them the very best. Don't hesitate to contact your District Chairman if you have questions.

For the AVA Governing Board,

Jane Powell, Recording Secretary