2021 TCDA MS/JH All-State Choir

We are pleased to announce the 2021 TCDA All-State MS/JH Choir, under the direction of Jacob Narverud.

Dr. Narverud is the Director of Choral Activities at Emporia State University in Kansas and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Tallgrass Chamber Choir. The TCDA All-State Choir will be a part of the 2021 TCDA Convention to be held in San Antonio, Texas, July 22-24, 2021. This auditioned group will consist of approximately 200 students who have completed grades 6, 7 and 8. Students selected to the chorus will be expected to arrive mentally and musically prepared for rehearsals beginning Thursday afternoon, July 22. The 2.5 musical and fun filled days will conclude with a concert performance on Saturday afternoon, July 24, for over 1,000 choral directors, families and guests.  This is a once in a lifetime experience for your students, and an incredible opportunity to work with the wonderful master teacher, Jacob Narverud.


Choir members will be responsible for all expenses associated with the All-State Choir. This includes the audition fee ($15), and if selected, registration fee ($75), transportation, hotel & meals while in San Antonio. The $15 audition fee is non-refundable, no exceptions. If selected, it is understood the student is expected to commit to the event. In addition, chaperones will be expected to be near the rehearsal site at all times, and are expected to meet their children for lunch and at the end of the final rehearsal each day.   Chaperones are welcome to observe; however, they should not supervise other children during rehearsals. The non-refundable registration fee of $75 is due on or before May 5, 2021. This fee covers organizational expenses, an official TCDA All-State Choir t-shirt, water bottle, music packet, a backpack and rehearsal recordings.


The primary form of communication will be email. The names of the students selected for the choir will be announced by April 17 on the TCDA website. www.tcda.net. More information regarding deadlines will be sent via email.  Music packets, rehearsal tracks and a more detailed schedule will be sent in late May.


Thursday, July 22, 2021- Early afternoon registration & section rehearsals
Friday, July 23, 2021- Morning/afternoon rehearsals
Saturday,  July 24, 2021- Morning rehearsals & late afternoon concert performance

Registration and rehearsals will be held in the Henry B.  Gonzalez Convention Center. Students will be released to parents and chaperones immediately following the concert on Saturday.


Current TCDA members may submit as many students as they’d like into this process.  Each singer must submit an application, online credit card payment, and audition through our website. Online auditions will open on February 1. All auditions will be mp3 files and submitted on-line. If you wish to pay by check or money order, you may separately submit the non-refundable $15 application fee, per student, to the address below. Checks should be made payable to TCDA with the student’s full name in the memo line. 

Texas Choral Directors Association
MS/JH All-State Choir 2021
PO Box 50250 | Austin, Texas 78763


Students will sing “My Country tis of Thee.” This is located in the audition material portion of this packet. There is no limit to the number of students a director may submit to the All-State Choir. This choir is for students who are currently enrolled in 7th and 8th grade.

N E W: The MS/JH All-State Choir will be auditioned in six parts, Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor 1, Tenor 2 and Bass.

** 6th graders tenors/basses, whose voices have changed, will be able to audition for the MS/JH All-State Choir. They can only audition for one choir; either the MS/JH All-State Choir or the Elementary Honor Choir if their voices have not changed. 6th grade boys whose voices have not changed can audition for the Elementary Honor Choir.

For questions: 512-474-2801      [email protected]

2021 TCDA All-State MS/JH Choir Important Dates and Information

Online Auditions Open - February 1, 2021
Payment (check) Postmark Deadline - March 12, 2021
Online Auditions Close - March 26, 2021
Notification of Acceptance - April 17, 2021
Registration Fee Due - May 5, 2021
Music/Registration Packets Sent - late May
Registration / Rehearsals Begin - July 22, 2021
MS/JH Honor Choir Concert - July 24, 2021

Download the complete 2021 MS/JH All-State Choir Packet here