MS/JH Festival Choir

2020 MS/JH Festival Choir

UPDATE - March 26, 2020

Thank you so much for supporting your students and TCDA by submitting auditions for your students to participate in our annual auditioned choirs.

Due to current school closures and varied resources across our state, meeting any imminent deadline for auditions is impossible for many of our teachers, creating a great deal of inequity in this competitive process; therefore, we are suspending all honor choir auditions effective immediately.  All paid audition fees will be refunded in full.  We will begin processing these refunds by Monday, March 30. Refunds will go back to the person or entity that made the original payment.  Cash payments will be refunded back to the family via a TCDA check.


In an effort to continue to provide a singing experience for our students, we will be converting the MS/JH All-State Choir into a non-auditioned, Festival Choir, with a new and different registration process. 

  • Registrations will be time-stamped (first come/first serve) until we reach capacity. When a section reaches capacity, you may request to be added to the waitlist without submitting payment.
  • Registration will open on May 11 and close on June 1
  • Singers will register and pay the $90 festival choir fee
  • The MS/JH choir will be composed of 232 singers in four parts

We hope this opportunity to perform with peers and be taught and mentored by a nationally acclaimed clinician will provide a wonderful choral experience for these young singers.


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Daniel Gutierrez, Head Choir Director at Nixa High School and Junior High

We are pleased to announce the 2020 MS/JH Festival Choir, under the direction of Daniel Gutierrez.  The MS/JH Festival Choir will be part of the 2020 TCDA Convention in San Antonio, TX July 23-25, 2020. This choir will be comprised of approximately 232 singers who are currently in grades 7 & 8. Students participating in this choir will be expected to arrive mentally and musically prepared for rehearsals beginning on Thursday afternoon, July 23. The 2.5 musical and fun filled days will conclude with a concert performance on Saturday afternoon, July 25 for over 1,000 choral directors, families and guests. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with the fantastic master teacher, Daniel Gutierrez.

C O S T / E X P E N S E S

Chorus members will be responsible for all expenses associated with the Festival Choir. This includes the participation fee ($90), transportation, hotel and meals while in San Antonio. 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 registration fee of $90 is due on or before June 1, 2020. This fee covers organizational expenses, an official TCDA Festival Choir t-shirt, water bottle, the music packet, a backpack and access to rehearsal recordings.


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Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Early afternoon registration and afternoon section rehearsals

Friday, July 24, 2020 - morning/afternoon rehearsals

Saturday, July 25, 2020 - morning rehearsals and late afternoon performance

Registration and rehearsals will be held in the Henry B.  Gonzalez Convention Center with the performance being in the Lila Cockrell Theatre.  Students will be released to parents and chaperones immediately following the Saturday performance.


Current TCDA members still need to be a sponsor for children interested in participating in this choir. Each student's family/parent must submit a registration form through our (the TCDA) website. Payment can be made via credit card when submitting the registration form or a check or money order can be mailed to the TCDA office.  Registration will open on May 11, 2020.  Checks should be made payable to TCDA MS/JH Festival Choir with the student’s full name in the memo line. 

Questions: 512/474-2801 or email

I M P O R T A N T   D A T E S

Online Registration Open................ May 11, 2020. CLICK HERE to get started

Payment Postmark Deadline..... June 1, 2020

Online Registration Closed............... June 1, 2020

Music/Registration Packets Sent............. mid June

Registration/Rehearsals Begin........ July 23, 2020

MS/JH Festival Choir Concert………...July 25, 2020