2024 TCDA Elementary Honor Choir

With thoughtful consideration, the TCDA Board is taking this opportunity to feature three Texans as co-conductors of this year's Honor Choir. Ms. Julie Greer-Stobbe, Mr. Alfonzo Gonzalez, and Mr. Victor Johnson will each lead the choir in two pieces during their final concert and will equally divide the rehearsal time with the ensemble. We are excited to feature these talented musicians in this way. 

Alfonso Michael Gonzalez, a native of Brownsville TX, is a proud alumnus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he studied with Dianne Brumley, Director Emeritus of Choral Studies and voice professors Amy Hymel Brownlow and Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly.

He is currently the Assistant Choir Director at Harlingen High School and serves as Co-Music Director at Treasure Hills Presbyterian Church.  Prior to this, he was an Assistant Choir Director at James “Nikki” Rowe High School in McAllen Texas and Elementary Music Teacher at Landrum Elementary in San Benito Texas.

Notably, Gonzalez was named Landrum Elementary’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year and has provided professional development sessions for San Benito C.I.S.D., Harlingen C.I.S.D. and the Rio Grande Valley Orff Chapter.

Gonzalez has performed as a both a soloist and chorus member for many organizations and events, including performing at the T.C.D.A. Convention with the Rio Grande Valley’s professional chorus “Pasión”, under the direction of Dr. Eric Posada.

Gonzalez has been the featured clinician for the Harlingen C.I.S.D. Elementary Honor Choir and looks forward to his upcoming engagements with the 2024 Brownsville I.S.D. Elementary Honor Choir, 2024 San Benito C.I.S.D. 5th Grade Honor Choir and 2024 T.C.D.A. Elementary Honor Choir.

Julie Stobbe completed her MMus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and her BME & BMus at Texas State University. She has enjoyed a successful music career that includes performing as well as teaching. Some of her favorite performances include roles in the Tony Award winning Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods, & ShowBoat along with many operas and operettas. This is her 15th year in Conroe ISD, and she currently serves as the director of the Mitchell Intermediate Choral Program (270 students strong). She is an active member of TMEA & TCDA and served as a section leader for the 2023 & 2016 TCDA Elementary Honor Choirs. Her choir performed at the 2022 TMEA Conference. Julie trains Fine Arts educators in PBIS for Conroe ISD and served on the Conroe ISD Social Emotional Playbook Committee, the Music Curriculum Mapping Committee, and the Intermediate Curriculum Team. Mrs. Stobbe is a guest conductor for elementary and intermediate honor choirs & delights in inspiring the next generation of singers. Julie is humbled and honored to work with this year’s talented young singers. She and her husband live in The Woodlands, TX, with their four hermit crabs and a regal tuxedo cat, Luciano. 

Victor C. Johnson, a native of Dallas, Texas, is currently the School Choral Editor for Sing!,  the educational publishing division of Choristers Guild. A prolific composer and arranger, he has over 450 choral works, vocal solo books, and keyboard collections currently in print.

Prior to his position at Choristers Guild, from 2000-2018, Victor was a choral director at Ft. Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA). At FWAFA, Victor directed the Academy Singers, Academy Men’s Choir and was Artistic Director of the Singing Girls of Texas and Children’s Choir of Texas.

In August 2022, he was appointed as the conductor of the Dallas Symphony Children’s Chorus Mixed Ensemble, which is comprised of students in grades 9-12 and is the resident children’s choir for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

His professional affiliations include: American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of Organists, Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Texas Choral Directors Association, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Inc.

General Audition Information

Auditions opened on November 1, 2023. Directors must be current TCDA members to submit their students. Each director may submit as many singers as they like. Auditions are open to students who are currently in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. 6th graders whose voices have already transitioned to Tenor or Bass are eligible to audition for the Middle School/Junior High All State Choir.  Please see the detailed audition instructions HERE.

Rubric

See the detailed rubric HERE
For "My Country 'Tis of Thee", each singer will receive a score from 1 - 7 (1=low; 7=high) in the following categories: tone quality, intonation, musicality, phrasing, vowels, pitch accuracy, and rhythm accuracy.

For the ascending and descending vocalises, each singer will receive a score from 1 - 7.5 (1=low; 7.5=high) in the following categories; tone quality and intonation.

Expenses and Making Payments

The fees Elementary Honor Choir members pay assists in TCDA's costs of hiring our guest clinician and accompanist. Additionally, it pays for each member to receive their sheet music, a tote bag, water bottle, video and audio recordings of the concert, and a t-shirt that will be worn during their performance. All fees are non-refundable. Expenses include:

Audition fee - $20
Registration fee - $120
Hotel/ Food/Transportation - arranged and paid for by participant’s family

The audition and registration fees may be paid online, by check, or by money order. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, please make your payment out to TCDA and include your child’s full name in the memo line.

For schools/teachers sending in a single check for multiple auditions, you may find using this form to be helpful, Student Audition List.  Include this form with a check.

Mail to:

Texas Choral Directors Association
Elementary Honor Choir 2024
PO Box 50250 | Austin, Texas 78763

Financial Support

TCDA is proud to offer the Lou Leonard scholarship to Honor Choir participants each year. This scholarship helps cover the cost of registration and travel expenses. The scholarship application will be made available to students who are accepted into the choir in February.

Important Dates

Dates for audition deadline, notification, and choir registration have been extended.

Online auditions open November 1, 2023
Online auditions close / audition fee payment deadline February 18, 2024
Applicants are notified of audition results March 18, 2024
Registration fees are due April 8, 2024
Concert music sent to choir members Late April, early May
Choir day 1 in San Antonio July 25, 2024
Choir day 2 in San Antonio July 26, 2024
Choir day 3 and closing concert in San Antonio July 27, 2024

Video Guide on Application and Audition Process

All audition information, music and rules to record auditions are listed in this document. Please follow all steps carefully. Failure to do so can result in the disqualification of a student’s application. For additional support, a demonstration video of acceptable recordings and how to submit students can be viewed by clicking on the image below.


The primary form of communication will be by email. More information regarding deadlines will be sent via email.  Music, rehearsal tracks, and a more detailed schedule will be available in late March.

Texas Choral Directors Association

Elementary Honor Choir 2024
PO Box 50250 | Austin, Texas 78763

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