IL-ACDA Honors Show Choir


IL-ACDA Honors Show Choir Performance
Saturday, October 27 at 4:00 PM
West Leyden HS
1000 Wolf Rd.
Northlake, IL 60164
Details: Please read below and email Seth Durbin at with questions.


IL­-ACDA proudly announces the selection of Honor Choir singers for the 2018 IL-ACDA Honor Show Choir!

If your audition number appears in the listing below, you need to:

  • Accept your position in the choir by filling out this form. Please complete this immediately.
  • Download the Participation Forms to begin preparing for the Honor Show Choir. All forms need to be printed, filled out, and returned by Friday, October 12. The sooner the better. Directions on how to return the forms are found on the first page of the printed forms.
  • The $125 participation fee needs to be paid online via PayPal by Friday, October 12. You can pay your participation fee below now. You may also pay by check made out to IL-ACDA and send to:

Waubonsie Valley High School
Seth Durbin
2590 Ogden Ave.
Aurora, IL 60504

Participation Fee

Enter the student’s full name here and click “Pay Now” to pay the participation fee for this year’s Honors Show Choir via PayPal:

Student Full Name

If your number is not listed below we know you will have gained valuable experience from the audition process, and we also know this will make you stronger for the next audition you choose. Thank you for your interest in the IL-ACDA Honor Show Choir!

Congratulations to the 2018 IL-ACDA Honor Show Choir!


S104      S106      S107      S108      S115      S119

S125      S126      S127      S128      S129      S131


A101     A102    A103     A104     A105     A106

A107     A112     A114     A121     A122     A124     A125


T101     T102     T104     T107     T108     T112

T115      T117     T119     T122     T123     T125

T126     T127     T128     T130     T131     T132


B103     B105     B108     B112     B114    B115

B118     B120     B121     B122     B125     B127     B128

Other Important Information

We are excited to welcome our clinicians this year:

  • Eric Van Cleave, Vocal Clinician
  • Katie DiCicco, Choreographer


Friday, OCTOBER 5: Directors and students will be notified of acceptance.

Friday, OCTOBER 12: Accepted singers must return all required paperwork and participation fee.

Honors Show Choir rehearsals begin Thursday, October 25 at LOCATION TBA  at 3:00 PM, and the weekend concludes with the Honors Show Choir Concert on Saturday, October 27 at 4:00pm at LOCATION TBA

You must be a member of the American Choral Directors Association to sponsor a student for auditions.  Without the support and resources of IL-ACDA, the opportunity for a 2018 Illinois Honors Show Choir would not be possible. Membership in ACDA provides directors access to many wonderful conferences and retreats, networking opportunities with other choral directors, and access to resources such as the monthly Choral Journal.  We are extraordinarily fortunate that our state chapter of ACDA is promoting the genre of high school show choir in Illinois in this way. This is all on top of the visibility and legitimacy that an organization like ACDA provides to this experience. Active membership dues for the year are $125, and you can join ACDA by clicking this link.

What’s the financial responsibility for selected students?  The cost per student is $125. This covers the honorarium, lodging, and travel for our clinicians, music packets, festival t-shirt, and costume cleaning.  Students will be responsible for their own meals. There will be many dining options near our location.

Another important requirement to note is that students must have a chaperone responsible for them during the weekend.  It is my hope if you have a student or students selected for this ensemble, that you as directors will be able to accompany them to the event similar to what is done with our Illinois Music Education Conference in January.   If directors are unwilling or unable to attend, a parent can serve as a chaperone.

What about lodging and transportation for students traveling from outside the Western Suburbs?  Similar to last year, we will work to secure quality housing at an affordable price for All State Show Choir students.  Once students have been selected, we will send options as well as try to connect students/directors from different schools so they can split hotel costs by sharing rooms.  As for transportation, that is the responsibility of the chaperones. Students will be spending the entire day on-site so they will only need to go back and forth from their hotel on Thursday night, Friday morning and night, and Saturday morning unless they plan to travel off campus for meals.

How does the selection process work?  The vocal audition will consist of the National Anthem.  For the dance, I will e-mail out a link to an unlisted YouTube video of someone teaching/performing a short combination as we have in the past.  Auditioning students will need to learn the combination by watching this YouTube video and then record themselves performing the combination as part of their video audition.  I will also e-mail them an mp3 of the audio clip they will need to perform the dance, too. This process will be set up so that no director will evaluate any students they are personally associated with.  As part of the process, students will be assigned an audition number to identify themselves and are asked not to use their name or school name in any way in their video audition (this means t-shirts, anything in the background, etc,)  Details will be e-mailed to students and directors once the online audition registration has closed.

What will the schedule look like for the weekend?  A tentative schedule can be found below. A final, more detailed schedule will be sent once the choir has been selected.

Any other questions?  Please feel free to e-mail me at this address:

THANK YOU for considering nominating your students!  The last few years have proven to be such a rewarding experience for the kids, and we can’t wait to see it all come to life again this year! We are so fortunate to have this experience!

Again, PLEASE pass this on to any directors you know that are not on this list!

Thanks for considering this opportunity for your students and again, feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns!