IL-ACDA Honors Show Choir


When: Oct. 25-27
Where: Location TBA
Details: Please read below and email Seth Durbin at with questions.

Hello, all!

I hope your school years are off to a great start! Thank you all for your patience as I have transitioned into this role. Please note that we currently do not have a location solidified.  We should know that information in the next couple of days, but I wanted to get this info out to you so you can start nominating students.

If you would like to receive information throughout the school year regarding the IL ACDA All State Show Choir,
please fill out THIS LINK.

We are excited to welcome our clinicians this year:

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


Sunday, SEPTEMBER 16: Register up to FIVE female and FIVE male students from your school through this
online Google Form.

Monday, SEPTEMBER 17: Nominated students will be sent the audition materials to learn

Friday, SEPTEMBER 28: Students must upload their audition videos as an unlisted YouTube video links and submit them in a provided Google Form.

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

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

All-State Show Choir rehearsals begin Thursday, October 25 at LOCATION TBA  at 3:00 PM, and the weekend concludes with the All-State 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 All-State 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 to. 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!