All-State Show Choir Choreographer

Ben Eklund

 

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Our All-State Show Choir is one of only a handful in the country.  MCDA is pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for students currently in 10th and 11th grade.  Please read the accompanying documents to find the specific audition process.   We look forward to seeing this awesome show choir at our conference.

Rehearsals - July 18-20, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, Missouri, Performance - July 20, 7:00 pm

Participation fees for students selected to the choir is $100.00

OpusEvents will be open and accept auditions March 1-30

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2017 All-State Show Choir Audition Information

All applicants must be 2016-2017 10th or 11th grade high school students.                                          

Payment: A $16.00 audition fee per applicant is required                                                                                  Credit Cards may be used on the OpusEvents sight, after all audition materials and information are uploaded click the pay now link.   

If paying by check send one check for all students. Include with the check a list of student names and name of sponsoring MCDA member, DO NOT send a check without this information. Make checks payable to MCDA and send to Wesley Morton 800 W. Hickory, Nevada, MO  64772 

No cash or purchase orders

All materials must be submitted, uploaded, or postmarked no later than March 30, 2017

All applicants must make a video file, containing the following, IN THIS ORDER

A. Vocalization of the 5 highest notes in the applicant's range (sol-fa or la) unaccompanied

B. Vocalization of the 5 lowest notes in the applicant's range (sol-fa or la) unaccompanied

C. One minute of a show style solo (could include show tunes, rock, or country)

D. One minute video clip of the applicant's dancing ability                                                                               We ask that this be a clip NOT in performance. It is too difficult to isolate the correct person in a performance video. The clip needs to be of the applicant either dancing solo routine, or with one other person (for partner dance if applicable)

UPLOAD AUDITION INFORMATION AND VIDEO HERE

ALL STATE SHOW CHOIR APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF SELECTION STATUS BY APRIL 29, 2016 by posting on this site.

Thank you for auditioning for the Missouri All-State Show Choir

 

 

2017 ASSC Conductor and Choreographer Bios

 

Andrew Last

Dr. Andrew Last is an Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College where he serves as Director of Choral Activities, conducts the Nordic Choir, teaches choral methods and conducting, and serves as the Camp Director for the Dorian Summer Music Camps.   Last holds a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College, a MM from Northern Arizona University, and a DMA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  A frequent clinician and guest conductor around the United States and abroad, Last is a proud member of the American Choral Directors Association.  

Ben Eklund

Ben Eklund is a freelance choreographer residing in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Growing up in nationally recognized choral environments sparked his passion for working in the show choir industry.  After graduating from Lincoln Southwest High School, he went on to study Music Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Currently, Ben designs shows, choreographs, and clinics for a number of schools in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.  These schools have earned finals appearances, best vocals, best choreography, and grand champion honors.  In the summer of 2015, Ben was given the privilege to choreograph a group at the Nebraska Show Choir Camp.  Ben also is looking forward to choreographing for the Missouri All-State Show choir this upcoming summer.  When choreography season slows down, Ben often spends his weekends traveling around the Midwest judging competitions.  Previously, he has judged for FAME, Heart of America, and many other prestigious competitions.  He feels truly blessed to work with such talented directors and fine young performers.  Ben would like to thank all, especially his wife Melissa, who has supported and aided his growth as a choreographer and educator.