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OCDA All-State High School Jazz Ensemble 2016
JANUARY 14, 15, 16, 2016
COX Convention Center, OKC, and 1st Nazarene Church, Bethany

Michael Engelhardt, who will conduct the 2016 OCDA All-State Jazz Ensemble, is the choral music equivalent of a Swiss Army knife. In 2015, he had original compositions premiered at the Minnesota All-State, Kansas All-State, and ACDA National conferences.  As a clinician and guest conductor, Engelhardt has appeared with the West Virginia ACDA All-State Honors Chamber Choir, the University of Louisville Choral Invitational, the Millikin Vocal Jazz Festival, and three Illinois District Vocal Jazz Choirs. He has had the great fortune to collaborate with major artists such as Ben Folds (from NBC’s The Sing Off), Abraham Laboriel (bass player for Michael Jackson and others), Patti Austin (Grammy award-winning vocalist), Kerry Livgren (Kansas), the Kansas City Chorale (Grammy award-winning choral ensemble), Cantus (men’s ensemble), and Chapter 6 (jazz a cappella group).
Michael currently serves as Artistic Director for The Singing City, a non-profit that aims to unite the entire city of St. Louis, Missouri, in song for one night each year. Plans are in motion to produce a city-wide holiday carol singing event during the 2016 holiday season with the goal breaking the current world record for carol singers (25,382) while providing a powerful symbol of hope and unity for the St. Louis community.
A native of Woodstock, Illinois, he holds degrees from Millikin University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  Michael lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

THE AUDITION PIECE FOR THE 2016 OCDA ALL-STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE I:

Autumn Leaves
Arr. Paris Rutherford, Hal Leonard Publishing, Pender's order #: 12582051 (Posted June 9)

 

Forms are available below. Updates for 2015-2016 posted as available.

1. The first deadline is Sunday, September 20, 2015.

2. Entries are electronic which means the form will look exactly like the OCDA Jr. High Entry Form. We are excited that we are electronic this year but there are a couple issues that need your attention:

  a. Please fill in your quad site even though the Jazz audition does not require quad level auditions. Your quad site information will not be used to schedule audition times.
   b. When you select a voice part, you will be choosing parts with divisi (S1, S2, A1, A2, T1, T2, B1, B2). The audition does NOT require divisi. Please be sure you select the correct letter (S, A, T, or B) and the number will not matter. The group will be selected with six singers on each part and if divisi is necessary, it will be divided after the group is selected.

3. "Autumn Leaves" cuts from measure 76 (beat 2) to measure 94 (beat 3). The "SOLO SECTION" will be judged for style and musical intuition (not correct notes or rhythms). Feel free to alter rhythms or pitches to encourage creative soloing or address range issues. Thank you for your flexibility! Please feel free to contact me with any entry questions.

Derek Chapin: Contact info in Directory.

 

 

LINK to  STUDENT entry form for Jazz Auditions) (POSTED FOR 2016)

Download Jazz Chorus Audition Application (MS Word)

REQUIRED ACCEPTANCE FORM IS SENT TO EACH STUDENT ACCEPTED TO THE CHOIR

Download list of previous Jazz Ensemble Selections (PDF format)

Download pdf (fillable form) to order All-State Rehearsal CDs