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High School Choir All-State Festival

The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a middle school and high school level choir. These ensembles include soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State choirs are the top performers in Nevada. High school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble, while middle school students are nominated by their middle school choir director.

HS Choir All-State Festival Schedule and More

2023 All-State Festival Participation

All-State Festival Participation Checklist:

  1.  Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 (Paypal)

  2. Music Directors Complete Director Form

  3. Directors Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here $50 (Paypal)

  4. Book Hotel rooms (NMEA Group Room Rate Deadline: January 12, 2023.)


All-State Festival Payments

High School All-State Choir Nomination and Audition Results: 

The All-State Choir results are now available. Thank you to all who participated!

​SATB Choir Guest Conductor
Dr. Steven M. Zielke
Director of Choral Studies
Oregon State University

Steven M. Zielke, director of choral studies at Oregon State University, is the Patricia Valian Reser professor of music. He directs the OSU Chamber Choir and teaches choral conducting and choral music pedagogy. Zielke earned his doctoral and master's degrees in choral conducting from Florida State University where he studied with Andre Thomas and Rodney Eichenberger. This past year, Zielke was proud to be presented the Beaver Champion Award by President Ed Ray.

Prior to his graduate work, Zielke received a B.M.E. from Friends University (Wichita, Kans.) and taught middle and high school choral music in the Kansas public schools. Following his graduate work, Zielke was the Associate Director of Choirs at the University of Arizona where he conducted the Symphonic Choir and worked as a colleague with the late Dr. Maurice Skones.

Zielke is a frequent clinician and guest conductor, including the Academic Orchestra of the University of Stuttgart and the University of Tübingen Chamber Singers in Tübingen, Germany, as well as leading master classes and conducting at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Sichuan Province, China. Choirs under his direction have appeared at state, regional, and national conferences, including an invited 2015 performance at the National Collegiate Choral Association.  In addition, Zielke is often invited to present workshops and lectures on choral music and music education, including a session on community singing at the 2017 National ACDA conference in Minneapolis. 

Zielke is a past-president of the Oregon chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and a past-president of the Oregon Music Educators Association.  Additionally, he currently serves as the Adjudication Chair for Oregon ACDA.  He is also the founder and music director of the Corvallis Repertory Singers, a semi-professional ensemble devoted to exemplary performances of the finest in choral literature. Additionally, he serves as the director of music at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis and is proud to be the voice of the OSU Marching Band.

​SSA All-State Choir Guest Conductor
Dr. Stephanie Council
Assistant Director of Choral Music
University of Las Vegas Nevada 

Conductor, educator, and singer Dr. Stephanie Council is Assistant Professor of Choral Music at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she conducts the University Chorale and Chamber Consort and teaches Choral Conducting, Choral Literature, and Choral Methods. Dr. Council’s primary areas of study include conducting, choral pedagogy, concert programming, and early music performance practice.

An experienced educator at the middle school through adult community levels, Dr. Council is passionate about choral pedagogy related to the development of individual music literacy, collective sound building, and the cultivation of inclusive and affirming learning environments. Dr. Council previously led the choral programs at Simpson College and Mount Holyoke College. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her teaching including the Best New Faculty award given by the Mount Holyoke Student Government Association and the Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching award for courses she taught at Texas Tech University.

She is a sought-after lecturer in choral music education and conductor of collegiate, high school, and youth honor choirs around the United States, and she was a graduate finalist in the American Choral Directors Association National Conducting Competition. Her most recent engagements include conducting the 2021 Pride of Iowa Honor Choir, 2019 Vermont Northwest District Honor Choir, and serving as a faculty conducting fellow at the Summer Choral Festival at Westminster Choir College. She has conducted clinics and honor choirs in Oklahoma, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Iowa, and has upcoming engagements in Nevada and Michigan.

A strong proponent of new music, Dr. Council is an active commissioner and performer of new works. In the fall of 2022, she will serve as the Chorus Master for the new opera Letters to Lily with the Las Vegas Opera.

Dr. Council sings professionally with mirabai and the San Antonio Chamber Choir. In the past, she has been engaged to sing with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir and at the Spoleto Festival USA. She has served on the board of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). She has extensive experience conducting church choirs and assisting with worship planning.

Council received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and a graduate certificate in early music performance practice from Texas Tech University. She holds a Master of Music with distinction in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College and Bachelor of Music degrees in both vocal music education and vocal music performance from Oklahoma State University.

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