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.
2022-23 All-State High School Choir
Auditions and Nominations
Nomination and Audition Information:
Nominations: Directors may nominate up to 8 students, two on each voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor
and Bass/Baritone) to participate in the 2023 NMEA All-State Choir. Those students who are nominated
do not need to audition. If a student wishes to be considered for a section leader position, they must
submit an audition. (Nominated students auditioning for section leader are guaranteed a spot in the All
State Choir, but they do need to pay the audition fee). The nomination deadline is Friday, October 14th,
Auditions: In addition to the eight nominated students, directors may submit auditions for any students
interested in participating in Honor Choir but not nominated. There is no limit to the amount of students
who may audition from a school. Directors will submit their students’ auditions using the Google Form
found at www.nmeamusic.org under the All-State Choir tab. The audition will consist of the required
selections listed below. The audition deadline is Thursday, October 27th, 2022.
Click on the link to read more about the 2022-23 NMEA All-State Choir Nomination and Audition Information
2022-23 NMEA All-State Choir Nomination Form (not available yet)
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.