Middle 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 Middle School Choir Nominations
Middle School Choir Teachers can nominate up to 2 Sopranos, 2 Altos, 4 Tenors and 4 Basses. The Deadline to nominate is November 18.
Click on the link to make your nominations 2022-23 All-State Middle School Choir Nomination Form
Artistic Director of the Greater Dallas Choral Society
Kimberley Ahrens is a nationally regarded choral conductor, clinician, and educator who has worked with children’s and youth choirs her entire career. Currently in her first year as Artistic Director of the Greater Dallas Choral Society (GDCS), her life’s work has been to develop the artist in every child and to make music come alive in the eyes of the children she teaches. During its inaugural season, Ms. Ahrens will prepare the GDCS Cantabile Chorus to perform in the Dallas Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel. From 2013 to 2022, she was a principal conductor for The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas under Cynthia Nott, where she led the Apprentice Chorus in over 30 performances at the Meyerson Symphony Center, including a world premiere in 2018.
Having taught choir in the public school system for eighteen years, Kim has led her award winning choirs to perform at numerous state and national conventions. Choirs under her direction have been invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2013 and 2018, and the American Choral Directors Association Middle School/Junior High National Conference in 2014. Her choirs have been recognized as the National Winner of the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence National Choral Honors Project in 2009 and 2013.
An expert in the adolescent voice, Ms. Ahrens is a highly sought after clinician and guest conductor for elementary and middle school honor choirs throughout the nation, including over fifteen MS/JH All-Region choirs and more than ten Elementary Honor Choirs across the state of Texas, the South Dakota Elementary All-State Choir, and the Delaware MS/JH All-State Choir. In addition to her guest conducting appointments, Kim is a frequent adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the university level, including Southern Methodist University, The University of North Texas, Florida State University, Abilene Christian University, and Texas Tech University.
Ms. Ahrens was awarded the Distinguished Young Director Award in 2009 and the Choral Director of Distinction Award in 2022 from the Texas Choral Directors Association. In 2013 she was named Experienced Teacher of the Year at her middle school campus in Plano, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in music education from The University of North Texas.