NCDA Festival & Honor Choirs

NCDA is proud to host multiple events each year to provide our members with the opportunity to engage their singers in educational and meaningful experiences with like-minded musicians and expert leadership.

Sing Around Nebraska

2022 Honor Choir Year  •  4-6th Graders
November 11-12, 2022

NO Audition Fee, $75 Participation Fee for Accepted Students)



National Clinician, Sheet Music, Rehearsal Tracks, Pianist, T-shirt, Saturday Lunch, Snacks, Facilities




Contact Janette Kammerer with questions:

SAN Honor Choir Repertoire

Sing Around Nebraska Repertoire


1. Ning Wendete (SA) arr. Greg Gilpen
2. Happiness Runs (SA) arr. Earlene Rentz
3. Simple Gifts (SA) Michael Mauldin
4. Cripple Creek (SA) arr. Emily Crocker
5. Feed the Birds (SA) arr. Cristi Cary Miller
6. Hine Ma Tov (SA) Allan Naplan

Students are expected to have their music, a pencil, and a folder on the day of the festival.

NOTE: Students are expected to have their music LEARNED when they arrive. Please rehearse with your students to ensure that notes, rhythms, form, and lyrics are well in-hand prior to arrival.

SAN Honor Choir

Audition Procedure

  1. The singer or director should NOT say anything to introduce the singer, including song title, singer’s
    name, school or grade, etc.
  2. The recording should NOT include any type of filter or effect.
  3. The singer will sing “My Country ‘tis of Thee” unaccompanied.
    • Please make sure there is no accompaniment or additional singing with the student.
    • The piano may give the starting pitch:
      • Soprano: F above middle C
      • Alto: D above middle C
  4. The singer will sing one verse of an accompanied folk song/hymn tune of their choosing.
    • No pop or musical theatre selections please

Audition Deadline – September 9, 2022


Rehearsal Tracks


2022 Honor Choir

November 11-12, 2022


Joshua Dahl, Fargo-Moorhead Children’s Choir

Josh Dahl of Fargo, ND, has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, a Masters of Education from Southwest Minnesota State, a Masters in Educational Leadership from MSUM, as well as Kodaly certification from MSUM and Orff training from NDSU. Mr. Dahl spent over 15 years teaching classroom music and choir in elementary schools in Grand Forks, ND, Lake Park, MN, and most recently in Fargo, ND. Mr. Dahl currently serves as an elementary assistant principal in West Fargo, ND. Mr. Dahl also works as the artist director of the Fargo Moorhead Youth Choir and has directed a variety of festival choirs in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Singing Youth of Nebraska

Festival Choirs • Grades 7-9

Singing Youth of Nebraska Festivals
January-February 2023

Saturday January 21, 2023
North Platte High School
Site Coordinator: Lenore Weatherly


Saturday January 21, 2023
Fremont High School
Site Coordinator: Mark Harman

Saturday January 21, 2023
Omaha Central
Site Coordinator: Sara Cowan


Saturday January 28, 2023
Kearney High School
Site Coordinator: Tori Glandon


February 11, 2023
Bridgeport High School
Site Coordinator: Michaela Babic

Singing Youth of Nebraska Description

Singing Youth of Nebraska is a festival choir experience for students currently in grades 7, 8 and 9. Schools are allowed to bring up to 12 students of their quality singers to a site per year. This is a non-audition year, so no audition audio files need to be submitted.

At each site, students will work with a clinician all day and have a concert at 4:00 p.m. Each site around the state will have a different clinician, but will be singing the same repertoire. (See the list below for details).

Registration is $50 per student and can be paid via EventBrite. This price includes a t-shirt and snacks. Music needs to be purchased by the school/attendee for festival years.

Please fill out the google form for each student individually. If you have any questions contact Tori Glandon at for more information! Sites are listed below. We thank you for singing with us!


Fill the Night With Singing Mark Patterson – 3 pt Mixed – Heritage Music Press
Let Me Ride Rollo Dillworth – SAB – Hal Leonard
Loch Lomond – Cristi Cary Miller – 3 pt Mixed –  Hal Leonard
Ubi Caritas Victor Johnson – 3 pt Mixed – Choristers
Give Us Hope – Jim Papoulis – SATB – Small Voices

Show Choir Festivals


Show Choir Festivals Requirements

Registration is open to schools of all sizes, and directors do not have to be ACDA members to have their ensembles participate. Middle school and high school choirs are encouraged to participate.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and registrations are only complete when both your form and entry fee are posted to Opus Event.

  • Registration Opens July 10, 2022
  • Registration Deadline is December 21, 2022

ENTRY FEE (per ensemble)

High School – $195
Middle School – $165


Monday, February 13, 2023 – Chase County (Imperial)
Monday, February 20, 2023 – Skutt Catholic (Omaha)
Friday, February 3, 2023 – Central City

Contact Dane Christensen for more information.

Show Choir Festivals Description

NCDA-sponsored Show Choir Festivals are a great way for your ensemble to gain competition and performance experience in a festival setting. We offer three locations around the state to engage with as many ensembles as possible.

Register your middle school or high school show choir to have a performance opportunity that is focused on educational and artistic growth instead of on awards placement. Each show choir will perform and then have a live critique immediately following their set. This  immediate feedback provides real-time opportunities for affirmation and improvement. We hope you will join us!

Church Choir Festival

TBD, 2022-23

Church Choir Festival Repertoire

Title, Composer, Voicing, Link
Title, Composer, Voicing, Link
Title, Composer, Voicing, Link
Title, Composer, Voicing, Link
Title, Composer, Voicing, Link


Church Choir Festivals

Sample Schedule:

  • 2:30 – Gather
  • 2:45 – Combined Choir Rehearsal
  • 5:15 – Meal, Individual Rehearsals
  • 7:00 – Concert Supporting Open Door Mission


Contact: Kristi Treu

Cost for choirs to join: Free

Offering proceeds go to the Open Door Mission

Nebraska Choral Directors Association (NCDA)