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 Festival Year  •  4-6th Graders
Contact Janette Kammerer with 

SAN Festival Repertoire

Sing Around Nebraska Repertoire (may be ordered from the retailer of your choice)

  1. Lift Every Voice and Sing, 2-Part, J. Rosamond Johnson, #11001656
  2. Inscription of Hope, 2-Part, Z. Randall Stroope, #1910512
  3. The Fox, SA, Ritcher and Shaeffer, #11121872
  4. Firefly, 2-Part, Andy Beck, #10029937
  5. Benedictus, 2-Part, Brian Lewis, #10047038

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 at the festival. Please rehearse with your students to ensure that notes, rhythms, form, and lyrics are well in-hand prior to arrival.

NOTE: Teachers should nominate and bring their 10 best singers (5 sopranos and 5 altos) to this honor festival. Students should be excellent musicians who match pitch, follow direction, sing assertively, and behave respectfully.

Internal auditions should include a performance of something familiar (“America”, “Amazing Grace”, “Happy Birthday” etc.) to determine the skills outlined above.

2022 Festival Sites

Ainsworth – February 26
Central City – January 29
Fremont – January 29
Gering – January 29
Grand Island – January 22
Imperial – February 19
Kearney – February 12
Lincoln – February 5
North Platte – January 22
Peru State College – January 15
Valentine – February 26
Wayne – January 22
York – January 29

Sing Around Nebraska

Biannual SING AROUND NEBRASKA FESTIVAL – for singers in grades 4,5, & 6


To provide students with an exciting and quality choral experience with other students from their festival area.

To provide an opportunity for honor music students who are ready for more challenging music to work with a guest clinician.

To provide music teachers an opportunity to observe and learn from the clinician working with the students, and to share with other teachers.

To sing quality children’s choral repertoire, and help districts build a music library of such music.

Rehearsal Tracks

Are available HERE

Registration deadline

November 1

(via the link below)

Singing Youth of Nebraska

Honor Choir • January 29, 2022  •  Grades 7-9
North Platte High School

Singing Youth of Nebraska Requirements

  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, acappella, “My Country ‘tis of Thee”. Please make sure there is no accompaniment
    or additional singing with the student.

    1. The piano may give the starting pitch:
      1. Soprano: F above middle C
      2. Alto: D above middle C
      3. Tenor: A below middle C
      4. Baritone/Bass: D below middle C
  4. The singer will sing a major scale on any syllable, ascending and descending. Please make sure there is no accompaniment or additional singing with the student.
    1. The piano may give the starting pitch:
      1. Soprano: F above middle C
      2. Alto: D above middle C
      3. Tenor: A below middle C
      4. Baritone/Bass: D below middle C
  5. The singer will sing with accompaniment only, up to two minutes of an appropriate audition song of their choosing.

Singing Youth of Nebraska Description

The Nebraska Choral Directors Association is sponsoring the fourteenth biannual Singing Youth of Nebraska Honor Choir for students in grades 7-9. This event will be held Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the Performing Arts Center of North Platte High School in North Platte. I am very pleased to announce that Mrs. Lyn Bouma will be the guest conductor. She has planned a varied and exciting concert for everyone.

The 120 most gifted seventh, eighth and ninth grade singers from across the state will be selected to participate in this choir. The sponsoring teacher must be a current member of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association. To become a member, go to our website, Click on the membership tab.

All audition materials are posted on the Opus website: There will also be a link on the NCDA website: The audition window is September 13-October 22, 2021. PLEASE FOLLOW AUDITION PROCEDURES CAREFULLY. The audition fee is $10 per student and is payable on the Opus site. Your very best and brightest singers should be represented in the auditions. Each director is limited to  auditioning a maximum of 12 high quality singers.

Directors will be notified of audition results by mid-November. This will allow directors attending the NMEA convention in Lincoln to pick up their music while in Lincoln. There will be an additional $40.00 fee for those accepted to the choir. This fee includes rehearsal recordings, music, a t-shirt and snack and will be due no later than December 15, 2021. All payments will be processed through Opus Events. If you have a concern, please email Victoria Glandon (

I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to work with a great master teacher.

Singing Youth of Nebraska Clinician 2022

Lyn Bouma recently retired from classroom teaching after 36 years. She spend her last 28 years as the choral director at Omaha Central High School. Lyn was named the 2007 NCDA Outstanding Choral Director of the Year. In 1999, she was named the inaugural CHS Teacher of the Year and an Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher for the Omaha Public Schools. Under the direction of Mrs. Bouma, choirs from Omaha Central have performed for the NMEA Fall Conference/Clinic eleven times and for the NC-ACDA Regional Conventions four times.

Mrs. Bouma is currently the secretary for the Nebraska Choral Directors Association. She has previously served NCDA as R&R Chair for Women’s Choruses and as Publicity Chair for the 1996 NC-ACDA Convention and Honor Choirs Chair for the 2006 NC-ACDA Convention.  Mrs. Bouma holds a BM from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She and her husband, Stephen, were honored as the 2002 NWU Outstanding Music Alumni. Mrs. Bouma also holds MM in choral conducting from the UNL. Mrs. Bouma has been a Nationally Board Certified Music Educator since 2007.

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 September 1, 2021
  • Registration Deadline is December 21, 2021

ENTRY FEE – $165


Monday, February 14, 2022 – Chase County (Imperial)
Monday, February 21, 2022 – Skutt Catholic (Omaha)
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 – 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 in 2022!

Church Choir Festival

March 13, 2022
St. Timothy’s Lutheran
510 N. 93rd St.
Omaha, NE 68114

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)