All-State Jazz Choir

The MSVMA All-State Jazz Choir will contain up to 20 singers, who will have a day sectional on Dec. 1, followed by two days of rehearsal at the Michigan Music Conference (Jan 24-25). This will culminate in a performance at the Specialized Choral Hour at the J.W. Marriott Ballroom on Friday evening, Jan 25. They will rehearse and perform on a sound system and with a professional rhythm section.

Our conductor for the second annual MSVMA All-State Jazz Choir is Jennifer Barnes, professor of jazz voice and director of the Jazz Singers at the University of North Texas. In addition to her work as an educator, she is an active performer both live and on recordings, having appeared in numerous radio and television ads and films. She has conducted more than twelve All-State Jazz Choirs.

Audition Requirements

AUDITION EXCERPT 1: My Romance, arr. Greg Jasperse (Shawnee Press, HL 35028732) – mm.27-44

AUDITION EXCERPT 2: Give Me The Simple Life, arr. Jennifer Barnes (manuscript – provided) – Rehearsal [B]

Please provide URL addresses to YouTube videos for your audition. Singers should sing their appropriate voice part for the audition. Any problems with submissions should be reported to before the deadline of October 5 at 11:59 p.m

Audition Deadline to October 5
Registration Deadline to October 19


MSVMA welcomes high school students to participate in its All-State Jazz Honors Choir program. Participants must be enrolled and in good standing in their school's vocal music program. Their school must be a member of MSVMA.

Audition: $25
All-State: $250

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