WCDA All-State Choir, January 10-12, 2019 – Appleton

You can order tickets online right now at After January 4, you can also buy them by calling 920-832-6749. The tickets are $10 each.

Nothing compares to the life-changing experience of making music with the best singers in the state, led by one of America’s best teacher-conductors!  Send your finest students to Appleton this January, and see their leadership take wings when they come back.

Rehearsal Tracks for All-State 

Registration is NOW Closed. (Sept. 24-Oct.19) Registration links are on individual choir pages. 

ALL-STATE CHAIR: Schuyler Pietz-

LOCATION: Lawrence University and the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, WI
DATES: January 10-12, 2019
Children's Choir- January 12
Collegiate Choir- January 10-11
Middle Level, Bass Clef, Treble Clef, and Vocal Jazz- January 11-12

Early drop-off will be available for All-State Singers in the Middle Level, Treble Clef, and  Bass Clef Choirs. Directors can drop off students at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley between 8:30 am-11:30 am on Friday. Students will need to bring their own snacks and lunch since these will not be provided for the early drop-off.  If you are planning to take advantage of this option, please e-mail Schuyler Pietz  ( with the names and choirs of the students that will be there early so we know how many extra chaperones we will need.  Thanks!

Children’s Choir- $75
Collegiate Choir- $75 (does not include meals or housing)
Middle Level, Bass Clef, Treble Clef, and Vocal Jazz Choirs- $160
Vocal Jazz Collegiate Section Leaders- $135 (does not include housing)

NOMINATIONS: Students in the All-State Choirs are selected based on director nominations.  Steps to consider in the nomination process:
  • Identify students who are trustworthy, skilled musicians and demonstrate academic prowess, intrinsic motivation and focus in rehearsal.
  • Contact your colleagues. Are there students in your high school choir who were part of All-State in 2018? If you know of students who were previously in the All-State Choirs and they have moved on to other schools, is their teacher aware of their participation? Is their new teacher a WCDA member? All-State is a great way to get new faces involved in WCDA.
  • Before nominating the student, talk to the student and the student’s parent or guardian about the commitment of time and finances that this honor brings.
  • Carefully follow the instructions and deadlines on the nomination forms.

TO APPLY: As we are anticipating a great response, you are encouraged to submit your materials early! The application period is from September 24 to October 19.  Applications will not be accepted after October 19.

BY NOVEMBER 7: The All-State Choir Committee will send letters of acceptance via email.

UPON ACCEPTANCE: Directors will receive an email with attachments containing a registration form, rehearsal notes, schedule, housing (if applicable), and other details.

BY NOVEMBER 19:  Return registration form(s) and the non-refundable registration fee for each student (see
list of fees above) are due (postmarked) by November 19.  This fee includes lodging (if applicable), meals, concert music, professional practice tracks, transportation to rehearsals and concert, a professional recording download, and participation expenses.

MUSIC: If you would like a director’s packet, you may order it on the registration form, and it will be sent to you with the students’ music.

PREPARATION: Students are expected to have the music fully prepared to ensure a musically satisfying experience for all. It is the expectation of WCDA that each school choir director will assist his/her students in meeting this goal.  It has been the experience of previous WCDA All-State Choir guest directors that careful preparation is crucial for the overall success of the All-State experience.

REGISTRATION: See individual choir pages for specific registration times and locations.

OTHER INFORMATION: Selected students must attend all scheduled activities, up to and including the final choir performance.  The All-State Concert begins at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude at 6:30 p.m. See individual choir pages for specific concert times.

Concert Times:
Collegiate Choir- 4:40 pm on Friday (St. Mary's Church)
Vocal Jazz- 1:45 pm on Saturday (Somerset Room in the Lawrence University Warch Campus Center)
Treble Clef Choir- 4:00 pm on Saturday (Lawrence University Chapel)

Middle Level Choir- 4:40 pm on Saturday (Lawrence University Chapel)
Bass Clef Choir- 5:20 pm on Saturday (Lawrence University Chapel)
Children's Choir- 6:00 pm on Saturday (Lawrence University Chapel)


2019 All-State Conductors

Collegiate – Derrick Fox (University of Nebraska-Omaha) Jan. 10-11
Collegiate Choir Information

Vocal Jazz – Tim Brent (Westminster College of the Arts-Rider University) Jan. 11-12
Vocal Jazz Choir Information

High School Bass Clef – Randal Swiggum (Madison Youth Choirs) Jan. 11-12
High School Bass Clef Choir Information

High School Treble Clef – Betsy Cook Weber (Moores School of Music-University of Houston) Jan. 11-12
High School Treble Clef Choir Information

Middle Level – Gary Packwood (Mississippi State University) Jan. 11-12
Middle Level Choir Information

Children’s – Marcia Russell (Platteville Children's Choir) Jan. 12
Children’s Choir Information