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

ALL-STATE CHAIR: David Murphy-

LOCATION: Lawrence University and Hilton Appleton Paper Valley, Appleton, WI
DATES: January 12-14, 2023
Collegiate Choir- January 12-13
Middle Level, Bass Clef, Treble Clef, and Vocal Jazz- January 13-14
Children's Choir- January 14

Children’s Choir- $90
Collegiate Choir- $90 (Collegiate Singers are responsible for their own housing and meals, except for lunch on Saturday)
Middle Level, Bass Clef, Treble Clef, and Vocal Jazz Choirs- $190
Vocal Jazz Collegiate Section Leaders- $160 (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 2022? If you know of students who were previously in the All-State Choirs, and they have moved on to other schools, notify their new teacher of this student’s 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.
  • DIRECTOR RESOURCE:  Feel free to use this Interest Form to collect needed information for nominations while informing students/families of the time and financial requirements and obligations.  This form is for your own use if you so choose.  Students must still be nominated through our online nomination form.
  • Carefully follow the instructions and deadlines on the nomination forms.

SEPTEMBER 1: Nomination period begins.  We are anticipating a great response. Please submit your materials early!
SEPTEMBER 30: All materials are due for Vocal Jazz nominations/applications.
SEPTEMBER 30: Nominations close for Children’s, Middle Level, Treble Clef, Bass Clef, and Collegiate choirs. Nominations will NOT be accepted after this date.
OCTOBER 3: Acceptance letters will be emailed to teachers, and registration of accepted singers begins.
  • Materials will include attachments containing a link to the online registration form, rehearsal notes, schedule, housing info (if applicable), and other details to be shared with accepted students. 

OCTOBER 10:  Registrations are due. Students/parents must complete the online registration/medical/permission form by this date or forfeit their position in the choir.  Teachers will receive an email once each of their students is registered.
OCTOBER 15:  The non-refundable registration fees for each student (see fees above) are due (postmarked). Teachers are asked to make one payment for their participating students. 
Payments must be done online. If paying with a check or PO, the payment form must still be completed online. You will select "Check" or enter the PO number in the payment section. You will need to send your check/PO as well as a copy of your confirmation of "payment" email to the following address:
All-State Choir Registration
20816 River Hills Way
Kiel, WI 53042

The registration fee includes lodging (if applicable), meals, concert music, professional practice tracks, transportation to rehearsals and concert, a professional recording download, and participation expenses.

MUSIC:  Music should begin arriving around Nov. 1st.  All teachers/directors will receive a directors packet for each ensemble in which they have students enrolled.

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.

SCHOLARSHIP: Parents/students interested in applying for a partial scholarship may do so here. APPLICATIONS DUE BY SEPTEMBER 30!

OTHER INFORMATION: Selected students must attend all scheduled activities, up to and including the final choir performance at Lawrence University.

Concert Times:
Collegiate Choir - Friday, January 13, 4:40 pm in St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Vocal Jazz - Saturday, January 14, 1:45 pm in Somerset Room -  Warch Center
Treble Clef Choir - Saturday, January 14, 4:00 pm in Lawrence University Chapel
Middle-Level Choir - Saturday, January 14, 4:40 pm in Lawrence University Chapel
Bass Clef Choir - Saturday, January 14, 5:20 pm in Lawrence University Chapel
Children's Choir - Saturday, January 14, 6:00 pm in Lawrence University Chapel


“I was so excited to be accepted into the choir! Being in All-State helped me grow as a person, without a doubt, and gave me more confidence to go and do what I want to do!”

“I really enjoyed meeting other people with the same passion I have and being able to do what I love, which is music.”
“Our director was encouraging and inspiring and really offered a greater insight and resurgence of why I love music and why I am choosing to study it. I absolutely loved this experience and hope many after me continue to get to sing with such a supportive and friendly group!”

“Being in choir has helped me stand out more. I was normally a shy kid growing up. Now I’m known as the guy who isn’t afraid of any type of social situation. Choir has also taught me about many different cultures and different ways of expressing myself. It has inspired me to go out and look for all different types of adventure.”

“My favorite part of the experience was the fact that there was ZERO judgment. Everyone was there for different reasons but no one felt targeted or uncomfortable during the experience. We all got pretty close and even got to share some information about ourselves. All-state isn't really just about being a part of a talented choir – it is also about meeting new people, getting to experiment, going to a different town, and crawling out of your comfort zone. Most importantly, it is a chance to get to share similar interests with people you don't know! I made so many friends at All-State that I still talk to today.”

“The All-State Choir was a great opportunity and I am so glad to have been a part of it. We spent two days working hard on learning five pieces and still had fun along the way. This taught me that you can do anything you put your mind to. Though we spent a lot of time working, we also had plenty of time to make friendships. There were so many talented people in that one room...Knowing they were all here for one reason boosted my confidence. I sang my heart out because I knew I wouldn't be judged, knowing everyone here cares as much as I do.  Halfway through the performance, I looked around. At the conductor, fellow singers, and the audience. I was holding in tears. I was about to cry on stage because you really built a family in those two days together. I may not know all of them personally, but leaving them was so hard. I loved this experience and hope to have it again.”

Thank you for your support of our excellent young Wisconsin musicians.

If you would like to support a young musician with a scholarship to attend All-State, please use this link to donate.