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UM High School All-Star Honor Choir

Nominate Students Online - NOMINATIONS CLOSED
Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013
Performance Date:  Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2:00pm, Dennison Theatre

Director Nomination Form (Directors nominate your students HERE)
·    Rehearse and perform under the direction of Dr. Z. Randall Stroope
·    Selection by nomination – NO RECORDINGS!
·    Master Classes with UM Faculty
·    Seniors can Audition for Scholarships
·    Participants Earn Scholarships to 2014 UM Music Camp

Event Cost
$90 - Includes registration fee, two lunches and two dinners at UM Food Zoo, and a free UM gift.  Lodging information below.
Campus Inn Missoula
744 E. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59802
40-rooms have been reserved under "UM Honor Choir" at $66/night for two queen beds (3-4 people) and $57/night for one queen bed (1-2 people) at the Campus Inn Missoula located within walking distance from the School of Music.  With quad occupancy the price will be around $16.50/person/night (plus tax).  It is the responsibility of the participants to book all lodging.  Once the selections for the Honor Choir have been made, however, we will work to help put you in contact with others who are coming to maximize capacity and minimize cost.  You are also welcome to find other accommodations at other hotels but the cost may be higher. 
Please plan to wear the concert attire from your home high school choir.
Music Scores
Copies of all music will be send via email in .PDF format for All-Star Honor Choir members to rehearse before arriving at the event.  It is imperative that all honor choir members come prepared.  Rehearsal tracks will be send out to all selected singers 60 days prior to help facilitate learning.
Concert Program
Lamentaciones de Jeremias                                    Z. Randall Stroope
Laudate Jehovam, omnes gentes                            Georg Philipp Telemann
Solder, Won’t You Marry Me?                                  Early American Folk/arr. DeCormier
Go Lovely Rose                                                     Z. Randall Stroope            
How Can I Keep from Singing?                               Quaker Hymn/arr. Walker 
Schedule (subject to change)
1:00 pm Registration opens
3:00 pm All-Star Honor Choir Rehearsal
6:00 pm Dinner at the Food Zoo
7:30 pm UM School of Music “Fusion” performance in the Dennison Theater (free for participants)
9:30 pm Return to hotels or commuter pick-up.
8:30 am Drop off at School of Music – rehearsal check-in
9:00 am All-Star Honor Choir rehearsal
12:30 pm Lunch at the Food Zoo
1:30 pm All-Star Honor Choir rehearsal (& scholarship auditions)
3:15 pm Master class with UM Faculty
4:00 pm All-Star Honor Choir rehearsal (& scholarship auditions)
5:30 pm Dinner at the Food Zoo
7:00 pm All-Star Honor Choir rehearsal
9:15 pm Return to hotels or commuter pick-up.
9:00am       Dress Rehearsal in the Dennison Theater (in concert attire)
10:00am     Brunch at the Food Zoo (free w/ meal plan)
11:30am     Call/Concert line up in the Music Recital Hall
12:00pm    UM All-Star Concert in the Dennison Theater

Guest Conductor
Z. Randall Stroope
Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and educator.  He has had recent conducting engagements at the Berlin Dom, Canterbury Cathedral, England, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Cathedral, Vancouver Symphony, Lincoln Center, and conducted in Carnegie Hall every year since 2001.  He has also conducted mass at the Vatican four times in as many years, and is the Artistic Director for two annual international music festivals in Europe – one in Barcelona, Spain and one in Rome, Italy.  Stroope has conducted 38 all-state choirs, and numerous residencies and festivals for secondary, collegiate, and community arts organizations.
Dr. Stroope is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University, as well as the Doug and Nickie Burns Chair for Choral Music, and one of the University’s five Distinguished Professors for 2013-2014.  At OSU, Dr. Stroope conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Chorale, as well as coordinating the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting programs at the University.  The OSU Concert Chorale toured France and England in the summer of 2013, under his direction.
Dr. Stroope studied composition with Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of Nadia Boulanger (who was a student of Gabriel Fauré). He has written works for the American Boy Choir, Boseman Symphony, Hilton Head Choral Society, Texas Choral Directors Association, Cantabile Women's Chorus of Canada, Rotterdam (Holland) Chamber Choir, and over 40 other groups.  His compositions are performed regularly by esteemed ensembles throughout the world and are heard frequently on radio and television broadcasts across the United States, including National Public Radio.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Stroope received a masters in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in choral conducting from Arizona State University.
You can visit his web site at

Conductor, Director of Choral Activities
University of Montana
David Edmonds
David Edmonds is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Montana where he directs the Chamber Chorale, University Choir and Women’s Chorus and teaches Choral Conducting and Secondary Choral Methods.  He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Music from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of Nebraska (Omaha).  Primary conducting studies have included work with Jerry McCoy, Richard Sparks, Joe Miller, James Jordan and Z. Randall Stroope
Dr. Edmonds recently served as conductor of the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus.  Prior to his work at UNT, he served as Graduate Assistant Conductor of the Westminster Choir of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.  In this capacity he prepared the chorus for their 2010 Spoleto Festival USA performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C major and Brahms’ Schicksalslied under the direction of JosephFlummerfelt
In 2002, while still an Undergraduate, Edmonds founded and conducted the High School division chorus of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society, leading this group on two national tours.  The same year, he was awarded the Nebraska Choral Directors Association Undergraduate Conducting Award.  Following the completion of his B.M.E., Dr. Edmonds was a successful secondary Choral Music Director for six years in Texas and Iowa.
As a composer and arranger, Dr. Edmonds’ choral works have been commissioned and recorded by schools and churches in the United States and Canada.  His publishers include Alliance Music Publications, Colla Voce, and MorningStar Music Publishers.
Dr. Edmonds lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife Aubrey.  They are delighted to be the new parents of daughter Madeleine Claire.