ICDA is pleased again to sponsor the 18th annual Iowa All-State Jazz Choir, to be directed by Jeremy Fox.

From Miami, Florida, Grammy-nominated Jeremy Fox is a composer, conductor, and clinician, who recently completed his DMA in Jazz Composition at the University of Miami.  You may know Jeremy from the eight years that he spent teaching at The School for Music Vocations at SWICC in Creston, Iowa, and from his SMV Vocal Jazz Camps and Jazz Theory Boot Camp, held in the summer around the U.S. and Canada.  We are very excited to be bringing him back to Iowa to work with our students. FULL BIO to come

Between twelve to twenty high school jazz choir singers will be chosen to participate in this event.  Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, July 25, and culminate with a concert given in conjunction with the ICDA Summer Convention at Mason City's NIACC Campus on Monday, July 27.  Up to two additional rehearsals prior to the All-State Jazz Choir Festival will be required. The dates and locations of these rehearsals will be given to the singers after acceptance into the ensemble.

  1. ELIGIBILITY:  There are new eligibility requirements this year for directors and students.

1.Each student auditioning for the ICDA All-State Jazz Choir must be recommended by his/her director, who must be a member in good standing of ICDA, and the school principal.
2. Each student auditioning for the ICDA All-State Jazz Choir must be a member of his/her school choral program and academically eligible to participate in this activity according to the rules of the Iowa High School Music Association.  Academic eligibility applies at the time of both auditions, the rehearsals and concert, and membership in the school choral program is assumed until the end of the school year. The school principal and the choral director must certify that all applicants are eligible.
3. Upon signing the ICDA All-State Jazz Choir Acceptance Contract, (given to students upon acceptance) the student agrees to: attend and sing in all rehearsals and the final concert; be responsible for learning and performing all selected music materials, among other things.
4. It is the responsibility of the sponsoring director, to make sure that students receive their materials and information, are musically prepared, and are aware of financial responsibilities.
Each student selected will be responsible for the cost of their own housing, food, music and rehearsal CD, as well as all registration and entry fees, and any transportation needs.  Directors are responsible for chaperoning and transporting their own students to all rehearsals or obtaining a parental chaperone to do so during this event.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, in conjunction with the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships. Auditions will begin in the morning with one judge adjudicating each voice part.  The top singers will be recalled and evaluated by the entire judging panel during the afternoon, with the announcement of the members selected to the 2015 All-State Jazz Choir being made during the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships Awards Ceremony.  Singers will be judged in the following categories:  Time/Feel, Intonation, Accuracy, Tone Quality, Scales, Sight-Reading and Jazz Concepts.

Audition Information
Registration Form
Audition Cut 'Minddwalk' Sheet Music

Download the Audition Cut 'Mindwalk' mp3  TO COME

If you need help...

If you need assistance in preparing the audition materials, feel free to contact us for help.  We can also set you up with someone in your area that can assist you.  Contact us at the following:

           Meg Byrne or Robert Williams
           Pleasant Valley High School
           604 Belmont Road
           Bettendorf, IA  52722

For more information, please visit this page:

Recordings to all performances of the Iowa All-State Jazz Choir are available through Comprehensive Sound Services. Please contact them with your order!




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ICDA 2013 All-State Jazz Choir

Megan Vankirk Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Baylee Bowman Fairfield
Madelyn Carlson Cedar Rapids Washington
Jessia Connelly Dallas Center-Grimes
Jessica Richter Des Moines Lincoln

Allison Richter Des Moines Lincoln
Jessica Fuller Dubuque Senior
Shawnessy Lau New Hampton
Stephanie Hansen West Des Moines Valley
Claudia Sloat Fairfield

Ian Butler Cedar Rapids Washington
Matt Larson Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Zachary Lepperd West Des Moines Valley
Cam Bentley Cedar Rapids Washington
Drew Vitale Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Tracey Beresford Dubuque Hempstead
Sam Sides Des Moines Lincoln
Joshua Lai Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Eric Carson Cedar Rapids Washington
Sam Cacciatore West Des Moines Valley


2012 ICDA All-State Jazz Choir

Baylee Bowman, Fairfield
Erin Coker, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Jessica Richter, Des Moines Lincoln
Laurelin Berkley, Pleasant Valley
Taylor Kilgore, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Marissa Bayse, Dallas Center Grimes
Stephanie Hansen, West Des Moines Valley
Anna Shanafelt, Sioux City West
Clauria Sloat, Fairfield
Emily Webb, Dubuque Hempstead
Austin Nolan, Dallas Center Grimes
Caleb Peterson, Des Moines Lincoln
Ian Rutherford, Dallas Center Grimes
Ian Butler, Cedar Rapids Washington
Will Heller, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Nick Friesen, Norwalk
Evan Dolan, Dubuque Hempstead
David Carlson, Waukee
Darien Sloat, Fairfield
Haven Tichy, Fairfield



Annie Zylstra- Sibley-Ocheyedan
Rachel Jones, Cedar Rapids Washington
Jillian Slade- Dubuque Hempstead
Stephanie Yang, Pleasant Valley
Calli Lowry- Colfax-Mingo

Teri Mueller- Maquoketa Valley
Sam Takes- Cedar Falls
Anna Shanafelt- Sioux City West
Carolyn Shanks- Pleasant Valley
Emily Duval- Dubuque Senior

Miles Maurice- Cedar Rapids Washington
Logan Larson- Waukee
Caleb Peterson- Des Moines Lincoln
Ryan Watters, Marion
Michael Gookin- Fairfield

Drew Hansen- West Des Moines Valley
Wes Carlson- Cedar Rapids Washington
Darien Sloat- Fairfield
Evan Dolan- Dubuque Hempstead
Colby Campbell- Norwalk


All-State Jazz Choir 2010 Iowa

Jillian Slade- Dubuque Hempstead
Rachel Jones- Cedar Rapids Washington
Nikki Stewart- Cedar Rapids Washington
Elizabeth Elliot- Des Moines Hoover
Ellen Hart- Cedar Rapids Washington

Teri Mueller- Maquoketa Valley
Dannika Nash- Sioux City West
Mackenzie Hartman- Cedar Rapids Washington
Kathryn Bell- Cedar Rapids Washington
Erin Maltby- Waukee

Miles Maurice- Cedar Rapids Washington
Jeremy Corbett- Cedar Rapids Washington
Neel Ghosh- Cedar Rapids Washington
Caleb Peterson- Des Moines Lincoln

Jacob Duncan- Winterset
Drew Hansen- West Des Moines Valley
Max Sloat- Fairfield
Wes Carlson- Cedar Rapids Washington


All-State Jazz Choir 2009 Iowa
Front row- Rachel Jones, Kathryn Bell, Katie Hall, Natalie Sands, Sarah Webb, Hannah Colton, Jillian Slade, Erin Maltby
Back row- Director- Dr. Jamie Spillane, Daniel Witcik, Jake Koch, Jacob Duncan, Chris Oatts, Daniel Peterson, Jon Snell, Miles Maurice, Neel Ghosh at right, 2009 All-State Guest Director Dr. Jamie Spillane