Bravississimo! to our 2014 Western Division Honor Choirs!! Two years of planning and detailed preparation led to the exhilarating Honor Choirs Concert presented in Santa Barbara's historic Granada Theatre on Saturday, February 22. Almost 900 singers, grades 4 through 12, participated in the online audition process last fall, with about 575 being selected for the Children's, Junior High, and High School ACDA Western Division Honor Choirs. These were by far the largest Honor Choir ensembles since the 2008 conference in Anaheim, which had about 550 singers and 1,500 total audience members at the Hyatt Garden Grove.
These singers represented 106 schools and choral organizations in ACDA's Western Division. Our internationally known conductors, Henry Leck, Rollo Dilworth, and Craig Jessop, worked tirelessly to bring the choirs from their initial rehearsals on Wednesday evening to stunning Saturday afternoon performances full of vibrant energy and emotion-filled communication of the choral literature in all of its significant variety. Please see the side bar for information on ordering a concert CD/mP3, DVD, or Photo.
We very much regret that the huge audience, which was much greater than had been anticipated, caused stress and confusion for many. We had felt that the 1,600-seat Granada Theatre would be appropriate for our audience, given the attendance at recent Honor Choir concerts. However, based on our experience this year, we shall work diligently to revise concert logistics and implement other measures as needed to assure adequate audience seating for the 2016 Honor Choirs in Pasadena CA.
On behalf of Honor Choir Managers Peggy Spool, Linda Lovaas, and Curtis Mannah, I thank all who auditioned for and participated in these truly outstanding 2014 ACDA Western Division Honor Choirs. I look forward to seeing you in February 2016 in Pasadena! Later this year please refer to this website for updates on the planning for 2016, including types of choirs, participating grade levels and ages, conductors, and timelines for the auditions to take place in the fall of 2015.
Polly Vasché, Coordinator, 2014 ACDA Western Division Honor Choirs