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The All State Jazz Choir will be held January 2017 during the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Students will rehearse and stay at the Broadmoor. We are excited to be presenting in the Broadmoor Hall. Students must be in grade 11 or 12 and a member of their school’s curricular vocal music program if one exists. At the time of the audition and the All State Jazz Choir rehearsals and performances, students must be eligible under the rules of the Colorado High School Activities Association.

2016-2017 Important Dates for All State Jazz Choir

Audition Submission Deadline: Oct. 6

Notification for Callbacks: Oct. 10

Callbacks at Smoky Hill HS: Saturday, November 12

Notification of Acceptance: Monday, November 14th

Acceptance Materials Due: Friday, December 2nd

January 2017- All State Jazz Concert (CMEA)

16-2017 ASJC Information Packet

Audition Cut for "Run To You" - Soprano
Audition Cut for "Run To You" - Alto
Audition Cut for "Run To You" - Tenor
Audition Cut for "Run To You" - Bass

Rehearsal Tracks

Mixed Jazz

Blue Skies

Fly Away

I Shall Not Be Moved

Look of Love

Run To You

Women's Jazz

Around Us

Don't Move

Mas Que Nada

There is No Greater Love

When You Say Nothing at All


2016-2017 Clinicians

Kim Nazarian
All State Jazz Women's Choir

For the past 28 years Kim Nazarian has been harmonizing all over the world with New York Voices (NYV). Along with the many recordings Kim has made with NYV, she is proud to be one of the featured voices on Bobby McFerrin’s “VOCAbuLarieS” CD. Another recent professional highlight is Ms. Nazarian’s collaboration with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftman’s Guild on a concert tour dedicated to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald. Kim also enjoys being part of a special program called “Vocalese,” (created by visionary producer, Larry Rosen), which integrates NYV with Manhattan Transfer, and Jon Hendricks.

Ms. Nazarian also specializes in teaching vocal technique and the art of ensemble singing. She has represented the USA as a judge for the International A Cappella Competition in Graz, Austria. Ms. Nazarian has been a clinician at Acappella Festival Taiwan, Total Vocal in Graz, Austria, Vocal Summit in Germany, and Vocal Pop and Jazz Days in Holland. She has given clinics at Long Island University, St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinios, and with Dana Libonatti in McMinnville, Oregon. She continues her long-standing position as an Artist in Residence at Bowling Green State University, and serves as the jazz voice teacher via Skype at Ithaca College. She has done workshops with students at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, OH. Kim has conducted the New York and Arizona All State Jazz Choirs, and many all area and district jazz choirs in the US. Her highly acclaimed workshops have been presented at JEN and many state MEA conferences.

Kim celebrated the release of her first solo album “Some Morning” in 2015. “Some Morning” features guest artists like Paquito D’Rivera, Gary Burton, John Pizzarelli, and Sean Jones. It has been well-received by critics and she continues to tour performing material from the album. She also has extensive studio credits as a movie score and jingle singer, and many guest appearances on other recordings.

Kim is a magna cum laude graduate of Ithaca College. She presently resides on a 6.5 acre farm in Oberlin, Ohio with her husband, son and 2 cats. Touring the globe for the last 1/4 century has provided some favorite venues, countries and audiences. That amazing list includes: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Montreal Jazz Fest, the Jazz Cruise; Ouro Preto, Brazil; Leipzig, Germany, Armenia, Columbia, France, Holland, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, and Uruguay to name a select few.


Cedric Dent
All State Jazz Mixed Choir

Cedric Carl Dent, a native of Detroit, Michigan, was a baritone vocalist, music arranger, and co-producer of the 10-time GRAMMY Award-winningvocal group, TAKE 6. After 25 years, Dent retired from full-time performing and has been an emeritus member of the group since 2011. Dent is also a 2-time Grammy-nominated music arranger and contributed several arrangements for the Grammy-award winning recording Handel’s Messiah A Soulful Celebration (1992). In 2014, Dent rejoined TAKE 6 for their induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.

Since 2004, Dent has also been a professor in the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN) where he directs the MTSU Singers (a vocal jazz ensemble), teaches a course he developed on the history of black gospel music, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory. He continues to compose and arrange for various live and recording projects. Most recently, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra commissioned a work from Dent for orchestra and chorus to be premiered in 2016.

Dent holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.M., vocal music education, 1985), the University of Alabama (M.M., music theory/arranging, 1987) and the University of Maryland (Ph.D., music theory, 1997). As an alumnus of the University of Michigan, Dent was selected to receive the 2016 Hall of Fame Award from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society. He lives in Mt. Juliet, TN with his wife, Beverly, and son, Cedric, Jr.



All State Jazz Choir Board

Jeff Peckham, Chair
Palmer High School
301 N Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 328 - 5136

Darin Drown
Grandview High School
20500 E. Arapahoe Rd.,
Aurora, CO 80016


Jim Techau
Smoky Hill HS
16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015

Julia Dale
Rock Canyon High School
5810 McArthur Ranch Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80124











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2017-2018 Important Dates for Colorado All State Choir

September 13- Registration Deadline

October 5-7 - Metro Site Auditions
October 12-14 - Southern Site Auditions
October 20-21 - Western Site Auditions
October 27-28 - Northern Site Auditions

November - Audition Results Available
November - Order Music for Students
December - Rehearsal Materials Avail.
December 8- Acceptance Deadline

February 1, 2, 3- All-State Festival
**Thursday, Friday, Saturday**

February 3 - All State Choir Concert

2016-2017 Important Dates for All State Jazz Choir

Audition Submission Deadline: Oct. 6

Notification for Callbacks: Oct. 10

Callbacks at Smoky Hill HS: Nov. 12

Notification of Acceptance: Nov. 14

Acceptance Materials Due: Dec. 2

January 2017- All State Jazz Concert (CMEA)