2018 Middle Level Barbershop Chorus

2018 All State Middle Level Barbershop Chorus


Since 2007, Joe Cerutti has been the Artistic Director of the Alexandria Harmonizers (a men’s chorus founded in 1948 in association with Barbershop Harmony Society [BHS]). He is a certified music judge in the BHS and one of only three people to earn the title of "Master Director" in both Sweet Adelines International and the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Cerutti has led concerts and performances at the White House (including a private command performance for President Obama), the Supreme Court, Carnegie Hall, and major cities across North America and abroad, including tours in Australia, China, France, Germany, Holland, New Zealand and the UK. During his tenure with the Harmonizers, he has prepared them for nine international contest cycles and an average of 20 performances a year, founded their annual Youth Harmony Festival, overseen their successful outreach programs to the non−a cappella choral community and non-choral a cappella community, and conducted the choral preparations for the world premiere of Andrew Lippa’s “I Am Anne Huchinson/I Am Harvey Milk” with the National Symphony Orchestra and Kristin Chenoweth.

During 2011-2014, Cerutti organized, promoted, and directed the No Borders Youth Chorus, an annual honor chorus of 150 young men, recruited and auditioned specifically for a one-day rehearsal and concert at Carnegie Hall. Over the course of four years, No Borders had 457 participants representing six countries, 43 U.S. States and Canadian Provinces, 182 grade schools, colleges and universities, and 105 choral ensembles from around the world.

Cerutti has served as judge, faculty, and clinician for several choral festivals and conductor roundtables around the world. He served on the BHS Board of Directors in 2012-2013 and is currently on staff at the Barbershop Harmony Society as the Director of Outreach.

Cerutti is a lifetime member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), a charter member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) and holds memberships in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Chorus America. He holds a Mus.B. in Music Education and Jazz Commercial Music from Five Towns College and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied under Ann Howard Jones, Jamison Marvin, and Joseph Flummerfelt.

What is the Middle Level Barbershop Chorus?

Students in sixth through ninth grades (whose teachers are NMEA members) are offered a chance to work with acclaimed conductors during even-years of the Nebraska Music Education Association Conference/Clinic. This is a one-day event with the final performance on the Lied Center for Performing Arts main stage.

Who can attend?
•    Student BOYS AND GIRLS attending must be registered and attending the school or home school listed on the registration
•    Students must be under the direction of an NMEA member
•    Students must be in the sixth - ninth grades during the 2018-2019 school year
•    The director MUST be registered and attend the Conference with their student(s).
•    If you wish to become a member of this organization visit: www.nafme.org

How do I register my student(s)?
•    Complete the online registration form on or before midnight, September 21, 2018.

•    You may select up to 16 students (or 4 quartets) Please rank your singers on the registration form in case we need to unfortunately eliminate any because of stage limitations. We will do our best to include as many as possible in the event. 

•    Our goal is 320 singers from around the state of Nebraska.

•    It is recommended that you do NOT share with your students that they have been accepted until after you get a confirmation notice.

Is there a fee for this event? If so what does it cover?
•    There is a $60 fee per student selected for this event.
•    It covers the festival fees, T-shirt, snack and lunch, and sales tax.

When will I know which students were accepted?

•    You will receive an email from Judy Welch listing all of the singers that have been accepted and further instructions.

Is there a possibility that some of my students would not get selected to participate?
•    Yes, because we want to include a representation from as many schools across the state as possible, students will not be selected on a first come basis.
•    Rather, students will be selected from all applications that are received by the deadline date of midnight September 21, 2018.
•    We are held to a maximum of 320 singers for this event.
•    PLEASE print your registration page or save a copy in your files before submitting

What do I do after I know which students have been selected?
•    After you have been notified which singers have been accepted you will need to submit a payment of $60.00 for each student selected.
•    NMEA will NOT accept checks or purchase orders for student registration fees. Payment must be made online through the emailed invoice that teachers receive in early October. Invoices will include student registration fees, as well as fees for any additional T-shirts or lunches. Payments must be made by October 31st to participate. Please follow up with your district office to assure payments have been made on time.

Is there a dress code for the students?
•    The students need to wear BLACK pants for the performance with their T-shirt.
•    They will receive their T-shirt at check-in and will be asked to change after lunch for the performance.
•    The students need to wear their black pants for the day to save time when changing clothes.
•    Please wear appropriate shoes for movement. No heeled shoes for the girls, as that will change the height line up for the risers.
•    White shoes are not allowed because they “stand out” on stage.
•    Select student shoes carefully as they must be able to move easily and quietly on stage.
•    No large hair bows/hats are permitted. If there are medical reasons to support hats etc. please make sure this is indicated on the registration form so they are not told to remove them.

Where will snacks and lunch be served for the students?

•    Students will be eating their snack and a bag lunch at Westbrook Music Building.
•    Snack will be fruit cups and bottled water.
•    Lunch will be bag lunches with different offerings of meat/vegetarian and chips.
•    We encourage teachers/chaperones to join their students for lunch. Bag lunches are available for $15.
•    Teachers may order their lunches online when registering your student(s). ONLY ORDER YOUR TEACHER LUNCH ONCE AND NOT WITH EVERY STUDENT YOU REGISTER! Student teachers are welcome to order as well.

What parking is available in this area?
•    Parking is available at parking garages and metered street parking.
•    You cannot park on UNL lots, as these are tagged for University professors and students and will be monitored throughout the day.

What is available for hotels if we come to Lincoln on  Tuesday evening or choose to stay over on Wednesday night?
•    There are many hotels around the downtown area including The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, and Embassy Suites.
•    These hotels are also used for the All-State Performing Ensembles and Conference/Clinic, so an early reservation is suggested.
•    See the NMEA website for more details on available hotels in the area.

What is the student schedule for the day?

 Check In 7:30AM - 8:00AM Kimball Hall Lobby
 Rehearsal 8:00AM - 9:45AM Kimball Hall
 Break 9:45AM - 10:15AM WMB 130 & 132
 Rehearsal 10:15AM - 12:00PM Kimball Hall
 Lunch 12:00PM - 1:00PM WMB 130 & 132
 Rehearsal 1:00PM - 2:00PM Kimball Hall
 Break 2:00PM - 2:30PM Lied Center (Restrooms Needed)
 Dress Rehearsal  2:30PM - 3:30PM Lied Center Stage
 Break 3:30PM - 3:45PM Kimball Hall
 Line Up 3:45PM - 4:00PM Stage Entrance (Line up)
 Concert  4:00PM Lied Center
 Teacher Pick Up Following Performance  Kimball Hall (No Parents)

▲ (teachers should arrange a meeting place for parents outside of Kimball Hall so that we can clear the building quickly and safely for the singers.)

What will be available for teachers while students are rehearsing?

•    The All-State Conference Clinic will offer Middle Level Sessions for Middle School teachers in Westbrook and the Lied Center rooms during the student rehearsals.
•    Other Middle Level sessions will be offered throughout the conference.

Is there a fee for the performance and can parents attend?
•    There is a ticket needed for the performance.
•    The concert ticket fee is $15.00, which includes Lied Center fees, and can be purchased through the Lied Center of Performing Arts Box office (see pre-order form, below).

Can we videotape or take pictures of the program?
•    No; Lied Center policy dictates that no photos or video may be taken in the performance area.
•    You can purchase a video of the performance through a selected NMEA vendor before or after the program (see form, below).
•    Photos of the event can be purchased before or after the program (see form, below).

What happens if there is a snowstorm or my student becomes ill?

•    NMEA policy states that no refunds will be given for singers unable to attend.
•    Please contact Judy Welch at Judy.welch.nmea@gmail.com or 402-202-0565 if your student will not be able to attend so that an alternate can be selected if possible.


Barbershop CHORUS Image Release Form 

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Photo Order Form

PepWear Flyer

Video/CD Concert Order Form

Lied Concert Tickets Order Forms - postmark no later than November 7 

Barbershop Chorus tickets for parents