2019 All-State Chorus
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Salt Lake Choral Artists in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Brady R. Allred has developed “an international reputation for excellence.”  Under his direction the Salt Lake Choral Artists, a non-profit arts organization of seven choirs and over 300 singers, has achieved critical acclaim for their innovative concerts, Summer Choral Institute program, international tours, iTunes and YouTube presence.  Dr. Allred was honored by The Salt Lake Tribune and named as one of Utah’s Top 25 Cultural Power Brokers.

Known around the world for “exquisite choral singing,” Dr. Allred’s ensembles have been invited to participate in major festivals and competitions around the world.  They won the Grand Prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours (France), the European Grand Prix, and First Prizes at the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition, the Tolosa (Spain) International Choir Competition , and the Concorso Polifonico Internazionale in Arezzo, Italy.  Dr. Allred was also awarded the Conductor’s Prize in Marktoberdorf, Germany.  The Salt Lake Vocal Artists represented the USA at the World Choral Symposium in Argentina and have recently toured to Bulgaria, Turkey, Japan, Germany and The Netherlands.  They were also featured performers at the American Choral Directors Association 2015 National Conference and they represented the USA at the first World Choral Expo in Macau, China in November 2015 which included a set of concerts in Hong Kong.  They most recently represented the USA at the 2017 World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, Spain and returned to Tolosa, Spain in October 2018 for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Tolosa International Choir Competition.

Prior to his full-time appointment as Artistic Director of SLCA, Dr. Allred was Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Utah.  He was also the Music Director and Conductor for the Butler Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, Director of Choral Activities at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.  He has been a guest conductor for the Schumann Chamber Orchestra in Italy, the Wroclaw Philharmonic in Poland, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Vox Gaudiosa of Tokyo, the New Israeli Vocal Ensemble, Oslo Voices in Norway, the Taipei Youth Choir in Taiwan, the National Youth Choirs of Sweden, Norway and Estonia at the Europa Cantat Festival in Hungary, the Gondwana Choirs of the Australian National Choral School 2016, the Tuks Camerata and Akustika Chamber Choir in Pretoria, South Africa, and the Harmonia Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan.  His recent guest conducting engagements have taken him to Birmingham, Alabama, New York City, South Africa, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Bali, France, Indonesia, and Japan.

As a Singer, he has performed with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus under Helmuth Rilling.  He has served on international juries for competitions in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand and has conducted over one hundred regional and All-State Choirs.

Dr. Allred earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and his undergraduate degree in Theory/Composition and Flute Performance from Brigham Young University.  He and his wife, soprano Carol Ann Allred, have traveled and performed extensively as Artistic Ambassadors for the United States Information Agency.

2019 Chorus Repertoire

Light Dawns on a Weary World                                        Mack Wilberg             2:30
            SATB choir and piano four-hands                           (b. 1955)
            Oxford  MW 112 / 978-0-19-351777-6
The Singing Heart                                                             Bob Chilcott               3:30
            Double Choir, baritone solo, with handchimes       (b. 1955)
            Oxford BC39
Ceciliada                                                                            Marcin Wawruk        4:00
            A Cappella with percussion (SATB)                        (b. 1963)
            Manuscript from Composer (Click HERE to download)
Tahiti                                                                                    H. Jarolde Harris II    2:40
            TTBB with Piano                                                       (1926-2014)
            Alfred / 16336
Spirit of Life*
                                                                        Christopher Aspaas   3:30
            SSAA with piano                                                        (b. 1973)
            Aspen Hill Music
Der Gang zum Liebchen, op. 31, No. 3                             Johannes Brahms      3:10
            SATB choir with piano                                              (1833-1897)
            Choral Public Domain Library:  http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/images/7/7d/Ws-brah-313.pdf
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
                               Ryan Murphy             3:45
            SATB, with piano (optional strings or organ/brass)     (b. 1971)
            Walton Music WW 1635
*We have confirmed with Aspen Hill that the women's piece is available in both printed copies via their website and as the digital download. Copies are also available to both local and national retailers. They have hundreds of copies ready for shipment to those vendors, or people can purchase directly from Aspen Hill. When purchasing from Aspen Hill, they can choose either the printed copy for $2.25 or the digital download (which comes with printing license) for $1.

All-State Auditions

Aug. 19 - Sept. 9    Registration for Auditions ($20 fee per audition)
Sept. 10-16      Late Registration ($40 per audition)
October 4         Choir Audition window opens at 6:00 am
October 5         Choir Audition window closes at 11:59 pm

October 16       Announcement of Selected Ensembles at 8:00 am


Click here to access the page with the audition information!

Audition Info:

- Audition Region Lookup Guide  

Director's Notes are available to NMEA members: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10Ex4tI7aTE1Hmbch0e4vx-k3PA-wScoi8S7QwiGPmoA/edit?usp=sharing.  Directors may share this PDF version (updated 7/15/2019) with students. 

German Pronunciation Guide - Shelby VanNordstrand has created a pronunciation guide for Der Gang zum Liebchen based on  Dr. Allred's IPA provided in the Director's notes. This guide will match up with the vowel shapes and syllabic stress that has been requested. You may download the track and share with your students from the Members section of the NMEA Website.

Rehearsal tracks are available in our online store:  www.nmeanebraska.org/store.

Rehearsal Track Download Instructions:

We highly recommend that when you purchase the rehearsal tracks that you download them FIRST to a computer and then upload/transfer them to mobile devices.

For those who are not familiar with using MP3s, the following system is about as easy as using a CD player. Follow the easy steps below to access and play the Songlearning MP3 Tracks. You can use any computer, tablet or smart phone that can play MP3s.

1. Click on the secure link for your voice part and print the first file, which is an Instruction sheet (Inst -- it lists the tracks and gives hints for effective practice), then click on the < at the top of the folder to remove the Instruction sheet and return to the folder of MP3s;
2. Click on the 01 file;
3. Click on the familiar Play icon (sideways triangle) in the screen that appears;;
4. When finished playing the track, click on the < to remove the Play window;
5. Click on the next MP3 file to listen to the next track, and so on...

All-State Audition Manuals

All-State General Info Manual - NMEA Members: Be sure to download and read this manual for general information about the auditions process and completing student applications.

All-State Chorus Audition Manual - NMEA MEMBERS: This manual is required reading for the audition and All-State Clinic process. Please download and read thoroughly.  Posted 8/30/2019

Audition Materials:


The accompaniment tracks for the All-State Chorus Auditions Cuts will be provided at the same time the cuts are released on Friday, October 4th. Directors will need to download those accompaniments for use in the audition recordings. They will be available in the member's area of the NMEA webpage. Links will be included with the audition instructions emailed to registering directors on that Friday morning

To further clarify the 3-part splits:
Regions 1, 3, 5, and 11 -
Tenor 1 and 2 / Soprano 1 and 2 sing the top note
Bass 1 / Alto 1 sing the middle note
Bass 2 / Alto 2 sing the bottom note

Regions 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 -
Tenor 1 / Soprano 1 sing the top note
Tenor 2 / Soprano 2 sing the middle note
Bass 1 and 2 / Alto 1 and 2 sing the bottom note

With the regional splits Dr. Allred requested, it was not possible to create separate learning tracks for each scenario, and to further guarantee that each singer was downloading only the track that they needed. Instead of not creating part tracks at all for this year, we opted for the versions currently available, with the middle note played on the S2/A1 and T2/B1 tracks, as this made the most sense in terms of a compromise, while still assisting our students.

When music divides to 4 staves, you would follow your normal 8-part divisions with Soprano 1 and 2 on the top staff, Alto 1 and 2 on the 2nd staff, Tenor 1 and 2 on the 3rd staff, and Bass 1 and 2 on the 4th staff.

In Ceciliada, no parts should switch staves. The dotted lines on m. 115-116 and m. 118-119 are to show the continuation of the descending melodic scale. Each part will stay on their own staff throughout the song.