All-State Honors Choir

  • All-State Choir members are singers in good standing in a Regional Honors Choir and in a State Honors Choir. 
  • Those who are interested in consideration for All-State Honors Choir should indicate this when completing their Regional/State Audition Application Form. 
  • The maximum size of the choir will be 80 members. Selections will be based on quotas similar to the State Honors Choirs allowing for flexibility to ensure a balanced choir.
  • Directors will be notified by February 4 regarding All-State Choir selection.
  • Music must be prepared and memorized by the first rehearsal.
  • Students will be tested individually on memorization in the first hour of rehearsal. If students are unable to demonstrate an adequate level of preparedness, they may not be allowed to stay for the remainder of the rehearsals or performance.
  • Choir members may warm-up and perform with their school’s ensemble or as a soloist in a Solo and Ensemble Recital.
  • Students are not allowed to leave campus during All-State Honors Choir activities and will stay in Michigan State University dormitory housing overnight.


All music will be provided to the students and mailed to their directors in March 2023.

High School All-State Honors Choir Conductor 

Dr. Cara Tasher - The University of North Florida

Dr. Cara Tasher has served as Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Florida since 2006 relishing the opportunity to provide relevant life and professional experiences for her students in Jacksonville, and around the world. Global and cultural competency is a focal point of her teaching. Proficient in several languages, Tasher’s engagements as singer, conductor, and adjudicator, have brought her to over 20 countries for concerts, competitions, festivals, and workshops, with regular engagements as guest conductor for Mexico’s Coro de Teatro de Bellas Artes. Ensembles under her direction have toured to the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and South Africa. Prior to UNF, Tasher has been professionally involved with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Conspirare, Trinity Choir-Wall Street, Xavier University, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Her training took place at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Texas at Austin, Paris IV-La Sorbonne, and Northwestern University. Dr. Tasher is highly active as a clinician, within the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation of Choral Music, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization in various leadership capacities. At the university, Tasher conducts two ensembles, teaches the graduate conducting curriculum, and oversees the choral program and its leadership team, receiving awards for outstanding teaching and international leadership, and grants to support her Jacksonville SINGS! initiatives. Cara presented at the World Symposium of Choral Music (WSCM) in Seoul, Korea, on “The Conductor as Voice Teacher” and recently served as a clinician in the Europa Cantat Leading Voices Workshop in July 2022 in Utrecht, Netherlands. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the talented singers in Michigan where music education is highly valued.

Todd Schreiber, Accompanist

Todd Schreiber, originally from Ohio City, OH, resides in Lambertville, MI. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from VanderCook College in Chicago and is currently in his 34th year as K-12 vocal music instructor and theatre director for Whiteford Schools in Ottawa Lake, MI. Todd has served the Michigan School Vocal Music Association as District 12 Co-Manager for the past 20 years and has often been an accompanist for workshops, conferences and honors choirs in the state. His choirs, ensembles and private voice students consistently participate in MSVMA district and state level events, including the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. He is also a member of the Canterbury Singers USA with which he has sung several choral residencies at cathedrals in England. His book, Olympic Games for the Music Classroom, was published in 2008 by Shawnee Press. In 2010, Todd directed the 7-8-9 SSA State Honors Choir and in 2017 conducted the 7-8-9 TTB State Honors Choir. He was extremely honored to be named the MSVMA Teacher of the Year in 2013 and in 2015 he earned The Outstanding Alumni Award from his high school alma mater.

Emily Verdonk

Director of Honors Choirs

Sarah Price

Anna Bolton

2022 - 2023 Schedule

February 6     All-State selection announced

May 11-13      All-State Honors Choir 


Thursday, May 11- Saturday, May 13th

MSU College of Music, East Lansing, MI


Saturday, May 13 at 3 PM

Fairchild Theater, East Lansing, MI

All-State Honors Choir rehearsal tracks

All-State music provided by: 


Michigan School Vocal Music Association

P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

(231) 592 - 9344


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