Forms for the 2019-2020 choirs


Why Conduct a Region III Chorus?

The most overwhelming reason to conduct a Region III Choir is to enjoy the unique experience of working with a highly motivated group of students representing the entire eight-county Southern New Jersey Region.  It is a tremendously rewarding event for our conductors.  It is an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with a richly diverse group of enthusiastic vocalists.  

Conductors will receive:

  • Complimentary copies of their musical selections for themselves and their accompanist  
  • Complimentary copies of the concert recording for themselves and their accompanist            
  • Complimentary copies of the chorus photo for themselves and their accompanist  
  • A complimentary dinner immediately following their concert for them and a guest (accompanist receives a single complimentary dinner)
  • An honorarium for their work as a region conductor and accompanist
  • Recognition in the Regions Column of the NJMEA state magazine, TEMPO  
  • Commemorative Plaque in honor of the conductor and chorus

NOTE: Conductors living outside of region III will be compensated as per the polices of the SJCDA board for additional preapproved expenses (this may include such items as mileage, hotel, etc.)

Conductor Requirements

If selected to conduct one of the Region III SJCDA Choirs, conductors are required to adhere to the following procedures:

  • Submit a final program to the SJCDA Board of Directors in June of the year prior to when they will conduct. Any selections which are out of print must be accompanied by written, certified approval from a publishing agency regarding terms of use, performance, and duplication (selections will not be ordered or performed without written consent of the publisher). Conductors must bring alternate selections to the meeting. Final programs must be composed of at least 50% of the selections originally submitted to the conductor selection committee.
  • Provide all relevant information necessary for SJCDA to order approved music. SJCDA will handle the purchase and distribution of the music to the region choirs, providing a copy of the music to the conductor and accompanist. The order will be placed in July of the year prior to their concert. NOTE: Jr/Sr conductors are required to review combined finale selections prior to the board meeting so a final mutually agreed-upon piece may be brought before the board.
  • Prepare a practice tracks for their respective chorus.
  • Attend the Region III SJCDA Choral Auditions and select their chorus on that date (Jr/Sr only).
  • Plan and conduct all rehearsals and concerts for their Region III Chorus, as dictated by the SJCDA calendar, in cooperation with the Chorus Manager and Festival Coordinator.
  • At the conclusion of each Jr/Sr rehearsal, the conductor must provide a brief overview or summary of what they have taught that day. This will enable the Coordinator to test absent students at the next rehearsal.

For more information contact the SJCDA President.