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America's Top Choirs

About America's Top Choirs

America's Top Choirs™ is a virtual forum created to showcase the vast choral talent in the United States and hosted by FeelitLIVE, the all-in-one digital entertainment platform

America's Top Choirs™ shines a spotlight on choirs that generate beautiful music in the country every day and get together to celebrate teamwork, resilience, talent, diversity, hope, and positivity.

The 2021 edition was lots of fun with high schools from all across America participating. Registrations for the 2022 edition are now closed.

A panel of four leading choral experts will evaluate each entry and shortlist the Top 10 choirs. The shortlisted choirs' performances will be showcased at America's Top Choirs Grand Finale live stream event on October 23, 2022, at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. Live audience voting will be available at the event's Grand Finale, with their votes counting toward the selection of the winner of the competition.
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The Judges

Dr. Charlene Archibeque

Charlene Archibeque


Dr. Charlene Archibeque, one of America’s foremost choral conductors and teachers, was the first woman to earn the DMA in Choral Conducting, in 1969 from the University of Colorado. Her distinguished career spanning six decades is replete with International and domestic recognitions and accolades. Her 35 years as Director of Choral Activities at San Jose State University, not only included training hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students, but also helped put SJSU on the world map by winning seven international choral competitions with the famous SJSU Choraliers, completing sixteen concert tours to Australia, Mexico and throughout Europe and conducting in many major music halls. She won prizes for Best Conductor at Spittal, Gorizia and Tallinn International Festivals.

She was the recipient of the Howard Swan Award presented by California ACDA in 2008 and in 2013 the “Excellence in Choral Music,” presented by the University of Colorado and has recently been made an Honorary Life Member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She has been named Distinguished Alumna in May 2020 from the College of Music at the University of Colorado. The recipient of both San Jose State’s highest honors: Outstanding Professor and President’s Scholar, she currently serves on the Board of the American Beethoven Society, is a Past-President of the Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony, and is Editor of the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series with Santa Barbara Music Publishers. Her DVD “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great” is available from GIA.

Dr. Jeffrey Benson

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Dr. Jeffrey Benson is currently Director of Choral Activities at San José State University in San José, California. The Washington Post hails his choirs for singing “with an exquisite blend, subtlety of phrasing, confident musicianship and fully supported tone…that would be the envy of some professional ensembles”. Dr. Benson made his international conducting debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the SJSU Choraliers in Limerick, Ireland, and made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2015. Choirs under his direction have performed with the Rolling Stones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and Sarah Brightman. He is a published composer and arranger with Colla Voce and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Dr. Benson is a published composer and arranger with Colla Voce Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, under the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series. He is also the Artistic Director of Peninsula Cantare, a community chorus based in Palo Alto. Previously, Dr. Benson served as Director of Choral Activities and Fine Arts Department Chair at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Benson is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the National Collegiate Choral Organization, where he currently serves as California National Board Representative. ACDA recognized Benson with the first annual Colleen Kirk Award for his outstanding achievement as a young conductor.

Dr. Derrick Fox

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Dr. Derrick Fox is the Director of Choral Activities and Distinguished Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He earned a BME from Arkansas State University, a MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, where he was awarded the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship.

Dr. Fox has conducted all-state choirs, honor choirs and led professional development workshops across the United States and internationally. His professional workshops focus on assessment in the choral classroom, building classroom community, rehearsal strategies, choral conducting techniques, and shape note singing in the African American community. Dr. Fox’s recent engagements included teaching residencies at the Latvian Academy of Music and Syracuse University, performing tours through Lithuania and Estonia, and conducting the 2018 Texas All-State MS/JH Honor Choir and the SWACDA 7–10 Men’s Honor Choir. Highlights from his upcoming engagements include presentations at Nebraska ACDA, Kansas ACDA, Kentucky ACDA, South Carolina MEA, and North Dakota MEA as well as conducting the Hawaii All-State Festival Choir, Alabama All-State Choir, New York All-State MS/JH Choir, and the National ACDA Middle School/Junior High Mixed Honor Choir.

Dr. Corie Brown

Dr Corie Brown


Corie Brown serves as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at San José State University. She leads the SJSU Concert and Treble Choirs, and brings diverse teaching experience in both public and community settings. Prior to graduate studies in Colorado and Oregon, then moving to California, Dr. Brown taught in Colombia with the Fundación Nacional Batuta from 2012–2014, where she aided in the creation of the organization's choral department and mentored choir teachers throughout the country. She also taught in public schools in Chicago and Michigan.

As a mezzo-soprano, Dr. Brown has appeared with the Ad Astra Music Festival and Oregon Bach Festival Choirs, as well as the award-winning University of Oregon Chamber Choir, University of Colorado Boulder University Singers, and the prestigious Chicago Chorale. She has sung under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, Matthew Halls, Sharon Paul, and Andrea Ramsey, amongst others, and has toured internationally throughout Argentina, Colombia, and Europe.

Dr. Jeffery Redding

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Jeffery Redding, the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient, is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Redding has led his choirs in performances at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, his chorus from West Orange High School received the Gold Award for best choir, with Dr. Redding honored as top director.

He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in approximately forty states. Dr. Redding has been featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions, and around the world in Muscat, Oman, Limerick, Ireland, and at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, among others. He is also one of the conductors for Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Charlene Archibeque


Dr. Charlene Archibeque, one of America’s foremost choral conductors and teachers, was the first woman to earn the DMA in Choral Conducting, in 1969 from the University of Colorado. Her distinguished career spanning six decades is replete with International and domestic recognitions and accolades. Her 35 years as Director of Choral Activities at San Jose State University, not only included training hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students, but also helped put SJSU on the world map by winning seven international choral competitions with the famous SJSU Choraliers, completing sixteen concert tours to Australia, Mexico and throughout Europe and conducting in many major music halls. She won prizes for Best Conductor at Spittal, Gorizia and Tallinn International Festivals.

She was the recipient of the Howard Swan Award presented by California ACDA in 2008 and in 2013 the “Excellence in Choral Music,” presented by the University of Colorado and has recently been made an Honorary Life Member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She has been named Distinguished Alumna in May 2020 from the College of Music at the University of Colorado. The recipient of both San Jose State’s highest honors: Outstanding Professor and President’s Scholar, she currently serves on the Board of the American Beethoven Society, is a Past-President of the Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony, and is Editor of the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series with Santa Barbara Music Publishers. Her DVD “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great” is available from GIA.

Jeffrey Benson 500px


Dr. Jeffrey Benson is currently Director of Choral Activities at San José State University in San José, California. The Washington Post hails his choirs for singing “with an exquisite blend, subtlety of phrasing, confident musicianship and fully supported tone…that would be the envy of some professional ensembles”. Dr. Benson made his international conducting debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the SJSU Choraliers in Limerick, Ireland, and made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2015. Choirs under his direction have performed with the Rolling Stones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and Sarah Brightman. He is a published composer and arranger with Colla Voce and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Dr. Benson is a published composer and arranger with Colla Voce Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, under the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series. He is also the Artistic Director of Peninsula Cantare, a community chorus based in Palo Alto. Previously, Dr. Benson served as Director of Choral Activities and Fine Arts Department Chair at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Benson is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the National Collegiate Choral Organization, where he currently serves as California National Board Representative. ACDA recognized Benson with the first annual Colleen Kirk Award for his outstanding achievement as a young conductor.

Derrick-Fox


Dr. Derrick Fox is the Director of Choral Activities and Distinguished Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He earned a BME from Arkansas State University, a MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, where he was awarded the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship.

Dr. Fox has conducted all-state choirs, honor choirs and led professional development workshops across the United States and internationally. His professional workshops focus on assessment in the choral classroom, building classroom community, rehearsal strategies, choral conducting techniques, and shape note singing in the African American community. Dr. Fox’s recent engagements included teaching residencies at the Latvian Academy of Music and Syracuse University, performing tours through Lithuania and Estonia, and conducting the 2018 Texas All-State MS/JH Honor Choir and the SWACDA 7–10 Men’s Honor Choir. Highlights from his upcoming engagements include presentations at Nebraska ACDA, Kansas ACDA, Kentucky ACDA, South Carolina MEA, and North Dakota MEA as well as conducting the Hawaii All-State Festival Choir, Alabama All-State Choir, New York All-State MS/JH Choir, and the National ACDA Middle School/Junior High Mixed Honor Choir.

Dr Corie Brown


Corie Brown serves as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at San José State University. She leads the SJSU Concert and Treble Choirs, and brings diverse teaching experience in both public and community settings. Prior to graduate studies in Colorado and Oregon, then moving to California, Dr. Brown taught in Colombia with the Fundación Nacional Batuta from 2012–2014, where she aided in the creation of the organization's choral department and mentored choir teachers throughout the country. She also taught in public schools in Chicago and Michigan.

As a mezzo-soprano, Dr. Brown has appeared with the Ad Astra Music Festival and Oregon Bach Festival Choirs, as well as the award-winning University of Oregon Chamber Choir, University of Colorado Boulder University Singers, and the prestigious Chicago Chorale. She has sung under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, Matthew Halls, Sharon Paul, and Andrea Ramsey, amongst others, and has toured internationally throughout Argentina, Colombia, and Europe.

Jeffery Redding 500px


Jeffery Redding, the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient, is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Redding has led his choirs in performances at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, his chorus from West Orange High School received the Gold Award for best choir, with Dr. Redding honored as top director.

He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in approximately forty states. Dr. Redding has been featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions, and around the world in Muscat, Oman, Limerick, Ireland, and at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, among others. He is also one of the conductors for Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

America's Top Choirs Rules

America's Top Choirs is an online submission-competition focused on choirs across the United States. This edition of America's Top Choirs will focus on high school choirs, so the competition will receive submissions from high schools across the country.

ATC requirements

Submission requirements

  1. Song entry: Submit before Friday, October 14, 2022, one song per high school choir, recorded between September 1, 2021 - October 14, 2022.
  2. Song length: Less than 5 minutes.
  3. Entry format: Provide a link to a downloadable high-resolution mp4 video file.
  4. Music type: Can be any form of music – original or adapted, and of any genre.
  5. Live participation: The choir director will need to make her/himself/themselves available for a potential video interaction with the judges on the competition date – Sunday, September 25, 2022. This interaction will be live-streamed on FeelitLIVE.
  6. Other: Provide the sheet music along with any writeup, if applicable, for the song submitted as well as a short bio of the choir and choir director/s.
  7. Entry fee: $100 to be paid by credit/debit card for each entry when filling in the online form. If you are entering more than one choir for your school, the cost of entry for each subsequent choir after the first is just $50.

Full terms & conditions

Key dates

Monday, August 2, 2022
Tickets to America's Top Choirs go on sale.

Friday, October 14, 2022
Deadline for choirs to submit entries.

Sunday, October 23 2022  5PM PT/ 8PM ET
America's Top Choirs Virtual Grand Finale

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Evaluation

  1. A jury of four leading choral experts will evaluate each entry and shortlist the Top 10 choirs. The shortlisted choirs will be revealed and their performances showcased at America's Top Choirs Grand Finale.
  2. The decision of the jury is final and cannot be contested.
  3. Each performance will be evaluated according to the following:
    1. Technical evaluation – 10 points
      1. Intonation
      2. Tone
      3. Rhythm
      4. Dynamics
      5. Integration of different voice parts
      6. The overall sound quality of the choir
    2. Music and artistic criteria – 10 points
      1. Interpretation
      2. Style
    3. Overall artistic impression – 10 points
      1. Song selection
      2. Song integrity
      3. Presentation
    4. Audience poll – 10 points (only for the top 10 finalists)
      The audience will be live polling during the Grand Finale broadcast, and this will be factored into the overall team tally.

Prizes

Winner

The high school entry with the highest score will be named America’s Top Choirs 2022 winner and will receive:

  • A $2,500 cash prize
  • An opportunity to claim their Xperience Hub (a branded digital home for their Choir) on FeelitLIVE - worth $350 per year
  • Host a live or on-demand event using the Pro Plan (>$500 in value) features for FREE on FeelitLIVE

Category winners

The categories below will also be selected from all the entries received.

The winner in each category below will be awarded a $500 cash prize and the opportunity to claim their Xperience Hub on FeelitLIVE - worth $350 per year as well as host a live or on-demand event using the Pro Plan (>$500 in value) features for FREE on FeelitLIVE

  • Best creative visuals
  • Best choreography
  • Outstanding live performance
  • Best audio/video engineering

Top 10 Finalists
The top 10 entries selected by the judges will be entitled to:

  • Broadcast their entry at America's Top Choirs™ High School Edition 2022 Grand Finale
  • An opportunity to claim their Xperience Hub on FeelitLIVE - worth $350 per year
  • Host a live or on-demand event using the Pro Plan (>$500 in value) features for FREE on FeelitLIVE

All contestants
All choirs taking part in the competition will be entitled to:

  • Host a live or on-demand event using the Pro Plan (>$500 in value) features for FREE on FeelitLIVE

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