For 30 years, Circle the State with Song (CSWS) has been an integral part of Indiana’s choral landscape. This program is a statewide choral festival for elementary and junior high/middle school choirs. Nearly 5,000 youth from hundreds of different schools participate in Circle the State each spring at one of 12 sites throughout Indiana. Over 15,000 community members attend these concerts annually. Beginning in 2018, IMEA has added a High School CSWS.
Each year, IMEA announces the repertoire for the Festival at the beginning of the school year and music educators spend months preparing their students for the festival events in November. Challenging choral repertoire helps elevate the music instruction at the participating schools, and it also provides an exciting and culminating experience for the youth. During the festival, the participating schools rehearse and perform together under the director of a highly experienced Clinician. The primary objectives of the program include:
- Provide students with an exciting and quality choral performance with other students from their area;
- Allow music teachers an opportunity to observe and learn from the clinician working with the students, plus to share and discuss vocal pedagogy with other teachers; and
- Provide students the challenge and opportunity to sing quality children’s choral repertoire.
Participation in this choir is open to South Adams High School Choir students, and may also require an audition for Mrs. Thomson. Students will be given audition information in the first week of school. The date for the festival is November 9, 2019, at IU Kokomo in Kokomo, Indiana.