Iowa All-State Choral Ensemble Clinic

The Morningside College Performing Arts Department is excited to host an Iowa All-State Choral Ensemble Clinic on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

This event is open to Iowa All-State quartets, trios, duets and soloists in grades 9-12. The primary purpose of the All-State process is to develop choral artists who serve as leaders in vocal music programs and communities. Our staff will work diligently to refine individual and ensemble performances skills through small and large group instruction.

Each All-State group will participate in one 40-minute clinic with an expert All-State clinician (Meet the Clinicians) to:

  • Promote artistic singing and provide detailed suggestions for musical improvement
  • Enhance group communication skills and teamwork
  • Present ideas for strategic placement of voices
  • Provide strategies for improved performance delivery

Groups will also participate in the large chorus, with special emphasis small ensemble development and ensemble independence through mixed standing. The large group instruction is intended to:

  • Reinforce musicianship skills and build strong vocal independence on each All-State selection
  • Include special strategies for enhancing group teamwork and communication through sample high school quartet demonstrations

Click here to see the entire schedule.

Pre-registration is taking place now for choral directors until Friday May 18. When registering, if at all possible, please indicate the number of groups and students you hope to bring. If you do not have numbers to provide at this time, you may still register your school by clicking on the form link below. We will ask for more precise information from you in the fall. The cost is $20 per student and includes on-campus lunch and a Morningside College music t-shirt. Official registration and payment will take place when classes resume in August.

Pre-register now!


Meet the Director

Dr. Ryan Person

Ryan Person is the newly appointed Director of Choral Activities at Morningside College. He most recently taught and studied at Texas Tech University where he served at Graduate Associate Conductor of the Texas Tech University Choir and Women's Chorale. He additionally instructed the Texas Tech Matador Singers (men's choir) and University Singers. Person has a special interest in the growth and development of future music educators and also savors collaboration with students from all areas of study.

Prior to moving to Texas, Person led the choral music program at West High School in Iowa City, Iowa. Ensembles under his direction were featured at notable choral conferences and festivals around the Midwest, including the 2014 North Central American Choral Directors Conference.

During his 13 years as a choral conductor and educator, Person has been an active member of professional choral music organizations and has held numerous leadership positions. He has often served as a guest director, clinician and presenter and was most recently honored to co-present a choral literature session with Richard Bjella at the 2017 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Person holds graduate conducting degrees from Texas Tech University and Michigan State University. He completed his undergraduate degree in music education at Luther College.