Video Order Form from Mid-American Video

All-State Children's Choir Final concert will be available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. Click on the link above for the order form.

Take the order form with payment to the order table in the Lied Center lobby or send the form to Mid-America Video Images (address listed on order form).


Registration opens Monday, August 14, 2017 for Children's registration
and also for Conference/Clinic Registration
Registration Closes Sept 15 for Children's Choir registration

Registration link for Children's Choir (students)  CLOSED

Teachers: Registration link for 2017 NMEA Conference/Clinic

Nebraska Music Education Association
All-State Children’s Choir Registration Information
(17 FAQs, FYI)

This list of 17 FAQs could also be printed as a downloadable resource for teachers here.

November 16, 2017, Lincoln, Nebraska

What is this?
Students in fourth and fifth grades (whose teachers are NMEA members) are offered a chance to work with acclaimed conductors during odd-numbered years of the Nebraska Music Education Association Conference/Clinic. This is a one-day event with the final performance on the Lied Center for Performing Arts main stage.

Who is the conductor?
Rollo Dilworth will be conducting the choir for November 2017.  Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA. He has served on the faculty since 2009. Prior to his position with Boyer College, he taught music education and was the director of choral activities for 13 years at North Park University in Chicago, where he prepared and conducted numerous extended and choral-orchestral works. Before teaching at the college level, Dilworth also taught choral and general music at the middle school level in his hometown of St. Louis, MO.  Dilworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education and Music from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) and a Doctor of Music degree in Conducting Performance from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). 

During his doctoral program at Northwestern University, Dilworth was accepted into the composition studios of Robert Harris, Pauline Oliveros, and Marta Ptaszynska.  Throughout his career, he has written or arranged African American spirituals, gospel songs, Broadway selections, art songs, vocal exercises, and a musical—all of which are frequently performed by school, church, community, university and professional choirs in the United States and abroad.  The majority of Dilworth’s choral scores are works commissioned by community and professional ensembles. In 2009, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON® Chorus commissioned and premiered his choral-orchestral work entitled Freedom’s Plow, which is based on the text of a Langston Hughes poem bearing the same title.  In 2011, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia commissioned a three-movement choral-orchestral work entitled Rain Sequence, featuring the writings of Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Over 150 of Dilworth’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published, and many are part of the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with the Hal Leonard Corporation. He is also an established author and contributor for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbook series. He has authored 3 books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles, entitled Choir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use (2006); Choir Builders for Growing Voices (2009); and Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 (2014).

Dilworth has conducted 48 all-state choirs ranging across various levels, 6 regional honor choirs, and 5 national honor choirs.

He is an active member of Chorus America, having served on the board of directors from 2007-2017, and as Chair from 2013-2016. He is an active life member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He also holds memberships with several other organizations, including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Who can attend?
  • Students attending must be registered and attending the school or home school listed on the registration.
  • Students must be under the direction of an NMEA member.
  • Students must be in the fourth or fifth grade during the 2017-18 school year.
  • The director MUST be registered and attend the conference/clinic with their student(s).
  • If you wish to become a member of this organization visit:

How do I register my student(s)?

  • Locate registration application link on this website after August 14, 2017.
  • You may select one student for every 25 students that you teach in grades four and five. For example: if you teach 68 fourth graders and 72 fifth graders you could send in five names. If you teach a total of 50 students or less you may submit two names. We will do our best to include both of them in the event.
  • Our goal is 350 singers from around the state of Nebraska.
  • Complete the online registration form on or before midnight, September 15, 2017.

Is there a fee for this event? If so what does it cover?

  • There is a $60 fee per student selected for this event, online payment due by September 30. You will be invoiced.
  • It covers the festival fees, T-shirt, snack and lunch.

When will I know which students were accepted?

  • You will receive an email from Judy Welch by September 21, 2017 listing all of the singers that have been accepted and further instructions.

Is there a possibility that some of my students would not get selected to participate?

  • Yes, because we want to include a representation from as many schools across the state as possible, students will not be selected on a first-come basis.
  • Rather, students will be selected from all applications that are received by the deadline date of midnight September 15, 2017.
  • We are held to a maximum of 350 singers for this event.

What do I do after I know which students have been selected?

  • After you have been notified which singers have been accepted, you will need to submit a payment of $60.00 for each student selected.
  • The All-State Children's Choir will NOT accept checks or purchase orders for students. Payment must be made online through the emailed invoice that teachers receive by email on September 22. Invoices will include student registration fees, as well as fees for any additional T-shirts or lunches. Payments must be made by September 30 to participate. Please follow up with your district office to assure payments have been made on time.
  • Register yourself for Conference at

Is there a dress code for the students?

  • The students need to wear BLACK pants for the performance with their T-shirt.
  • They will receive their T-shirt at check-in and will be asked to change after lunch for the performance.
  • The students need to wear their black pants for the day to save time when changing clothes.
  • Please wear appropriate shoes for movement. No heeled shoes for the girls as it will change the height line up for the risers.
  • White shoes are not allowed because they “stand out” on stage.
  • Select student shoes carefully as they must be able to move easily and quietly on stage.
  • No large hair bows/hats are permitted. If there are medical reasons to support hats etc. please make sure this is indicated on registration so they are not told to remove them.

Where will snacks and lunch be served for the students?

  • Students will be eating their snack and a bag lunch at Westbrook Music Building.
  • Snack will be fruit cups and bottled water.
  • Lunch will be bag lunches with different offerings of meat/vegetarian and chips.
  • We encourage teachers/chaperones to join their students for lunch. Bag lunches are available for $15.
  • Teachers may order their lunches online when registering your student(s). ONLY ORDER YOUR TEACHER LUNCH ONCE AND NOT WITH EVERY STUDENT YOU REGISTER!

What parking is available in this area?

  • Parking is available at parking garages and metered street parking.
  • You cannot park on UNL lots as these are tagged for University professors and students and will be monitored throughout the day.

What is available for hotels if we come to Lincoln on Wednesday evening or choose to stay over on Thursday night?

  • There are many hotels around the downtown area including The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, Embassy Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, and the Graduate.
  • These hotels are also used for the All-State Conference/Clinic so an early reservation is suggested.
  • See the NMEA website ( for more details on available hotels in the area.

What is the student schedule for the day?

Check in                      7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.              Kimball Hall Lobby
Rehearsal                     8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.             Kimball Hall
Break                           9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.           WMB 130 & 132
Rehearsal                     10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Kimball Hall
Lunch                          12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.            WMB 130 & 132
Rehearsal                     1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.              Kimball Hall
Break                           2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.              Restrooms if needed

    -move to Lied Center.        

Dress rehearsal            2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.              Lied Center Stage
Break                           3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.             Kimball Hall
Line up                        3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Line up for stage entrance
Concert                       4:00 p.m.                                Performance at Lied Center
TEACHER pick up     following                                    Kimball Hall – no parents
*****(teachers should arrange a meeting place for parents outside of Kimball Hall so we can clear the building quickly and safely for the singers.)

What will be available for teachers while students are rehearsing?

  • The All-State Conference Clinic will offer Elementary Sessions for Elementary teachers in Westbrook Music Building during the student rehearsals. 
  • Other elementary sessions will be offered throughout the conference.

Is there a fee for the performance and can parents attend?

  • There is a ticket needed for the performance.
  • The concert ticket fee is $15.00 which includes Lied Center fees, and can be purchased through the Lied Center of Performing Arts Box office beginning in September. Order forms will be required.

Can we videotape or take pictures of the program?

  • No. Lied Center policy dictates that no photos or video may be taken in the performance area.  NMEA prohibits videotaping, photography of rehearsals as well.
  • You can purchase a video of the performance through Mid America Productions before or after the program.
  • Photos of the event can be purchased through Anderson Photography before or after the program or online.

What happens if there is a snowstorm or my student becomes ill?

  • NMEA policy states that no refunds will be given for singers unable to attend.
  • Please contact Judy Welch at or 402-202-0565 if your student will not be able to attend so an alternate can be selected, if possible.


CANCELLATION POLICY: There will be no refund of conference registration fees, unless the refund request is due to a personal or family emergency (defined as death or illness of an immediate family member, or other similar circumstance). If the Executive Committee deems the request a legitimate emergency, the refund will consist of half the registration fee paid by the individual.

IMAGE CONSENT:  NMEA has the right to use the image of conference attendees for professional purposes such as, but not limited to website, publications, promotions, broadcasts, advertisements and posters. No compensation will be given to any individual for the use of their image.  Your completed registration form indicates agreement with the above policies.