VIRTUAL Iowa All-State Choir Camp


This experience offers an asynchronous, innovative, sequential and comprehensive approach to learning the Iowa All-State Choir repertoire with these SIX nationally renowned clinicians:

Craig Arnold Richard Bjella Lynne Gackle Amanda Quist James Rodde Sandra Snow

Each clinician will work with select student members of the Iowa State Singers, one on one.  As the Singers learn the All-State Choir repertoire, you’ll learn with them!  And you’ll have it all online for future reference. 

As a registrant, you will first receive an introduction to each piece by Dr. Rodde, and when possible, interviews with the composers. Then, during the first two weeks of August, you’ll receive for each piece and for each voice part:

  • A solfege reading by the singer, under tempo
  • A sing-through by the singer, with text, under tempo
  • A split-screen lesson with one of our clinicians
  • A sing-through employing the clinician’s coaching
  • All SATB parts sung together, at tempo, so you can join in*

*Select only the voice parts you’d like to hear, to challenge yourself.

Additionally, registrants will be given the following:

  • A midi recording of each piece, highlighting your part. 
  • A link with tips for preparing a successful all-state audition. 

Registration Information

Registration fees: $50 per student OR $750 for schools with 15 or more registrants

Directors with five (5) or more students registering will receive all links at no cost.

Register today! Select form and send it in:

Group form/register multiple singers

Individual singer form

Billing information

Make no payment now.  Billing will be through Iowa State and your completed registration form will serve as your commitment to participate and make payment.  Cancelations will be accepted only through July 15.  

Mail the Registration form to:

All-State Choir Camp
149 Simon Estes Music Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Or email to Sara Compton at


With an exciting list of engaging and knowledgeable clinicians, Dr. Rodde has created a comprehensive online alternative to an in-person All-State Camp.  This camp promises to foster strong musicianship and prepare students for musical leadership beyond the All-State process.   - Jeff Knutson, Waukee High School

The pandemic will end. In the meantime, let’s do things to benefit ourselves and develop our skills. Let’s prepare for that day when we can once again come together, meeting friends for rehearsals, expanding our creativity, sharing our feelings through music, and deeply enriching our souls.  What a glorious thing choral music is, and how much more we’ll appreciate it when life returns to normal. Thank you for joining us in this new, innovative approach to studying and learning the All-State repertoire!  - Dr. James Rodde, Director of Iowa State Singers


Learn more about each Clinician

Craig ArnoldCraig Arnold
Manhattan Concert Productions

Craig Arnold has conducted in most of the United States, frequently at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and other major venues throughout the world. He has had an extensive career as conductor of choirs and orchestras of all ages; educator of graduate, undergraduate, high school, and middle school students; guest lecturer for teacher and conductor training; and guest conductor of workshops, festivals, and all state choirs across the country.  Following a tenure as Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the internationally renowned Nordic Choir at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he is currently the Artistic Director of Manhattan Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.

Passionate about outstanding choral opportunities, Dr. Arnold founded CODA Concerts and its unique mission to accompany the performance experiences offered internationally through sister-company Manhattan Concert Productions, a New York City-based production company he founded in 1999.

In addition to Luther College, Dr. Arnold previously served as Director of Choral Activities at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He has high school teaching experience from positions in Iowa and Minnesota, and music ministry experience from serving on church staffs in Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and Michigan.

Arnold’s education includes a doctorate in choral and orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY; a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Choirs under his direction have performed at state, regional, and national conventions, toured throughout the United States and abroad, and produced numerous CD recordings. The national broadcast of Christmas at Luther 2008 with Arnold as Artistic Director received a regional Emmy award.  The University Chorale from Western Michigan, under Arnold’s direction, won first prize at the prestigious international choral competition in Wales.

Dr. Arnold serves as frequent guest lecturer and conductor throughout the United States and abroad having appeared in Japan, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Wales, Hong Kong, China, Russia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Austria and most of the United States, including Alaska.

Richard BjellaRichard Bjella
Artistic Director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir

Richard Bjella has distinguished himself as a conductor, clinician, choral pedagogue, and choral arranger. In 2014 Bjella was appointed Artistic Director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir. Their most recent CD, UNFROZEN: A Baltic Christmas received Grammy attention in 2018.

He retired from Texas Tech University in 2017, but previous to his work in Lubbock, Bjella served 25 years as Director of Choral Studies at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, leading the Concert Choir in an acclaimed performance at the 2009 National ACDA Convention. The Texas Tech University Choir has been celebrated for its excellence in Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall, at TMEA convention appearances, and at the 2013 ACDA Convention.

Bjella has presented workshops at several ACDA national and regional conventions and has been a headliner for countless events from Alaska to Florida for teachers and students alike. It has also been his honor to conduct and present masterclasses around the world and at over 400 festivals and workshops in 34 states, including several appearances at Lincoln Center, Orchestra Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He has also presented workshops and conducted in SOUTH KOREA, ENGLAND, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, LITHUANIA, COLUMBIA, HAITI, ESTONIA, and ITALY.  This year he conducted and lead workshops in 11 universities from Colorado to Florida, doing countless festivals with high school students before the Covid -19 pandemic hit.  He will be the choral editor for the San Antonio Chamber Choir Choral Series with Hal Leonard beginning in 2021.         

He is also active in the promotion of creative choral programming and is a contributing writer for The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy (2017) with his chapter, The Art of Successful Programming: Study, Selection, and Synthesis.    

Bjella was recipient of a ‘2017 Professing Excellence Award’ at Texas Tech University and the Lawrence University teaching award in 2008. This award is given to outstanding faculty who go “above and beyond,” both inside and outside the classroom, to impact student learning and academic success.  He was also honored to receive the ‘Morris Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Wisconsin Choral Directors.

Lynne GackleLynne Gackle
Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University
Mary Jane Gibbs Professor of Music Chair

Lynne Gackle is the Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University and holds the Mary Jane Gibbs Professor of Music Chair. She conducts Baylor Bella VoceBaylor Concert Choir, teaches choral conducting, choral literature and serves as the Director of the Ensemble Division. Prior to her Baylor appointment, Lynne taught at the University of South Florida, University of Mississippi and the University of Miami (FL). She received her education from LSU (BME) and the University of Miami (MM/PhD) in Coral Gables, FL. She is an active clinician and conductor and has held various positions within the American Choral Directors Association, including President, Southern Division and ACDA-Florida and currently serves as the National President. She also served as the TCDA-VP of Collegiate/Community Choirs. Gackle is the editor of Choral Artistry for the Singer (Walton Music/GIA) and the Lynne Gackle Choral Series (Colla Voce). Recognized for her research on the female adolescent voice, Lynne is the author of Finding Ophelia’s Voice, Opening Ophelia’s Heart (Heritage) and is a contributing author for other books published by GIA, Oxford, and Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill. She holds memberships in ACDA, TMEA, TCDA, and NATS. She and her husband, Merlin, reside in Woodway, TX.

Amanda QuistAmanda Quist
Director of Choral Activities for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami

Dr. Amanda Quist is the Director of Choral Activities for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Dr. Quist was previously Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department, and Associate Professor of Conducting at Westminster Choir College. Dr. Quist is the recipient of Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2018 Mazzotti Award for Women’s Leadership, and she is the Carol F. Spinelli Conducting Fellow. Dr. Quist was recently invited to be a conductor for the ACDA International Exchange Program, clinician for the 2019 ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival in Australia, juror for the Penabur International Choir Festival in Indonesia, and clinician for the Interkultur International Choral Festival. Westminster Kantorei, winner of the 2018 American Prize in College & University Choral Performance, has performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference, Boston Early Music Festival, American Handel Festival, and Interkultur. The choir recently released its first commercial recording, Lumina, distributed by Naxos, which was hailed by as a recording “sung with great beauty of sound and excellent articulation ... a CD to cherish” and by National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen as “superb, a splendid recording, highly recommended.” During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Quist collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. She also serves as Chorus Master for the Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus. Dr. Quist’s role as Chorus Master for the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival garnered praise from The New York Times and Charleston City Paper, who described the chorus’ performance as “beautifully prepared, gripping,” a “gossamer web of voices” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.”

Dr. Quist was Director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, a highly regarded summer program for talented high school students, and Director of Choral Activities at San José State University. Her other honors include the James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. An active guest conductor and clinician, her recent and upcoming appearances include the NAfME All National Honor Choir, All State High School & Collegiate Honor Choirs throughout the country, and serving as a headliner for music conferences in the US and abroad. Dr. Quist is the National ACDA Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for Collegiate Activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music. A Michigan native, she now lives with her husband and son in Florida.

James RoddeJames Rodde
Louise Moen Hamilton Endowed Chair in Music and Director of Choral Activities at Iowa State University

James Rodde is the Louise Moen Hamilton Endowed Chair in Music and Director of Choral Activities at Iowa State University. He conducts the Iowa State Singers, the 140-voice Iowa Statesmen, and teaches choral conducting and literature. Since his appointment at ISU in 2000, the choral program has grown to now include roughly 400 undergraduate choristers.

Choirs under his direction have toured internationally and have been honored with performances at several distinguished music conferences, including the 1993, 1997, 2005, 2009, 2015, and 2019 ACDA National Conferences and the 2008 and 2011 NCCO National Conferences. As a teacher of conducting, his student Shelby Sievers won the ACDA National Undergraduate Conducting Competition in 2005.

An active clinician, Dr. Rodde has led several All-State and regional festival ensembles, including two North Central ACDA Men's Honor Choirs. Other guest conducting engagements include All-State Choirs in Texas, Kentucky, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Colorado, Mississippi, and Nebraska. Upon his arrival at Iowa State Dr. Rodde instituted the ISU Honor Choir, a highly select ensemble of high school students, chosen annually through live auditions across the state.

Alliance, AMSI, Hal Leonard, Lawson-Gould, Mark Foster, Musica Russica, and Santa Barbara have published Dr. Rodde's editions and arrangements of choral music. He served as the North Central ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Male Choirs for over a decade, and since 2003 has been the Artistic Director of the Des Moines Choral Society.

A native of Minneapolis, Dr. Rodde received the Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Augsburg College and completed the M.A. and D.M.A. degrees in Choral Conducting at the University of Iowa. From 1985 to 2000 he served as Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Dakota, where he was honored with the Fine Arts Faculty Award for Teaching.

Sandra SnowSandra Snow
Professor of Choral Conducting and Music Education and Chair of the Music Education Area, Michigan State University

As conductor, pedagogue, and scholar, Sandra Snow is widely acknowledged as one who brings singers of all ages and abilities to artful performance through an understanding of the music and its context in the world around them.  As Professor of Choral Conducting and Music education at the Michigan State University College of Music, the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble has appeared as featured performers at American Choral Directors Association conventions at state, regional, and national levels. As guest conductor, she travels extensively in North America and abroad.

In 2017 Snow created mirabai, a project-based professional women’s chorus. mirabai features alumna associated with the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble. mirabai was a featured ensemble at the Texas Choral Director’s Association conference in 2018. The inaugural recording, Ecstatic Songs, was released in 2018. mirabai will open the 2020 conference of the Southwest Division of the American Choral Director’s Association.

Snow is the Chair of the MSU Music Education Area and the Artistic Director of the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education produced annually at MSU. Snow is author of the DVD "Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success" published by GIA (2009), a resource for conductor-teachers at all levels of teaching. She edits the choral music series In High Voice published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Snow is a recipient of the Michigan State University William J. Beal Award for Outstanding Faculty, the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Dortha J. and John D. Withrow award for Excellence in Teaching.