ALL-State 2020 January 30, 2020 – February 1, 2020

NMACDA 2020 Elementary Choir

Conductor, Brian Leatherman


Brian Patrick Leatherman leads a multi-faceted life as conductor, teacher, singer, and clinician. He is currently in his 25th season as conductor and music director of Denver’s Cherry Creek Chorale, a thriving auditioned community chorus of 130+ members. He retired in 2014 after 30 years as a vocal/general music specialist—the last 15 in the Douglas County school district. Students and adults under his direction have performed at the National Conference of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the Colorado Music Educator’s Association annual Clinic/Conference. He is and active choral clinician and adjudicator.


His most recent activities have been in the area of choral music for seniors. In the fall of 2015 he formed the Highlands Ranch Encore Chorale, a non-auditioned daytime choir; and in the Spring of 2016 the South Suburban Encore Chorale followed. Membership in these groups is now over 230 members.


Prior conducting posts have included the Pueblo Chorale, church choirs, and the Chorus of the Rockies—a Road Scholar/Elderhostel choral program for seniors. Mr. Leatherman has appeared as guest-conductor with the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Boulder and Pueblo Symphonies, and the Greeley and Colorado Springs Chorales. As tenor and counter-tenor soloist he has sung with numerous Colorado choirs and orchestras as well as the San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, and Robert Shaw Festival Chorus.


He holds degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Colorado State University and cites as his two biggest influences Barbara Grenoble in pedagogy, and Robert Shaw in conducting.


Repertoire List


Title Composer/Arranger Publisher Voicing Notes
Seize the Day arr. Emerson Hal Leonard 2-Part
She Shall Have Music^ Nick Page Boosey & Hawkes 2-Part
Birdsong Paul Read Hal Leonard 2 Pt Treble
Mary Poppins (Medley) arr. Eilers Hal Leonard 2-Part
I am but a Small Voice arr. Coates Shawnee 2-Part
Ching-a-Ring-Chaw arr. Aaron Coland Hal Leonard SSAA
A La Media Noche arr. Joan Szymko Santa Barbara Music Publishing SSAA


^2020 All-State Audition piece for 4th – 6th graders.

NMACDA 2020 Mixed Choir

Conductor, Charlette Moe D.M.A

Assistant Director of Choral Activities



Charlette Moe joined the North Dakota State University Music faculty in the fall of 2008. She serves as a coordinator for the Masters of Music in Music Education degree, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music and choral education and supervises student teachers. Dr. Moe is also the conductor of Cantemus, the NDSU women’s choir, and University Chamber Singers. In addition, she is the Orff course director at NDSU, holds a Kodály Mastery Certificate from St. Thomas, is a past faculty member at the Kodály Institute at Minnesota State University and is the upper-level Diamond choir conductor for the Fargo-Moorhead Youth Choir. Previous to her appointment at NDSU, she was adjunct faculty at Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead.


Dr. Moe received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education magna cum laude from Concordia College, a Master of Science degree in music education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Doctorate of Music in conducting from NDSU. As a choral teacher and classroom music teacher for over 15 years in the Minnesota Public School System, Dr. Moe has had experience teaching all grade levels. She was nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 1999 and 2004. Her past guest conducting engagements were with the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Chorale, International Music Camp, and at numerous high school, elementary and middle-level choral festivals in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. She has presented at music conventions in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa.

Moe co-edited the Music of the Americas monograph published by the American Choral Directors Association, served as a section-coach for the Minnesota All-State Choir, adjudicated for North Dakota All-State and vocal solo/ensemble contests. Moe is a member of ACDA, AOSA, and OAKE. Currently, she is the chair for women’s literature for NDACDA.


Repertoire List


Title Composer/Arranger Publisher Voicing Notes
Rejoice in Song! arr. Charlette Moe Graphite Publishing SAB Click here to order.
Come Again Sweet Love* John Dowland Choral Public Domain Library (free) SATB Click here to print.
Windsong Dan Forrest Hal Leonard SATB
The Cuckoo Arr. Robert I. Hugh Hal Leonard SAB
When You are Old Timothy C. Takach Graphite Publishing SATB Click here to order.
Take Me to the Water Rollo Dilworth Hal Leonard SATB


*2020 AllState Audition piece for 7th – 9th graders.


NMACDA 2020 Treble Choir

Conductor, Beth Borchert-Thomas


Beth Thomas was the choral director at Mayfield High School, Las Cruces, NM for 27 years. While serving as choral director there, Mrs. Thomas’ choirs appeared 5 times as the New Mexico All-State Honor Choir and also were featured at the Southwest American Choral Director’s Associations Regional Convention. Mrs. Thomas’ choirs consistently received superior ratings at both district solo and ensemble and district large group festivals. Each year Mrs. Thomas put a disproportionately number of students in the New Mexico All-State Choirs.


While in her tenure at Mayfield, the choirs received Best In Class at many regional and national festivals. Mrs. Thomas has toured with her choirs nationally and worldwide including Washington, DC, New York City and a 7 country tour of Europe. Mrs. Thomas taught in El Paso the last 5 years of her public school career at Brown Middle School in the El Paso Independent School District. She is currently Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Las Cruces, where she conducts the handbells and the children’s, youth, and adult choirs.


Recently Mrs. Thomas has conducted the Region 22 Middle School All-Region Choir of El Paso, Texas and conducted both the Ysleta Independent School District’s High School and Middle School Honor Choirs. She is very active in New Mexico and Texas as an adjudicator for contests while also providing professional development for current choral directors. Mrs. Thomas received her bachelor of music education from East Carolina University and her masters of music from Florida State University. She has been nominated for many awards locally, state and nationally.


She is married to Dennis Thomas, and they have 5 children which she and her husband will say are happily all “out of the house!!”


Repertoire List


Title Composer/Arranger Publisher Voicing Notes
Cantamos! James M. DesJardins Boosey & Hawkes 2 Pt Treble
Deo Dicamus Gratias Victor C. Johnson Heritage Music SSA
A Festive Madrigal William Gooch/Arr. Moore Alfred Music SSA
Heart We Will Forget Him Laura Farnell Hal Leonard SSA
When I Am Silent Joan Varner Alliance Music Publications, Inc. SA
Heartsong Joseph Martin Shawnee Press 2 Pt Treble