High School Honors Choir
The High School Honors Choir program offers Regional Honors Choirs, State Honors Choirs and an All-State Honors Choir.
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Regional Honors Choirs
The Regional Honors Choirs program includes:
Region A: Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 (except Allegan and Barry counties)
Region B: Districts 6, 8, 10 (Allegan and Barry counties), 11
Region C: Districts 4, 12, 15, 16
Region D: Districts 13, 14
Up to four singers per voice part may audition with each school sending no more than 32 singers. Example: 4 Soprano I, 4 Soprano II, 4 Alto I, 4 Alto II, etc. For Regional auditions only, substitutions of the same voice part will be permitted up to three days prior to the event. Example: Soprano I for a different Soprano I, A rehearsal recording may be obtained from Choraltech.
Singers will audition online individually on their own voice part. The audition piece must be sung in its entirety without accompaniment. Please refer to the instructions and guidelines found on the links.
In each region, a choir will be chosen with a maximum of 170 singers.
Participating schools will be notified of the audition results by email. Individual scores will not be released.
Singers chosen for the Regional Honors Choirs will rehearse and perform in December. The repertoire will be the same in all regions including the regional audition selection, two SSAA selections, two TTBB selections and one SATB selection. A performance will take place at the end of the day.
Regional audition pieces
HS online audition piece will be rotated out of a list of 5 pieces. This will be performed at the December concert (total of 7 pieces – 3 SATB, 2 SSAA 2 TTBB), but not at the January concert.
5 Regional audition pieces starting in 2017 (that would rotate again in 2022)
a. 2017 - Exsultate Justi -- Viadana
b. 2018 - Ave Verum Corpus -- Byrd
c. 2019 - O vos omnes -- Victoria
d. 2020 - Sicut cervus -- Palestrina
e. 2021 - Jubilate Deo -- Orlando de Lassus
State Honors Choirs
Auditions for the three State Honors Choirs will take place during the rehearsals of the Regional Honors Choirs. All students, including those not wishing to be considered for one of the State Honors Choirs, will be asked to sing parts from several of the pieces which have been selected. Students will have these pieces memorized for the regional rehearsals. Unprepared singers will not be selected. A short intermediate level sight reading exercise will be included at the State Honors Choirs audition.
Students must participate and audition on the voice parts they were assigned at the October audition. Singers will be rated on a point system (sample form in the Forms and Applications section of this document). Those students with the highest ratings in each voice part will be selected and assigned to a State Honors Choir. The number of students accepted from each region is based on the number of students per region auditioning for the State Honors Choirs.
Rehearsal recordings may be obtained from Choraltech.
The results of State Honors Choirs auditions will be posted at the end of the Regional Honors Choirs performance. Each State Honors Choir student will pick up a folder that contains the music, rehearsal schedule and location information and the forms that must be completed and returned to the High School Honors Choir Supervisor. Each teacher must review the materials with students and collect the forms as indicated on the schedule.
Students selected for a State Honors Choir will not be allowed to participate in All-State Band or All-State Orchestra as these groups rehearse at the same time in January. If a student’s school group is performing at the MMC, he/she will be excused to participate for the warm-up and performance only.
All-State Honors Choir
Students who wish to be considered for the All-State Honors Choir should indicate their interest on the Region Day/State Application Form and confirm their willingness to participate by signing the form.
The results of State Honors Choir auditions will determine the All-State Choir. Directors will be contacted by February 1 regarding student selection for the All-State Choir. All-State Honors Choir members must be members in a Regional and State Honors Choir.
The All-State Honors Choir will not exceed 120 members. Selections will be based on quotas similar to the State Honors Choirs allowing for flexibility to ensure that a balanced choir.
The All-State Honors Choir will perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo in May.