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Junior Honor Chorus
Friday, March 27, 2015
9:30a to 5:00p

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Download the complete 2015 INFORMATION LETTER and honor choir APPLICATION FORM here. 

 

Western Illinois University Choirs is pleased to join you in the pursuit of excellence for your choral program by hosting this Junior Honors Chorus 2015 for male and female students in grades 7 and 8 on Friday, March 27. Please encourage your changed male voices to participate. Registration begins at 9a with the concert at 4:30p. Offered in the spirit of a true honors chorus, this challenging event is for your singers seeking a mature and sophisticated musical experience.  In addition to inspirational and encouraging rehearsals, participants will enjoy special enrichment sessions in technique, musicianship and artistry.  A special combined rehearsal will pair your students with the Western Illinois University Singers, our representative choral ensemble that has appeared at over 20 state, regional and national conventions including many professional venues.  Your students will find this to be a nurturing and motivating experience.

Students will audition for the honor chorus by CD submission, postmarked by December 8, 2014.  There is no fee to audition. There will be a $22.00 per student fee for those accepted to the honor choir to help cover the cost of instruction and teaching materials.  Participants are asked to supply their own honor choir music.  Directors will be notified via email by December 19 as to which students are selected to participate.

Repertoire for the honor choir must be memorized (5 selections). Students will be asked to sing their parts in their respective sections to affirm memorization. We will supply music learning videos via Youtube. 

Honor Choir Polo shirts will be provided to all participants.  The final concert uniform will consist of the honor choir shirt and dark pants/jeans.

All participating students must be accompanied by a teacher or parent the entire honor choir day.  Those traveling a long distance may wish to come to Macomb on Thursday evening. Several motels are located very close to the university and campus housing in the Olson Conference Center is available.

We look forward to receiving your student’s applications!

Questions: Dr. James Stegall, jc-stegall@wiu.edu

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2015 Repertoire

Lift up your voices / Handel arr. Liebergen / SATB - Trumpets / Alfred Music / 17653

Festival Sanctus / Leavitt / SATB / CPP-Belwin / SV8821

Niska Banja / arr. Page / SATB - 2 pianos - clarinet - tambourine/ Boosey & Hawkes (Hal Leonard) / 48020831

O Music / Brunner / SATB - cello / Boosey & Hawkes / M-051-46800-3

Home / arr. Billingsley / SATB - Guitars-Drums/ Hal Leonard / 00113015

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Overview of the Experience: 

The honor choir will be SATB.

There is no fee to audition.  There is a $22 per student participation fee for those accepted into the honor choir.

Directors will help their students prepare audition CDs.

Applications must be postmarked by December 8, 2014.

Directors will be notified via email on December 19, 2014 as to which students are accepted into the honor choir.

The selections for the honor choir must be memorized. Students may be asked to sing their parts in small groups once they arrive to affirm memorization.

Students will need to provide their own music and bring it to the festival for reference purposes during rehearsal.

Honor Choir Polo Shirts will be provided to all participants.  The final concert uniform will consist of the honor choir shirt and dark pants/jeans.

All participating students must be chaperoned by their director or parent for the duration of honor choir day.

Those traveling a long distance may wish to travel to Macomb on Thursday evening. Several motels are located close to the university. On-campus housing will be available.