WIU Choirs

Junior Honor Chorus
Monday, April 4, 2016
9:30a to 5:00p

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Download the complete 2016 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 2016 for male and female students in grades 7 and 8 on Monday, April 4, 2016. 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 February 4 , 2016There 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 February 8 as to which students are selected to participate.

Repertoire for the honor choir must be memorized (3 selections). Students will be asked to sing their parts in their respective sections to affirm memorization. 

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 Sunday 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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2016 Repertoire TBA

One selection from the historical repertoire

One selection from the 21st Century

One popular selection

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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 February 4, 2016.

Directors will be notified via email on February 8, 2016  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.

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Rehearsal and Performance Schedule:

9:30a     Junior Chorus Rehearsal 

10:45a   Break

11:00a   Junior Chorus Rehearsal

11:50a   Lunch on your own

 1:00p    Special Presentation with University Singers 

              University Singers / Junior Honors Chorus  rehearsal

2:00p    Special Presentation  / Junior Chorus Rehearsal 

3:10p    Break

3:30p    Final Rehearsal 

4:00p    Concert