Regional Honors Choirs

The High School Honors Choir program offers Regional Honors Choirs, State Honors Choirs and an All-State Honors Choir.


The Regional Honors Choirs program includes: 
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.

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 acceptd website below.

Audition Guidelines

To begin the 2021 school year, Michigan School Vocal Music Association will abide by the Covid safety guidelines published by the International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study, August 12, 2021, and the National Federation of High School Associations. 
 
For all MSVMA sponsored events and rehearsals, we will abide by the following minimum standards:

  • All participants will remain masked during all times.
  • Singers will be spaced 3 feet apart.
  • After 50 min of rehearsal or room use the space will be vacated for air change. 

These guidelines are minimums and are subject to host site school and county requirements.  


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.

Audition Guideline & Procedures

The director or the student must sign up and create an account before starting the application process. If you experience technical issues with submitting an Honors Choir Application through the Acceptd program, you should visit the following website https://acceptd.zendesk.com/hc/en-us or call the support line at 1-888-725-2122.


October Audition Application Link 

Submit your online audition. 

    Fees
    Audition: $25
    Regional: $40
    State: $100

    Please send school check and all forms to:

    MSVMA

    P.O. Box 1131

    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Regions
    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

    Emily Verdonk
    Director of Honors Choirs
    emilyverdonk@msvma.org

    TBD

    State Honors Choir HS Supervisor



    High School Honors Choir Repertoire List 

    The High School Honors Choir Audition selection is:

    Sicut Cervus - Palestrina Mercury Press

    2021-2022 Schedule

    September 7   Regional Honors Choir online auditions open 

    October 14      Regional Honors Choir online auditions deadline 

    October 25      Regional Honors Choir/State auditions registration deadline (midnight)

    December 4    Regional Honors Choir/State auditions

    December 10  State Honors Choir registration deadline

    January 27-29 State Honors Choir rehearsals and performance at MMC


       Practice Recordings

    Region A

    Caledonia High School

    9050 Kraft Ave SE

    Caledonia, 49316

    Host: Kara Stevens

    Region B
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo
    Host:  Kevin West

    Region C

    Monroe High School

    901 Herr Rd

    Monroe

    Host: Cate Windelborn

    Region D
    Bethany Lutheran Church
    202 South 11th Street
    Escanaba
    Host:  John Beck

    Candice Sytsma

    State Honors Choir Region A

    Coordinator

    SSAA Coordinator

    csytsma@grcs.org


    Claire Bellamy 
    State Honors Choir Region B Coordinator
    SATB Coordinator
    claire.bellamy@okemosk12.net

    Maxwell Trombley

    State Honors Choir Region C

    Coordinator

    TTBB Coordinator

    maxwelltrombley@gmail.com

    John Beck
    State Honors Choir Region D Coordinator

    jbeck@eskymos.com


    Consideration for 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.  For more information on All State click here

    Audition pieces will be the following:

    2021: Sicut Cervus - Palestrina

    2022: Jubilate Deo - Orlando de Lassus

    2023: Exsultate Justi - Viadana

    2024: Ave Verum Corpus - Byrd

    2025: O Vos Omnes - Victoria

                                                   

     State Music Provided By:


                                                                                                      

    Michigan School Vocal Music Association

    P.O. Box 1131

    Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

    (231) 592 - 9344

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