Virtual Honors Choir

Please read the following details closely, as the process is different with the virtual festival format! 

MSVMA's 2020-2021 Honors Choirs will take place in the form of virtual choir performances. There will be one virtual choir for High School (SATB), one for Middle School (SATB), and one for Vocal Jazz. A professional production company will be collecting, editing, and producing each virtual choir.



  • All students 6-12th grade may participate in their respective choir. 9th graders may choose to participate in either or both ensembles. All participants may participate in the vocal jazz ensemble as well as a classical ensemble.
  • There is no audition to participate. Students are expected to be prepared through personal rehearsal and attending the Zoom rehearsals. All submissions will be included in the final virtual choir production.


  • The director OR individual students may complete the registration application.
  • Registration is completed online through this event link. For technical issues, contact
  • Music will be emailed to participants upon registration. No music purchases are necessary.
  • After registration and payment are completed, students will be sent a link to fill out/submit their videos.
  • The participation fee is $40. Payment can be made at the time of registration, or an invoice can be created and paid before the submission deadline.
  • No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Invoice and payment must be postmarked by the deadline. Purchase orders are accepted.

High School

Rehearsal Tracks

Soprano I

Soprano II





Balanced Voices

Conducting Videos (Watch while you record!)

Soprano 1

Soprano 2





    Marques Garrett

    A Virginia native, Marques L. A. Garrett is an Assistant Professor of Music in Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Glenn Korff School of Music. Before earning his PhD in Music Education (Choral Conducting) at Florida State University, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he holds an MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA from Hampton University. An active conductor, Dr. Garrett serves as a guest conductor or clinician with school, church, community, and festival/honor choirs throughout the country. In addition to his conducting classes at UNL, he leads conducting workshops at other universities and conferences. His formal conducting studies were with Dr. Andr√© J. Thomas, Dr. Carole J. Ott, Dr. Carl G. Harris, Jr., and Mr. Royzell Dillard. A versatile voice that performs both as a baritone and countertenor, Dr. Garrett has sung with several community, church, and university groups as both a chorister and soloist. He was the baritone soloist for the Germantown Concert Chorus’s performance of Haydn’s Missa in Augustiis. His premiere as a countertenor in Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo served as the work’s European premiere in Limerick, Ireland. Additionally, he performed the role of Lil Lud in Bernstein’s White House Cantata with the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Currently, he sings with First-Plymouth Congregational Church (NE) and Festival Singers of Florida. Dr. Garrett is an avid composer of choral and solo-vocal music whose compositions have been performed to acclaim by high school all-state, collegiate, and professional choirs including Seraphic Fire and the Oakwood University Aeolians. GIA Publications, Walton Music, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Hinshaw Music, G. Schirmer, Beckenhorst Press, and Carus-Verlag have published several of his compositions. As a researcher, his most advantageous topic is the non-idiomatic choral music of black composers. His lectures at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and at other local and national venues afford him the opportunity to showcase this underrepresented area of music. Dr. Garrett holds membership in the American Choral Directors Association; American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; National Collegiate Choral Organization; and Pi Kappa Lambda. With the National Association of Negro Musicians, he currently serves as the national scholarship chair.

    Middle School


    Rehearsal Tracks

    Balanced Voices

    Accompaniment Only

    Soprano Predominant

    Alto Predominant

    Tenor Predominant

    Bass Predominant

    Vocal Jazz


    **Note from the Director** - The cutoff in measure 4 of the video is not accurate. Top voices, follow the music and the guide tracks with the cutoff on beat 4 of measure 4.

    Rehearsal Tracks

    Accompaniment Only

    Balanced Voices

    Soprano Dominant

    Alto Dominant

    Tenor Dominant

    Bass Dominant

    April Tini

    April Tini is a vocal music educator and solo artist from the Detroit area. After graduating from Western Michigan University with a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting, she went on to teach Vocal Jazz at Northwestern University, Berklee College of Music, and Wayne State University. She then transitioned to West Bloomfield Middle School, where she created and nurtured a thriving choral program, and co-directed a respected and beloved musical theater program, having conducted over 20 student musicals! 

    April has been on the teaching staff of the Metro Detroit Jazz Workshop, Show Choir Camps Of America, and she’s presented hundreds of clinics and workshops for music teachers across the country. Ms. Tini also conducted All State and Regional choirs in Arizona, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin, and her ensembles have performed at State, Regional and National Music Conferences. She is a frequent adjudicator and clinician at music festivals and competitions throughout the US and Canada and has also taught and performed in Europe and Japan. 

    Her former students, now industry professionals, include: songwriters and producers, audio engineers, music directors, vocal jazz stars, professional musicians and back-up singers, Broadway show and tour performers, and TV singer/actress Ryan Destiny, from the Fox hit show, Star. 

    April’s versatile performance credits include singing with the Symphony Choruses of Boston and Chicago and in the studio for commercial jingles such as NBC, McDonalds, and Sears.  Also, industrial and stage shows for AT&T, Coca-Cola, GM, and Cedar Point Amusement Park. April has performed with such diverse artists as Bobby McFerrin, Clare Fischer, Gary Burton, and Andy Williams, as well as Detroit jazz luminaries, Matt Michaels, George “Sax” Benson, Chris Collins and her husband and frequent collaborator, Dennis Tini. April appears on several Detroit based jazz recordings and is a regular performer at the Michigan Jazz Festival, as well as clubs and concert halls throughout the state. Recently, April performed as part of an NYC staged reading for a new musical in production, Bonhoeffer The Musical. 

    Ms. Tini maintains a private voice studio and an active performance and teaching schedule in the Detroit area, where she resides with her husband, and she continues to tour and speak as a passionate, leading voice in the field of contemporary vocal music education.  She believes strongly in the equality of all students, and her mission is to instill in students and their teachers, a profound sense of self-belief, confidence and achievement, through the study and performance of vocal music. April is a proud alumn and former director of Gold Company, WMU’S award winning vocal jazz ensemble, and she served as the founding director of GCII. Her Vocal Jazz Arrangements are published through Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard and UNC Jazz Press. 


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