High School Honor Choirs

2022-2023 High School Honor Choir Opportunities

  • Throughout the school year, there are many opportunities for singers to audition and perform for an Honor Choir.  While performing in our school choir is a great experience, performing with an Honor Choir is a really great experience.  Often these choirs are much larger than our school choir, have a select group of singers and are led by a renowned conductor.  In most cases, the choir rehearses for two or three days, and then features a culminating concert.
  • Participation in any of these choirs is an honor and come with expectations.  If a singer wishes to audition, they must accept the amount of time and effort required. Students are expected to practice their music and have it learned before attending rehearsals. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and follow the specific rules and guidelines outlined for each event.
  • These honor choir opportunities also come with a financial responsibility including the audition fee, participation fee and in some cases, travel, meals and lodging.
  • The HBW Music Scholarship Fund is available to support any student who wishes to audition or participate in the Senior Honor Choir, All-District and All-VA Chorus.  Due to the expensive cost,  we are unable to provide financial support for the ACDA Honor Choirs.  If you wish to make use of scholarship support, please speak to Bill.

 

Senior Honor Choir

Who is eligible to audition? Any 12th grader enrolled in chorus
When & where are the auditions Virtual audition on OpusEvent. Audition registration is due by September 16th.  After you register, a payment link will be sent to the parent email address.  You will not be able to access the audition portal until the audition fee is paid through Opus .  After registering and paying the audition fee, the virtual audition window will be September 29th-October 6th.
Audition Fee $13 paid through OpusEvent
Audition Requirements “I Attempt From Love’s Sickness” by Henry Purcell & Sight Reading
Audition Resources & Info All audition materials are available at this website, including sheet music for the audition song, accompaniment tracks and sample sight reading examples. (Links to an external site.)
Audition Registration Form If you would like to register for the Senior Honor Choir Auditions, please let Bill know by completing this form.
Event Information  If you are accepted, the Senior Honor Choir the rehearsals and concert will be November 17-19 in Richmond, VA.  More details about the Honor Choir event will be shared with participating singers.

 

ACDA National Honor Choir

Who is eligible to audition?
  • Singers in 6th grade are eligible for the Elementary OR Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir.
  • Singers in grades 6, 7, 8 & 9 are eligible for the Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir.
  • Singers in grades 10-12 are eligible for the SSAA or SATB High School Honor Choir.
  • If you are eligible for more than one honor choir, such as a 6th grader, or a 10th grade soprano, you may audition for more than one Honor Choir.
  • All choirs rehearse and perform in conjunction with the American Choral Directors Association National Conference.
When & where are the auditions Virtual Audition – all materials must be submitted by September 29th.  Bill is happy to assist with the preparation and recording of the audition requirements.  Mp3 recordings can be submitted to this Canvas Assignment.
Audition Fee $30 paid by check payable to ‘H-B Woodlawn’ or by credit card on the Registration Form.
Audition Requirements
  1. Sing a prescribed vocalise (chorus warm-up) demonstrating your range.
  2. Learn and perform an excerpt of choral music.
  3. Sing a solo of that demonstrates the tone quality and musicality of a choral singer.
Audition Resources & Info Additional information about the audition, Honor Choir event and resources are available at this link. (Links to an external site.)
Audition Registration Form If you would like to register for the ACDA National Honor Choir Auditions, please let Bill know by completing this form.
Event Information  The ACDA National Honor Choir will meet February 22-25, 2023 in Cincinnati, OH and is a tremendous opportunity to make music with singers from around the country.  If you are selected, students are financially responsible for the participation fee, transportation to and from the event, and, if selecting the less expensive participation fee, hotel accommodations as well as chaperone supervision. The participation fees and inclusions are as follows:

  • $580 inclusive of hotel, most meals, honor choir participation and ACDA-provided chaperone supervision
  • OR $350 inclusive of most meals and honor choir participation, but does not offer hotel accommodations or chaperone supervision

Additional event information can be found at the link above.

 

HS All District Chorus

Who is eligible to audition? The All-District Honor Choir is an opportunity for singers from District 12 to rehearse challenging music, and work with a renowned choral conductor at an advanced level.  Each year the All District Chorus performances are powerful and memorable.  There are two All-District Choirs.  The Treble Chorus is for soprano and altos in grades 9 & 10.  The SATB Chorus is for tenor and basses in grades 9-12 and soprano and altos in grades 11 & 12.
When & where are the auditions Saturday, November 6th at McLean High School.  There are three audition blocks, and students will be assigned to blocks based on their Registration requests.  Your audition will be at some point during one of the following blocks:

  • Block A = 8:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Block B = 10:15 am to 12:15 pm
  • Block C = 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Audition Fee $11 paid by check payable to ‘H-B Woodlawn’ or by credit card on the Registration Form.
Audition Requirements “Wither Must I Wander” by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Sight Reading
Audition Resources & Info Click here for audition materials: sheet music, practice tracks and accompaniment tracks. (Links to an external site.) Click here to see practice sight reading examples
Audition Registration Form If you would like to register for the HS All-District Chorus Auditions, please let Bill know by completing this formComplete the HS All District Chorus Commitment Form (Links to an external site.)
Event Information  If selected, the choir will rehearse the evening of Thursday, February 9th, during the school day on Friday, February 10th and in the morning of Saturday, February 11th at Herndon High School.  The performance will be at Herndon High School beginning at 3:00pm.

 

High School All Virginia Chorus

Who is eligible to audition? Any singer who has been accepted to the All-District Honor Chorus is eligible to audition for the All-VA Honor Chorus.
When & where are the auditions Thursday, February 9th at Herndon HS during the first rehearsal of the All-District Chorus
Audition Fee $15 paid by check payable to ‘H-B Woodlawn’ or by credit card on the Registration Form.
Audition Requirements “Wither Must I Wander” by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Sight Reading (same audition song as the All-District Chorus but more difficult sight reading)
Audition Resources & Info Click here for audition materials: sheet music, practice tracks and accompaniment tracks. (Links to an external site.)
Audition Registration Form If you would like to register for the HS All-Virginia Chorus Auditions, please let Bill know by completing this formComplete the VCDA All-Virginia Commitment Form found at this link (Links to an external site.)
Event Information  If selected, the All Virginia Music Event will be April 27th-29th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  The cost of participating will be approximately $200.  APS will coordinate transportation, hotel accommodations and chaperone coverage.  The final concert will be Saturday, April 29th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center at 3:00pm.