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2018 Honor Choir Festival - Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Wayne State will be hosting an opportunity for your students to shine during the 2017-18 academic year! The annual WSC Honor Choir Festival is held on the Wayne State College campus in the Peterson Fine Arts Building.

The 2018 event will bring together some of the best high school voices in the region for an exciting day of music-making. Although sectional rehearsals are planned, your students will have a better experience if some time is spent looking at the music before they arrive. The day will culminate in a joint concert with the WSC Concert Choir at 4 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults, and students are free. 

In an effort to provide balanced singing opportunities, we are pleased to offer two honor choirs again this year. The mixed choir will be conducted by Matthew Armstrong and the women’s choir will be conducted by Tracy Anderson, choral director at Wayne High School. Students will be selected for the ensembles based on the total number of entries and recommendations by their high school directors.

When possible, please nominate a full mixed quartet. While extra men and women are welcome, don't hesitate to bring additional young ladies to enhance the women’s honor choir. We are excited about the literature and expect both choirs will provide wonderful experiences again this year. Although sectional rehearsals are planned, students will have a better experience if time is spent preparing the music before the festival. At the final concert, all choirs will combine to sing a spirited arrangement of That’s a Plenty with the Crazy 8 Brass Band for the finale. 

Participation Cost

The cost is $15 per singer, which covers the cost of the meal for the singer and a director or sponsor. Parents or guests coming to observe are welcome and can purchase their meal in the cafeteria if they wish to make use of the WSC food service for lunch. Participation fees will be waived for members of the Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota all-state choirs.

We are also pleased to announce the addition of solo auditions this year. Students may bring a prepared piece to audition for the opportunity to be a featured soloist at the final concert. The solo entry fee is $10 per singer. 

Please make checks payable to Wayne State College and send to:

Matthew Armstrong
Honor Choir Festival
Wayne State College
1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787

Registration

To register for Honor Choir, please contact Matthew Armstrong at maarmst1@wsc.edu.

Registrations must be completed by Dec. 15. You will be notified about placement in choirs the week of Dec. 17. Nonrefundable payments are due by Jan. 15, 2018. Please feel free to make substitutions if a singer cannot attend. Make every effort to substitute the same voice part when possible. Contact Matthew Armstrong at maarmst1@wsc.edu regarding any changes or questions.

T-Shirt Orders

The WSC NAfME chapter will once again be selling t-shirts at the festival. We will use the funds to bring professional development opportunities to future music educators at WSC. Preorders received by Thursday, Jan. 25, will be available for pick-up at the festival and cost $15 per shirt. T-shirt orders will not be accepted after Jan. 25. A limited number of T-shirts will be available for purchase the day of the festival. 

Complete the T-shirt order form

Schedules

Mixed Choir 
8:30 a.m. Registration - Lobby of Peterson Fine Arts building
9 a.m. First Rehearsal - Ramsey Theater (Peterson)
9:40 a.m. Sectionals: Women in Ramsey, Basses: Peterson Fine Arts Room 10, Tenors Room
10:30 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m. Full Rehearsal - Ramsey Theater
12 p.m. Break for lunch in WSC Student Center (included in registration fee)
1:15 p.m. Full Rehearsal - Ramsey Theater
2 p.m. Break
2:10 p.m. Full Rehearsal - Rice Auditorium
2:50 p.m. Break
3 p.m. M Combined Rehearsal - All Choirs - Rice Auditorium
3:30 p.m. Break to change for concert (Your school's concert attire)
4 p.m. Finale Concert - Rice Auditorium
    
Women's Choir
8:30 a.m. Registration - Lobby of Peterson Fine Arts
9 a.m. First Rehearsal - Frey Conference Suite (Student Center) 
9:30 a.m. Sectionals: Frey Conference Suite, Altos in Niobrara Room (Student Center) 
10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. Full Rehearsal -  Frey Conference Suite
11 a.m. Break for lunch in WSC Student Center (included in registration fee)
12:15 p.m. Full Rehearsal - Rice Auditorium
1:10 p.m. Break
1:25 p.m. Full Rehearsal - Frey Conference Suite
2:15 p.m. Break
2:25 p.m. Full Rehearsal -  Frey Conference Suite
3 p.m. Combined Rehearsal - All Choirs - Rice Auditorium
3:30 p.m. Break to change for concert (Your school's concert attire)
4 p.m. Finale Concert - Rice Auditorium

Repertoire

Mixed Choir

  • Come, let’s rejoice (SATB) by Thomas Weelkes, arr. Matthew Armstrong is available from JW Pepper
  • Glow (SATB) by Eric Whitacre, UPC: 888680090371, Publisher ID: 00151666
  • Take Me to the Water (SATB) by Rollo Dilworth, Hal Leonard, UPC: 884088061524, Publisher ID: 08745366
  • That’s A Plenty (SATB) arr. by Kirby Shaw, Hal Leonard Corporation, UPC: 073999404265, Publisher ID: 08740426

Women’s Choir

  • Shule Aroon (SSA) Ruth Elaine Schram, UPC: 9781429132350, Publisher ID: 15/3002H
  • And Nature Smiled (SSA) by Allen Koepke, Santa Barbara, UPC: 964807000369, Publisher ID: SBMP36
  • Praise His Holy Name! (SSA) Keith Hampton, Earthsongs, Publisher ID: S-185
  • That’s A Plenty (SATB) arr. by Kirby Shaw, Hal Leonard Corporation, UPC: 073999404265, Publisher ID: 08740426

If you would like a printed copy of the 2018 schedule and repertoire, please download the PDF.