MSVMA HS Honors Choir
HONORS CHOIR – The Michigan School Vocal Music Association has established an honors choir program that, at the high school level, features SSAA, TTBB, and SATB Choirs every year. In addition, a High School All-State Choir will be presented at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in May. Membership into all honors choirs is open by audition to students from schools holding a current MSVMA membership. Those auditioning must be members in good standing in their school’s vocal music program. Students interested in auditioning should talk to Ms. Rohwer in September.
When you audition, you sing a memorized piece a cappella and sight-sing a short exercise in front of one adjudicator. Students are assigned a point score in the categories of tone, memorization, intonation, phrasing, diction and vocal technique. The top scoring students are selected for honors choir. There are three honor choirs that happen throughout the year and you have to audition for all of them sequentially, Regional Honors Choir, State Honors Choir, and All-State Honors Choir. Students are required to pay the entrance fee. The Regional auditions will take place at the end of September via an online audition submission process and does not include sight-reading or memorization.
Regional Audition Piece: Ave Verum Corpus by William Byrd. See Ms. Rohwer for a copy or click HERE.
MSVMA Solo and Ensemble
SOLO AND ENSEMBLE – Students are strongly encouraged to participate in MSVMA Solo and Ensemble. As soloists, students prepare 2 contrasting numbers and perform for an adjudicator. A sight-reading component is added at the State level. Soloists may elect for a rating or for comments only. Students are required to pay the entrance fee and make arrangements to practice outside of class. Ensembles can be formed, but students must be willing to put in extra time to practice outside of class.