Quad State High School Honor Choir

In celebration of the return to live singing, it is my pleasure to invite you and your students to participate in the return of the Quad State High School Honor Choir on the campus of Murray State University, November 7-8, 2021. We will be studying and performing a wonderful set of Baroque music, Go for Baroque, with a chamber orchestra. The repertoire includes selections from "Come, Ye Sons of Art" by Henry Purcell, "Jesus Joy of Man’s Desiring" (sung in German) from Cantata 147 by J. S. Bach, "Ave Maria" by Gulio Caccini and selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria .

If you have a student who is considering attending Murray State University, majoring in music and is interested in admission and scholarships please let me know. Members of the voice faculty will be available to meet with the students during the day.

I look forward to sharing this great music with your students. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me. Also, if there is any way that I, or any of the voice faculty at Murray State University, may be of service to you, your students, or your program, please let me know and I will do whatever I can to arrange it.

Dr. Bradley Almquist, Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music
528 Fine Arts
balmquist@murraystate.edu
270.809.6448

Location

Due to a renovation of Lovett Auditorium, we will be rehearsing and performing in the Ballrooms at the Curris Student Center on the campus of Murray State University. In addition, the choir will be limited to 150 singers selected by recorded audition.

Auditions

Sopranos and Tenors will sing measures 18-26 of Domine Fili Unigenite from Vivaldi’s Gloria. Altos and Basses will sing measures 9-17.

Download the excerpt

The submission deadline for the auditions is Friday, September 17, 2021. You may include a YouTube link on the submission form, send them via Dropbox, email or on Google Drive. The singers may use piano or synthesized accompaniment or sing a cappella. There is no limit to the number of auditions your school may send and there is no audition fee

Acceptance Notification

Once the auditions have been completed, you will be notified via email which of your students has been selected to participate in the Honor Choir. You will be notified by Friday, October 1, 2021

Registration Fees

The registration fee is $35.00 for each student selected for the Honor Choir. You will receive an invoice listing the student names and the total amount of registration fees due shortly after you receive the notification of student selection. Registration fees are due by Monday, October 18, 2021. You may pay them on-line in advance either by credit card or by mailing a check. You may also bring the check with you to the festival registration. Instructions for on-line payment will be sent with the invoice. If you plan to bring a check with you to the festival registration on Sunday evening, please let me know in advance.

Music Packets

You will be sent a packet of music for each of the students selected for participation in the Honor Choir. Please be sure that each student has a pencil at each rehearsal. Measures should be numbered starting with 1 on the first complete measure at the beginning of each movement/piece. The first rehearsal is scheduled for 7:30 - 9 p.m. on Sunday evening, November 7, 2021 in the ballrooms at the Curris Student Center.

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