Joining Honors Choirs
If you have a passion for music and find joy in singing, Honors Choirs is the place for you! Honors Choirs performance choirs are open to children in grades 3-12. Previous choir experience is not necessarily required to be successful in Honors Choirs. Many of our singers play piano, or participate in band and orchestra. Most of our younger singers begin with very little vocal experience. Whatever your experience, we are very happy you are interested in singing!
Children in grades 1 and 2 are welcome to enroll in Half Notes, a non-auditioned music education experience designed to provide a foundation in basic vocal technique and music theory. Please see link below for Half Notes registration information.
Membership in Honors Choirs is by audition. Prior to the start of each season, all singers (current & new) in grades 3-12 audition for a spot in an ensemble. Auditions take place in May & June for the season that begins in September. Late summer auditions are offered if there are openings in choirs. December auditions for the second half of the season may also be offered as space permits.
STEP ONE: Read "Everything You Need to Know" to learn what is expected of all Honors Choirs singers. Make sure you are able to commit to the program should you be accepted into a choir.
STEP TWO: Request an audition by clicking below and submitting the audition form. Once registered, you will receive notification of audition dates and times when the schedule opens. You may register anytime and we will keep your information until the next audition opportunity.
STEP THREE: Once you are assigned an audition date and time, you can start preparing for your audition! The audition process varies depending upon your age, and we will provide all the details with your audition information.
What to Expect at the Audition
The audition process is fairly brief and simple. During your audition you will meet with the conductor of the choir for your age group. Depending upon you age, your audition will focus on things like rhythm, matching pitch, reading notes, sight reading music and so forth. You will also be asked to sing a piece of your choosing. Younger singers can choose something as simple as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" or a song from school, church, etc. A music theory assessment is given to older singers.
Honors Choirs provides financial assistance to help with tuition costs for singers who would not otherwise be able to participate in the program. Applications should be submitted by the end of July for awards prior to the beginning of the season. Applications are also accepted throughout the season should the need arise, or if a singer joins after July. Both scholarships are need-based.
Singing with Honors Choirs is a great way to become a better vocal musician, and there are many things that a motivated singer can do to enhance that experience and his/her skills:
Sing in your school and/or church choir.
Play an instrument.
Take private vocal and/or instrument lessons.
A terrific listing of instructors is available through Rochester Music Guild
Enroll in a summer music class (Info posted in April/May)