School of Music

Vocal Studies 

Choral Music Events

...for the dynamic choral music educator and high school singer

The ECU Honors Chorus Preparation Clinic

For high school AND MIDDLE SCHOOL students interested in auditioning for NCMEA Honors Chorus, this workshop will be offered by ECU choral faculty to help students familiarize themselves with the selected repertoire in order to prepare for the audition. Students will be instructed in sight-singing and general audition skills as well. This year’s event will take place on September 17, 2016. ( Click here for high school registration forms.  Click here for middle school registration forms.) For more information, contact Dr. James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities.

The Invitational High School Choral Festival

Held on November 2, 2016, the Invitational Choral Festival welcomes high school choirs from all over North Carolina to sing for each other and receive constructive responses from ECU School of Music faculty and guest adjudicators. Recently, the ECU High School Choral Invitational has hosted a capacity 27 choirs from 19 schools - a total of nearly 1,300 high school singers! Each choir receives written critiques of performances (no rating will be given) and an on-stage clinic. If space permits, teachers may choose to have their choir audit the day’s activities, rather than sing. The day culminates in a brief collage performance presented by the Vocal Studies faculty and ECU Chamber Singers. (Click here for application. Click here for additional information.) For more information, contact Dr. James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities

The ECU Choral Leadership Conference and (New) Conductor's Summit

ECU will be hosting Simon Carrington, Professor Emeritus, Yale University and founding member of the King's Singers, for a one-day, intensive choral music workshop on January 14, 2017. High school music educators will nominate a balanced quartet or octet of the most deserving choral leaders (grades 10-12) from their choir, and may accompany them to the festival. Students and teachers will participate in reading/rehearsal sessions of selected high-quality choral literature, specifically chosen by the clinician for this conference. During the event, students will focus on leadership in building an ensemble, vocal production, choral techniques and strengthening musicianship. Interested students may also attend a master class with ECU vocal faculty for coaching on their solo vocal literature, which can help prepare them for college auditions. Additionally, teachers are invited to attend a lunchtime conductors session, focusing on choral teaching and rehearsal strategies. All participants will enjoy ECU student and faculty performances—including the highly-acclaimed ECU Chamber Singers. (registration form.) (additional information and schedule.) For more information, contact Dr. James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities.

The ECU Summer Vocal Music Intensive

Click here to learn more about this exciting summer program for rising 9th-12th grade singers!