School of Music

Vocal Studies 

Choral Music Events

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

The ECU Honors Chorus Preparation Clinic

The Honors Chorus Preparation Clinic is for high school AND middle school students interested in auditioning for NCMEA Honors Chorus.  Members of the ECU choral and voice faculty will offer valuable insight in how best to prepare and polish the selected repertoire for the audition. Additionally, students will be given practical techniques for practicing sight-singing and general tips for auditioning one's best.  The workshop will conclude with students singing mock auditions for the faculty in quartets and octets.  This year's event will take place on September 15, 2018. 

Click here for the high school registration form and event schedule.

Click here for the middle school registration form and event schedule.

For more information, contact Dr. James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities

The ECU Invitational High School Choral Festival

The 10th annual ECU Invitational High School Choral Festival will be held Wednesday, October 31, 2018.  Each year this festival draws over 22 high school choirs and 800+ singers from across North Carolina to sing for one another, receive constructive responses from ECU School of Music choral and vocal faculty, and hear the renowned ECU Chamber Singers in performance.  While the majority of choirs perform at the festival, directors may choose to bring a choir to simply observe the performances.

This year the festival will have two new components. First, in an effort to give both more overall feedback and more “in-the-moment” feedback, adjudicators will be giving comments via audio recording devices during the performance and clinic.  (No ratings will be assigned.)  Second, we have added an additional performance venue (three in total).  This will allow us to host approximately the same number of schools as in past years, but make the overall festival more compact. We have a limited number of performance slots, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

Click here for additional Choral Festival information including a schedule of events, registration and application information.

Click here for a Choral Festival application.

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 Dr. Allen Hightower, Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Texas, for a one-day, intensive choral music workshop on January 13, 2018. High school music educators will nominate a balanced quartet or octet of the most deserving choral leaders (grades 10-12) from their choir, and should plan to 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.  For teachers, Dr. Hightower will present two morning interest sessions similar to those at an ACDA or NCMEA conference (see schedule below for more detail).  Additionally, directors will have the opportunity to observe Dr. Hightower in rehearsals and participate in a Q&A session focusing on choral teaching and rehearsal strategies.  The day will conclude with a rousing concert by the internationally recognized ECU Chamber Singers.  Click here for the additional Leadership Conference & Summit information.  Click here for an application.

The ECU Summer Choir Camp

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