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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. This year's event will take place on September 23, 2017. 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 Invitational High School Choral Festival

Held on October 25th, 2017, 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. The Choral Festival hosts over 25 choirs annually for a total of 1,000+ high school singers! Each choir receives written critiques of performances and an on-stage clinic. (No ratings will be assigned.) If you would like to bring a choir to simply observe but not perform, you do have the option to have your choir audit the day's activities. To conclude the Choral Festival, the ECU Chamber Singers will present a brief collage concert. Click here for additional Choral Festival 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 Vocal Music Intensive

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