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Honor Choir Festivals
Department of Music
Senior High Honor Choir Festival
Monday October 21, 2019
8:30am-3:30pm, (8:00am registration), with a 4:00pm concert
This festival provides high school singers (grades 9 through 12) an unforgettable and energized day of singing, an unforgettable and energized day of singing, with a focus on experiencing high-quality repertoire and developing vocal technique. Participants in the festival are nominated by their directors, and represent the best high school singers in the Northland.
- Eric Barnum, “After Music” | SATB w/ piano, Graphite Publishing EWB 1001 | Available for purchase online HERE
- W. A. Mozart, “Kyrie” from Litaniae Lauretanae KV 109 | SATB w/ piano | Available in a free PDF to registrants
- André Thomas, “Beautiful City” | SATB w/ piano, Heritage Music Press 15/2124H | Be sure to obtain the SATB version
Sopranos and altos:
- Eric Barnum, “I Sing of the Northland” | SA w/ piano, Graphite Publishing EWB 1018 | Available for purchase online HERE
Tenors and basses:
- Robert Schumann, “Intermezzo” from Spanisches Liederspeil | TB w/ piano | Available in a free PDF to registrants
About the Clinicians
Eric William Barnum continues to passionately seek new ground in the choral field. Working with choirs of all kinds, his collaborative leitmotif endeavors to provide intensely meaningful experiences for singers and audiences. He has appeared as a conductor across the United States, and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative minds in the choral field. His voice and vision continues to gain popularity around the globe with performances from choirs internationally. He composes for choral ensembles of all types, from professional to youth choirs, and has received numerous awards and prestigious grants such as a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship and a McKnight Foundation Grant. He has also held residencies with such ensembles as Choral Arts (Seattle, WA), The Rose Ensemble (St. Paul, MN), Kantorei (Denver, CO), Magnum Chorum (Minneapolis, MN), Coro Vocal Artists (Tucson, AZ), as well as with many high schools and collegiate choirs.
Dr. Richard Robbins is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at UMD, where he conducts the University Singers and Chamber Singers. In addition to his university experience, he worked for ten years as a choir director in the public schools, earning “Teacher of the Year” while working at Houston’s prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Dr. Robbins travels extensively working with choirs across the country, with recent engagements in Washington D.C., Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City. He presented for numerous organizations including the ACDA, and has conducted and taught internationally at Krakow’s Academy of Music and Warsaw’s Chopin Conservatory of Music (Poland).
Middle School Honor Choir Festival8:30am-3:30pm (8:00am registration), with a 4:00pm concert
Middle School Honor Choir Festival
This festival provides middle school singers (grades 6 through 9) a day of great choral singing, with a focus on experiencing skill-building repertoire and developing vocal technique. Participants in the festival are nominated by their directors, and represent dedicated and promising middle-level singers from throughout the Northland.
Directors are asked to nominate 1-2 balanced quartets (SATB) to participate. The nomination application will be posted in November.
Learning materials and practice tracks will be made available to participants in November. Please note: this year’s repertoire will be the same as the repertoire that would have been performed in 2019, before the event was cancelled due to weather.
- Hold Fast to Dreams – Susan LaBarr – Santa Barbara – SBMP 1136
- Walk in Jerusalem Just – A Like John – Robert Thygerson – Heritage Music H195-2
- Bonse Aba – Fischer – Alliance AMP 0626
Treble Selection (S/A)
- God Be In My Head – Andrea Ramsey – Alliance AMP 0804
- Dies Irae – Christi Jones (TTB) – BriLee – BL968
About the Clinician
Christopher Fiorini is the Head Director of Choirs at Langham Creek High School, in addition to serving as a conductor with the American Festival for the Arts and with the Houston Boychoir. Mr. Fiorini has earned numerous first-division awards at concert and sightreading contests, and has encouraged many students to pursue careers in music. Under the direction of Mr. Fiorini, the LCHS Chamber singers have placed in the top three at the prestigious American Classics Madrigal Festival in San Antonio. In 2014, Mr. Fiorini was named as the Spotlight Teacher for Langham Creek High School. Choirs under Mr. Fiorini's direction have been asked to sing at invitational concerts at multiple universities. In 2016, Mr. Fiorini's A Cappella Choir sang as an invited choir at the TMEA annual convention and in the Fall of 2016 they were invited to sing with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Aside from his work at Langham Creek, Fiorini also serves as the Vocal Region Chair for Region 27. Mr. Fiorini is sought after as a clinician and conductor and maintains active memberships in TMEA, TCDA and ACDA.