Department of Music

Delta State University Honor Choir Festival

February 10-12, 2022

The Delta State University Honor Choir is a special offering, sponsored by the DSU Choirs, for outstanding high school vocal students in Mississippi and the surrounding states. The festival takes place in the Bologna Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art performance venue located on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Guest Conductor – Christine Le 

Guest Conductor – Christine Le Christine Le has been the Director of Choral Activities at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida, since 2015. Choirs under Ms. Le’s direction have performed at State, Regional, and National ACDA conferences. Ms. Le earned her Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from Centenary College of Louisiana, studying under Dr. Julia Thorn. She completed her Master of Music degree at Michigan State University in 2015, studying under Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Sandra Snow, and Dr. Jonathan Reed. Ms. Le has served as conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and accompanist in Louisiana, Michigan, and Florida. She has presented interest sessions at the Louisiana ACDA and Florida Music Educators’ Association conferences. She serves as co-chair for the Florida ACDA High School Honor Choir. Ms. Le is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FMEA, FVA, Chorus America and was recently appointed as Associate Conductor of the Orlando Sings Symphonic Chorus.


Auditions for DSU Honor Choir 

For general inquiries, please contact Dr. Julia Thorn, Director of Choral Activities.

  • Arrange an on-campus audition at Delta State University for any date before November 12, 2021 by contacting Dr. Julia Thorn

Timeline for DSU Honor Choir Auditions:

* October 22, 2021: Deadline to register for auditions

* Oct. 28 – Nov.9, 2021: Auditions in various locations

* November 15, 2021: All participating directors will be notified of accepted students

* December 17, 2021: Deadline to submit festival registration fee to DSU $50 per student.

Audition Form

Print this audition, complete legibly & bring to the audition. There is no audition fee.


DSU Honor Choir Audition Procedures (for high school teachers):

The audition consists of two parts, both sung in quartets:

  • Prepared audition excerpts
  • Sight-singing

For the prepared excerpts, each student will be evaluated as member of an SATB quartet. (If you are not bringing any students in a particular voice part, students will not audition in quartets. For example, if you do not have any tenors auditioning, then your students will audition in soprano-alto-bass trios.) If you bring an uneven number of students per voice part auditioning, some of your students may sing in multiple quartets.  Students singing in multiple quartets will be evaluated only on the first quartet in which they sing.

For the quartet sight-singing, each student in the quartet will be given a simple, four-bar, major-key, diatonic exercise. They will have one minute to look over and practice the exercise before singing it; teachers may coach students during this minute if they wish. Students may sing on solfège, numbers, nonsense syllables, or whatever system they wish. The quartet will sing together. This will be an easy but 4 part example.

Audition Material

Nda Wana Measures. 25-40

You are Not Alone Measures 42-73

Honor Choir Repertoire – Links to sample scores/recordings

  1. Nda Wana arr. Michael Barrett
  2. Let the River Run- Craig Hella Johnson
  3. Ave Verum Corpus- Mozart
  4. You Are Not Alone- Elaine Hagenberg
  5. Turn the World Around arr. Larry Farrow