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Grades 11-12


2018 Senior Honor Choir July 29-August 3
University of Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls, SD


The South Dakota High School Honors Choir is a unique experience that draws 150 auditioned high school students together for a week of intensive singing at a choral camp under the direction of a respected choral conductor, culminating in a presentation of choral works representing the finest works of western art.


Why audition for SD Senior Honor Choir? Check out this video!!


Audition Dates:

Tuesday, April 10 - Rapid City
Thursday, April 12 - Huron
Friday, April 13 - Freeman
Friday/Saturday, April 20 and 21 - Sioux Falls



Audition Tips:

1. Choose appropriate literature - Art Song Preferred

  • It doesn't have to be overly difficult - the adjudicator is interested in how well the singer performs what is on the page.

  • If using a foreign language, make sure the singer knows the correct pronunciations.

2. Make sure you have a legal copy of the music for the judge.

3. Accompanist

  • The judge wants to hear the singer. Do not play louder than your singers can sing.

  • If the accompanist misses some notes, it's OK but don't add the singers line when it is not part of the accompaniment. It hints at lack of preparation.

  • If you have to have an emergency substitute accompanist, just let the judge know.






2018 Director


Judith Herrington is the Founder and Artistic Director of Tacoma Youth Chorus.  Ms. Herrington brings more than 35 years of teaching and conducting experience to her work at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, and is a recipient of the Inspirational Faculty Award and Murray Foundation Chair for Teaching Excellence. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Ms. Herrington earned her Master of Education degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Having served in several leadership positions for the WA-American Choral Directors Association Board, she is the 2011 recipient of its Leadership and Service Award. She is an inaugural member of the School of Arts and Communication Advisory Board at Pacific Lutheran University. Ms. Herrington is highly regarded as a guest conductor, workshop and choral clinician and served as visiting faculty at VanderCook College of Music.  She was recently inducted into the Washington State Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.  A noted composer and arranger, she has published through Pavane Publishing, Hal Leonard Publishing, and Colla Voce Publishing. She also edits two choral series for Pavane Publishing. 







Over the years, many people have chosen to make a contribution to the SD HONOR CHOIR ENDOWMENT in honor of a current or past singer or in memory of a loved one. This is a wonderful way to recognize and/or pay tribute your loved one. Whether you are an alumnus of the choir, a parent of a past or present honor choir singer or someone who appreciates the art of choral music, we all can certainly agree that the SD High School Honor Choir experience can be the highlight of a student’s high school music career! You can play a part in allowing other young musicians to continue benefiting from this experience by contributing to the SD Honor Choir Endowment. Please consider supporting the SD High School Honor Choir by make a donation TODAY.

Thank you! – SD Honor Choir Board of Directors



Reunion Honor Choir


Singers from the South Dakota Senior High School Honor Choir have continued to be active singers throughout their adult lives.  Many have continued their musical studies while others have pursued other disciplines but remain avid recreational singers. SDHC alumni choirs began to be formed in 1983 and have continued since then. Following are the years that Alumni Honor Choirs have formed and the directors involved: 1983 - Alice T. Larson, 1993 - Rene Clausen, 1998 - Paul Torkelson, 2003 - Edith Copley, 2008 - Tim Peter, 2013 - James Rodde.


If you are a SDHC alumnus and wish to be connected with this tradition, please update register in the Honor Choir Alumni database. This will assist us in contacting you for future reunion events.  Please list the most “permanent” information by which you would most likely be reached within the next 5 years.


Honor Choir Alumni Database



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