Grades 11-12

SENIOR HONOR CHOIR

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!!

The 2020 Senior Honor Choir auditions are being postponed due to the current coronavirus situation. Please stay tuned for further information as it becomes available. Thank you!

The 47th annual South Dakota High School Honor Choir will meet on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings from July 26 – 31, 2020.

Audition Materials

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 do not add the singer's 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.

This year's Conductor:

Paul Rardin is Elaine Brown Chair of Choral Music and Chair of the Vocal Arts Department at Temple University, where he conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the seven-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Rardin previously taught at the University of Michigan and Towson University, where his choirs appeared with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. His choirs have performed at the national conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and at regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education. In 2015 the Temple University Concert Choir performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Bernstein’s MASS under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and in 2016 the ensemble performed Bach motets with Helmuth Rilling.

 

Rardin has served as a guest conductor for all-state choirs in eighteen states, for divisional honor choirs for ACDA and Music Educators National Conference, and for Manhattan Concert Productions at Lincoln Center. He has presented clinics for state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. His engagements for 2018-2019 include guest conducting the South Dakota All-State Chorus  and a residency at the University of Akron.

 

Rardin is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan, where he received the M.M. in composition and the D.M.A. in conducting. He has studied conducting with Theodore Morrison, Jerry Blackstone, and Gustav Meier, and composition with Leslie Bassett, George Wilson, and Robert Suderburg. He has also participated in conducting master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Charles Bruffy, and Dale Warland. His arrangements of spirituals and folk songs are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his articles, many on the topic of contemporary music, have appeared in the ACDA publications Choral Journal, Troubadour, Resound, and Bel Canto.

 

Rardin lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife, Sandy.

Donate

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 making 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.

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