Honors Chorus

2023 North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus
November 4-5, 2023
Winston-Salem, NC

The Audition Piece

Et Exultavit by Antonio Vivaldi, arr. by Henry Leck
Audition section: Measures 8-17
Sheet music from J.W. Pepper

Audition Samples

Further detailed information on the audition registration process can be found on our Honors Chorus FAQ page.

For future planning

  • Audition piece 2024: Sing for Joy! by Handel/arr. Spevacek
  • Audition piece 2025: Ombra Mai Fu by Handel/arr. Leck

Our 2022 Honors Chorus guest clinician is Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins. Dr. Jenkins is Artistic Director of the Westrick Music Academy and choral teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey.

We are very much looking forward to once again hearing beautiful music by our youngest singers, led by the amazing Dr. Jenkins!


All plans are subject to change based on CDC and NAfME guidelines at the time of the event.

Greetings From The 2022 NCEHC Chair

MaryAnn FoltzHello, elementary music friends! My name is MaryAnn Foltz, and I will be serving as the NCEHC Chair for 2022-2023. While this is my third year on the NCMEA Board, I have been blessed to send students to Honors Chorus for over a decade. I have been teaching for 34 years, the last 23 in the Charlotte, NC area. I presently teach TK-4 General Music and am Director of Elementary, Middle and High School Choirs at SouthLake Christian Academy in Huntersville, NC. I originally studied with Dr. Robert Holquist and Dr. Joyce Farwell at Western Carolina University and earned a BA in Vocal Performance and a BEd in Music at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (’88). If I can be of any assistance at all with your Honors Chorus experience, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]!


Sarah GrayOur NCEHC co-chair for 2022-2023 is Sarah Gray. Sarah teaches PreK-5th Grade music and drama at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point. Ms. Gray earned a B.A. in Music Education at Southern Wesleyan University (‘15) and is currently working towards a Master of School Administration degree through Appalachian State University. She still remembers her time as a student in NC Honors Chorus as some of the best weekends of her life and can’t wait to share the experience with others!



2022 NC Elementary Honors Chorus Conductor

Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins headshotLynnel Joy Jenkins has varied conducting and teaching experience ranging from the elementary to the collegiate level. Dr. Jenkins is a choral music educator of international stature, lecturing and conducting worldwide. She has conducted honor choruses at national, divisional, and several state conferences for American Choral Directors Association and Organization for American Kodály Teachers and numerous all-state choirs and choral festivals.

She is the Artistic Director of Westrick Music Academy and Choral Educator in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, New Jersey. At Westrick Music Academy, she conducts touring groups, Princeton Girlchoir Ensemble and Concert Choir. Before these appointments, she served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Conductor of the Resident Training Choir at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. She was also on the conducting and teaching staff of the Temple University Children’s Choir in Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division and The Haverford School in Pennsylvania.

Jenkins was inducted into the Music Education Alumni Hall of Fame and presented the Alumni Merit Award in 2014 by Westminster Choir College for her contributions to music education. She earned degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (B.M.), Temple University (M.M.), and University of Arizona (D.M.A.), and at the first two institutions was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award.