Audition Process

Every year, the Middle School Honors Chorus is held in November, performing at the North Carolina Music Educator’s In-Service Conference. This chorus provides an opportunity for the very best singers from across the state (grade 6, 7, and 8) to come together and work with a nationally acclaimed choral conductor.  

Honors Chorus auditions are held in three regions across the state: East, Central, and West. Normally, over 1,000 students audition for 200 member choir. In order for your students to audition for honors chorus, they must sing their voice part of the selected audition piece. You will need to determine if they are SI, SII, AI, AII, etc. After you register using the form located on the website, your site chair will contact you with information about your students audition times and instructions. Each student will audition in front of a single judge in a closed audition. They will also sight-sing a short melodic exercise. It is extremely important that your students are well prepared for this audition. Only about the top 10-15% of auditioned singers will be selected for this prestigious choir. Teachers are strongly encouraged to download the audition tracks in order to prepare their students for this audition. It will also be the official recording used by the judges in their auditions. All voice parts of all tracks are played on the piano. Each of the part tracks feature a voice part played louder than the accompaniment.  This is intended to teach students the notes for their voice type.  There are no voices only tracks, only piano pitches. The last track is the accompaniment track which will play during each student’s audition as they sing their part along for the judge. 

The Honors Chorus registration links can be found on the Audition Registration section of the Honors Chorus page. There are 3 forms: School Registration, Student Registration and the Invoice. You will register your school in the school registration link once.  You will need to register each singer INDIVIDUALLY at the appropriate link. The Honors Chorus Invoice sheet should be sent to your site chairperson at the address indicated.  The deadline for the invoice to be mailed is on or before September 15th. That is the last possible day it can be postmarked or be accepted. These forms and money are to be sent to your site chairperson, not Robert Waller.  

Please do not wait until the last minute! It is YOUR responsibility to see that the invoice is filled out correctly, signed by your principal, and included with a school or booster organization issued checks or money order for the fees due. The audition fee is $15.00 per student. Your school will not be registered until all singers are submitted online, and your invoice along with the check has been received by the site chairperson. All of this must be done by September 15th. 

Please Note: Only 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in middle school may audition. 9th grade students in a high school are only eligible to audition for the High School Honors Chorus. Eligibility requirements for student events in the elementary, middle, and high school grade level are set by each NCMEA member section (Band, Choral, Jazz, and Orchestra). NCMEA supports each member section’s autonomy when setting criteria for participation in student events. Please refer to each section’s webpage for additional information. Please be considerate of the judges and your time and make sure your students are fully prepared to audition with confidence. This chorus is for your BEST musicians and well behaved students. 

The contact person for JW Pepper is Micah Brewer.  He can be reached at (336) 794-1235 or by emailing [email protected]


Sight Reading Examples

Practice Sight Reading Examples

Past Sight Reading Audition Excerpts