Click HERE for all information regarding HCPSS GT MS CHORUS. Auditions will be September 25 and 26. Students must register by Monday, September 11. They should see Mr. Dogas for more information!


WHAT IS THE MS GT CHORUS?

The HCPSS MS GT Chorus is a select group of students representing the most talented middle school (Grades 7 and 8) choristers from throughout Howard County. Students selected to participate spend several days in intensive rehearsals with a nationally recognized conductor before presenting a public performance.

This year, the ensemble will present their concert at The University of Maryland with guest conductor, Dr. Ken Elpus. The performance is held in conjunction with the HCPSS HS GT Chorus and Orchestra.


The HCPSS MS Honors Chorus is a select group of students representing the most talented middle school (Grade 6) choristers from throughout Howard County. Students selected to participate spend several days in rehearsals with a guest conductor before presenting a public performance. The performance is held in conjunction with the HCPSS Childrens' Chorus.

WHAT IS THE MS HONORS CHORUS?


HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Students interested in auditioning for the HCPSS GT Chorus should inform their director by completing the HCPSS MS GT Chorus Registration Form. Audition music is prepared and performed for a panel of judges in late September. 

There is no audition held for the HCPSS Honors Chorus. Instead, directors recommend advanced students for placement in this ensemble. If your son or daughter is interested in participating, please contact Mr. Dogas for consideration. Rehearsals and the public performance occur in the Spring.


WHERE DO I GET AUDITION MUSIC?

The audition requirements for the MS GT Chorus are the same as the MMEA Junior All State Chorus and are published by MMEA. 

For practice copies of the audition music and practice tracks, please visit here.


WHAT ELSE IS INVOLVED WITH THE AUDITION?

MS GT Chorus - The audition for the HCPSS MS GT Chorus has several musical components, including:

  • Accompanied Piece - "Gloria" in D Major, Vivaldi
  • A cappella Piece - "O Music"
  • Rhythmic Sight Reading
  • Melodic Sight Reading

HOW DOES THE AUDITION WORK?

Students will be given a specific audition time several weeks prior to the audition. The times are sent to the ensemble director from the audition coordinators and are not available before that time. Students should plan to arrive at the audition site approximately 30 minutes prior to their scheduled audition time. Students will need to check in at the registration desk where they will be given instructions and will be directed to the warm-up area. Approximately ten or fifteen minutes prior to your audition time, a runner will come to escort you to the audition room.

When you arrive at the audition room you must wait until the person ahead of you has completed their audition. This could take several minutes, but DO NOT sing outside of the room. There will usually be  a stand, as well as two judges sitting at the other end of the room. One of the judges will invite you inside and will probably ask if you are ready. Use this time to get comfortable. Next you will be asked for your Accompanied and a cappella pieces. The sight-reading is last. The whole process takes about ten minutes.

Audition results will be mailed to your ensemble director approximately two weeks after the audition.