University of Puget Sound Northwest Honor Choir Festival 2017

Friday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Guest Clinician: Dr. Amanda Quist, Assoc. Professor; Chair, Conducting, Organ, Sacred Music, Westminster Choir College

About the Guest Clinician

Dr. Amanda Quist is associate professor and department chair of Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Currently, she conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Kantorei, and she teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. Dr. Quist is also director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, a highly regarded summer program for talented high school students. She was the recipient of Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. Her other honors include the prestigious James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. Dr. Quist earned her Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Music Education and Choral Conducting, summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University.


The Puget Sound Northwest Honor Choir Festival brings 150 of the best high school singers from Western Washington together in the early fall. Over the course of two days, students will make music with some of the country’s leading conductors and educators. Held on the University of Puget Sound’s beautiful campus, this intensive musical learning experience involves rehearsals and workshops led by our featured guest conductor and Puget Sound faculty. The festival culminates in a collaborative public concert with the University of Puget Sound's award-winning choirs. Past conductors have included:

2008       Rodney Eichenberger , Florida State University (retired)
2009       Bruce Browne, Portland State University (retired)
2010       Edith Copley, Northern Arizona University
2011       Rollo Dilworth, Temple University
2012       Jonathan Reed, Michigan State University
2013       Karen Kennedy, University of Miami
2014       Eric Barnum, University of Wisconsin, Oskosh
2015       Brian Tate, City Soul Choir, Vancouver, BC
2016       Eugene Rogers, University of Michigan

Festival Information

Registration Closed.

Northwest Honor Choir Application

Teachers are asked to nominate advanced singers in balanced quartets only, schools may send up to 5 quartets.

Music will be mailed to teachers/conductors upon receipt of completed application. Students should be familiar with the music. If applications are received less than two weeks prior to the festival music will have to be picked up from the School of Music, University of Puget Sound.

Students and teacher/conductors will be provided with a complimentary lunch on Friday, Oct. 6. Lunch will be on your own Saturday, Oct. 7

Honor Choir Festival will close with a complimentary public performance, Saturday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall.

Concert attire for the final performance will be your school's concert attire. Each student is to bring a black folder for the concert.

Final performance CDs may be ordered for $15 each. CD order forms will be included in the music mailing.


Cost for two-day festival is $35 per student, nonrefundable. Substitution is possible but note that the new student’s name may not be able to appear in the printed concert program.

An invoice for the workshop fee will be emailed to you upon registration.

Payment of fees may be made by credit card or check. For credit card payment call the School of Music, 253.879.3741. Checks should be made payable to University of Puget Sound and sent to:

School of Music, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St. #1076, Tacoma, WA, 98416-1076.

2017 Honor Choir Repertoire (music will be provided)

Lizela (South African processional with 2 djembe)
     Taught by rote.
     Link to a recording:
     Link to the text:

Weep O Mine Eyes, John Bennet
     Public domain.

Gloria from Coronation Mass, Mozart
     Public domain.

Look Up Look Down, John Wykoff
     Walton Music. WW1589

Sure On This Shining Night, Morten Lauridsen
     Peer Music Classical. 00229069

Desh, Ethan Sperry
     Earthsongs. S-252


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