NWHC 2020 Festival Canceled

The School of Music looks forward to hosting the region's high school students for the annual Northwest High School Honor Choir festival each October.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the October 2020 event is canceled in consideration of everyone's health and safety.

Looking Forward to October 2021

We will miss seeing high school choir directors and students this year. Our current plan is to schedule next year's festival for the first weekend of October 2021 and we look forward to having you on campus!

In the meantime, we wish to stay connected and hope you will enjoy our virtual events this year. We will share information about next year's event when it's available. Stay well, everyone.

For questions, contact School of Music, 253.879.3741, or email pataylor@pugetsound.edu.

Overview and Past Conductors

Northwest Honor Choir

The Puget Sound Northwest Honor Choir Festival brings 150 of the best high school singers from Western Washington together in early fall. Over the course of two days, students 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:

2019       Francisco J. Núñez, New York City
2018       Christopher Aspaas, Texas Christian Univ.
2017       Amanda Quist, Westminster Choir College
2016       Eugene Rogers, University of Michigan
2015       Brian Tate, City Soul Choir, Vancouver, BC
2014       Eric Barnum, Univ. of Wisconsin, Oskosh
2013       Karen Kennedy, University of Miami
2012       Jonathan Reed, Michigan State University
2011       Rollo Dilworth, Temple University
2010       Edith Copley, Northern Arizona University
2009       Bruce Browne, Portland State Univ. (ret.)
2008       Rodney Eichenberger, Florida State Univ.

Festival 2019 for Reference

Festival Logistics

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

Music will be mailed to teachers/conductors upon receipt of completed application. Students should practice to be familiar with the music.

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

The Honor Choir Festival closes with a complimentary public performance on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Concert attire for the final performance will be your school's concert attire.

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

Fee (2019)
Cost for the two-day festival is $35 per student. 

Francisco J. Núñez

Guest Clinician 2019

Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. 

Since he founded YPC in 1988, Mr. Núñez has created an awareness of the ability of children to rise to unforeseen heights of artistry. Puget Sound was honored to have Mr. Núñez as our 2019 guest clinician.

For more information, visit Mr. Núñez's website.

Repertoire Example

Honor Choir Repertoire 2019

Jim Papoulis
Boosey & Hawkes 48022570

Shout Glory
Bryon J. Smith
Hal Leonard HL 08739172

Morten Lauridsen
Peer Music 00228805

Mia Makaroff
Sulasol Ry S971

Song I Sing
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Hal Leonard 4801994

Es tu tiempo
Francisco Núñez
(published by Tocamus via franciscojnunez.com)