University of Puget Sound Northwest Honor Choir Festival 2018

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

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About 2018's Guest ClinicianChristopher Aspaas, Ph.D.

Christopher Aspaas serves as director of choral activities and associate professor of music at Texas Christian University (TCU). At TCU, Christopher leads the Concert Chorale, TCU's flagship mixed ensemble, as well as the Frog Corps, TCU's premier male vocal ensemble. He also teaches coursework in basic conducting, choral conducting, choral literature, and advanced choral conducting, and oversees the graduate choral conducting program. 

His travels as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and lecturer have taken Christopher to more than half of the United States, Canada, Germany, South Korea, and the Sultanate of Oman.


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
2017       Amanda Quist, Westminster Choir College
2018       Christopher Aspaas, Texas Christian University

Festival Information

The Application for Fall 2018 has passed. Please check back for 2019 information.

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. 5. Lunch will be on your own Saturday, Oct. 6.

Honor Choir Festival will close with a complimentary public performance, Saturday, Oct. 6, 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.

2018 Honor Choir Repertoire (music will be provided)

- Sing On! Dance On!  arr. Christopher Aspaas (
- "Gloria" from Heiligmesse by Haydn ed. and arr. Libergen (Alfred Publishing)
- Stars I Shall Find - David Dickau (Walton)
- Kwela Kwela - arr. University of Praetoria, trans. Tova Olson
- Flight Song - Kim André Arnesen (earthsongs)
- I Sing Because I’m Happy – Rollo Dilworth (Hal Leonard)


Contact School of Music, 253.879.3741 or email