2010 Conference – High School Women’s Honor Choir

2010 Eastern Division ACDA
High School Honor Women’s Honor Choir
Dr. Sharon Paul, Conductor
Hung-Yun Chu, Accompanist
February 10-13, 2010
Philadelphia, PA

Eligibility and Expectations

  • "Ben Franklin"Women who are in grades 9-11 (grades 10-12 in February, 2010) may apply.
  • Singers must be members in good standing of their sponsoring musical organizations.
  • Singers are responsible for all expenses incurred, including the application fee ($30.00), registration fee ($270.00), hotel costs (see housing information) and personal transportation costs.
  • Singers must be well-prepared on all music prior to arrival.  Re-auditions will take place before the first rehearsal on Wednesday, February 10.  Singers who are not prepared will not be allowed to participate in the honor choir.
  • Singers must have an ACDA sponsor (or a representative named by the sponsor) staying at the Marriott or Courtyard who can provide ACDA with a working cell phone number.
  • Singers are expected to abide by all ACDA Honor Choir policies. If rules are broken, singers will be sent home at their personal expense.
  • Accepted singers are expected to register online and make online hotel reservations.
  • All information regarding the Honor Choir experience will come through the ACDA Sponsor. Singers should check regularly with the sponsor and on the Honor Choir Announcement webpage (acdaeast.org) for updated information.

Important Dates

  • All application information must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2009.
  • Results of the audition will be emailed to ACDA sponsors on or before September 1, 2009. Rosters will be posted on the ACDA website. Singers should check with their sponsors for results.


  1. Download the application form (see link below) and complete each section.
  2. Record a compact disc or high-quality cassette that contains the following audition material.
    1. ascending scale
    2. descending scale
    3. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”
    4. prepared solo (see guidelines below).
  3. Label the compact disc/cassette with the following information.
    1. the title “HS Women’s Choir”
    2. singer’s name
    3. voice part (include I or II)
    4. name of ACDA sponsor
    5. title of solo

Recordings will not be returned.

  1. Play your compact disc/cassette on several different machines to ensure that it has recorded properly
  1. Include a non-refundable application fee of $30.00. (Checks or money orders only). Checks should be made payable to ACDA Eastern Division.
  1. Submit the application, compact disc/cassette and check/money order to the ACDA Sponsor. Sponsors are encouraged to include all applications in one mailing with the ACDA Sponsor Registration form serving as cover page.

Recording Instructions

Record the items below in the order listed.

  • Sing the ascending diatonic scale appropriate to voice part.
  • Sing the descending diatonic scale appropriate to voice part.

Scales should be sung on the vowel “ah” as in “father.”  Only the starting pitch may be played. Accompanied singers will be disqualified.

Voice Part       Starting pitch for ascending scale  Starting pitch for Descending scale

Soprano I          B flat above middle C                      C above middle C
Soprano II         A above middle C                           B above middle C
Alto I                E above middle C                             A above middle C
Alto II              D above middle C                            G above middle C


  • Sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (America) starting on the pitches appropriate to voice part, without accompaniment.  Sing only the first verse.  Accompanied singers will be disqualified.

Soprano I – B above middle C
Soprano II – A flat above middle C
Alto I – F above middle C
Alto II – D above middle C

  • Clearly state the title of prepared solo and the name of the composer/ arranger.
  • Sing a range-appropriate folk song, art song or aria, accompanied by the piano, to demonstrate tone quality and musicality.  Limit the introduction to 10 seconds or fewer. Because of their unique vocal style requirements, the performance of popular, gospel, musical theater or contemporary Christian songs is highly discouraged.


Dr. Sharon J. Paul, Conductor

Sharon Paul

Sharon J. Paul is an Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Vocal and Choral Studies, and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oregon.  She earned her D.M.A. in choral conducting from Stanford University, an M.F.A. in conducting and performance practice from UCLA, and a B.A. in music from Pomona College.

From 1984 to 1992, Dr. Paul served as director of choral activities at California State University, Chico, where she directed a large choral program and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and the humanities. In 1991 Paul received the Outstanding Teacher Award at CSU, Chico.

Dr. Paul served as artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) and conductor of Chorissima and Virtuose, the organization’s acclaim performance ensembles, from 1992 to July, 2000. Under her leadership, the chorus released four compact discs, premiered major works by American composers, and represented the United States at the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and the Taipei-San Francisco Sister City Celebration in Taiwan. Paul appeared on screen with members of Chorissima in the film What Dreams May Come, and conducted SFGC singers for the soundtrack of The Talented Mr. Ripley. In June 2000 the SFGC was the first youth chorus to win the Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence, a national honor presented by Chorus America.

Dr. Paul has presented lecture demonstrations at regional, state, division, and national music conferences.  She appears frequently as adjudicator, clinician, conference headliner, and honor choir director throughout the country, including engagements at Festival Disney at Disneyworld, conducting the Northwest Division Treble Honor Choir in Boise, Idaho, and All-State choirs in Hawaii, California, and New York.  University of Oregon choirs under her direction have performed at OMEA State Conferences, ACDA’s Northwestern Division Conference, and MENC’s Northwest Conference.

For more information, you may contact Christine Cramer Merkel, High School Women’s Honor Choir Coordinator, at ccramersing@yahoo.com


Hung-Yun Chu, Accompanist

Hung-Yun ChuA native of Taiwan, Dr. Chu holds a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Piano Accompanying from the University of Oregon, and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She has been selected to perform in many competitions, including the International Taipei Piano Competition and the Rachmaninoff International Piano competition.

Dr. Chu has performed extensively in Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and throughout the Northwest as a soloist, chamber musician, and in masterclasses by such luminaries as Stephen Hough, Dalton Baldwin, and Angela Hewitt, to name a few. She has also premiered many new works by composers, including Duo Ye by Chen Yi.

As a choral accompanist, she has worked with conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Maria Guinand, Hirvo Surva, and Henry Leck. Currently, Dr. Chu teaches at Lane Community College and accompanies the choral department at the University of Oregon under the direction of Dr. Sharon Paul. In the summers, she accompanies the conducting masterclass at the Oregon Bach Festival.

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