Music Teacher Information

  • Deadlines
  • Repertoire
  • Clinician
  • Audition Info
  • Audition Procedure
  • Helping Hands
  • Downloads

Schedule of Activities and Deadlines

Sept. 6, 2014 – In-service Workshop and Meeting, USC, Columbia

Oct. 3, 2014 – Postmark deadline for Honor Choir audition CDs, audition fees, and Nomination Forms to Mary Anne Tillman.  Audition materials will NOT be accepted after this date.

Nov. 1, 2014 - Recordings will be judged.  Results will be sent to teachers the following week.

Nov. 2, 2014 - Results will be emailed to teachers. Notify parents immediately.

Nov. 17, 2014 - Postmark deadline for teachers to send Honor Choir Member registrations & fees.

February 5-7, 2015 – SCMEA In-Service Conference and  SC Elementary Honor Choir Weekend.  Note:  All teachers having students in the Honor Choir must register for the conference as well as register at the Sheraton on Thursday, February 5 by 8:00 p.m., or on Friday, February 6 by 11:30 a.m.  This is so you can pick up revised information concerning the choir and Honor Certificates.  Teachers who do not register will risk being asked not to participate next year.

2014 - 2015 Honor Choir Repertoire

Ani Ma'Amin, arr. Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, unison with violin, Earthsongs

Laudamus Te (from Gloria), Vivaldi, 2-part, Walton W5014 

Three Quotes by Mark Twain, Andrea Ramsey, Santa Barbara SBMP892

Wind Trilogy, Tom Shelton, Hinshaw HMC2244

Can You Hear Me? Bob Chilcott, SS, Oxford BC19 (add sign language)

Hold Fast Your Dreams, David Brunner, Boosey & Hawkes 051471232

Banjo Sam, Jay Broeker, Santa Barbara, 2-part, includes banjo

Guest Clinician - Dr. Maribeth Yoder White

Dr. Maribeth Gail Yoder-White is a freelance educational consultant, clinician, and conductor. A choral and general music education specialist, Yoder-White serves as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University (ASU). She previously taught fulltime at ASU, where she served as Coordinator of Music Education, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, where she conducted the Women’s Glee Club, taught graduate and undergraduate music education courses, and supervised student teachers.

Yoder-White received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in choral/general music from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, graduating summa cum laude. Following completion of a Master of Music degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), Yoder-White taught middle school choral and general music in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools before returning to UNCG to complete doctoral studies.

A frequent clinician, consultant, and adjudicator for choral workshops and festivals throughout the country, Yoder-White is editor of the Hinshaw Music choral series “Accent on Young Voices.” Yoder-White has conducted state honors choruses in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida, as well as various regional choral festivals in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Georgia, including Spivey Hall and the 2014 Middle Level Girls’ Choir of the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She has conducted ensembles in numerous summer choral camps, including the North Carolina Institute for Choral Arts, Hill Country Choral Camp (Texas), and Baptist State Youth Choir (North Carolina). As choral adjudicator, Yoder-White has judged in various sites nationally and internationally, including Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Pigeon Forge, Columbia, Williamsburg, and Myrtle Beach. Yoder-White serves as adjudicator for the North Carolina Middle School and Elementary School Honors Choruses and composed sight-reading material for North Carolina Middle School Choral Festivals. In 2005, Yoder-White received the Lara Hoggard Award for distinguished service in choral music in North Carolina from the North Carolina ACDA.

Yoder-White is a certified Orff-Schulwerk specialist and frequently presents workshops featuring her compositions and arrangements. She teaches Orff-Schulwerk certification courses at Appalachian State University and in metro Atlanta, and serves as clinician and author for Silver Burdett Making Music and Silver Burdett Interactive Music. Additionally, Yoder-White maintains active participation in music education research and has presented papers and authored articles in international, national, regional, and state arenas. She was a presenter at the Spokane (2010) and Pittsburgh (2011) National American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Conferences and has presented workshops to AOSA chapters in Washington, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Hawaii. She served as keynote presenter at the 2003 and 2005 Hawaii Music Educators Association Conferences in Honolulu and traveled to Thailand and Hong Kong in 2004 to present at the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) Conference. Yoder-White frequently works in international schools in Asia, teaching demonstration lessons and leading professional development workshops for teachers.

Active in many professional organizations, Yoder-White is President of the Southern Division of NAfME (National Association for Music Education). She previously served as President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Yoder-White resides in Banner Elk, North Carolina with her husband Mark and 3-year-old miniature dachshund Brandy.


Chairman, SC Elementary Honor Choir Committee
Suzanne Lee – Email
Ballentine Elementary School
1040 Bickley Road
Irmo, SC  29063
School - (803)476-4500   Fax -  (803)476-4520

General Information

1.  Use a separate CD-R for each nominated student.  Click here to download computer recording instructions.  

2.  Label each CD to indicate name of student and school only. Use a sharpie marker to write the student name and school name on the actual CD. Do not apply any labels on the original CD. Please do not label tape or CD cases with names.  

The student's music teacher must conduct the audition. Please read and familiarize yourself and the student with the audition procedure and audition examples before recording. The audition should be recorded straight through from beginning to end.

3.  The only permissible talking on the recording is the announced student name only. Counting off, singing with, or any other verbal instructions given by the teacher are unacceptable.

4.  Please limit auditions to your best six students. Students must be in grades 4, 5, or 6 and attend an elementary school. Only a maximum of six auditions may be submitted. Only a maximum of six (6) students will be selected from any one school.

5.  The judging rubric is available on the Download tab above.


Ready to mail SCEHC Audition Packet Checklist

Postmark Deadline: Friday, October 3, 2014
_____Only six Audition CDs. Each CD should be labeled with the student name and school name. Do not label CD cases with any names or school names. Use a "sharpie marker to label your CDs. Do not affix any labels to CDs. Place each CD in a separate plastic jewel case.
_____One Nomination Form per student audition (maximum-six).
_____One Check made for correct amount. $8.00 fee for each student audition.
Check or money order must have school name written on it somewhere for identification purposes in case it is separated from paperwork.
_____Copy of current NAfME membership showing ID number and the expiration date.
_____Print "audio recordings enclosed" on your mailing envelope right above the address.



For best printing results, use the downloadable procedures and rubric documents found on the Downloads tab rather than printing from this web page.

Mail audition recordings to:

MaryAnne Tillman, Logistics Chairperson
AC Moore Elementary School
333 Etiwan Avenue
Columbia, SC  29205

Email address:

Sample Audition Recording


1. Start audition

2. The teacher reads the following filling in the blank. Speak slowly and clearly "This is (Student Name)." No other talking is permitted.

3. Melody Echo Patterns

a) Teacher sings or plays on the piano each of the following melodic examples. (#1 through #4) Do not sing and play. After each example is played or sung the student echoes (a cappella) using the syllable "loo".

echo 1

echo 2

echo 3

echo 4


4. Harmonies (use the melody below)


a) Play the upper (soprano) line then have student echo the (soprano) line on "loo".

b) Give the student the starting pitch (B). Have the student sing the upper line while the teacher plays both parts (soprano and alto) on the piano.

c) Play the lower (alto) line then have student echo the (alto) line on "loo".

d) Give the student the starting pitch (G). Have the student sing the lower line while the teacher plays both parts (soprano and alto) on the piano.


5. Prepared song


a) Student sings America a cappella in G major.

b) Give the student the starting pitch G. Do not play any other type of introduction.

c) The student should sing the vocal line as written. Do not alter the rhythm or the pitches.

d) The teacher may accompany the first two measures. The student should complete the song a cappella. The song must be sung straight through without stopping.

6. End of Audition Recording

Listen to all recorded auditions to insure quality recording.

7. Mail Audition Packet to SC Elementary Honor Choir Chairperson. The following items must be included:

• Audition CD -a separate CD for each student. Please place each CD in a separate plastic jewel case.

• Nomination Form – a separate form for each student.

• $8.00 audition fee per student -Enclose one check or money order from the school or the teacher, payable to SCMEA Elementary Division. The school name must appear on all checks or money orders.

• photocopy of teacher's NAfME card showing ID number and the expiration date.(Membership is a requirement.)

Mail to: MaryAnne Tillman, Logistics Chairperson
AC Moore Elementary School
333 Etiwan Avenue
Columbia, SC  29205

Email address:

Helping Hands Responsibilities

(Download a copy of these instructions from the Forms page)

  • Please wear your SCMEA conference nametag as well as the section leader nametag so that students know you are a teacher.
  • Please be a few minutes early so that you can “switch off” with a teacher who was on the last shift and be ready to supervise when your shift begins.  Let Suzanne know that you are on duty by checking by your name at the registration table. If you are on the first shift of the day, please pick up a section leader nametag. You will hand this off to your replacement when your shift concludes.
  • Please be ACTIVE while you are on duty. Constantly walk around in your section (it will say which section you are on the section leader name tag you pick up) and monitor student posture, attentiveness, and participation. Many potential behavior issues can be avoided if students see that we are all actively monitoring them.
  • If a student needs correcting, please do so in a positive manner.  
  • If a problem persists with a particular student(s), you may choose to change a child’s seat.  However, please do not be overly vigilant. Be positive as much as possible!
  • Give thumbs up when deserved, too. We want the students to have a positive experience.
  • Thanks for lending your “helping hands” for the good of the choir!  By being an active monitor, you help all of our students get the most out of rehearsals and out of the entire Honor Choir experience.


For best printing results....

... use these downloadable procedures and rubric documents rather than printing from the web page.

Audition Procedures

Judging Rubric

2014-2015 Rehearsal Notes

Honor Choir Music - Instructions for Parts
Notes will be posted in this space as soon as they become available.