A college-level music experience
Prepare for college auditions.
Join us on campus for Honor Choir!
A summer choir camp for high school students
July 7-12, 2019
- Improve your sightreading!
- Polish your vocal skills!
- Become a more secure singer!
- Explore your other talents!
- Earn an hour of college credit!
Directed by Dr. Cliff Ganus. Enjoy five days of advanced work in choral music and related fields, including music literature, sight-reading, and group voice instruction.
July 7-12, 2019
Here's what Honor Choir members say about their experience"Thank you for such an amazing summer memory! The skills and tools I learned about music I will certainly carry throughout high school and the friendships I made will be just as valuable. The repertoire was engaging and unique and the choreography was fun and high energy."
"I can't praise the program enough!I'm really happy that you do Honor Choir. I've been to a different choir camp and it just wasn't personal like Honor Choir was. I really love being there."
"I love Honor Choir and I plan on coming every year until I'm in college! The entire experience has helped me become a better musician and the friendships built and the memories made there are unforgettable."
Space is limited, so apply early!
The cost for the Summer Honor Choir is $395. That amount is reduced to $295 if you are an All-District Singer or to $245 if you are an All-State Singer. Please indicate if you qualify for this scholarship. A deposit of $100 (partially refundable) is required with this application. You may pay the remainder when you arrive. We now can accept credit card payments over the phone. Please call the music office at 501-279-4343 if you would like to pay by credit card. Please include a recent photo with your application.
Transportation from and to the Little Rock airport can be arranged ($20 each way). If you fly, please arrange to arrive on Sunday morning before 11:30.
Please ask your choral director to submit a note of recommendation on your behalf to Dr. Cliff Ganus at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have a director, ask us about special application procedures. Returning Honor Choir members do not need to submit another recommendation.
Your week at Harding University will give you an opportunity to work intensively in choral music and related fields, simulating a college-level music experience. You'll live in university housing and eat your meals in campus dining facilities. Each day you'll study sight-singing, music literature, and how to present yourself as a performer. And you'll rehearse some great choral literature, preparing for a final concert. There will also be special performances, events, devotionals and recreational activities. Registration is on Sunday afternoon, July 7, between 1:30 and 4:30. The Final Concert will be given on Friday night, July 12, and you may depart after the concert or on Saturday morning. Participants can receive one hour of college credit in Music 131 (Chorus).
To qualify for participation in this experience you must have special interest and ability in choral music, as verified by your choral director's recommendation. You should have completed the ninth grade by the summer of 2019.
In order to receive college credit for Honor Choir, a student should submit the following by July 1, 2019:
- Transcript showing 12 hours in solid subjects with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
- ACT score of 19 or SAT combined 900 - sent directly from ACT, will not accept computer printouts
- Two reference letters (academic and character, one can be the letter from your choral director)
- Verification of two MMR vaccinations - These can be obtained from your high school office.
$395 covers everything—room, board, entertainment and instruction. A deposit of $100 (partially refundable) is required with your application. A scholarship of $150 is offered to All-State Singers, and $100 to All-District or All-Region singers.
The Director and Staff
Cliff Ganus earned the D.M.A. in choral music at the University of Colorado has taught at Harding since 1968. A professor of music and director of choral activities, he directs the Harding Chorus, which has sung in 43 states and 37 countries under his leadership. For 20 years he directed Harding's show choir.
|"Cliff Ganus is a renowned choral conductor/educator with an outstanding reputation. The singers under his direction gain a musical experience that is, for many, life changing. He and his singers bring to the listener a spiritual as well as an emotional dimension." - Eph Ehly|
Chuck Hicks was one of eight faculty members to receive a Teacher Achievement Award this year. He teaches guitar and directs the Belles & Beaux and the Good News Singers, traveling all over the country.
Stacey Neely is an adjunct teacher in voice and music education who is very involved with Harding's fall musical and Spring Sing.
Kelly Neill, who holds the D.M.A. in voice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as sung professionally with the Kansas City Chorale, Conspirare, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. He directs the Harding Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Belle Canto and teaches music appreciation and conducting.
Susan Shirel holds the D.A. in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Ball State University and specialties in those areas in her teaching at Harding. She's an inspirational teacher and mentor.
Jenna Thomas, a Harding grad who now teaches drama at Central Arkansas Christian School, has been the camp choreographer for 16 years. She brings a dynamic creativity to the final performance and will teach you more than you ever thought possible in a week.
Jay Walls specializes in composition and holds the Ph.D. in that field from the University of North Texas. He also teaches music appreciation, and you'll enjoy his ability to communicate interesting musical concepts.
About Harding University
Harding University is a private liberal-arts university affiliated with the churches of Christ. Harding's community includes approximately 5,200 students from 50 states and 50 foreign countries. The University is known for its strong academic offerings, for its international programs and for its commitment to spiritual training and involvement.
The school is listed in Peterson's Competitive Colleges and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the South's best universities.