State Honor Choirs
Venue Change for State Jr. High and State High School Honor Choirs
The venue for the State Jr. High and High School Honor Choirs has changed from Abravanel Hall to the LDS Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City
The concerts are scheduled to take place on January 31 at 2 p.m. (Jr. High Honor Choir) and 7:30 p.m. (High School Men's and Women's Honor Choirs)
State Junior High Honor Choir
The State Jr. High Honor Choir will be held January 30 & 31. Friday's rehearsal will take place at Lakeridge Junior High School in Orem from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The concert will be at 2 p.m. on January 31st at the LDS Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
Jr. High Honor Choir Register and Pay Online
2015 Junior High Honor Choir Conductor, Justin Miller
Justin Miller is a native Southern Californian but was raised in Westport, CT. He returned to Southern California after High School and soon began his studies at Chapman University. While at Chapman, Justin earned degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting and was fortunate enough to conduct the Chapman University Choir and University Singers in concert. Justin won awards for his accomplishments in conducting and his contributions to the choral department of the Conservatory of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music in 2008 and teaching credential in 2010, both from Chapman.
In 2008, Justin assumed the role of Musical Director of the Westminster Chorus. Under his direction, the Westminster Chorus has grown into an ensemble with a diverse repertoire while keeping its roots in Barbershop music. In 2009, Justin led the Westminster Chorus to the title of "Choir of the World" at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales and to the International Chorus Championship of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2010. The Westminster Chorus has also toured all over the United States and several other countries including Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
In 2012, Justin became the Musical Director of the Masters of Harmony, 8-time International Chorus Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He currently directs both the Masters of Harmony and the Westminster Chorus.
Justin is very active with the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). He has served on the faculty of Harmony University, is a certified Music Judge and is a sought after coach.
Justin is on the choral faculty at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. He is the former Choral Director of Staples High School in Westport, CT and the Musical Director of the Big Apple Chorus in Manhattan, NY. He just recently married his beautiful wife, Andrea.
High School Men's and Women's Honor Choir
The Friday rehearsals will be held from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Murray High School.
The rehearsal/concert schedule for Saturday, January 31 at the Tabernacle is as follows:
- 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Junior High Honor Choir rehearsal
- 2 p.m., Junior High Honor Choir Concert
- 4 - 5 p.m., High School Women's Honor Choir rehearsal
- 5 - 5:30 p.m., High School Combined Choirs rehearsal
- 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., High School Men's Honor Choir rehearsal
- 7:30 p.m., High School Honor Choirs Concert
Registration Information Click here for Honor Choir Instructions and Mail-in Registration Form
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Contact the honor choir coordinator to get the log-in for the rehearsal recordings.
Marci May, UMEA High School Honor Choir Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Womens High School Honor Choir Conductor, Claudia Bigler
Claudia Bigler is currently in her 23th year of directing choral music at Box Elder High School, in Brigham City, Utah. Prior to her tenure at Box Elder, she taught in the Carbon School District in southeastern Utah for six years. She has taught middle school, junior high school, and high school, and has served as a music consultant/teacher for the Northern Utah Home School Association, working with elementary students. She has loved teaching every age.
Ms. Bigler has served as Choral Vice-President of the Utah Music Educators Association, and is a past state president of the Utah chapter of ACDA. She is currently serving as a member of the State Choral Committee and as the UMEA/UHSAA State Adjudication Chair. She has served as a guest director for the Utah State Women's Honor Choir, the Utah State Junior High School Honor Choir, the Cache Children's Choirfest, the Clark County, Nevada Honor Choirs and numerous district honor choirs. She has twice been a director for the Utah Ambassadors of Music European Tour. She is currently serving as Managing Director for the Trade Secrets Music Education Workshop at Utah State University.
In 2012, Ms. Bigler was recognized with the Superior Accomplishment Award from UMEA. She is a published composer with several pieces in print.
Ms. Bigler is married to Jeff Bigler, (a first tenor) and she and her husband were recently retired from singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, having reached the “out-to-pasture” age of 60.
2015 High School Mens Honor Choir Conductor, Stephen Reynolds
Stephen Reynolds grew up in the Salt Lake City area. He began piano lessons at age six and became involved in instrumental and choral groups during middle school and high school. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Utah State University where he graduated as valedictorian of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in 2004. He received his Master of Music degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University in 2009. Among his performance credits, Mr. Reynolds has performed as a soloist in community Messiah sing-ins and at Swiss Days events; has been a member of and soloist with the Utah Chamber Artists; sang with Musica Reservata of Utah, a Renaissance chamber ensemble; and has performed in a number of musical theater and opera productions.
Mr. Reynolds is in his eleventh year as the choral director at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah. He has taught choral music in grades 7-12, directed community children's choirs, developed a hand bell choir, and taught AP Music Theory and French. In 2011 he was named Teacher of the Year for Wasatch County School District.
Mr. Reynolds lives in Heber City with his wife and four children and enjoys spending his leisure time with them.
2015 High School Honor Choir Rehearsal Recordings
Rehearsal recordings for the 2015 Mens and Womens Honor Choirs are currently being produced and are expected to be posted just before Thanksgiving