Music Teacher Information

Important Dates

Saturday, October 7 – Deadline for auditions to be uploaded to Festival Scores and postmark deadline for Nomination Forms, Audition Fees, and copy of NAfME card.

The Event Tag for 2018 is G-7-P-F-V-9-9

Sunday, October 22 – Deadline for judges to complete adjudications of auditions. Anyone interested in being a judge needs to email:

Saturday, October 28 – Results will be sent to teachers

Wednesday, November 15 – Postmark deadline for Registration Form, Medical Form, and Participation Fees

2017-2018 Honor Choir Repertoire – coming soon

Guest Clinician – Mr. Henry Leck

Contact Info


Chairman, SC Elementary Honor Choir Committee
Mary Anne Tillman – Email
AC Moore Elementary School
333 Etiwan Avenue
Columbia, SC  29205
School – (803) 343-2910   Fax –  (803) 929-3882


Audition Procedures

Digital audition submission directions are linked below.  

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.

Counting off, singing with, or any other verbal instructions given by the teacher are unacceptable.  For Digital Submission:  Do not include student name.  

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.

The judging rubric is available in the downloads section at the very bottom of this page.

Ready to mail SCEHC Audition Packet Checklist

Digital Audition Recording Upload Deadline:  11:59 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017   
_____Only six Auditions may be submitted
_____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.

For best printing results, use the downloadable procedures and rubric documents found at the bottom of this page rather than printing from this web page.

Mail audition paperwork to:

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

Email address:

Digital Submission Directions

Download digital submission directions.

Create your login using this tutorial.

Add your school, students, and their audition mp3’s using this tutorial.


Sample Audition Recording


1. Start audition

2. Do not include student name on digital submissions.

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 3

Echo 4

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 ensure quality recording.

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

• 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, SC Elementary Honor Choir 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 MaryAnne 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.

Judging Rubric

SCEHC Nomination_Form 2017-2018

2017-2018 Rehearsal Notes

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