• Southern California Vocal Association

Honor Choir Symposium

Honor Choir

SCVA Senior High Honor Choir Symposium 2020

Following are the official guidelines for participating in the SCVA High School Honor Choir Symposium. Please read all information carefully before applying to audition.


Click here to view the list of singers


Student Form: https://forms.gle/jPpJvRr1xBQ6RnHq5
Teacher Info/Rec Form: https://forms.gle/FRd5xfTjVswz1nZA7
The application deadline is 11:59pm on Friday, October 23.


A virtual conference to bring together talented high school choral singers to learn and be inspired on Saturday, November 21 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (PST). We will be bringing in choral conductors from around the country to speak to our students on topics that will be relevant to high school students. We will have workshops on topics including student leadership, building community in the classroom, and choral yoga. The event will also include solo masterclass and a virtual reading session. Students selected to participate in the SCVA High School Honor Choir Symposium will receive a t-shirt and physical copies of music ahead of the event. The Solo Masterclass will consist of students selected from the audition video submissions.


Singers (grades 9-12) who are enrolled in and are in good standing with their high school choral program are eligible to audition. The sponsoring choral teacher must be a current member of SCVA for the singer to audition.


  1. Fill-out the on-line Honor Choir Audition Application Form (see link below under "HOW TO APPLY")
  2. Video Audition (40 points)
    1. Prepare one Italian, French, or German song to be sung from memory. We recommend Schirmer's 24 Italian Songs and Arias or 26 Italian Songs and Arias edited by John Glenn Paton.
    2. Use your mobile phone or tablet to create a video of your performance, and save that video file in .MP4 or .MOV format
    3. Upload that file by clicking on the "Choose File" button in the on-line application form
  3. Student Leadership Resume
    1. Prepare a Resume that describes your choral and leadership experience (view a Sample Resume)
    2. Save that document in MS-Word format (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf)
    3. Upload that file by clicking on the "Choose File" button in the on-line application form
  4. Teacher Recommendation (must be an active SCVA member)
    1. Your Choral Director will submit a separate recommendation for you through the SCVA website.


Click here to view the Solo Rubric document


  1. Access the on-line Audition Application Form by clicking here and fill-in all of the fields
  2. Pay the $10 Audition Fee online using PayPal or with school check (no personal checks will be accepted). No audition will be adjudicated without payment. Note that you need not have a PayPal account; you can simply use PayPal with any major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express.
  3. If accepted to participate in the Honor Choir Symposium, students must pay the $40 Participation Fee online using PayPal or with school check (no personal checks will be accepted). Students will not be allowed to participate without payment.
  4. If sending a School or Booster check, make it payable to "SCVA" and mail it to: Michael Ushino, Director of Vocal Music, San Juan Hills High School, 29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


  • Monday, September 14 -- Online Audition Application Opens
  • Friday, October 9 -- Online Audition Application Closes (deadline extended)
  • Friday, October 16 -- Audition Results Posted
  • Saturday, November 21 -- Honor Choir Symposium, 9:00am to 12:00pm (PST)


  1. If selected for the 2020 Honor Choir Symposium the singer must participate. If a student does not attend or drops out of the SCVA Honor Choir Symposium, the student's school may not be allowed to participate in Honor Choir the following school year.
  2. Calendar conflicts are NOT an acceptable reason for missing or dropping Honor Choir. This includes work schedule, athletic games or practices, SAT tests, school choir or drama events, etc. We encourage every student to check the dates above before applying to audition.
  3. Students who must, out of extreme necessity (such as a death in the family or a serious medical problem, or other matter of an equally serious nature) drop out of the Honor Choir Symposium after being accepted are required to provide a signed, written note from their parents and from their school choral director stating the reasons for the drop out.

California All-State High School Honor Choir

A Collaborative Effort of CCDA and SCVA

The SCVA Honor Choir Symposium is a separate event for our students in SCVA. In a normal year, the audition scores received by a student auditioning for SCVA Honor Choir would be used for All-State Honor Choir consideration. This year, our events will not be sharing audition scores so students who wish to participate in the CA All-State Honor Choir will need to submit a separate audition application and undergo the audition process using the parameters set forth by CCDA. Click here to learn more.

We highly encourage all students who are auditioning for the SCVA Honor Choir Symposium to also audition for the CA All-State Honor Choir.

If you have any questions regarding Regional Honor Choir, please contact Michael Ushino at: miushino@capousd.org


Michael Ushino
Director of Vocal Music
San Juan Hills High School
29211 Stallion Ridge
San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675