All City Choir Auditions

The 2019 HS All City Honor Choir, Band, and Orchestra Concert will take place on Saturday, February 23 at the North Salem HS auditorium, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. 

Conductor – Dr. Lee Nelson, Patricia R. Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting and director of choral activities at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa

Accompanist – Sara Greenleaf


  • Domine Adajuvantum Me – Giovanni Battista Martini
  • Responsorial 1 – Eric William Barnum
  • I Will Be a Child of Peace – Elaine Hagenberg
  • We Can Mend the Sky – Jake Runestad
  • All of Us – Craig Hella Johnson


The auditions will be live and will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at South Salem HS, starting at 4:00PM.

Audition material will include the scales from the All State Audition, an excerpt from one of the concert pieces, and sight-reading. Will McLean will communicate specifics via email to directors. The application contract form will be done via Google Form. A link to the form can be accessed on the district music website ( If you wish to include the application link on your own webpages, it is The application window will be Monday, Dec. 3 through Tuesday, Jan. 8. If a student fails to apply by the deadline, s/he may be accommodated as a walk-on at the live auditions, provided there is time. Will McLean will collect necessary information from walk-ons and will submit the information to Sheila. The selected All City Honor Choir roster, including alternates, will be submitted no later than January 16.

Directors will be responsible to complete the following by January 30:

  1. Collect participation fees from their selected students
  2. Submit the Accounting Summary Form and participation fees to their bookkeeper
  3. Email a copy of the Accounting Summary Form to Sheila

All Salem-Keizer HS choir directors will be involved in the audition process as well as the section coaching, as communicated by Will McLean. They will also share in the supervision of the students at the All City rehearsals and performance.

The HS All City Honor Choir audition, rehearsal, and performance schedule is as follows:


Date                            Time                                Event                             Location              

Tues. January 15 4:30 – 8:30 PM Live Auditions South Salem HS
Wed.  January 30 3:45 – 6:00 PM Prep Rehearsal South Salem HS
Wed.  February 6 3:45 – 6:00 PM Prep Rehearsal South Salem HS
Wed.  February 13 3:45 – 6:00 PM Prep Rehearsal South Salem HS
Wed. February 20 3:45 – 6:00 PM Prep Rehearsal South Salem HS
Thurs. February 21 6:00 – 9:00 PM Rehearsal w/ Clinician North Salem HS
Fri. February 22 8:00 – 3:00 PM Rehearsal w/ Clinician North Salem HS
Sat. February 23 9:00 – 3:00 PM Dress Rehearsal North Salem HS
Sat. February 23 7:00 PM (6:00 CALL) Evening Performance North Salem HS

The music is to be memorized by the first rehearsal with the clinician (Thursday, February 21).

Due Dates:

  • Dec. 3 – Jan 8 Application window
  • January 15       Auditions
  • January 16       Roster submitted to Sheila
  • January 30       Participation fees and Accounting Summary Form (ASF) are submitted to the bookkeeper  and a copy of the ASF is sent to Sheila
  • February 21     Music is to be memorized