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Elementary Festival Honor Choir

The Elementary Festival Honor Choir is an independent honor choir of approximately 180 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students who are selected by recorded audition. The choir meets and performs each year during the Annual SDSU Choral Day event. This next choir will rehearse and perform on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Letter of Invitation

Audition form and Photo Release Form will be mailed directly to participants.  Please contact Karen Barthel at to request audition information.

Audition Requirements:

  1. Students must be in the fourth, fifth, or sixth grade at the time of audition.
  2. Students must be recommended by their school music teacher, director or private instructor.
  3. Teachers and students must work together to submit an audition form and audition CD.
  4. A $5 registration fee is required of each student that auditions and must accompany the audition form and CD.
  5. Students chosen to be part of the Elementary Honor Choir must be accompanied by their music teacher on the day of the festival.
  6. Postmark for submissions is October 22.

Students selected for the Elementary Honor Choir will practice in Brookings during the day and end with a concert in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center at 4:45 p.m. An additional charge of $30 per student is assessed once a student receives notification of acceptance. The charge covers the cost of a t-shirt (worn during the performance), lunch, snack breaks and music.  An additional set of music will be provided to each teacher who has students selected.

Barb Sletto to Conduct Elementary Festival Honor Choir

Barb Sletto
Barb Sletto

Barbara Sletto is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Heartland Youth Choir of Des Moines. Barbara is an Assistant Professor at Drake University in Des Moines where she conducts the Drake Women's Chorale.

Prior to her work with the Heartland Youth Choir, she was the Artistic Director of the Iowa Youth Chorus, the Des Moines Children's Choruses, the Anderson Area Children's Choir of Anderson, Indiana, and the Lakes Treble Choir of Minnesota. Barbara has also guest conducted at various summer choir camps throughout the United States.

Barbara completed a Masters of Arts in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is trained in Orff and Dalcroze methodology. She has fulfilled twelve commissioned works for treble choirs and has published with Plymouth, Colla Voce and Alliance publishers.