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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

Please contact Karen Barthel 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 upload an audio file.
  4. A $5 registration fee is required of each student that auditions.
  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. Audio files must be uploaded to Box by October 25.

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 is the Founder and Artistic Program Director of the Heartland Youth Choir, a civic organization that serves over 300 central Iowa singers in seven ensembles and short term offerings. Barbara continues to work for the Heartland Youth Choir remotely from her home office in Naples.  Prior to her work with the Heartland Youth Choir, Barbara 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.  In addition, Barbara served as the director the Drake University Chorale from 2004-2012.  Under her direction, choirs have performed for National Kodaly and Orff Conferences, regional Music Educators National Conferences, and American Choral Director’s Association divisional and state conferences in Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

As a specialist in treble voices, Barbara frequently serves as a guest conductor for high school, middle school and elementary festival choirs and honor choirs. She has guest conducted for numerous All-State choirs throughout the United States as well as various summer choir camps including; the International Music Camp, the Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic, the Indiana Choral Director’s Summer Music Institute, the University of St. Thomas Kodaly Choral Camp, the Virginia Kodaly Summer Music Camp, the Drake School of Music Summer Camp, the Heartland Choral Camp, and the International Music Institute. Barbara was a featured clinician for the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati where she presented the session, Music Literacy in the Choral Rehearsal.

Barbara completed her Masters of Arts in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1994. She is also trained in Orff and Dalcroze methodology. She is a frequent clinician for music educators throughout the United States and has taught Kodaly certification course at both Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Barbara has fulfilled fourteen commissioned works for treble choirs including commissions for Iowa and Indiana All-State choirs. Her compositions are published with Colla Voce Publishing, Hal Leonard and Fred Bock Publishing Company.

Barbara has served on the Board of Directors for numerous music organizations including: the National Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America, the Indiana Choral Directors Association, the Indiana Music Educators Association, and the Iowa Choral Director’s Association. She has recently been appointed as the Chair of the Children’s and Youth Community Choirs for Florida ACDA.