Fort Lewis College 20th Annual Honor Choir
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO  81301

Dear Choral Directors,

I hope another school year is off to a fantastic start!

I am writing to formally invite you and your students to attend this year’s Fort Lewis College Honor Choir event, which will take place on November 10th.  If you attended last year, you know there have been some changes made in the audition process. Like last year, students must pass an audition to participate in the Honor Choir. Details about the audition process are on our website, and include a short recording of “America the Beautiful” in the appropriate key for each voice part, and a form for teacher assessment of each student.  This year, in an attempt to better follow up on these wonderful student singers and for recruiting purposes, we are adding a required field for student contact information (email of student or parent), rather than having them fill out hand-written information cards.

We will be holding our annual vocal solo contest, the winner of which will receive a scholarship to Fort Lewis College as a music major.  Please encourage your students to prepare a song for this rare performance opportunity!

We are also happy to announce that President Dene Thomas has agreed to buy lunch for all the Honor Choir attendees that day. I am looking forward to another fabulous music-making experience with you and your students! Please feel free to contact Shauna Blaylock or me with any questions!

Hope to see you in November,

Charissa Chiaravalloti, DMA
Director of Choral Activities
Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO 81303
Jones 210


Full Schedule will be posted soon, however, please observe the following:

  • Please arrive at the Concert Hall by 8:45 a.m.
  • Please bring with you enough copies of music for each singer!
  • Notes and rhythms should be learned by time of arrival, so the choir can work on artistry and presentation and give the highest quality performance possible.

5:30 p.m. - Free of charge, open to the public

Repertoire for 2016 Honor Choir

Harvest by Jacob Narverud (SATB, Fischer)

La Lluvia (The Rain) by Stephen Hatfield (SATB, Boosey & Hawkes)

Wade in the Water, arr. By David Eddleman (SATB, Fischer)

Der Tanz by Franz Schubert, available at (public domain, free to copy) -

Repertoire for 2016 Honor Chamber Choir - Sweetheart of the Sun by Eric Barnum (SATB, Walton)

Solo Vocal Competition

We will be holding a solo vocal competition, the winner of which will be awarded a scholarship to become a music major at Fort Lewis College.  Up to five finalists will be selected from your submissions, and will be judged in a public performance during the event.  Please send recordings (cd, dvd, mp3, or .wav file) postmarked no later than October 26th to Shauna Blaylock.

Electronic submissions are preferred and may be emailed to Shauna at:

If you wish to send via postal mail please address to:

Shauna Blaylock, FLC Music
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO  81301