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ClevelanD Orchestra Youth CHORUS
Honor Choir 2024

The 2024 COYC Honor Choir Concert will take place on Sunday, March 24 at 7:30 PM at Severance Music Center. The performance will be free and open to the public, though tickets will be required.

The 2024 Honor Choir is composed of the top choral students from all over northeast Ohio. To participate, a student must be nominated by their school choir director based on their excellent skills as a developing musician.

Participating students will take part in an all day clinic with guest conductor Marques L. A. Garrett on Saturday, March 23rd at at the University Circle United Methodist Church and a dress rehearsal at Severance Music Center the afternoon of concert day.


Choir Directors

Nominations & registration for the 2024 Youth Honor Choir are now open. Teacher nomination deadline is January 17, 2024. 

Meet the clinician

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Dr. Marques
L.A. Garrett

Marques L. A. Garrett (he/him) is Associate Professor of Choral Studies at the University of North Texas. He is an accomplished vocalist and composer with his works available through several publishers and performed by festival/honor choirs, all-state choirs, and professional and university choirs such as Seraphic Fire and the Oakwood University Aeolians. He regularly serves as a choral clinician and guest conductor for festival and honor choirs throughout the country. He is an active researcher with published articles and presentations on the choral music of Black composers and rehearsal techniques for state, regional, and national conferences.


All music will be provided by the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Office. Choristers will receive their music in February and will be expected to work on the repertoire with their school choir director throughout the spring. Students will also be invited to join the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus for regular Sunday rehearsals in March, where they will work on the pieces alongside members of COYC.

The Concert

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The 2024 Honor Choir will perform on the main stage at historic Severance Music Center, home of The Cleveland Orchestra and considered by many to be one of the world's most beautiful concert halls. The concert will take place on Sunday, March 24th at 7:30 PM and will include performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus (Daniel Singer, director) and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Honor Choir, led by guest conductor Dr. Garrett. While tickets are required, this performance is free and open to the public.

Timeline (2024)

January 17 - Nominations due by 5:00 PM

January 24 - Results communicated to teachers and students

February 7 - Students registrations due

February (rolling) - Music mailed to participants once registration is complete


Spring Semester - Students prepare music with assistance from their choir director, we will also provide plenty of study materials!


February 25 - March 17 - Students invited to work on repertoire at Sunday rehearsals with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. School choir directors who are unable to work independently with their students to learn the material are encouraged to send their students to learn the repertoire alongside COYC members.

Saturday March 23 - Required day-long clinic (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM) with guest conductor, Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett, at University Circle United Methodist Church.

Sunday March 24 - Afternoon dress rehearsal (2:00 PM to 6:00 PM) and 7:30 PM concert at Severance Hall 

Previous Guest Clinicians

2015                Judy Hanson

2017                Tefsa Wondemagegnehu

2018                Jeffery Redding

2019                Cheryl Frazes Hill

2020                Jason Max Ferdinand
                        (Cancelled due to COVID)

2023                Marie Bucoy-Calavan

2024                Marques L. A. Garrett

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