Singers in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in the Lee University Honor Choir. There will be a Treble Choir, Tenor/Bass Choir, and as well as a freshman/sophomore and Junior/Senior combined Mixed Choirs in an SATB selection.


Registration will open Friday, November 3, 2023

Friday and Saturday, February 9-10, 2024.

How Are Students Selected?
Directors may use their own discretion to select singers from their high school choral program.

Musical Preparation
Singers should have the SATB selections thoroughly prepared. Music​ ​selections and rehearsal tracks will be sent to ​choral directors upon receipt of the application and registration fee.

What Is The Cost?
The early bird registration fee is $50 per a student, which increases to $60 per a student after Friday, January 19, 2024. The student fee includes registration, t-shirt to be worn during the concert, music, as well as lunch in the Deacon Jones Dining Hall on Friday and dinner on Friday night. Choral directors attend for free.

Do We Order Music?
Yes, Lee University will order the music and send the music selections promptly upon receipt of the application and registration fee.

Fees should be mailed to:
Lauren Buckner—Honor Choir
Lee University School of Music
PO Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

What Is The Honor Choir Attire?
For the performance on Saturday, February 10th, 4:00 p.m., all students must wear their Honor Choir t-shirt, jeans (no holes), and closed toed shoes.

Dr. Cameron Weatherford

Dr. Cameron Weatherford serves as Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee where he conducts the Ladies of Lee, Choral Union, and teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate choral music curriculum. Prior to coming to Lee, he served as the Chair of the Division of Fine Arts and Director of Choral Activities at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. From 2012-2016, he served as Choral Director at Alexandria Senior High in Alexandria, Louisiana. Under his direction, the ensembles of Alexandria Senior High School received numerous recognitions and awards including Superior ratings at the District and State level and were featured in two Louisiana ACDA performances, tours throughout the southern United States, and a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In March 2017, Dr. Weatherford won first place in the National ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2016, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award by the Louisiana Music Educators Association. He has conducted numerous honor choirs and has served as an adjudicator all over the country. He has been featured as a session presenter in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio state conferences including LMEA, MMEA, ACDA, and the Kettering National A Cappella Conference. He currently serves as the R&R Coordinator for Student Activities for Tennessee ACDA and has also served as the Co-Chair for the Women’s Division of Louisiana ACDA, the Co-Chair for the Women’s Honor Choir in District II, the Collegiate Repertoire R&R for Louisiana ACDA. He also served as the The Louisiana State Representative for AEA (A Cappella Educators Association) and is an active member of NAfME and ACDA on the state and national level. Dr. Weatherford holds a B.M. in Church Music from Louisiana College, a M.M. in Choral Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. He lives in Cleveland, Tennessee with his wife Caroline and their three children, Hudson, Annie, and Scout.

Jefferson Johnson

Jefferson Johnson is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kentucky where he conducts the University Chorale and Men's Chorus. He also teaches advanced choral conducting, choral methods and literature, and directs the graduate program (MM and DMA degrees) in choral music. A native of Atlanta, Johnson received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia (magna cum laude, 1978), the Master of Music from the University of Tennessee (1981), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado (1992). While living in Atlanta, Johnson was also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw.

Johnson is presently Music Director of the Lexington Singers. The 180-voice community chorus annually performs major works with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. The Singers have toured internationally, most recently to Brazil, France, Italy, and Austria. In 2000 the chorus performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Vienna Mozart Orchestra in the famous Hofburg Palace and sang the evening mass at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. In 2003 the chorus performed in St. Marks Cathedral in Venice and sang
mass at St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. In 1999 the Lexington Singers celebrated its 40th anniversary with a performance in New York City as Johnson made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Singers and orchestra in Faure’s Requiem.

Johnson maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator and guest conductor for high-school and collegiate choirs throughout the United States. He has conducted honor choruses in 30 states and has appeared as a featured clinician at ACDA or MENC conventions in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

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