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What is the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame Honor Choir?

The honor choir performs at the elegant Friday evening National Teacher’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony of five great teachers from around the United States.  The choir is made up of 100 singers from Kansas public and private schools, who are rising 7th-9th graders as of fall 2012. 

When:  Thursday night, June 14, and Friday, June 15, 2012

Where: Emporia State University

Who is eligible?

  • Public and private middle school and junior high school choral directors are invited to nominate four of their finest singers (SATB) to participate in the 2012 National Teacher Hall of Fame Honor Choir.  Additional quartets can be requested and will be accommodated if space is available. Because of space limitations, schools will be registered on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of 100 singers. No school will be guaranteed a spot until its registration is complete. Deadline for registration is April 30.
  • Nominated students must be capable of singing their parts on pitch, accurately, completely memorized, and with enthusiasm.  They also must have a good attitude about working with others and be disciplined in working toward an exciting goal - outstanding performance. 
  • The honor choir conductor reserves the right to ask a student who cannot meet these standards to leave the chorus, mid-stream. 
  • There is a zero tolerance policy regarding unbecoming behavior or language, each singer and his/her parent/guardian must read and sign the Student Participant Agreement.  The agreement must be returned with the initial nomination form.

What will the NTHF honor choir singers do?

The choir members will:

  • rehearse on Thursday night, June 14th (7-9 p.m.), and throughout the day on Friday, June 15th in Beach Music Hall, room 132.
  • sing four songs on the Friday evening induction ceremony in Albert Taylor Hall, located on the ESU campus,
  • a practice CD with each of the parts sung individually and together and in the given voicings will be sent to participating directors by mid-May.
  • stay in the dorms (supervised by a chaperone from each school) on Thursday night,
  • get to know other talented singers from around the state,
  • receive a Hall of Fame Honor Choir T-shirt and certificate, and
  • have some free time for recreational and/or leadership-team building activities.

What is the cost?

The cost is $35 for each student and includes:

  • overnight stay in the dorm,
  • all meals,
  • the music,
  • and the T-shirt. 
  • Obviously the small fee does not begin to cover the cost.  ESU and individuals subsidize the event. 

Who pays the $35 fee?

Some teachers ask parents to pay the fee; some teachers pay for their singers; some schools pay the fees.     

Are there any other requirements?

Yes, each school group MUST provide one adult to serve as a chaperone. Additional chaperones can be requested and will be accommodated if space is available. The chorus director and/or parent(s) usually serve as the chaperone(s).  Meals and dorm accommodations will be provided for the teacher/chaperone.

Each chaperone is asked to

  • supervise the Karaoke – Dance Mixer in the Memorial Union Ballroom on Thursday evening
  • supervise students in the dorms, during meals, rehearsals, performances, and other recreational type activities;
  • stay in the dorms with students (required) on Thursday evening.





To register, please send:

  • a completed registration form;
  • chaperone’s name, address, email and telephone number;
  • participation agreements signed by each participating student and his/her parent/guardian;
  • a NOTORIZED health form signed by student, his/her parent/guardian; and
  • payment (make check payable to ESU Music Department) or a purchase order for the entire amount ($35 x the number of singers).


Mail, email, or fax your completed registration form, chaperone information, participation agreements and health forms to:

Mail to: Email to: Fax to:
Emporia State University
Carol J. Krueger, Director of Choral Activities
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801   620-341-5601






General Information 2012

Registration Form 2012

Daily Schedule 2012

NTHF Medical Consent Form 2012

Student Participant Agreement 2012

DVD Request Form 2012








The National Teacher Hall of Fame Honor Choir has been and continues to be the ultimate honor choir experience for my middle school students.  We rarely have the opportunity to create wonderful choral music with students from other schools and this event fulfills this need.  The NTHF honor choir is an exciting two day event that leaves my students feeling invigorated for the new school year and turns them into vocal leaders and role models in their choirs.  Not only is it a rewarding experience for students, teachers and parents, but at $35 per participant, the price is truly a bargain!!
Jason Sickel, Choral Director, Louisburg Middle School
The honor choir was just the right amount of hard work and fun.  When the kids come away enthused and motivated for the upcoming school year, what teacher wouldn't want this experience for them.
Bonnie Wilhoit, Choral Director, Ottawa Middle School
For the past 13 years, I have had students participate in the National Teachers Hall of Fame Chorus. I can't even begin to tell you how valuable this NTHF experience is. I send my best incoming 8th grade students to ESU each year and have had the amazing opportunity to watch my students develop their confidence, singing technique and leadership skills in just a short amount of time at NTHF. This experience truly sets the expectations for a GREAT school year. When we send our best students for this experience in June, it pays off for the rest of the year! The is the BEST experience my middle school students remember...even over KMEA and KCDA choir experiences.
 Pam Kelly, Oxford Middle School

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