All-State Choir Camp

Sun., June 24 – Thurs., June 28, 2018

Hardin-Simmons University continues its commitment to choral excellence in the state of Texas with its annual All-State Choir Camp. In a week-long, intensive choral experience, high school students will participate in rehearsals of the All-State Choir repertoire under the batons of HSU conductors, Dr. Clell Wright and Dr. Dee Romines. In addition, campers will attend sectional rehearsals with outstanding clinicians from prominent Texas schools and benefit from vocal training with the HSU voice faculty. Our fine line-up of instructors is designed to increase the level of music-making experienced by our campers and provide the skills needed to compete with the best voices from around our state. The week will culminate in a free public performance featuring the choir, soloists, and small ensembles.

You can apply online with the form at the end of this page, or if you have questions contact:
Clell Wright, School of Music and Fine Arts
HSU Box 16230, Abilene, TX 79698
Phone: 325.670.1415

HSU Choir Conductors

Dr. Clell Wright serves on the faculty of Hardin-Simmons University as director of choral activities and Logsdon Professor of Church Music. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with the noted Dr. Eph Ehly and Dr. Charles Robinson. In addition, he earned his Master of Music degree in choral conducting and church music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Music degree in church music from Samford University. Dr. Wright is active as a guest lecturer on music and worship and as a choral clinician, having served as guest conductor for All-Region Choirs. His expertise has been shared in several published articles on choral music and worship and as a presenter at the TMEA and ACDA conventions. Dr. Wright’s choirs have toured nationally and internationally and have been recognized for their choral excellence and innovative repertoire.

Dee Romines is an Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Hardin-Simmons University. Dr. Romines earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Tennessee, the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His principal teachers were Dr. Eph Ehly, Dr. W J Julian, Dr. Donald Neuen, and Dr. Charles Robinson.

At HSU Dr. Romines teaches courses in choral music education, undergraduate and graduate conducting, supervises student teachers, directs the HSU Chorale, and assists with all aspects of the choral program. Prior to his appointment at HSU, Dr. Romines held similar music education positions at the University of Georgia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. From 1987-1998 he was the Academy Choral Director at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additional experience includes teaching elementary, middle, and high school instrumental music in Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri, as well as directing Church and Community Choirs.

  • Tara Sikon – Carrolton Creekview High School
  • Natalie Walker – Highland Park High School, Dallas
  • Aaron Hawley – Permian High School, Odessa
  • Trenton Davis – Lee High School, Midland
  • Josh Brown – Coppell HS
  • Michael Matlock – Andrews High School
  • Austin Billett – Monahans High School

In addition to making music, each day’s schedule includes out-of-the-box activities. Unwind during our evening events, participate in the crazy relays and games in our mini-breaks, showcase your talent in our Talent Show, and more. Our ”fun squad” is making its mission to have something fun for everyone. A schedule of activities will be included in the confirmation packet sent for registration.

Registration Fee

  • Resident camper $325
  • Commuting camper $275

Late camper registration is $350 for all campers. Included in the cost of tuition is a non-refundable $50 registration fee.

Deadline for application is June 10, 2018.

Housing & Meals

Campers have the option to stay on the HSU campus or to commute. Resident campers are required to remain on campus for the duration of camp and are housed in the residence halls, supervised by the HSU Camp counseling staff. Each room accommodates two people and features an adjoining bathroom shared by another room. Resident campers are strictly prohibited from visiting a dorm floor occupied by members of the opposite sex.

All meals are included in the cost of tuition and will be served in the HSU cafeteria in Moody Student Center. For all campers, the first meal is dinner on Sunday and the last meal is lunch on Friday. For commuting campers, breakfast is not included in the cost. Special dietary needs should be included on the application or in separate correspondence at least one week prior to camp.

Do, re, mi, fa, SO……you want to sing some more?

As an option, you may sign up for a 30-minute private voice lesson to work one-on-one with a member of the HSU Voice Faculty. Lessons will be scheduled during sectional and focus session times. Lessons will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis at registration. You may request a certain teacher if space allows. Assigned lesson times and further instructions will be given at the time of registration. Limit one lesson per camper.

HSU Voice Faculty

  • Dr. Lynnette Chambers
  • Dr. Jaynne Middleton
  • Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth
  • Dr. Melody Rich

Online Application