In conjunction with the annual BCMEA conference, the BCMEA delivers special programming for BC’s most outstanding youth musicians. Hundred’s of students audition annually from across British Columbia for positions in one of five provincial honour ensembles – Wind Ensemble, Choir, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz, and String Orchestra. These ensmbles feature guest conductors from around the world providing rich and rewarding musical experiences for all those involved.

Application & Audition Information

Students interested in participating must complete an Online Application.  In addition, students must complete the Participation Agreement (signatures required) in the information package, scan the Participation Agreement in PDF format and submit them electronically along with your online application. (N.B. One electronic application per ensemble!)

2017 Honour Ensemble Online Application Information

To complete the online registration the following is required

  1. The Participation Agreement from the information package
  2. Audition Recordings in MP3 format (see audition requirements on the home page of your chosen ensemble)

Please clearly name your MP3 files with your name and instrument.
File name example:

For a tenor sax player named Betty Bird, the file name would look like this: TenorSax.Betty.Bird.Excerpt1.mp3

The due date for submissions is Friday, April 21, 2017. Live auditions may be later, but students must register online by the due date.

Late submissions and those that are incomplete may not be accepted.

Students must REGISTER online before arriving to any live auditions.

Prior to doing the online application, please completely read the information package, complete the required forms, and include them with your audio recording (in MP3 format) with your online registrations.

For any questions please contact Jill Sparrow-Ng at bcmeahonourgroupchair@gmail.com.

Regional Rehearsals

Lower Mainland

Vocal Jazz – Saturday, September 23, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Seacove Secondary
Conductor – Hannah Ng

Concert Choir – Saturday September 30, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Burnaby Central Secondary
Conductor – Carrie Taylor

Orchestra – Sunday October 1, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Seaquam Secondary
Conductor – Derek Ho

Instrumental Jazz Ensemble – Saturday October 23, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Point Grey Secondary or Port Moody Secondary – TBA – students will be told ASAP
Conductors – Brent Taylor and Dave Stewart

Wind Ensemble – Saturday October 23, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Seycove Secondary
Conductors – Rob McLeod and Kevin White

Vancouver Island

Vocal Jazz – Saturday September 23 – 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Belmont Secondary
Conductor – Katy Kerr

Concert Choir – Saturday September 23  – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Belmont Secondary
Conductor – Glynis Dawson

Orchestra – Sunday October 1 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cedar Hill Middle School
Conductor – Cindy Romphf

Wind Ensemble – Date and location TBA

Audition Material

Please carefully read the audition packages below. Click the title to see the full information for that ensemble.

When you're ready, fill out the Online Application.

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Audition Materials & Vocal Exercise

Please Note: you may play a starting chord for vocalizations and the chromatic scale, but must not accompany yourself on either exercise.

N.B. A live audition options is available for Concert Choir on Thursday April 13 @ 5:00 pm or Tuesday April 18, 2017. Audition will be held at Burnaby Central Secondary School - 6011 Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby. Auditions will not be offered to students who arrive without online registration confirmation.

Please email Carrie Taylor at bcmeahonourchoir@gmail.com with any questions, including arranging an audition time.

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Audition Materials & Vocal Exercise

N.B. A live audition option is available for Vocal Jazz on Friday February 24, 2017, 3:30 - 6:00 pm. Auditions will be held at Cedar Hill Middle School - 3910 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria, B.C.
Auditions will not be offered to students who arrive without online registration confirmation.

Please email Katy Kerr at bcmeahonourvj@gmail.com with any questions, including arranging an audition time.