High School Choir


My name is Aaron Burke, and I am serving as the current HS Choir Chair. I have been Director of Choirs/Theater at Parsons Middle School and High School for 7 years, which is also where I graduated in 2007. I am so thrilled to be working in this capacity for the next two years and I am excited to tell you about the major change being implemented this year! We will be using computers with google forms for our audition process in November! The form will basically be a digital version of the tiny paper documents we have used in the past. The form will do all of the tabulation in real time, so you can focus fully on the audition!

THE Mr. Jason Sickel will be our Clinician this year. He is a high school teacher, and I believe he is truly one of the best in the business!

One more exciting thing that I am offering this year is an All State Audition Prep Day here at Parsons High School on September 26! Oh and it's FREE! Simply fill out this Prep Day registration form to attend. I will need some help running sectionals, so please let me know if you feel comfortable helping. I did this last year, and we ended up with nearly 150 singers in attendance! Here is the form:

Lastly, here are some important Dates for HS Choir:
Oct. 6: Audition Registration Deadline
Oct. 20: Late Registration Deadline #1 $25 per audition
Nov. 8: Late Registration Deadline #2 $50 per audition
Nov. 9: Late Registration Deadline #3 $100 per audition
Nov. 9: HS Honor Group Auditions at Ft. Scott Middle School
Dec. 7: District KMEA HS Performances
Feb. 27-29: 2020 In-Service Workshop/State KMEA Performance Ensembles

Audition Rotation
The audition rotation this year is as follows:

Group 1: Columbus, Oswego, Eureka, Labette County, Chanute, Caney Valley, Coffeyville, Erie, Moran, St. Paul, Mound City, Waverly

Group 2: Northeast, Frontenac, Garnett, Colgan, Galena, Ft. Scott, Cherryvale, Southeast, LaCygne, Altoona-Midway, Pleasanton, Sedan, Neodesha, Independence, Uniontown, Iola

Group 3: Pittsburg, Fredonia, Parsons, Yates Center, Chetopa, Riverton

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Audition Selections


Hans Bridger Heruth
Santa Barbara (SBMP1392)

I Want to Die While You Love Me
Rosephanye Powell
Gentry Publications (156854)
SSAA, $2.35


Hans Bridger Heruth
Santa Barbara (SBMP1392)

Jacob Narverud
Alliance (AMP1096)
SATB div., $2.00

Additional Selections

Hans Heruth
SBMP 10704714

On Some Solemne Shore
Andrea Ramsey
SATB div.
Hal Leonard 10278438

Lajos Bardos
Boosey & Hawkes 1405018

O Love
Elaine Hagenberg
SATB div. with cello
Beckenhorst 10667410

This Little Light of Mine
Mark Hayes
SATB div.
Heritage 3303230
Selections are available at Senseney Music.
Aaron Burke
Parsons HS
3030 Morton Ave
Parsons, KS 67357
w: 620-421-3660