Convention Choir

Due government restrictions, the 37th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention has been canceled.
This difficult decision was not made lightly, but with drastic, new restrictions in place, there is simply no other choice.

Read more information here.
If you’re registered for the convention, please check your email for your refund information.

All-State Convention Choir

Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.


Essentials in Writing has teamed up with HEAV to offer an amazing choir opportunity for students aged 14 to 18! Join in monthly webinars with other students across the region under the direction of conductor Matthew Stephens, followed by choral workshops during the convention in June—and culminating in a performance in front of a live audience.

Whatever your skill level—if you love to sing, don’t miss this unique opportunity to lift your voice and experience music, creativity, expression, and artistry in a way not often available to homeschool students.

There is no registration fee, as the event is sponsored by Essentials in Writing. Your student commits to learning the music provided and participating in monthly rehearsals webinar from February to May, as well as all three choir workshops onsite at the convention.


Register here  by March 13.

There is NO registration fee. (Essentials in Writing is sponsoring the event!)


Students will be required to attend monthly rehearsal webinars March to May where they will learn choral singing technique.


Students must be aged 13 as of January 1, 2020, to audition.

See this inspirational example!

  • Students must be registered for the convention.
  • Music will be provided to all students.
  • MP3 rehearsal files will be provided to students to help them learn their part.
  • Students will submit monthly milestone audio check-ins to Mr. Stephens.
  • Students must attend the Choral Workshops and performances at the convention (see details below.)c

How to Audition

The purpose of the audition process is to determine the vocal range of singers and their skill level related to: matching pitch, staying in tune, and reading music. This information will be used to choose music for performances that are in line with skill level.

First, register for the convention.

Then, submit the audition video to 417-255-4210, NO LATER THAN March 13, 2020.


Students will complete the form on the Essentials in Writing website and submit an audition video to the number listed. Using an iPhone or other device, students will submit a recording in which they

  • State their full name and age
  • Sing a major scale
  • Sing “Happy Birthday to You”
  • Sight read music provided on the website for those who can (not required)
  • Auditions may be no longer than two minutes
  • All auditions must be with the voice alone with no music
    Submit the audition video to 417-255-4210.


  • Students will be provided sheet music and mp3 file to learn the music. Sheet music and mp3 files will be sent in March.
  • Students must submit a bi-weekly or monthly milestone audio check-in to Mr. Stephens or his intern.
  • Students will participate in bi-weekly or monthly webinar rehearsals March to May.
    (Note: If students have a time conflict, they may watch the webinar rehearsal later and provide the requested feedback.)

Choral Workshops/Rehearsals and

Three rehearsals will be held at the convention: Thursday evening, Friday morning, and Friday afternoon.
Potential performances may include any of the following: opening convention graduation, at a keynote, or in the registration lobby.

How to Add Events

Add your choice of events when you register for the convention.
Already registered for the convention? Add an event for yourself or a family member easily by calling the HEAV office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 804-278-9200.