High School Honor Choir
2023 Conductor: Dr. Stan Engebretson 


Stan Engebretson came to Washington, DC in 1990 as the Director of Choral Studies at George Mason University and Director of Music at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (aka “The Lincoln Church”).  In 2005, he became the Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic Chorale. Earlier positions were at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, University of Texas Permian in Midland-Odessa, TX, and Bismarck State College, ND.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and voice from the University of North Dakota, and a DMA in conducting from Stanford University. Additional study grants allowed him to work with legendary choral mentors of our time, including Eric Ericson, Robert Shaw, Gregg Smith, Richard Westenburg, Roger Wagner, and Margaret Hillis.   


Engebretson is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad, most often in Germany, but also Switzerland, Italy, France, Russia, Lithuania, South Korea, and in Iceland where he was a Senior Specialist Scholar for the Fulbright Foundation."


  1. Alleluia (SATB) – by Jake Runestad, Jake Runestad Music LLC, Publisher ID: jR0035 (This piece is tricky, give it a little extra preparation time).  

  2. Only in Sleep (SSAATTBB, A cappella) – by Eriks Ešenvalds, Music Baltica, Publisher ID: MB1265 

  3. Hallelujah, from Cry of Jeremiah (SSAATB) – by Rosephanye Powell, Fred Bock Music, Publisher ID: 00119062 

  4. Homeward Bountd (SATB, piano four hands) – arr. Wilberg, Alfred Music Publishing, Publisher ID: 38070 

  5. Let the River run (SATB) – Craig Hella Johnson, Hal Leonard Corporation, Publisher ID: 08754596 

  6. Baba Yetu (SSATBB) – Christopher Tin, Hal Leonard Corporation, Publisher ID: 00293110 

  7. An Irish Blessing (SATB) – James Moore, GIA Publications, (Octavo published separately in their Come to the Feast series) 


Please send questions to Jeremiah Smallridge:

Checks should be posted to:

Buckhannon-Upshur High School 


Jeremiah Smallridge  

270 B-U Drive 

Buckhannon, WV 26201