The Sallie B. Howard Chorus offers students an opportunity to participate in a vocal music program that is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in musical performance. The goals of the Chorus program are to expand students’ basic knowledge of music and history and develop their proficiency in music theory, vocal health, stage presence, ear training and tone development. Chorus students will also attend a variety of master classes, workshops and competitions.


Students majoring in Chorus can expect to learn the following:


Audition Requirements



Manuel Martinez is the Sallie B. Howard Chorus instructor. A native of Wilson, N.C., he holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University and is a graduate of Hunt High School. At NCCU, he studied under accomplished instructors Lenora Helm Hammonds and Maurice Myers and held leadership positions within the award-winning NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, which once made the preliminary ballot for the 60th Grammy Awards.

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