I was in Select Choir when I was in middle school. You had to audition, although I don't know if they actually denied anyone. We worked out butts off for the entire year, and then competed at Hershey park come spring. This particular year, we *rocked* our selection, placed either first or second (I can't remember) out of 30 something schools and both my friend Andrew and I won Judges Choice awards for our solos.
It's one of my best adolescent memories.
Side note- I hope Andrew never sees this, because he WILL kill me for posting this picture.