HS State Choral Festival  

State Choral Festival is an educational opportunity designed to encourage your students to develop their performance. You and your students will have the opportunity to hear some of the most advanced and accomplished choirs in Michigan. The adjudication team will provide assessment by nationally recognized master choral clinicians who are selected for their outstanding and engaging work with choirs. 

Eligibility Requirements
  • Qualifying performance of Division I - Excellent at District Festival
  • Choir must be comprised of 17 or more students.
  • It is expected that the choir will consist of the same members who performed at District Choir Festival.  

Registration and Payment

Register here: http://msvma.net

State Choral Festival Registration Instructions

Fees are $195 per choir.  Fees for the UP are $100. Fees are non-refundable.

Deadline for registration and payment is March 27, 2019.

Payment can be made by school check or director’s personal check payable to MSVMA and must be postmarked by the deadline. Purchase orders are acceptable at the postmark deadline, but the State Office must receive payment by April 15, 2019.

Invoices and checks for fees payable to MSVMA should be mailed to:

P.O. Box 1131
Big Rapids, MI  49307

For registration questions, contact State Events Scheduling Coordinator, Julia Holt, or Director of State Events, Bert Van Dyke.

  • Each choir must perform three selections.  District Choral Festival literature requirements apply.
  • One selection must be from the approved repertoire list. (click to view MSVMA's Required Repertoire Lists)
  • One selection must performed a cappella (without pitched or unpitched musical accompaniment).  A cappella selection may include body percussion (clapping, snapping, etc.) as indicated by the score.
  • Popular show tunes, vocal jazz, barbershop, gospel, or novelty selections are not to be used. 
  • Choreography is not allowed.
  • State Festival participation includes three components: warm-up, performance and clinic.
  • Each component is allocated 15 minutes which includes the time needed to enter and exit the warm-up room, stage or clinic room. Choirs that exceed this time in any of the components may be stopped. 
  • Every attempt will be made to honor performance date and time request.  However, schools sending multiple groups cannot be assured of having them scheduled on the same day. 
  • Choirs may be scheduled to sing from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Accompanists must have original copies of selections.
  • Soloist and Ensembles must provide one original scores of the selections with measures numbered for the adjudicator. Failure to do so will result in a no final determination rating.
  • Any changes in the literature must be submitted through the online scheduler seven days prior to the first day of the Festival.  Changes in repertoire after this date will result in a ‘no final determination’ rating.

Final Determination

Final determination will be assessed by totaling the final scores from the performance adjudicators. 

 Division I  Excellent 90 - 72
 Division II  Good 54 - 71
 Division III  Fair 53 - 36
 Division IV  Developing 35 - 18

Student Conduct

In signing the registration form, the principal and the director agree to supervise the students from their school to ensure proper conduct at the Festival. Sanctions may be imposed by the MSVMA Executive Board upon schools whose students' behavior is inappropriate.


Participants with a Final Determination of Division I - Excellent or Division II - Good may purchase medals at $4 each.

Transfer Request Guidelines 

Directors may request a transfer from their school’s assigned site to a different site. Large numbers of event transfers can disrupt festival management. Directors are encouraged to perform at their school’s regionally assigned site unless:

Travel from your school to the site exceeds 150 miles or 3 hours.
Your school district is not in session on the performance date.
(Examples: spring break, state-mandated testing.)

The deadline for all State Event Transfer Requests is February 15. Requests will be considered according to capacity and criteria above. Requests that exceed capacity or do not meet criteria may not be approved.

For questions, please contact bertvandyke@msvma.org

Transfer request form.  

Director of State Events
Bert Van Dyke

Supervisor of State Choral Festivals

State Choral Festivals Documents

COMING SOON - 2019 HS and JHMS State Choral Festival Invitation

State HS Choral Performance Rubric
State Choral Supervisor Handbook

May 6-7, 2019

Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 & 9 
District 7 Montcalm County schools

Festival Coordinator Needed 

Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant

April 29-30, 2019

Districts 4 & 16

Festival Coordinator
Brian Leduc

Mike Martin
Marysville High School
555 E. Huron Blvd. 
Marysville, MI  48040

May 1
, 2, 3, 2019

Districts 8, 11, 12, & 15 and schools
Berry and Ionia County schools (Districts 7 & 10)

Festival Coordinator
Brendan Closz

Seth Burk
Holt HS
5885 Holt Rd.
Holt, MI 48842

April 26, 2019

Districts 13 & 14

Festival Coordinator & Host
Jan Brodersen
Lake Superior Christian Church
393 State Highway M533

West - May 3, 6, 7, 2019

Districts 6, 7 & 10

Festival Coordinator
Pam Pierson

James DeBoer
Hope College
Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts
221 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI  49423

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