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.  

Repertoire

  • 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.

Performance

  • 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.
  • Choirs must provide four original scores of the selections with measures numbered for the adjudicators. 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.
Registration requirements

Registration is a three step process:

  • Registration is completed and submitted online by the deadline.
  • One completed and signed registration form postmarked or hand delivered to Scheduling Coordinator by deadline.
  • Each ensemble must pay their fee at the time of registration. 
  • Transfer deadline: January 15 
  • Application deadline:  March 27

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

Medals

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

    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.

    Payment

    Fees are $195 per choir.  Fees for the UP are $100.

    Deadline for registration and payment is March 27, 2018.

    Payment should be made by school check or director’s personal check payable to MSVMA and must be postmarked by the deadline. 

    Fees are non-refundable.

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    For registration questions, contact State Events Scheduling Coordinator Marge Payne at margepayne@msvma.org  

    Checks for fees payable to MSVMA with an invoice copy should be mailed to:

    MSMVA
    P.O. Box 1131
    Big Rapids, MI  49307

    A signed invoice should be mailed to:

    Marge Payne
    968 Beckley  
    Oxford, MI 48371

    Director of State Events
    Bert Van Dyke
    Bertvandyke@msvma.org


    Supervisor of State Choral Festivals
    Mitchell Osadchuk
    osadcmi@lc-ps.org

    Central    May 7 & 8, 2018

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

    Festival Coordinator
    TBD

    Host
    John Jacobson
    jacob3ja@cmich.edu

    Central Michigan University
    Mt. Pleasant, MI  48858

    East    April 23 & 24, 2017

    Districts 4 & 16

    East Festival Coordinator
    Festival Coordinator Needed

    Host
    Mike Martin
    mmartin@marysvilleschools.us

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

    South     April 26 & 27, 2018

    Districts 8, 11, 12, & 15 and schools in
    Berry and Ionia Counties (District 7 & 10)

    FESTIVAL COORDINATOR NEEDED
    South Festival Coordinator

    Host
    Phil Johnson
    johnsop@brightonK12.com

    Brighton High School
    7878 Brighton Road
    Brighton, MI  48116

    UP   April 21, 2018

    Districts 13 & 14

    Festival Coordinator & Host
    Jan Brodersen
    jbrodersen@mapsnet.org 

    Lake Superior Christian Church
    393 State Highway M533
    Marquette 

    West   May 7, 8 & 9, 2018

    Districts 6, 7 & 10

    Festival Coordinator
    Kristine Ryskamp
    krisryskamp@msvma.org 

    Host
    James DeBoer
    deboer.jmsvma.org

    Host
    Pam Pierson
    Pam.Pierson@gmail.com

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


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