Choral Hours have been “Reimagined” for MMC 2022
During discussions for the 2022 MMC, the planning committee is fully aware that this year has held endless challenges! In spite of that, MSVMA members have been resilient and have tremendous success stories! In order to support our membership, we have reimagined what choral hours might look like for 2022. We are seeking groups that will continue to showcase excellence. Does this mean you can still submit recordings of traditional choral ensembles? Of course! But it also opens up the opportunity for featuring a multitude of other performance styles: Do you have an outstanding quartet, a show stopping musical theatre number, a video project that interacts with live singing, or a “Joe Miller inspired” creative program? Have you always wanted to collaborate with another colleague or maybe with a collegiate ensemble and haven’t had the opportunity? These are only a sampling of ideas we hope to be programming, but by no means the limit. Let your creativity thrive!
So how do you apply? On the MSVMA web page under Professional Development, click on “Michigan Music Conference”, there you will find the Performance Proposal form. On this form you can submit your written performance plan and upload evidence to show the capabilities of your ensemble or small group. Describe what your 15 - 20 minute performance would look like. Include any information that would be helpful for the committee to know such as, repertoire selections, scene selections, curricular goals and outcomes of your performance. Also, include your desired impact on the audience, is it to educate, entertain, inspire, or possibly bring awareness to something? The evidence can be audio or video, but must reflect the excellence of the ensemble. The submission deadline is June 15.
While we are all yearning to hear students perform again, we are also realistic in knowing that this year and “traditional” are words that rarely go together. Please take some time to consider how your ensembles could share with us their talent and passion, in either a traditional or uniquely artistic way.
Submitted by Gail Worden, MMC Planning Committee