Weekly Notes 8/27/20

Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:05 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)

In the classroom - face to face or virtual - MSVMA members
always create meaningful learning opportunities for our students.

We wish you success in the coming year! 

MSVMA is excited to offer the following virtual events.
For more information, click on the event links below. Some events are being developed and information will be released as it becomes available. 

Solo & Ensemble Festival

Musical Theatre Intensive

Musical Theatre Festival

High School Honors Choir

Middle School Honors Choir

Vocal Jazz Honors Choir

Choral Festival

A Cappella Festival

Chamber Choir Festival

Please carefully read the instructions for each event, the requirements have changed with the virtual format!


It's time to renew your membership for the 2020-21 school year! If you have questions about joining or renewing your membership, check out our FAQs.

2020 Virtual Honors Choir

MSVMA's 2020-2021 Honors Choirs will take place in the form of virtual choir performances. There will be one virtual choir for High School (SATB), one for Middle School (SATB), and one for Vocal Jazz. A professional production company will be collecting, editing, and producing each virtual choir. 
  • All students 6-12th grade may participate in their respective choir. 
  • There is no audition to participate. Students are expected to be prepared through personal rehearsal and attending the Zoom rehearsals.             
  • All submissions will be included in the final virtual choir production.

Marques L.A. Garrett - Honors Choir Conductor 

A Virginia native, Marques L. A. Garrett is an Assistant Professor of Music in Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Glenn Korff School of Music. Before earning his PhD in Music Education (Choral Conducting) at Florida State University, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he holds an MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA from Hampton University.

An active conductor, Dr. Garrett serves as a guest conductor or clinician with school, church, community, and festival/honor choirs throughout the country. In addition to his conducting classes at UNL, he leads conducting workshops at other universities and conferences. His formal conducting studies were with Dr. André J. Thomas, Dr. Carole J. Ott, Dr. Carl G. Harris, Jr., and Mr. Royzell Dillard.

A versatile voice that performs both as a baritone and countertenor, Dr. Garrett has sung with several community, church, and university groups as both a chorister and soloist. He was the baritone soloist for the Germantown Concert Chorus’s performance of Haydn’s Missa in Augustiis. His premiere as a countertenor in Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo served as the work’s European premiere in Limerick, Ireland. Additionally, he performed the role of Lil Lud in Bernstein’s White House Cantata with the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Currently, he sings with First-Plymouth Congregational Church (NE) and Festival Singers of Florida.

Dr. Garrett is an avid composer of choral and solo-vocal music whose compositions have been performed to acclaim by high school all-state, collegiate, and professional choirs including Seraphic Fire and the Oakwood University Aeolians. GIA Publications, Walton Music, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Hinshaw Music, G. Schirmer, Beckenhorst Press, and Carus-Verlag have published several of his compositions.

As a researcher, his most advantageous topic is the non-idiomatic choral music of black composers. His lectures at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and at other local and national venues afford him the opportunity to showcase this underrepresented area of music.

Dr. Garrett holds membership in the American Choral Directors Association; American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; National Collegiate Choral Organization; and Pi Kappa Lambda. With the National Association of Negro Musicians, he currently serves as the national scholarship chair. 


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