JH/MS 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 but not a rating. These adjudicators are 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 & Payment

Festival Scheduler

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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, 2020.

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 16, 2020.

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, Kathy Cunningham. 


  • Choirs may perform two or three selections.  District Choral Festival literature guidelines apply.
  • One selection must be from the approved repertoire list. (click to view MSVMA's Required Repertoire Lists)
  • Popular show tunes, vocal jazz, barbershop, or novelty selections are not to be used. 
  • Choreography is not allowed. However, artful staging and appropriate choral movement that reflect performance practice of the genre is 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.
  • Choirs must provide four original scores of the selections with measures numbered for the adjudicators.  
  • Any changes in the literature must be submitted through the online scheduler seven days prior to the first day of the Festival

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. Improper student conduct may result in sanctions by the MSVMA Executive Board.

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 kathycunningham@msvma.org

Transfer Request Form 

Choral Festival - Optional Choir Background Information

Are there circumstances related to your choir that you would like to share with festival adjudicators?

MSVMA has created an opportunity for you to share information about your choir through its new Choir Background Information form. This option helps you convey circumstances or information to adjudicators.

To complete the Choral Background Information form, visit MSVMA.org and click on your District page. Download and complete the fillable PDF form. Save the file including your last name in the file name and print the document and attach it to your music for adjudicators.

For more information about the Choral Background Information form, you may contact your district manager.

Form Choral Festival - Optional Choir Background Information

Director of State Events
Kathy Cunningham

Supervisor of State Choral Festivals
Pam Pierson

State Choral Festivals Documents

See HS State Choral page for letter of invitation.

State MS Choral Performance Rubric

May 2 & 3, 2022

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

Amy Walling

Festival Coordinator 


Amon Eady 
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant

April 25-27, 2022

Districts 4 & 16

Brian Leduc

Festival Coordinator


Catherine Lykins
Rochester High School 
180 S. Livernois Road 
Rochester Mi 48307

April 27-29, 2022

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

Brendan Closz

Festival Coordinator


Seth Burk
Holt HS
5885 Holt Road
Holt, MI 48842


April 29, 2022

Districts 13 & 14

Sheila Grazulis

Festival Coordinator & Host
Lake Superior Christian Church
393 State Highway M533
Marquette, MI  49855

May 6, 9, & 10, 2022

Districts 6, 7 & 10

Pam Pierson

Festival Coordinator

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


Medals are available for purchase in advance or onsite by directors for $4 each.


Michigan School Vocal Music Association

P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

(231) 592 - 9344


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