May 9-10, 2023
All high school and junior high/middle school contemporary and pop a cappella ensembles are welcome to attend!
This is a non-adjudicated festival event that features performances of genres such as jazz, barbershop, novelty, pop, contemporary a cappella, etc. We know that your students are doing beautiful work at Solo and Ensemble and Choral Festival, but here is a way to showcase the great work that your students are doing in these alternative genres!
Be the Audience! We strongly encourage groups to participate as audience members as well as performers for as much of the festival as possible! Parents, chaperones, etc. are also welcome in the audience, but as with all the other festivals, we ask that audience members enter only between performing groups.
Registration & Payment
Fees are $100.00 for each ensemble.
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 one week prior to the festival.
P.O. Box 1131
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Deadline for registration and payment is April 15.
Each ensemble will perform one to three pieces of music in a contemporary a cappella style (music is not to exceed 12 minutes) and will work with a clinician who will provide expert advice from within the field of a cappella. For the groups that are able to sing more than one piece of music, we suggest one of the pieces be performed in a “classic” a cappella style (open to interpretation at this point). It is expected that participants will follow the spirit of copyright law.
Movement or choreography appropriate to the style of your selections is encouraged, but choreography is not required.
The Festival will be recorded for archival purposes and the director of each group will receive a copy of their group’s performance.
Sound equipment provided
Festival organizers will provide the following for the use of ensembles:
Microphone use is not required. Information for sound requests will be obtained when your group arrives to check in at Festival.
Typically, the Festival is scheduled in two hour blocks and ensembles are expected to attend the entire block to observe as audience members as well as performers. Please indicate your preference for afternoon (4-6 p.m. block) or evening (7-9p.m. block) when registering.
Michigan School Vocal Music Association
P.O. Box 1131
Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131
(231) 592 - 9344
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