A Cappella Festival


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.

There will be slots open for experienced Middle School A Cappella groups this year, so please consider registering!

Festival information

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 who are able to sing more than one piece of music, one of the pieces must 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:

  • wireless hand held microphones - tuned for vocal percussion - 1, bass - 1 and solos/harmony - 3
  • three floor microphones and overhead area microphones
  • three monitors
Microphone use is not required. Information for sound requests will be obtained when your group arrives to check in at Festival.

Be the audience!

Enjoy this Festival as a listener. We encourage groups to participate as audience members for as much of the Festival as possible. Parents, chaperones and guests are cordially invited to enjoy the performances.  

Registration Information:
For online registration questions contact:  Marge Payne 
margepayne@msvma.org 

  1. Log in to  http://msvma.net
  2. Enter your email and password
  3. In the column to the left, click CHORAL FESTIVAL
  4. Click ADD EVENTS
  5. Click SELECT 
  6. Complete the form
  7. For time preference: If you would prefer the Thursday 4-6 slot, select Thursday Morning as your preference. If you would prefer the Thursday 7-9 slot, select Thursday Afternoon. If you would prefer the Friday 4-6 slot, select Friday Morning as your preference. If you would prefer the Friday 7-9 slot, select Friday Afternoon. Please also note your time preference on your invoice as indicated below.
  8. When all events are entered, click SAVE CHANGES.  
  9. Click DISTRICT EVENT LIST. Verify that all information is correct.  If not, click PENCIL to the right to edit the event.
  10. When finished, click INVOICES.
  11. Click SELECT FESTIVAL
  12. Click SUBMIT and print invoice.
  13. Due to the scheduler constraints, the invoice will only print the $100 fee per choir. If you have additional ensembles, please deduct $50 additional choir and add a handwritten note explaining the adjustment.
  14. Submit and mail deadline is April 15
  15. Note your preference of THURSDAY AFTERNOON, THURSDAY EVENING, FRIDAY AFTERNOON, OR FRIDAY EVENING on the invoice you send to Marge Payne.

Lyn CieChanski 
Festival Supervisor

lynciechanski@msvma.org

May 11 and 12, 2017, 4 - 9 p.m.

Skyline High School, 2552 North Maple Road, Ann Arbor

Festival Registration

Fees are $100.00 for the first ensemble and $50.00 for each additional ensemble. 

Deadline for registration and payment is April 15.

http://msvma.net

For registration questions, contact Marge Payne at margepayne@msvma.org  

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

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

Signed invoices should be mailed to:

Marge Payne
968 Beckley  
Oxford, MI 48371


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