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.


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

Deadline for registration and payment is April 15.


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

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

P.O. Box 1131
Big Rapids, MI  49307

Signed invoices should be mailed to:

Marge Payne
968 Beckley  
Oxford, MI 48371

Lyn CieChanski 
Festival Supervisor


May 3 and 4, 2018 , 4 - 9 p.m.

Skyline High School, 2552 North Maple Road, Ann Arbor

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