MSVMA membership schools are encouraged to participate in District Choral Festivals. Students should be enrolled in grades 6 to 12 and members in good standing in their school's vocal music program. Choirs must be comprised of 17 or more students.
Junior high/middle school choirs are encouraged to enter junior high school or senior high festivals. Ninth grade students should perform at the same level in all events throughout the year and are expected to meet the performance standards of the level in which they participate.
Choral Festival - Optional Choir Background Information
All choirs are required to sight read at District Choral Festival, regardless of whether they are participating for a Final Determination or Comments Only. Choirs attending for Comments Only may request a clinic experience from the sight reading adjudicator.
Click the following Sight Reading Guidelines
Choirs receives adjudication from three performance adjudicators and one sight reading adjudicator. Written comments will support the scoring decisions of the adjudicators.
Directors are encouraged to complete an online Adjudicator Performance Evaluation immediately following a Festival. Adjudicators will not see the actual evaluation and director identification. A summary of the adjudicator's evaluations will be shared with him/her at the end of the school year.
If a school wishes to transfer to another district for district festival, the following steps must be completed:
Final determination will be assessed by totaling the final scores from the performance adjudicators. Directors or their official designee may pick up their rating sheets and recordings at the end of the Festival.
District Choral Festival (total from four judges)
Choirs with a final determination of I qualify for State Choral Festival.
Medals and Plaques
Participants with a Final Determination of Division I - Excellent or Division II - Good may purchase medals for $4 each.
Choirs receiving Excellent ratings may purchase an awards plaque. Orders can be placed through the State Office using the Choral Festival Plaque Order Form.
Choirs receiving a final determination of Excellent at District Choral Festival shall qualify to participate in State Choral Festival
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