District Choral Festival

MSVMA will implement a mask mandate for all festival events for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. The expectation is that teachers of individual schools will inform students and parents that all participating choirs, directors, and spectators will be required to mask.

By attending a Michigan School Vocal Music Association festival, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Registration Requirements
  • 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. For the 2021-2022 festival season, there is no minimum student number for participating choirs.
  • 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.
  • A completed and signed registration form should be postmarked or hand delivered to the District Manager.  Fees and deadlines are determined by each District. Please consult your District Page for details.
  • Registration is completed online using the Festival Scheduler. For login information, click here. Online scheduling questions should be directed to Andrea Gay at AndreaGay@msvma.org. For technical issues, contact hannahmiller@msvma.org.
  • 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.
  • Choirs must pay fees at the time of registration. Invoices must have all the required signatures to be accepted. Purchase orders will not be accepted. 
  • Payment should be made by school check or director’s personal check payable to MSVMA and must be postmarked by the deadline. Fees are non-refundable.
  • Failure to meet established district deadlines will result in your events not being scheduled or an additional late registration fee per your District policy.
  • Each choir must perform two selections of a contrasting nature.  
  • One selection must be from the approved repertoire list. (click to view MSVMA's Required Repertoire Lists) For the 2021-2022 Festival Season, the required repertoire lists are now "suggested repertoire". There is now a song in the scheduler titled "DIRECTOR CHOICE" that can be used for the required piece if a director is choosing to sing something that is not on either required list. There is no sight-reading level attached to this song; directors will simply tell the adjudicator which level and voicing you are choosing to sing when you walk into the sight-reading room. (Click here to view repertoire lists)
  • Jr High/Middle School: All choirs must choose the voicing and proficiency level  (Primary, Intermediate, Advanced) they wish to read.

  • High School: All choirs must choose the voicing and proficiency level  (Primary, Intermediate, Advanced) they wish to read.
  • Popular show tunes, vocal jazz, barbershop, or novelty selections are not to be used and will result in 'No Rating'. 
  • Choreography is not allowed. However, artful staging and appropriate choral movement that reflect performance practice of the genre is allowed. The use of choreography will result in 'No Rating'.
  • District Festival participation includes warm-up, performance, clinic and sight reading.
  • Every attempt will be made to honor performance date and time request.  Schools sending multiple groups cannot be assured of same day scheduling. 
  • Choirs may be scheduled to sing from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Accompanists must have original copies of selections.
  • Choirs must provide one original score of the selections with measures numbered for each of the adjudicators. Failure to do so will result in a no final determination rating.
  • The use of musical scores during performance is optional.
  • Performances will be recorded.
  • When performing music requiring accompaniment, live accompaniment must be used, unless it is avant garde or 21st century music requiring electronic or taped accompaniment as part of the composer's compositional and performance intent.
  • Allotted performance time includes stage entrance and exit.
  • Any changes in the literature must be emailed to the District Manager one week prior to the first day of the Festival.  Changes in repertoire after this date will result in a "no final determination" rating.

Final Determinations

 I Excellent  96-120 
 II Good   72-95
 III Fair   46-71
 IV Developing   24-45

Choirs with a final determination of I qualify for State Choral Festival.

For more information on festival participation, click here.

Online scheduling questions should be directed to Andrea Gay at andreagay@msvma.org.


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