State Choral Festival 
High School 


State Choral Festival is an educational opportunity designed to encourage your students to develop their performance. You and your students will have the opportunity to hear some of the most advanced and accomplished choirs in Michigan. The adjudication team will provide assessment by nationally recognized master choral clinicians who are selected for their outstanding and engaging work with choirs. 

Eligibility requirements

  • Qualifying performance of Division I - Excellent at District Festival
  • Choir must be comprised of 17 or more students.
  • It is expected that the choir will consist of the same members who performed at District Choir Festival.  

Repertoire

  • Each choir must perform three selections.  District Choral Festival literature requirements apply.
  • One selection must be from the approved repertoire list. (click to view MSVMA's Required Repertoire Lists)
  • One selection must performed a cappella (without pitched or unpitched musical accompaniment).  A cappella selection may include body percussion (clapping, snapping, etc.) as indicated by the score.
  • Popular show tunes, vocal jazz, barbershop, gospel, or novelty selections are not to be used. 
  • Choreography is not allowed.

Performance

  • State Festival participation includes three components: warm-up, performance and clinic.
  • Each component is allocated 15 minutes which includes the time needed to enter and exit the warm-up room, stage or clinic room. Choirs that exceed this time in any of the components may be stopped. 
  • Every attempt will be made to honor performance date and time request.  However, schools sending multiple groups cannot be assured of having them scheduled on the same day. 
  • Choirs may be scheduled to sing from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Accompanists must have original copies of selections.
  • Choirs must provide four original scores of the selections with measures numbered for the adjudicators. Failure to do so will result in a "no final determination" rating.
  • Any changes in the literature must be emailed to the Festival Scheduler one week prior to the first day of the Festival.  Changes in repertoire after this date will result in a ‘no final determination’ rating.
Registration requirements

Registration is a three step process:

  1. Registration is completed and submitted online by the stated deadline.
  2. One completed and signed registration form postmarked or hand delivered to State Events Scheduling Coordinator by stated deadline.
  3. Each ensemble must pay their fee at the time of registration. Payment should be made by school check or director’s personal check payable to MSVMA and must be postmarked by the deadline. 
  • Each ensemble must pay their fee at the time of registration. 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.
  • Transfer deadline: January 15 
  • Application deadline:  March 27

Final Determination

Final determination will be assessed by totaling the final scores from the performance adjudicators. 

 Division I  Excellent 90 - 72
 Division II  Good 54 - 71
 Division III  Fair 53 - 36
 Division IV  Developing 35 - 18

Medals

    Participants with a Final Determination of Division I - Excellent or Division II - Good may purchase medals at $4 each.

    Festival Registration

    Fees are $195 per choir.  Fees for the UP are $100.

    Deadline for registration and payment is March 27, 2017.

    http://msvma.net

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

    Checks for fees payable to MSVMA should be mailed to:

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

    Invoices should be mailed to:

    Marge Payne
    968 Beckley  
    Oxford, MI 48371

    Bert Van Dyke
    Director of State Events

    Bertvandyke@msvma.org

    TBD
    State Choral Festival Supervisor 

    Central

    Haley Sulisz
    Central Festival Coordinator

    haleysulisz@msvma.org
    734-529-3868 (school)

    May 8 & 9, 2017

    Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 & 9 schools
    District 7 Montcalm County schools

    Central Michigan University
    Mt. Pleasant

    East 

    Mitchell Osadchuk
    East Festival Coordinator

    Mike Martin
    Host

    April 24 & 25, 2017

    Districts 4 & 16

    Marysville High School
    555 E. Huron Blvd. 
    Marysville

    Holt High School

    South 

    Matthew Snell
    South Festival Coordinator

    mattsnell@msvma.org

    Monty Bishop
    Host

    April 26 & 27, 2017

    Districts 8, 11, 12, & 15 and schools
    District 7 & 10 Berry and Ionia Couny schools

    Holt High School
    5885 West Holt Road
    Holt 

    UP 

    Jan Brodersen
    UP Festival Coordinator 

    jbrodersen@mapsnet.org 

    906.225.5383

    April 15, 2017

    Districts 13 & 14
      
    Lake Superior Christian Church
    393 State Highway M533
    Marquette 

    West 

    Kristine Ryskamp
    West Festival Coordinator

    krisryskamp@msvma.org

    James DeBoer 
    Pam Pierson
    Hosts

    May 4 & 5, 2017

    Districts 6, 7 & 10
     

    Hope College Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts
    221 Columbia Avenue
    Holland 


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