HS State Choral Festival  

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.  


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Soloist and Ensembles must provide one original scores of the selections with measures numbered for the adjudicator. Failure to do so will result in a no final determination rating.
  • Any changes in the literature must be submitted through the online scheduler seven days 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:

  • Registration is completed and submitted online by the deadline.
  • One completed and signed registration form postmarked or hand delivered to Scheduling Coordinator by deadline.
  • Each ensemble must pay their fee at the time of registration. 
  • Transfer deadline: February 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

Student Conduct

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. Sanctions may be imposed by the MSVMA Executive Board upon schools whose students' behavior is inappropriate.


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

Deadline for registration and payment is March 27, 2018.

Payment should be made by school check or director’s personal check payable to MSVMA and must be postmarked by the deadline. 

Purchase orders are acceptable. MSVMA State Office must receive payment one week prior to the Festival. 

Fees are non-refundable.


For registration questions, contact State Events Scheduling Coordinator Marge Payne at margepayne@msvma.org.  

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

P.O. Box 1131
Big Rapids, MI  49307

A signed invoice should be mailed to:

Marge Payne
968 Beckley  
Oxford, MI 48371

Director of State Events
Bert Van Dyke

Supervisor of State Choral Festivals
Mitchell Osadchuk


May 7 & 8, 2018

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

Festival Coordinator
Emerick Dee

John Jacobson

Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI  48858


April 23 & 24, 2017

Districts 4 & 16

Festival Coordinator
Festival Coordinator Needed

Mike Martin

Marysville High School
555 E. Huron Blvd. 
Marysville, MI  48040


April 26 & 27, 2018

Districts 8, 11, 12, & 15 and schools in
Berry and Ionia Counties (District 7 & 10)

Festival Coordinator
Brendan Closz, Howell HS 

Phil Johnson

Brighton High School
7878 Brighton Road
Brighton, MI  48116


April 21, 2018

Districts 13 & 14

Festival Coordinator & Host
Jan Brodersen

Lake Superior Christian Church
393 State Highway M533


May 4, 2018 for  MS Choirs
May 7- 8, 2018  f
or HS Choirs

Districts 6, 7 & 10

Festival Coordinator
Kristine Ryskamp

James DeBoer

Pam Pierson

Hope College 
Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts
221 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI  49423


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

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Our vision is to reach the hearts of all people through song.

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