JH/MS 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 but not a rating. These adjudicators are 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.  

Registration & Payment

Festival Scheduler

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Registration Instructions

Fees are $195 per choir.  Fees for the UP are $100. Fees are non-refundable.

Deadline for registration and payment is March 27, 2020.

Payment can be made by school check or director’s personal check payable to MSVMA and must be postmarked by the deadline. Purchase orders are acceptable at the postmark deadline, but the State Office must receive payment by April 16, 2020.

Invoices and checks for fees payable to MSVMA should be mailed to:

P.O. Box 1131
Big Rapids, MI  49307

For registration questions, contact State Events Scheduling Coordinator, Julia Holt, or Director of State Events, Kathy Cunningham. 


  • Choirs may perform two or three selections.  District Choral Festival literature guidelines apply.
  • One selection must be from the approved repertoire list. (click to view MSVMA's Required Repertoire Lists)
  • Popular show tunes, vocal jazz, barbershop, or novelty selections are not to be used. 
  • Choreography is not allowed. However, artful staging and appropriate choral movement that reflect performance practice of the genre is 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.
  • Choirs must provide four original scores of the selections with measures numbered for the adjudicators.  
  • Any changes in the literature must be submitted through the online scheduler seven days prior to the first day of the Festival

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. Improper student conduct may result in sanctions by the MSVMA Executive Board.

Transfer Request Guidelines 

Directors may request a transfer from their school’s assigned site to a different site. Large numbers of event transfers can disrupt festival management. Directors are encouraged to perform at their school’s regionally assigned site unless:

  • Travel from your school to the site exceeds 150 miles or 3 hours.
  • Your school district is not in session on the performance date. (Examples: spring break, state-mandated testing.

The deadline for all State Event Transfer Requests is February 15. Requests will be considered according to capacity and criteria above. Requests that exceed capacity or do not meet criteria may not be approved. For questions, please contact kathycunningham@msvma.org

Transfer Request Form 

    Choral Festival - Optional Choir Background Information

    Are there circumstances related to your choir that you would like to share with festival adjudicators?

    MSVMA has created an opportunity for you to share information about your choir through its new Choir Background Information form. This option helps you convey circumstances or information to adjudicators.

    To complete the Choral Background Information form, visit MSVMA.org and click on your District page. Download and complete the fillable PDF form. Save the file including your last name in the file name and print the document and attach it to your music for adjudicators.

    For more information about the Choral Background Information form, you may contact your district manager.

    Form Choral Festival - Optional Choir Background Information

    Director of State Events
    Kathy Cunningham

    Supervisor of State Choral Festivals
    Brian Leduc

    State Choral Festivals Documents

    See HS State Choral page for letter of invitation.

    State MS Choral Performance Rubric

    May 9 & 10, 2022

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

    Amy Schroeder

    Festival Coordinator 


    Will Nichols


    Alma College

    Alma, MI

    April 25-27, 2022

    Districts 4 & 16

    Brian Leduc

    Festival Coordinator


    Catherine Lykins
    Rochester High School 
    180 S. Livernois Road 
    Rochester Mi 48307

    May 4-6, 2022

    Districts 8, 11, 12, & 15 and schools
    Berry and Ionia County schools (Districts 7 & 10)

    Brendan Closz

    Festival Coordinator


    Julian J Goods


    Detroit School of the Arts


    April 29, 2022

    Districts 13 & 14

    Sheila Grazulis

    Festival Coordinator 


    Erin Colwicz


    Northern Michigan University

    1401 Presque Isle Ave

    Marquette, MI 49855

    May 6, 9, & 10, 2022

    Districts 6, 7 & 10

    Pam Pierson

    Festival Coordinator


    Eric Reyes

    Hope College Music Department

    Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts

    221 Columbia Avenue

    Holland, MI 49423


    Medals are available for purchase in advance or onsite by directors for $4 each.


    Michigan School Vocal Music Association

    P.O. Box 1131

    Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

    (231) 592 - 9344


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