JHMS 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.  


  • 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, 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.
  • 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

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. 
  • Fees are non-refundable.
  • Transfer deadline: February 15 
  • Transfer request form is being developed and will be available for use on or before October 21.
  • Application deadline:  March 27


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.


Medals are available for purchase by directors for $4 each.

Festival Registration

Fees are $195 per choir.

Deadline for registration and payment is March 27, 2017.

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


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

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

P.O. Box 1131
Big Rapids, MI  49307

Invoices 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 schools

Festival Coordinator

John Jacobson 

Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant


Haley Sulisz
Central Festival Coordinator

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


April 23 & 24, 2018

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
Berry and Ionia County schools (Districts 7 & 10)

Festival Coordinator
Festival Coordinator Needed

Phil Johnson

Brighton High School
7878 Brighton Road
Brighton, MI  48116


Matthew Snell
South Festival Coordinator


Monty Bishop

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


April 21, 2018

Districts 13 & 14

Festival Coordinator & Host
Jan Brodersen

Lake Superior Christian Church
393 State Highway M533
Marquette, MI  49855


Jan Brodersen
UP Festival Coordinator 



April 15, 2017

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


May 4, 2018 for  MS Choirs

May 7- 8, 2018  for 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

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