Steven Lorenz President
A career in the vocal arts provides each of us with regular opportunities to collaborate. The relationship between conductor and pianist, pit orchestra and cast members, orchestra and chorus, or sopranos and altos requires that we work together creatively so the whole may be greater than the sum of our parts. The winter season brings about a flurry of events that reflect this collaborative spirit of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. From State Honors Choir to Solo and Ensemble
Festivals, from Choral Festivals to District
Meetings, each of activity requires the joint
efforts of volunteers. District managers and state supervisors feverishly plan the logistics of each festival; festival hosts make facilities and
volunteer arrangements so the festivals run smoothly; MSVMA directors and emeriti serve as adjudicators, providing other directors and their students with cause of celebration and suggestions for improvement. The experiences we provide for thousands of students and member directors are the result of countless hours of volunteer service in the name of educating and empowering the next generation of vocal artists.
MSVMA is focused on expanding our offerings of non-adjudicated festivals, in an effort to support the wide variety of music being studied and
performed across the state. Currently, these non-adjudicated festivals include the chamber choir and musical theater festivals that take place every fall. One area into which we are
expanding is contemporary commercial music, a large umbrella that includes musical theater, vocal jazz, contemporary a cappella, and show choir. On May 6, we will have our first HS State A Cappella Festival, held at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor. The festival will allow high school jazz, barbershop, pop, and contemporary a cappella groups to perform for each other and work with clinicians in a celebration of a cappella music.
Are there other festival experiences that you would like to see MSVMA embrace?
Are there are areas you would like to see
highlighted t conferences such as the MMC or Summer Workshop?
Here’s how you can start the process:
Contact a member of the executive or full board to discuss your ideas.
Volunteer to host a festival at your school or facility.
Submit an interest session proposal to the MMC or Summer Workshop.
The volunteer engagement of each member allows us all to see new ways we can be relevant and supportive to students and programs across the state.