Virtual Choral Festival 

Please read the following details closely, as the process is different with the virtual festival format!


Registration Requirements
  • Students should be enrolled in grades 6 to 12 and members in good standing in their school's vocal music program.
  • Choirs typically must be comprised of 17 or more students. HOWEVER, large ensembles (6-20 singers) are welcome to participate in the virtual choral festival this year.
  • Registration is completed online through this event link. For technical issues, contact hannahmiller@msvma.org.
  • The submission fee for each event is $25.
  • Choirs must pay fees at the time of registration. Invoices must have all the required signatures to be accepted. Purchase orders will not be accepted. Fees are non-refundable.
  • The deadline to register and pay is March 15.
  • No late registrations will be accepted.
  • On March 16, a Dropbox request for video submissions will be sent to paid registrants.
  • Video submissions are due by March 31.
  • Video MUST be titled "School Name, Ensemble Name".
  • Directors must upload a PDF of their sheet music via the Dropbox request link. Music must be titled "School Name, Ensemble Name, Song Title"
  • Participants will receive their adjudicated scores and comments by May 7.

Video Requirements

  • Only one video is to be submitted per event, with a pause between repertoire selections.
  • Video submissions must be in a "live" format without edits. 
  • Before singing, hold up the original copy of the score to the camera.
  • The video should be treated as a performance, with appropriate conduct and attire.
  • While video quality is not part of the final determination, directors are encouraged to follow these guidelines for proper adjudication: place the camera at a reasonable height, distance, and angle to capture the entire ensemble and the most natural sound quality possible. Use adequate lighting.

Repertoire

  • Each choir must perform two selections.  
  • One selection must be from the approved repertoire list. (click to view MSVMA's Required Repertoire Lists).
  • Repertoire is arranged by voicing and divided into levels of difficulty: Primary, Intermediate and Advanced. 
  • JH/MS choirs may select their required piece from the following lists: JH/MS Primary, JH/MS Intermediate, JH/MS Advanced, HS Primary, HS Intermediate, or HS Advanced.
  • High school choirs may select their required piece from the following required lists: JH/MS Advanced (and sight read HS Primary), HS Primary, HS Intermediate, and HS Advanced.
  • High School Choirs may choose from the following required list: Primary level high school choirs of all voicings are allowed to use pieces from the JH/MS advanced list for required Festival pieces and junior high/middle school choirs may select from the high school primary list.
  • 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.
Performance.
  • Accompanists must have original copies of selections.
  • The use of musical scores during performance is optional.
  • When performing music requiring accompaniment, live accompaniment must be used, unless it is avant garde or 21st century music requiring electronic or taped accompaniment as part of the composer's compositional and performance intent. If a school district is not allowing outside accompanists to enter the building due to COVID, an accompaniment track may be used.


    Final Determination

    l Excellent  30-24
    ll Good  23-18
    lll Fair  17-12
    lV  11-6


                                                                                                      

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