Weekly Notes 10/14/2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021 3:18 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
We are asking members to help gather current state-wide information on masking mandates and recommendations. The responses from this form will add one more valuable data source for our Board of Directors as we move forward toward implementing mitigation strategies for District Solo and Ensemble and Choral Festivals. We understand that these considerations not only affect our students, but whether or not judges are willing to judge our events. There is much to consider and many strong feelings on both sides of this topic, so we are hoping to get feedback from as many members as possible. Thank you!
Click here to compete the survey.


Join us for Chamber Choir Festival!

November 8

West Site

 East Grand Rapids HS, East Grand Rapids

November 16

East Site 

Varner Hall, Oakland University, Rochester

 October 20

Registration deadline


Our Chamber Festivals encourage ensemble singing and sharing of ensemble literature. These non-adjudicated events provide a concert arena for performance by middle, junior and high schools. Participating ensembles share and learn together and from each other.


  • There is no required piece for participation. Select music appropriate for solo and ensemble festival. Participants are encouraged to sing at least one selection a cappella. Performance should be 15 minutes or less.

  • The number of participants in each group should reflect the character and style of ensemble music. The recommended guideline is between 4 and a maximum of 24 performers. 

  • Schools may send a maximum of two groups.


Ensembles performing in Chamber Choir Festivals must be seated in the concert hall for the duration of the Festival. This is an educational experience for all participants. Ensembles that do not attend the Festivals as listeners are subject to sanctions from Festivals by the MSVMA Board.


For more information, contact Director of Specialized Festivals Lyn CieChanski at lynciechanski.msvma.org.  

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All Events for the Virtual Pre-Festival will be "comments only"

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.

  • The submission fee for each event is $25.

  • The registration deadline is October 15.

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High School Honors Choir Audition Deadline | October 14

Virtual Pre-Festival Registration Deadline | October 15

Chamber Choir Festival Application Deadline | October 20

Musical Theatre S&E Festival Registration Deadline | October 20

*Updated Survey Link*

Dear music education colleague,

I am writing to ask you to participate in a survey study about COVID-19 and secondary ensemble enrollment. The purpose of this research is to describe enrollment changes in school choral programs comparing the pre-pandemic year (2019) with this current year (2021-2022). Please click here to take the survey: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_86Qb8BDOmAPmgGG

This research will have important implications for understanding how choral ensembles are faring amidst the ongoing disruptions to schooling normalcy represented by the pandemic. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and all results will be anonymous/confidential. You also may stop participating at any time. You may also choose not to participate at all or you may refuse to answer certain questions.

If you have concerns or questions about this study, please contact the researcher (Ryan D. Shaw, 333 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824; rshaw@msu.edu).

If you have questions or concerns about your role and rights as a research participant, would like to obtain information or offer input, or would like to register a complaint about this study, you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the Michigan State University’s Human Research Protection Program at 517-355-2180, Fax 517-432- 4503, or e-mail irb@msu.edu or regular mail at 4000 Collins Rd, Suite 136, Lansing, MI 48910. 

I deeply appreciate your help with this important research.


Ryan Shaw


Michigan School Vocal Music Association

P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

(231) 592 - 9344


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