High School Choral Festival
The High School Choral Festival is an annual event at MSMU. Each year hundreds of high school choristers from the Los Angeles area convene for a day of rehearsal and performance. Emphasis is placed on camaraderie and sharing the love the choral art. Our chorus this year is under the direction of Dr.
Sébastien Vallée. Dr. Sebastien Vallée is the Director of Choral Studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in
Montréal, Canada. This year's event will take place Friday, March 2, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
In addition to rehearsals and performance, students will have the opportunity to attend the following workshops:
- The Alexander Technique
- Dalcroze Eurhythmics
- Masterclasses for both singers and instrumentalists with applied instructors at the MSMU
A professional audio/video recording of the each individual choir performance will be provided by the film and media department at MSMU.
The festival is designed with the intent to promote high standards in choral singing and repertoire. Selected repertoire is expected to have been reviewed by participating choirs beforehand. Further coaching will be take place during rehearsals on the day of the event with the festival choral director. A formal concert is held in the evening where combined choirs perform the prepared repertoire.
Additionally, each school is invited to perform selections from its own repertoire, thus enabling a real sharing of the choral art. This year’s concert will take place in the Mary Chapel at our beautiful Chalon Campus at 7pm.
Please note the norms relative to individual choir performances:
- Please send timed repertoire for each group (beginning as well as evening groups) no later than Friday, February 15, 2018. Please list the name of choir(s), soloists, accompanist, director, and other pertinent information. Groups from whom this is lacking will have to be excluded from performing singly at the afternoon showcase or evening concert.
- Time allocated to each school is (6) six minutes and a total of (10) ten minutes for schools with more than one group. This time limitation must be attended to and must be so indicated at the time the program is received at the determined deadline (February 15, 2018). Compliance with this time limitation is essential.
A registration fee of $15.00 should be sent for each student in your ensemble. Checks should be made out to Mount St. Mary’s Music Department. If you plan to participate this year, please fill out the registration form below and mail check to the Music Department by Friday, February 15, 2018. You may also submit the completed form by mail to the following address:
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Department of Music
12001 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The college cafeteria will be open for lunch and dinner, or you may bring your own lunch. Click here for details.