The Mount Choral Tradition
Mount Saint Mary’s University and our Department of Music have a long tradition of bringing Southern California’s high school choristers to the Mount for our annual High School Choral Festival.
Our day-long event includes both rehearsals and performances, with an emphasis on camaraderie and sharing the love of choral arts. Students also have the opportunity to attend workshops where they can learn from Mount educators specialized in choral singing and performance. Participants receive a professional recording of their choir performances.
The festival is designed to promote high standards in choral singing and repertoire. High school instructors prepare their students with selected repertoire before arriving at the event, where additional coaching with Mount staff takes place throughout the day. A formal concert is held in the evening where combined choirs perform the prepared repertoire.
In addition, each participating school is invited to perform selections from its own repertoire, thus enabling a real sharing of the choral art.