University of Mississippi Choirs

The University of Mississippi

2014 Ole Miss Choral Festival

We are pleased to announce the date for our 2014 Choral Festival!

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts
University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS

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You are cordially invited to participate in the Ole Miss Choral Festival which will be held in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the Ole Miss campus. All high school and middle/junior high school choirs are invited to participate in this exciting event.

Groups that may participate:

Mixed Choirs, Men’s Choirs, Treble Choirs, and Chamber/Madrigal Choirs at the junior high / middle school and high school levels are eligible to participate. Each choir must have a minimum of twelve (12) singers. Chamber/Madrigal choirs must have at least 12 but no more than 24 singers.

Application Procedure and Payment:

The fee to participate is $200.00 per choir. The fee(s) must be received by the UM Choral Office prior to the festival date. If payment is not received prior to the festival date, your school will not be allowed to participate (even if your application has already been received). The application to participate is due on October 1, 2014. The application can be found by clicking on the text “Choral Festival Application” found at the end of this paragraph. You can type your information directly on the application and print it out, but you will not be able to save the completed form to your computer. Once you have completed the application, mail it along with your payment or purchase order to the address listed on the form. Our festival does fill up quickly, so it is in your best interest to send your application and fees as soon as possible. Applications with payment are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once the day is full, we cannot accept additional applications. Schools that have not paid their fee(s) prior to the performance date cannot participate.

Refund Policy:

Schools should be aware of our new refund policy. Refunds will be given to schools up to four weeks prior to the festival date. After that, there will be no refunds for groups that cancel.

Choral Festival Application*

Performance Timing:

Each group will perform two required selections suitable for adjudication. Each group will be allowed ten minutes to walk on, perform, and leave the stage. There will be no warm-up time on stage. Warm-up time will be provided prior to your performance. Specific schedule and procedure information will be mailed to you after the application deadline.

Repertoire:

There is no sight reading or required music list for this festival. However, we do not allow Broadway show tunes/arrangements, show choir music, or any recorded accompaniment.

Adjudication:

There will be a panel comprised of three judges who will give written comments. Three original music scores for each piece to be performed will be required at the registration table. (No photocopies will be accepted without a stamp or letter of approval from the publisher.) These music scores will be given back to you with your comment sheets. Each group may participate for comments only or comments, rating, and competition. Ratings of I, II and III will be given, and numerical scores will be used for the competition. Trophies for “Best in Class” will be awarded to choirs with the highest numerical score in each category (must have a I to qualify), and a sweepstakes trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring high school and middle/junior high school choir.

 

*You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the Choral Festival Application. If you prefer to have the application form faxed or mailed to you, please call the Office of Choral Activities at (662) 915-5115 or e-mail us.