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University of Mississippi Choirs
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October 16, 2021


The 2021 Ole Miss Choral Festival will be a return to our pre-pandemic format inviting middle school and high school choirs to participate in-person. Our festival will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the Ole Miss campus. Choirs are invited to fill out and submit the registration form by September 10. Payment of $200 per choir must be received by October 1.  Choirs perform two selections that will be adjudicated by three outstanding choral directors – Marques L.A. Garrett, Michael Hanawalt, and Jessica Nápoles. Our judges’ bios can be found here. We are so pleased to have these wonderful choral leaders joining us. This festival is a competition and choirs are scored by the judges which creates the rating (superior, excellent, etc.). In addition, there will be “best in class” and “grand champion” awards presented. Festival details will be sent to directors once the registration has been received.

We know you are as anxious as we are to return to a traditional format; one that allows your students to gain a valuable choral experience with professional commentary from which to grow musically.

Registration for the 2021 Ole Miss Choral Festival is now open.  Directors can access the registration form here.  The cost will be $200 per choir.

If you have questions, please email our graduate assistant, Keely Kelso at 

Have a wonderful summer!







Dr. Donald Trott and Dr. Elizabeth Hearn