Collegiate Choral Festival

November 5, 2015

Location to be determined | Montgomery, AL

The Collegiate Choral Festival is an annual, non-competitive choral festival held each November. Choirs representing two and four year colleges from across the state gather to perform concert literature for each other and enjoy the opportunity of working with a nationally recognized guest clinician.  All two and four year schools in Alabama whose directors are members of ACDA are eligible to participate.  Directors who are not currently members of ACDA are encouraged to join and participate in this festival.

This festival provides a non-competitive environment that encourages each school to demonstrate the best they have to offer.  This also presents an educational opportunity for conductors and singers, since we are able to watch a distinguished choral conductor work with each choir.  The Collegiate Choral Festival offers a unique day of choral music sharing and learning.

Each participating school will have 20 minutes onstage to perform your chosen literature followed by a 20 minute offstage in-depth clinic with one of our clinicians. This time limit is established to allow a maximum number of choirs to participate. A piano will be available for use, though no accompanist will be provided.

In an effort to balance the participating choirs' scheduling needs and the goal to insure each performing choir an adequate audience, we will to perform in two separate blocks (morning or afternoon) and allow schools to eat lunch off-site as they choose. The morning block will last roughly from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (depending on the number of participating ensembles), and the afternoon block will last roughly 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.(again, depending on the number of participating ensembles).

While all participating choirs will be invited and encouraged to attend the full day, it will be necessary for a choir to attend the entire block in which they are performing. This means that in whatever block you choose to perform in, morning or afternoon you choir will need to be seated in the audience from beginning through the end, (other than their performance time, of course!) No lunch will be provided on-site, so you are free to explore the offerings that the Birmingham area has to offer.


The deadline for registration is Friday, October 30, 2015

1. E-mail Melinda Doyle with the name of your school, performing choir, and director's name (all as would be printed in the program) as well as a statement regarding preference for Morning, Afternoon, or Either performing block. Confirmation of performing block will be sent back via e-mail. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 31, 2015 (or whenever space fills up).

2. E-mail Melinda Doyle your anticipated program with composer's dates and translations of any non-English text. All directors will have the opportunity to update/revise program until Friday, October 30, 2015.

3. Please fill out the registration form and send it along with the registration fee of $250.00 (checks made payable to ALABAMA ACDA) to:

Melinda S. Doyle
University of Montevallo
Department of Music
Davis Music Building, Station 6670
Montevallo, AL 35115

NOTE: Your school's registration fee must be paid in order to participate in the festival. Checks may be mailed before hand or brought to the festival. As most school's budgets turnover around October, we understand that there may be delays in getting your payment. However, if you wish to participate, please contact Melinda Doyle now to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Most schools will require Alabama ACDA to become an official vendor in order to issue checks. This is easy to do, all your school will need is the Alabama ACDA W-9 form. If your school participated in the festival last year, you should already be a vendor. If this is your first time participating (Welcome!) then forward the W-9 form to your business office so that we may become a vendor.


For more information contact the R&S Chair for College and University Choirs, Melinda Doyle.