Collegiate Choral Festival

November 5, 2015

First Baptist Church | 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 23, 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 October 23, 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 23, 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.


Guest Clinicians


Dr. Jefferson Johnson is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kentucky where he conducts the University Chorale and Men's Chorus. He also teaches advanced choral conducting, choral methods and literature, and directs the graduate program (MM and DMA degrees) in choral music. A native of Atlanta, Johnson received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia (magna cum laude, 1978), the Master of Music from the University of Tennessee (1981), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado (1992). While living in Atlanta, Johnson was also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw.

Johnson is presently Music Director of the Lexington Singers. The 180-voice community chorus annually performs major works with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. The Singers have toured internationally, most recently to Brazil, France, Italy, and Austria.  In

2000 the chorus performed Mozart’sRequiem with the Vienna Mozart Orchestra in the famous Hofburg Palace and sang the evening mass at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. In 2003 the chorus performed in St. Marks Cathedral in Venice and sang mass at St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. In 1999 the Lexington Singers celebrated its 40th anniversary with a performance in New York City as Johnson made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Singers and orchestra in Faure’s Requiem.

Johnson maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator and guest conductor for high-school and collegiate choirs throughout the United States. He has conducted honor choruses in 30 states and has appeared as a featured clinician at ACDA or MENC conventions in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.



Dr. Donald Trott received his Bachelor of Music Education degree cum laude from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He obtained both the Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Oklahoma under the guidance of Dr. Dennis Shrock, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. While at Westminster, he sang under notable conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Raphael Kublik, Eric Leinsdorf, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Dennis Shrock. Following degree work he taught at: Lawton Senior High School in Lawton, Oklahoma; Rogers State College, (now Rogers University), in Claremore, Oklahoma; and Longwood College, (now Longwood University), in Farmville, Virginia.

His research in performance practice of the late eighteenth century resulted in two articles published in the Choral Journal and two lectures at regional and national College Music Society conventions. He produced a third article for the Choral Journal based on interviews

with Alexander Bernstein, son of Leonard Bernstein and a fourth article appeared in summer/2012 issue titled “Choral Music in the White House.” His monograph sponsored and published by ACDA titled Nineteenth Century Choral Music – An Annotated Bibliography of Music Suitable for College and University Choirs was completed in 2010.



Dr. Deanna Joseph is Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the Georgia State University School of Music where she conducts the University Singers and leads the master’s program in choral conducting. In 2015, she was the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award at Georgia State, where she was selected out of a pool of over 800 faculty.

Under Dr. Joseph’s baton the Georgia State University Singers have been invited to perform at two conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. In May of 2013, the University Singers competed in La Florilège Vocal de Tourswhere they placed second overall in the mixed choir category and Dr. Joseph was honored with the Prix du chef de choer (conducting prize).  Additional honors from 2013 include an invited performance at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association annual conference and the North American premiere of David Bintley’s Carmina Burana with the Atlanta Ballet.  The choir’s new

professional recording, Evening Hymn (Gothic Records), is available starting in the fall of 2015 through both compact disk and on iTunes.

Dr. Joseph is an active guest conductor and clinician and has conducted all-state and honor choirs in more than eleven states. She is a frequent conductor of choral-orchestral repertoire, and has led performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in A-flat and Bruckner’s Mass in D Minor.

Dr. Joseph’s research in the area of 19th century choral-orchestral performance-practice has led to invited presentations on the topic at several division conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association and at the national convention for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In October of 2012 she was selected as one of 25 presenters from ten countries to speak at the Lund Choral Festival in Sweden.

Prior to her appointment at Georgia State University, Dr. Joseph served on the faculties at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Dr. Joseph holds conducting degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize.  She is the founder and artistic director of the Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute (ASCI), a weeklong masterclass that draws conductors from all across the country and takes place annually during June.


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