Collegiate Choral Festival

November, 2017

Southside Baptist Church | Birmingham, AL

Collegiate Choral Festival Schedule

Morning Block

9:00am - University of Alabama Birmingham
9:20am - Judson College
9:40am - Shelton State Community College
10:00am - Wallace State Community College
10:20am - The University of Alabama
10:50am - Snead State Community College
11:10am - University of North Alabama
11:30am - Jefferson State Community College

Afternoon Block

1:20pm - University of Montevallo
1:40pm - Lawson State Community College
2:00pm - Oakwood University
2:20pm - Faulkner University
2:50pm - Auburn University
3:10pm - Alabama A&M University
3:30pm - Alabama State University

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 13, 2017

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 13, 2017 (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 13, 2017.

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


Jerry McCoy, 2013 winner of the Texas Choral Directors Association’s prestigious Choirmaster Award, is Director of Choral Studies and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas, where he conducts the A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus, teaches graduate conducting and choral techniques, and guides the choral studies program. He serves as national chair of the Past-President’s Advisory Council and on the Executive Committee of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He is also: a member of the INTERKULTUR international advisory board and the advisory boards of Choro in Schola (Portland Oregon) and the Young New Yorkers Chorus (New York City), Music Director of Schola Cantorum of Texas, and Choirmaster for University Christian Church of Fort Worth.

He has served as guest conductor/clinician in thirty-eight US states, in addition to serving in guest roles in Austria, China, Cuba, Great Britain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and Venezuela.  Dr. McCoy’s choirs have sung refereed performances on the programs of four national conferences

of the American Choral Directors Association (1997, 1999, 2005, 2013).  His choirs have also sung refereed performances for the national conferences of the Association of British Choral Directors (2000), the Music Educators National Conference (1992), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (2008), and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (1983). In addition, his choirs have given concerts and interest sessions for the Southwestern Division of ACDA (seven times since 1988), the Texas Choral Directors Association (2004 and 2011), and the Texas Music Educators Association (2004 and 2010). Guest engagements for 2013-2015 include appearances in Croatia, South Korea, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Washington, and Texas.

Under his leadership, the UNT A Cappella Choir was featured on the programs of the 9th Taipei (Taiwan) International Choral Festival (2009) and the 2nd Daejeon (Korea) International Choral Festival (2012). In 2011 he served as headliner for the Korean Federation for Choral Music national conference in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Since Dr. McCoy’s arrival at UNT in 2000, alumni of the UNT graduate choral conducting program have earned positions in twenty-eight colleges and universities across the USA, South Korea, and Mexico.  His students have founded seven professional chamber choirs in the USA. Six other of his students lead fully professional choirs in South Korea.

Dr. McCoy sang and recorded with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in New York City and throughout southern France, and with the Banff (Canada) Festival Chamber Choir led by distinguished Swedish conductor Eric Ericson.  Prior to joining the faculty at UNT, he served as Director of Choral Activities at Oklahoma State University (1984-1994, 1995-2000), the University of Arizona (1994-1995), and Nicholls State University (1982-1984). His commercial recordings include releases by Klavier Records and GIA Music Publications.



Daniel Bara is the John D. Boyd UGA Foundation Professor of Choral Music and the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia where oversees seven university choral ensembles as well as the graduate choral conducting program. His university choirs have performed by juried invitation for state, regional, and national conventions of ACDA, MENC, and IMC. In spring of 2014 The UGA Hodgson Singers won the Grand Prix at the International Choral Competition Ave Verum in Baden, Austria and performed at the ACDA Southern Division Convention in Jacksonville, FL. His former MM and DMA conducting students now hold collegiate conducting appointments at Susquehanna University, New England Conservatory, Miami University of Ohio, University of Idaho, William Jewell College, as well as heads of church and school choral music programs throughout the country.

Prior to his appointment at UGA, Dr. Bara was the Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, where he received the UNC Board of Governors

Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching, and released two internationally distributed choral recordings, Greater Love (2007) and Eternal Light (2010) with Gothic Records. In 2001was a winner of the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize given at the Eastman School of Music, and the ACDA National Student Conducting Competition (Graduate Division) awarded at the National Convention in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Bara is a past-president of NC-ACDA, has held the Artistic Directorship of the New York State Summer School of the Arts – School of Choral Studies (2007-2009), and has served as conductor of the World Youth Honor Choir at Interlochen Arts Camp (2004-2006). He is in regular demand as a guest conductor and clinician, having conducted all-state and honor choirs in 17 states and Carnegie Hall, and has served as clinician for conferences sponsored by ACDA, AGO, and other school and church musical organizations.

Dr. Bara holds the DMA degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, organ and conducting degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. He is the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities for the Southern Division Chapter of ACDA and has served on conference planning committees for the 2012 and 2016 Southern Division conferences. At UGA, Dr. Bara conducts the UGA Hodgson Singers, the University Chorus, and oversees the graduate conducting student recital choir, The Repertory Singers.



Debra Spurgeon has been actively involved in leadership roles in the American Choral Directors Association. From 2007-2010 she served as the National Chair for women’s choirs repertoire and standards with the American Choral Directors Association. She was president of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and president-elect of the Southwestern Division of ACDA before moving to Ole Miss in 2001. Dr. Spurgeon’s numerous articles have appeared in the Choral Journal, Teaching Music, The Journal of Singing,and The Journal of Music Teacher Education. She is the editor, compiler, and co-author of the 2012 GIA publication Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success, which features the writing of many conductors and composers.

Dr. Spurgeon holds the doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma where she was a recipient of the Benton Schmidt Voice Award; the master of music education from the University of Arkansas; and the bachelor of music education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

An active soprano soloist, her choral/orchestral solo work includes the Bach Mass in B Minor, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Heiligmesse, Fauré Requiem, Honneger King David, Rutter Requiem, Monteverdi Vespers, Handel’s Messiah. She is a frequent soloist with the Ole Miss choral groups and and the Mockingbird Early Music Ensemble.


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