Community Festival Chorus

Monday, July 13, 2015

The University of Alabama | Tuscaloosa, AL

We have reserved rooms at Hotel Capstone at a reduced group rate of $130/night.
Please contact them for room reservations.
320 Paul Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 350401
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The Alabama ACDA Community Festival Chorus welcomes all singers of high school age or older to register for and participate in this event. This opportunity is held in conjunction with the Alabama ACDA Summer Conference in Tuscaloosa, AL. All rehearsals and the chorus performance will be held at First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa on Monday, July 13, 2015. Guest conductors will be Dr. Melinda Doyle and Dr. Ian Loeppky. The guest choir is the Huntsville Master Chorale from Huntsville, AL. Please join us, and encourage others to join us, for this memorable day of music making!

Community Festival Chorus Materials

View, print, and share the Community Festival Chorus flyer.
View the rehearsal schedule for Monday, July 13, 2015.
Conference Registration
For those who wish to also attend the Summer Conference.



Last Words of David
Randall Thompson
Ave Verum Corpus
Camille Saint Saëns
Missa Brevis in D Major, K. 194
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
City Called Heaven
arr. Josephine Poelinitz
Amazing Grace
Stephen Hatfield


Please register online using the form below. Please pay the registration fee of $20 by check made payable to Alabama ACDA and mail the check to Laura Moore (address below). You will receive notification once your registration is complete.

Registration, rehearsals, and performance will be held at First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, 800 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

For those who want to register for the Summer Conference as well, we are offering Festival Chorus singers only a one day rate of $50. This includes your choice of the middle or upper level reading packet in addition to the festival chorus packet.

Rooms have also been reserved at Hotel Capstone at a reduced group rate. Please contact them for room reservations: 320 Paul Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; 205-752-3200.

What are you paying for?
The $20 registration fee includes: original copies of the festival chorus music, rehearsals and performance with accompanist and renowned choral directors Dr. Melinda Doyle and Dr. Ian Loeppky (see bios below), the opportunity to create music with other singers from around the state, and a performance for state choral directors at the evening concert of the Alabama ACDA Summer Conference.

Original copies of the music will be given to you on the day of the festival. In the meantime, please see the repertoire list above and download copies of the music for rehearsal purposes. Please come with as much of the music learned as possible.

Click Here to view the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Please wear what you would normally wear to a performance, whether it be a tuxedo or a choir robe. All black is also perfectly fine.

Lunch & Dinner
Lunch is on your own -- a list of restaurants convenient to the church will be provided to you at registration, and you will have ample time to eat and return to rehearsal in a timely fashion. Dinner is on your own. There are a number of restaurants a few blocks from the church on University Blvd. near 4th Street.

The concert will begin at 7pm at First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa. The Community Festival Chorus will sing first, for roughly 20 minutes, followed by performances by the Huntsville Master Chorale and the Magic City Choral Society. This performance is free and open to the public.


Fill out my online form.

Please make checks payable to Alabama ACDA and mail to (or direct any questions to):
Dr. Laura Moore
LPAC 1103
Department of Music
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688


Guest Clinicians

Dr. Melinda S. Doyle is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Montevallo where she conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and University Chorus and also teaches Undergrad Conducting and Choral methods.

In 2010, Dr. Doyle was Instructor of Choral Music at Louisiana State University where she conducted Schola Cantorum and taught undergraduate Choral Literature and Conducting. In addition, she served as the Director of Music and Worship at the University United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. During the Fall of 2010, Dr. Doyle served as Interim Choral Director at Tulane University where she conducted the Tulane-Newcomb University Choir.


In 2009-2010, she served as the Visiting Director of Choral Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she conducted the FGCU University Choir and Chamber Singers as well as taught Choral Literature and Conducting. Dr. Doyle received the Bachelor of Vocal Performance (1995), Master of Music (Vocal Performance, 1997), Graduate Certificate in Advanced Music (Choral Conducting, 2003) from the University of South Florida, and D.M.A in Choral Conducting at the Louisiana State University. Previous choral appointments include a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at LSU; Conducting Associate of the renowned LSU A Cappella Choir; Director of Choral Music at Howard W. Blake Per- forming Arts High School, Tampa, FL; Assistant Director of Choirs at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa, FL; and the Director of Music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge.
Frequently in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, she has conducted honor choirs both at the high school and junior high level. Ms. Doyle served as R & S Chair for High Repertoire for the Florida ACDA and remains an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), Florida ACDA, Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA).



Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Ian Loeppky has been a Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Alabama since the fall of 2003. His studies began at the University of Manitoba, continued at the University of Minnesota with Kathy Romey, and finished at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati with Earl Rivers and Stephen Coker. He has also studied with Helmuth Rilling, Dale Warland, Frieder Bernius, Martin Isepp, Charles Bruffy, and Bobby McFerrin. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Convention, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Alabama Vocal Association, the International Federation for Choral Music, the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He is currently the editor for the Alabama Reprise (the semi-annual publication of the Alabama chapter of ACDA).

Loeppky has worked as a singer, scholar, conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and arranger in Canada, the United States, and Portugal. He directs all three choral ensembles at UNA and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting, choral techniques, world music, and graduate choral literature.


In addition, he is founder and artistic director of Florence Camerata and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the region and internationally. He is a frequent contributor to the Choral Journal and the Alabama Reprise, and last spring appeared as a guest conductor with the Madison Honor Choir Girl’s Chorus, the Mississippi GirlChoir, the Huntsville Master Chorale, and his Alma Mater choir, the University of Manitoba Singers. Under his direction, the UNA Chamber Choir completed a highly acclaimed tour of Ireland in spring 2013, and will tour again to Italy in May of 2015.

Guest Choirs

The Magic City Choral Society (MCCS) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit community-based choral organization that provides high quality choral/music education and performance opportunities to any male or female over 18 without audition. Access to the arts and excellent choral music performance specifically, along with community service, is central to the identity of MCCS. The MCCS fulfills its mission of creating an inclusive community of singers and supporters united around the performance of choral music by employing highly-degreed musicians/educators, offering one of the finest non-auditioned men’s and women’s choruses in country, providing scholarships/due waivers for people who desire to sing, offering music and vocal education to members, providing free concerts, and through collaborations and partnerships.


Every year more than 100 people participate, without audition, in the Magic City Choral Society's (MCCS) men's and women's choruses and MCCS makes up to $5,000 of scholarships available to people in need who desire to sing with MCCS. The choruses present 3-4 free concert series each year, and each concert is performed at least twice. Each concert series costs MCCS an average of $15,000 to produce and represents a total of 12-16 hours of live concerts. These include choral masterworks of the highest caliber that entertain, educate, and inspire more than 3000 concert attendees from across the region. Two of Birmingham's best cultural distinctions are always featured at each performance: the citizen performers and some of Birmingham's finest concert venues. Each performance represents more than 60 hours of music and vocal education that members receive during weekly rehearsals from August through May. MCCS is also committed to good citizenship and the community. We pay forward the good will and generosity we receive by singing an additional 10-11 outreach concerts for other earnest nonprofits, community groups, and organizations throughout the year. In the past seven years, dedicated volunteers have managed the administrative needs of MCCS; however, because of our steady growth, MCCS has grown beyond the ability of our volunteers to manage the organization without professional assistance. During 2013-2014 fiscal year, MCCS acquired the services of a part-time, volunteer general manager to meet these needs and usher MCCS into the next phase of its service to this community. MCCS hopes that this volunteer position will soon become a paid staff position.

Since 2007 the Magic City Choral Society has performed concerts in the following venues: Gadsden’s Wallace Hall, Southside Baptist Church, UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Samford’s Wright Center, BJCC Concert Hall, Bluff Park United Methodist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Pell City Center for the Performing Arts, the Montgomery Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and River Walk, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Covenant UMC in Dothan, Asbury United Methodist Church, Baptist Church of the Covenant, and Vestavia Hills Baptist Church. MCCS has also collaborated with the following entities: Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra, Blue Galaxy String Project, Magic City AIDS Walk, the Nature Conservancy’s Earth Day Celebration, PFLag regional conference, First Light Women’s and Children’s Shelter, the Apollo Bal, Integrity Alabama, Alabama American Choral Directors Association, the Seasoned Performers, Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Episcopal Place, Pepper Place, Sloss Real Estate, Central Alabama Pride, AIDS Alabama, Southside Baptist Church Food Bank, West Alabama AIDS Outreach, the 1917 Clinic, Whatley Middle School, Ramsay High School Choir, UAB Choir, Macy’s at the Riverchase Galleria, SAKS 5th Avenue at the Summit, and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center at their grand opening.


The mission of the Huntsville Master Chorale is to foster creativity by keeping excellent choral singing alive in North Alabama. Of particular interest is nurturing renowned and emerging composers by commissioning and performing new works. Past seasons have included new works by Emma Lou Diemer, Holland Hopson, Ray Braswell, Bryan Page, Adriana Perera and Susan Fletcher. Also the Huntsville Master Chorale performs a variety of chamber choral music from Renaissance to contemporary eras.




Originally the Eugene Brasher Chorale, the Huntsville Master Chorale was founded in 1998 by Dr. Eugene Brasher. Other directors through the years have included Handy Avery, Tom Dooling, and Dr. Erin Colwitz.

In May 2012, Dr. Patricia Ramirez Hacker was appointed as conductor of the Huntsville Master Chorale. The group is thriving under her direction and is attracting regional attention as a force in vocal music excellence.

Most concerts are provided free of charge for all to enjoy, with donations accepted to defray expenses. The Chorale relies greatly on corporate and individual sponsorships, as well as its annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser, Mosaic of Love.