Community Festival Chorus
July 13, 2015
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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. Please join us, and encourage others to join us, for this memorable day of music making!
Community Festival Chorus Materials
Please register online using the form below. Please pay the registration fee of $40 by check made payable to Alabama ACDA and mail the check to Erin Colwitz (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.
Contact Hampton Inn Tuscaloosa for a special Summer Conference room rate: Hampton Inn Tuscaloosa-University, 600 Harper Lee Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL, (205) 553-9800.
What are you paying for?
The $40 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), lunch, commemorative t-shirt, and the opportunity to perform for the choral directors in the state at the evening concert of the Alabama ACDA Summer Conference. Additionally, the Festival Chorus will be opening for the famous Palmetto Voices from Winston Salem, NC (bio below).
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 included in your registration fee and will be provided for you by First United Methodist Church and their wonderful chef. 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 the Palmetto Singers.
Please make checks payable to Alabama ACDA and mail to (or direct any questions to):
AL-ACDA R&S Chair for Community Choirs
UAH, Roberts Hall 201A
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35802
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 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.
The Palmetto Voices are made up of alumni of Dr. Sonja Sepúlveda from Salem College Choirs of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Brewton-Parker College Concert Choir of Mount Vernon, Georgia, Western Kentucky University Women’s Choir of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Carolina Alive of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina and graduates of Sumter High and the Sumter High Concert Choir.
Formed in 2006, the choir strives to preserve the legacy of the Negro Spiritual and share the vision that this unique American choral art form is for everyone. The choir performed at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference in 2009, combined with the Brewton-Parker Concert choir in the summer of 2010 to sing a solo concert at Carnegie Hall, sang a solo concert with composer Eric Whitacre in 2011, was the demonstration choir for Dr. Sepulveda’s presentation on the Spiritual at the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association conference in 2012. They were invited to sing at the American Music Festival in Colombia in 2012, and sang at the 2013 National ACDA in Dallas, Texas. They will be a demonstration choir for Dr. Sepulveda’s presentation on the Spiritual for Alabama ACDA in July, 2014.