Young Voices Festival

April 26 and 27, 2019

The University of Alabama School of Music | Tuscaloosa, AL

YVF Festival Registration Forms
Please submit one Director/Organization for your school/organization.
Submit a Student Registration Form for each student.

Director/Organization Registration Form  Student Registration Form

Audition Registration Form
To complete registration:
Mail check & copy of ACDA card to:

Young Voices Audition
Jim Schaeffer
Spain Park High School
4700 Jaguar Drive
Birmingham, AL 35242

The Alabama ACDA Young Voices Festival is a unique opportunity for 4th-9th grade public school, homeschool, community, and church choir students in the state of Alabama. The Young Voices Festival offers choral students a challenging opportunity to perform advanced choral literature under the direction of nationally recognized music educators.

Held every spring since 1993, 4th - 9th grade students are eligible to participate in one of three choirs. Junior High Mixed, Girls' Choir, and a Boychoir under the direction of guest clinicians comprise the two day event. Rehearsals begin Friday afternoon into Friday evening. Students present a final concert, open to the public, on Saturday afternoon.

Biographies on all the clinicians, as well as audition forms, registration forms and further information may be found on the Young Voices Festival website.

Auditions for the Mixed Choir (grades 7-9) will be Friday, February 15th at Simmons Middle School in Birmingham, AL. Other cities will be added as needed. Girls Choir (grades 4-6) and Boychoir (grades 4-6) will consist of students selected by their teachers.

There are several changes to the registration format this year, including the elimination of paper registration forms. Please read the following information carefully and feel free to share with colleagues: The registration deadline for those who wish to participate in the Mixed Choir is January 20th. A Google registration form should be completed here, but registration is not complete until money has been mailed to Jim Schaeffer, ACDA treasurer, Spain Park High School, 4700 Jaguar Drive Birmingham, AL 35242. This year, the audition fee is $10.00 per student and includes Dropbox rehearsal recordings. An invoice will be emailed upon receipt of the Google form. Once accepted to the choir, there is a $40 school fee and $45 student fee.

All music lists are available under State & Festival Lists at, and are also listed on Music should be ordered separately by each director.

7th-9th grade students will audition in groups and will audition on a portion of every song. Students will hold music for their audition, should be very familiar with all of the music, and should be able to match pitch and sing with confidence. Unlimited students may audition from a school, but we ask that directors do their best to bring a balance of voice parts to audition.

Students in 4th-6th grades wishing to participate will be chosen by their teachers and should be registered by March 15th. Google registration forms for the two children's choirs will be available at and A director may bring a maximum of ten students for each of the two children's choirs. If a teacher teaches at two schools, or at a school with an elementary and middle school campus, a director may bring ten from each school or section of the school. All singers should know all of their music before arriving in Tuscaloosa for the festival.

A block will be reserved for Young Voices at the Hotel Capstone in Tuscaloosa. Ask for the Young Voices Festival rate.

Dropbox rehearsal recordings will be included with ALL audition registrations as well as festival registrations. Recordings will be emailed to all registered directors upon the receipt of completed (paid) registration. Please note that this is a change and there is a slight price increase due to this service. We hope this will alleviate the headache of sending a different check for rehearsal recordings.

All Young Voices participants should be current members of the American Choral Directors Association. This information will be checked before students are allowed to audition.

We hope to have many participants in 2019. Please pass this information along to teachers in your areas, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Lisa Latham:
Meredith Devore:
Shirley Ellison:

Additional information is available on the Young Voices Festival website.  Or you may contact Lisa Latham, event coordinator.


2019 Guest Clinicians

To Be Named

Come Sing With Me (SATB) Berg, National Music Publishers


General Information
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Audition Form
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