Young Voices Festival

April 27 and 28, 2018

The University of Alabama School of Music | Tuscaloosa, AL

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 2nd. 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.

Three cities will hold auditions this year: Florence, AL, Birmingham, AL and Montgomery, AL. The audition date is February 2nd, and times are TBD. If an additional location is needed, we will work it out on a case-by-case basis. Note: Auditions are for mixed choir (grades 7-9) only.

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 has been reserved for Young Voices at the Hotel Capstone in Tuscaloosa. Ask for the Young Voices Festival rate.

New for 2018: Dropbox rehearsal recordings will be included with ALL audition registrations as well as festival registrations. Recordings will be emailed to all registered directors by January 5th, and will be emailed to those registering in January immediately 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 2018. 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.


2018 Guest Clinicians

Philip Kierstead, Boychoir (grades 4-6)

Barbara Sletto, Girls Choir (grades 4-6)

Brent Merritt, Mixed Choir (grades 7-9)


Music Lists

Girls Choir

Menina Me Da Sua Mao - 2 part, arr. Brad and Lucy Green, Hal Leonard 08752989
When I Sing - SA, Leeann Starkey, Colla Voce 24-95935
A Joyful Song - 2 part, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Heritage Music Press, 15/2476H
Sing to the World - 2 part, arr. Ken Berg, Hal Leonard, 00123569
Look to This Day - 2 part, Barbara Sletto, Hal Leonard, 00153448
Come Sing With Me (SATB) Berg, National Music Publishers

Mixed Choir

Come Travel With Me - SATB, Scott Farthing, Walton Music
Tres Cantos Nativos Do Indios Krao - SATB, Marcos Leite, Earthsongs
In Stiller Nacht - 3-Part Mixed, Brahms/Robinson, Brilee
True Light - SATB, Keith Hampton, Earthsongs
Hallelujah Amen (SATB) Handel, CPDL
Come Sing With Me (SATB) Berg, National Music Publishers


All Things Bright and Beautiful – Philip Silvey, 2-part, Santa Barbara SBMP749
Firefly – Andy Beck, 2-part, Alfred 27107
Sing to Me – Andrea Ramsey, 2-part, Santa Barbara SBMP1003
Peter Piper – Lon Beery, 2-part, Bri-Lee BL549
Fairest Lady – Nick Page, Unison/2-part, Boosey & Hawkes 48004859
Hine Ma Tov - Allan Naplan, 2-part, Boosey & Hawkes 48004533
Come Sing With Me (SATB) Berg, National Music Publishers


General Information
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Audition Form
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