We Believe in Music

The voices of the 2018 National Choir Festival sing “We Believe In Music,” composed by Festival Artistic Director Henry Leck in honor of the premiere Festival. Accompanied by members of the Ball State University Orchestra, Douglas Droste director, student singers performed with special guests during the National Choir Concert on Saturday, March 17 at Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis. Learn more about the National Choir Festival and the June 5, 2019 application deadline for the 2020 Festival at choir.musicforall.org.

Highlights for Invited Ensembles

Concert Performances and Clinics

Each ensemble performs a short concert before a knowledgeable audience, including the Festival evaluation panel, music educators, and fellow choir members. Choir directors receive recorded and written comments from the evaluators. Choir directors also receive recorded and written input on their conducting from a highly regarded conductor. Following the performance, each choir has a private clinic with one of the Festival Evaluators/Clinicians.

Master Classes

All students participate in choral master classes, led by top applied faculty and professional musicians. This opportunity provides for interaction with outstanding professionals whose insight and experience exemplify musical achievement.

Scheduled Observation

Concert observation time is scheduled and required for each choir, ensuring that all festival ensembles perform for a knowledgeable, appreciative audience who in turn enjoy outstanding performances of quality literature.

World-Class Venues and Facilities

Choirs will perform for evaluation in beautiful Indianapolis venues. Festival ensembles stay at outstanding hotels, including the Marriott Place Indianapolis, featuring the JW Marriott and four Marriott hotel properties, and additional downtown hotels, surrounded by and walking distance from numerous cultural and recreational attractions.

Congratulations to the choir ensembles invited to perform at the 2019 Music for All National Festival, and to their directors, students, parents, and administrators!

Arvada West High School Company West - Arvada, CO; Mr. Chris Maunu
Colegio Santa Gema Coro Juvenil Colegio Santa Gema - Carolina, Puerto Rico; Mr. Orlando Alvarado
Cuthbertson High School Ladies Chorus - Waxhaw, NC; Ms. Rachel Waynick
East Jessamine High School Chorale - Nicholasville, KY; Mr. Demetrius Mason-Walker
East Jessamine Middle School 8th Grade Chorus - Nicholasville, KY; Mr. William Mason-Walker
Glen Cove High School Select Chorale - Glen Cove, NY; Mr. Edward Norris III
Herron High School Concert Choir - Indianapolis, IN; Mr. Jonathan Harris
Liberty High School Women's Ensemble - Colorado Springs, CO; Mr. A. J. Wulf
Ravenwood High School Chamber Choir - Brentwood, TN; Ms. Lauren Ramey
Spencerville Adventist Academy Honors Chorus - Spencerville, MD; Mr. Robert Martinez
TC Williams High School Advanced Choir - Alexandria, VA; Mr. Theodore Thorpe
William Mason High School Honors Concert Choir - Mason, OH; Mr. Jason McKee

Gala Awards Banquet

The formal banquet for students, directors, parents, staff, and evaluators culminates the Festival with first-class standards that distinguish the Music for All National Festival. Guests enjoy a plated dinner, recognition, and presentation of awards to each ensemble. The banquet, with over 2,500 guests, is sure to be unforgettable for you, your students, parents, and supporters.

Social Events for Students and Directors

The Festival Social gives students the chance to relax, have fun and get to know students from other programs across the country. The director and evaluator reception and hospitality opportunities offer networking and informal interaction with colleagues and icons of music education.

Recording and Group Photo package

Each student member and director receives a professionally-produced recording of their evaluation concert, and a group photo.

Choir Hosts

Each invited choir will be assigned a host to help guide you through the Festival weekend and is committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience before and during the Festival. Hosts are familiar with Music for All events and festivals.

Festival Invitation Visit and Director “Fam” Trip

Every choir is offered a visit to your school from a member of the Festival team. This site visit, which is mandatory for first-time participating schools and/or directors, helps to assure your students, parent boosters, and administration understand the magnitude of your achievement.

A mandatory familiarization (“Fam”) trip to Indianapolis for directors of all accepted ensembles will take place at the Festival performance venues and hotel facilities. Music for All will take directors on a city and site inspection of the performance halls, warm-up rooms, clinic rooms, and the Festival hotels. The philosophy behind the event, Festival schedule, and costs will be thoroughly discussed to ensure a complete understanding of pre-planning information for your ensemble. The “Fam” Trip for the 2019 ensembles took place on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Transportation and housing for the “Fam Trip” to Indianapolis is at the participating ensemble’s expense.

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