Music for All National Choir Festival

Music for All provides a positively life-changing experience for voices.
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Music for All National Choir Festival

Henry Leck, Artistic Director
Jason Max Ferdinand, Associate Artistic Director

Part of the Music for All National Festival,
presented by Yamaha

The Music for All National Choir Festival is part of the Music for All National Festival and an integral part of the Music for All ongoing mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

The Music for All National Choir Festival is a non-competitive experience for outstanding high school and youth choirs of any voicing. The festival is a celebration of musical excellence, combining world-class performance and evaluation opportunities with an exhilarating atmosphere of camaraderie in music.


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Henry Leck
Festival Artistic Director

Professor Emeritus
Butler University

Founder, Conductor Laureate
Indianapolis Children’s Choir

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Jason Max Ferdinand
Festival Associate Artistic Director

Oakwood University, AL
Chair, Associate Professor and Director Choral Activities

Director, Oakwood Aeolians

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Meet our 2021 Choral Music Artistic Panel

Jeffery Redding

West Orange High School, FL
Director of Choral Activities

Lynda Hasseler

Capital University, OH
Conservatory of Music
Director of Choral Activities

André Thomas

Guest Conductor
Florida State University, FL
Professor Emeritus

Dominick DiOrio

Associate Professor of Choral Conducting, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Jake Runestad

Composer & Conductor
2021 Composer in Residence

Lynne Gackle

Baylor University, TX
Professor of Ensembles
Director of Choral Activities

Andrew Crow

Ball State University, IN
Director of Choral Activities

Douglas Droste

Ball State University, IN
Director of Orchestras

Meet our 2020 Choral Music Artistic Panel

Elena Sharkova

Guest Conductor
Artistic Director Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley

Rosephanye Dunn Powell

Auburn University, AL
Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor and Professor of Voice

Rollo Dilworth

Temple University, PA
Chair, Music Education and Music Therapy

Angela Kasper

Western Washington University, WA
Director of Choral Music Education

Ly Wilder

Contemporary Choral Artist/Clinician,
Bloomington, IN

Brandon Boyd

University of Missouri,
Assistant Director of Choral Activities

Eric Stark

Butler University, IN
Director of Choral Activities
Artistic Director Indianapolis
Symphonic Choir

Jo-Michael Scheibe

USC Thornton School of Music
Choir Choral and Sacred Music

Robyn Lana

Cincinnati Youth Choir,
Founder, Managing Artistic Director, and Conductor

About the Music for All National Choir Festival

As Music for All’s newest flagship program, the National Choir Festival shines a national spotlight on outstanding choirs, providing educational programs, and spectacular musical experiences for singers in a positive, supportive environment.

A non-competitive, supportive experience

The non-competitive atmosphere of the Music for All National Choir Festival provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement, and mutual respect among music programs, students, parents, boosters and administrators.

Directors select their own programs; there is no required repertoire. There are no ratings or rankings so directors and their ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights and strive for innovation, growth, and excellence, instead of focusing on a rating or placing.

Participating students experience an atmosphere of mutual respect while enjoying concerts from other outstanding ensembles. The Festival’s dress code and standards of conduct enhance the world-class atmosphere of the Festival. Ensembles that perform at the Festival are recognized as being among the finest in the nation. Participation is a “credential” worth having. The preparation process itself for the Festival can have a positive effect on your music program.

Music for All is honored to have the support and involvement of many music organizations. The final choir concert with orchestra will be in one of Indianapolis’ finest concert venues. Master classes are presented by leading applied faculty and artists.

Part of a Comprehensive Celebration of EXCELLENCE IN Music-Making

The Music for All National Choir Festival is part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, which also includes:

  • Orchestra America National Festival
  • Chamber Music National Festival
  • National Concert Band Festival
  • Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival
  • Middle School National Music Festival
  • Honor Orchestra of America
  • Honor Band of America
  • Jazz Band of America
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