2017 Marshall University Festival Chorus


Marshall University Choral Festival

November 3rd and 4th, 2017

Event Registration Please Click Here

            The Marshall University Choral Festival will take place November 3-4, 2017, on the campus of Marshall University.  Activities will begin Friday, November 3rd, at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon on Saturday, November 4th, following the Festival Finale Concert.  The festival will feature rehearsals and a performance by your students, singing alongside students from Marshall University choral ensembles, as well as performances by the MU Chamber Choir and University Chorus and master classes and presentations by members of the School of Music faculty. Your students may also schedule (with advance notice) an audition for the MU School of Music while they are on campus. A more complete schedule can be found in this mailing and will be available on the MU Music website (www.marshall.edu/music).  The festival provides exceptional concert and rehearsal experiences for your students, acquainting them with some outstanding choral literature.

Responding to numerous suggestions, this year’s music is chosen from the WVMEA and WVACDA all-state and all-state chamber repertoire lists. Students will prepare and bring the following music selections to the festival, to be performed on the final festival concert:

Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in excelsis
Walton W2043

Matthew Culloton: Famine Song
Santa Barbara SB.SBMP-575

Sid Robinovitch: Noche de Lluvia
Earthsongs ES.S-136A

Eric Whitacre: Seal Lullaby
Shadow Water Music: 08740149

Rosephanye Powell: I Will Sing

Music may be purchased through any choral music vendor.  A special rate of $/packet for the purchased items has been secured through Kerr’s Music World, Inc. (Huntington/Charleston).  You may have your entire order shipped to your school for an additional $ (per school, not per packet).  For more information, please contact Ted Keown at Kerr’s Huntington location directly at (304)302-3011 fax him at (304)302-5043, or email him at Ted@wvdsl.net and tell them you need the MU Festival Chorus music.  (To ensure music arrives in time, packets need to be ordered by September 30th.)

There is no limit to the number of participants for this event.  To nominate your high school students, go to the Marshall University Music website, www.marshall.edu/somt/music and select “Festival Chorus Weekend” from the menu on the right side of the page. On that page, you will find an online registration form that enables you to register your students without mailing or faxing anything.  If you prefer, you may request a PDF version of the form be emailed to you that can be filled out, printed and faxed.  Instructions for the return of that form can be found on the bottom of this letter.  Please try to nominate students in quartets of SATB, SSAA or TTBB, but be assured that if you have an odd or smaller number of students, you will not be penalized in any way.  Each student will receive a certificate of participation.  There is no participant fee.  Students are asked to provide their own music and black choir folders, housing and meals.
For the final festival concert, students will wear the concert attire they normally wear when performing at their home schools.

Because we would like to send confirmation of your students’ registration, along with additional information, please send registration materials by Friday, October 20th.

Rehearsal Schedule

The tentative rehearsal schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 3rd
9:00    Registration/check in at Smith Music Hall
9:30    Rehearsal I
12:00  Lunch
1:15     Sectionals I
2:45    Break
3:00    Masterclass or Performance Seminar
4:00    Break
4:15     Masterclass or Performance Seminar
5:15     Dinner
6:30    Rehearsal II
8:00    MU Showcase Concert

Saturday, November 4th
9:00   Check in
9:30    Rehearsal III or Sectionals II
10:30  Dress for Concert
11:00   Dress Rehearsal
12:00  Concert
12:30   Festival Concludes


The cost of attending the MU Festival Chorus is free.  Registration using the online form found at www.marshall.edu/music is preferred.  However, if you wish, completed registration forms may be faxed or mailed to:

Dr. David Castleberry
Smith Hall #164
Marshall University
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Fax: (304)696-6426

Registration, Rehearsal, and Concert Sites, Supervision
Registration for all students will take place in Smith Music Hall on Friday between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. For Friday’s registration, we ask that directors or adult chaperones only please confirm the names of students attending. All rehearsals and sectionals will take place in Smith Music Hall. Friday evening’s concert will take place in Smith Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public. The finale concert for the Festival Weekend will take place in Smith Music Hall Recital Hall. It is also free and open to the public. We ask that directors or adult chaperones please be on hand to supervise your students while they are on campus.


Concert Dress
We ask that students wear their concert choir attire for the concert so that we have a varied and colorful display. Dressing rooms in Smith Music Hall will be assigned.


Parking for Buses
For those schools bringing buses, you may unload the students on 3rd Avenue, in the south lane. On Friday, please park in the stadium parking lot on the corner of 20th Street and 3rd Avenue. (Remember that 3rd Avenue is one way going west at that point and that the stadium is east of the music building.) On Saturday, you may park in the lot across from Smith Music Hall (corner of 3rd Avenue and Hal Greer Blvd.).


Parking for Cars
On Friday, parking will be available at no cost in the lot behind the new engineering building (no permit required that day).  Parking in any other lot may result in an issued citation.  On Saturday, everyone parks free. Maps showing student drop-off, bus parking and car parking locations will be sent out after completed registration materials have been received.


To Smith Music Hall from I-64, either direction: take Exit 11 (Hal Greer Blvd.), follow Hal Greer north all the way to 3rd Avenue. Smith Music Hall will be on the right hand corner. Third Avenue runs one way west, toward downtown Huntington.

To Smith Music Hall from Hwy. 52 (Ohio): Even though you see an exit that says Huntington, ignore it! Keep going until you run out of road. You will simply cross the just as easily. Proceed to Hal Greer Blvd. (16th Street). Turn left onto Hal Greer Blvd. Smith Music Hall is on your right.


Entrance Auditions
If you have students wishing to audition for the MU music program during the festival, please notify us in advance. An audition can be arranged. Contact us for audition details.


There are a number of restaurants and fast food establishments within walking distance of the campus.


Assisting with this year’s event will be David Castleberry, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Media and Director of Choral Activities, Briana Nannen, Assistant Professor, a new member of our faculty with a specialty in choral music education, Alexander Lee, Assistant Professor of voice and opera, and Jacob Smith, Graduate Assistant in Choral Conducting.  Additional sessions will feature Professor Linda Dobbs and other members of our faculty.


Thank you in advance for your participation.  We are very excited about this endeavor and hope to make this year’s festival our best yet.  For further information, please contact Dr. David Castleberry at castlebe@marshall.edu or (304) 696-2963.