Marshall University Festival Chorus

October 30 – 31, 2015

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The Marshall University Festival Chorus will take place October 30 – 31, 2015 on the campus of Marshall University.  Activities will begin Friday, October 30th at 9 a.m. and conclude early afternoon on Saturday, October 31 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 and Theatre faculty. Students may also schedule (with advance notice) an audition for the MU School of Music and Theatre while they are on campus. The festival provides both exceptional concert and rehearsal experiences for students, acquainting them with some outstanding choral literature.

This year’s music was chosen from the WVMEA and WVACDA repertoire lists. Students will prepare and bring the following music selections to the festival, to be performed on the final festival concert:


Chandos Anthem #6, “As Pants the Hart” – George Frederic Handel


This chorus can be found by selecting this link and scrolling to Movement II


Agnus Dei: Phoenix – Ola Gjeilo

SATB Walton: 08501749


Balleilakka – A.R. Rahman, arr. by Ethan Sperry

SATB Earthsongs: S-339


Kua Rongo Mai Koe – Ngapo Wehi

SATB Alliance: AMP0350


Sure on this Shining Night – Samuel Barber

SATB Schirmer (Hal Leonard): 50308930


Music may be purchased through any choral music vendor. However, a special rate of $8.00/packet has been secured through Kerr’s Music World, Inc. (Huntington/Charleston). You may have your entire order shipped to your school for an additional $9 (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 and tell them you need the MU Festival Chorus music. (To ensure music arrives in time, packets need to be ordered by October 3.)

There is no limit to the number of participants for this event. To nominate high school students, visit the MU Festival Chorus Online Registration page. On that page, you will be able to register students without mailing or faxing anything. If you prefer,  you may also request an interactive registration form to be emailed (.pdf format) that can be filled out, printed and faxed. If you are unable to open a .pdf, you may simply list their names and voice types. Instructions for the return of the form can be found on the bottom of this page.  Please try to nominate them 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 23rd.


Rehearsal Schedule

The tentative rehearsal schedule is as follows:


Friday, October 30

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

7:30     MU Showcase Concert


Saturday, October 31

9:00     Check in

9:30     Rehearsal III or Sectionals II

10:30   Dress for Concert

11:00   Concert

11:45   Festival Concludes



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

Robert Wray
303 Smith Music Hall
Marshall University
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

Fax: (304)696-4379


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.


Our conductors for this event will be David Castleberry, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Media and Director of Choral Activities, and Robert Wray, Associate Professor of Choral Music Education. Additional sessions will feature Linda Dobbs and Larry Stickler of our voice 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 Mr. Robert Wray at or (304) 696-2399.


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