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ARCHDIOCESAN CHORAL FESTIVAL

Date:  Thursday, February 11, 2021

Location:  Duchesne High School, 2550 Elm Street, St. Charles, MO  63301

Time:  8:00 a.m. -  2:30 p.m. (Time frame will be made definite when the number of participating choirs is known.  Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Schools may be limited to registering one ensemble if the festival fills before all schools wishing to participate register.)

Entry Fee:  $50 per ensemble.  Ensembles will be registered and scheduled only after the entry fee has been received.

Registration / Payment Deadline:  Friday, December 4, 2020

Adjudicators:  TBD

Each choral ensemble will be given a total time allotment of 30 minutes:  up to 15 minutes for approaching the stage, a short warm-up, performance and exit from the stage.  After each performance, ensembles will be escorted to a separate rehearsal space for a 25-minute workshop with one of the clinicians who just heard them perform.  Directors will receive written and an mp3 link to two clinicians' recorded comments. 

  • Choral ensembles of any voicing (SA, SSA, SATB, TTBB, etc.) are encouraged to participate.
  • Secondary and "select" or "auditioned" elementary choral ensembles may participate.  Secondary school choral ensembles will be given preference over elementary school choirs.
  • There is no minimum or maximun size for choral ensembles.
  • Each choral ensemble will perform on risers, on stage.
  • Each choral ensemble may perform a maximum of three (3) selections.  Ensembles will be asked to stop if the alloted performanc time of 15 minutes is reached in order to ensure a minimum of 20 minutes of clinic time.
  • Quality festival music schold be selected. "Pop" music is not appropriate.
  • Each choral ensemble must provide an original score of all pieces for two (2) adjudicators.

 

ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL

Date:  Sunday, February 21, 2021

Location:  Bishop DuBourg High School, 5850 Eichelberger Street, St. Louis, MO  63109 

Time:  Sessions will be scheduled depending on the number of ensembles registering.  A third session may be added.

  Session A: 10-11:45 am

           Session B:  1-2:30 pm

Entry Fee:  $50 per ensemble.  Ensembles will be registered only after the entry fee has been received.

Registration / Payment Deadline:  Friday, December 4, 2020

Adjudicators:  TBD

  • Each ensemble will be given ten (10) minutes of performance time.
  • Choose quality festival music.  "Pop" music is not appropriate for the festival.
  • Have original scores for two (2) adjudicators to use during the performance.  Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Number the measures of each score, if they are not already numbered.  This helps the adjudicators as they make comments.
  • Students and directors are asked to remain in place until their entire session has performed.
  • Directors must bring their own stands and can bring their own percussion equipment.  Chairs and larger instruments (timpani, bass drum, chimes, and xylophones) may be borrowed for the performance from Bishop DuBourg High School.  (Instruments are not available for warm-up.)
  • The festival is evaluative, NOT COMPETITIVE.  The evaluation will consist of written comments on an evaluation form and an mp3 recording of the evaluators' comments made during the performance.
  • The final piece to be performed by all the ensembles at the end of each session is Lexington March by John Edmundson / Queenwood Publishing

 

 

ARCHDIOCESAN SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL

Date:  Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Location:  St. Dominic High School, 31 St. Dominic Drive, O'Fallon, MO  63366

Time:  8:00 a.m.  - 2:30 p.m. (Directors will receive a schedule and details via email.)

Entry Fee:  $50 per ensemble.  Ensembles will be registered only after the entry fee has been received.

Adjudicators:  TBD

Ensembles will have 25 minutes on stage to perform and receive written and recorded comments from two clinicians.  After each performance, ensembles will be escorted to a separate rehearsal space for a 25-minute workshop with one of the clinicians who just heard them perform.

  • Each ensemble will be given 25 minutes to set up, tune up, perform, and take down.
  • There will be a room available for warming up.  Each ensemble may use the warm-up room the 20 minute period prior to their performance.
  • A short warm-up number is permissible and will not be adjudicated.
  • Each ensemble may perform a maximum of three (3) selections.
  • Choose quality festival music.  Pop music is not appropriate for the festival.
  • Have original scores for each adjudicator to use during your performance. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Number the measures of each score.  This helps the adjudicators as they make comments.
  • Ensembles are welcome to listen to other schools perform, either before or after their ensemble’s performance.
  • St. Dominic High School will provide large percussion equipment and stands.
  • The festival will be evaluative, NOT COMPETITIVE.  The evaluation will consist of written comments on an evaluation form and an mp3 recording of comments by the adjudicators given during the performance.

ARCHDIOCESAN JAZZ FESTIVAL

Date:  Thursday, March 4, 2021

Location:  DeSmet Jesuit High School / 233 N. New Ballas Road / St. Louis, MO  63141

Time:  8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (An email with the schedule and details will be sent to all directors.)

Entry Fee:  $50 per ensemble.  Ensembles will be registered only after the entry fee has been received.

Adjudicators:  TBD

Each jazz ensemble will have 25 minutes on stage to perform and receive written and recorded comments from two clinicians.  After each performance, ensembles will be escorted to a separate rehearsal space for a 25-minute workshop with one of the clinicians who just heard them perform.

  • Each ensemble will be given 25 minutes to set up, tune up, perform, and take down.
  • Each ensemble may perform a maximum of three (3) selections.
  • A short warm-up number is permissible and will not be adjudicated.
  • Each ensemble will perform on stage.
  • All ensembles will use a standard jazz band set-up.
  • Ensembles are welcome to listen to other schools perform either before or after their ensemble's performance.
  • Ensembles should dress uniformly and look nice and neat.
  • Choose quality jazz band music.  Improvisation is strongly encouraged.
  • Number the measures of each score for the adjudicators.
  • There will be an available room for warming up.  Each ensemble may use the warm-up room the 20 minute period prior to their performance.
  • The festival will be evaluative, NOT COMPETITIVE.  Ensembles will receive a written evaluation form and an mp3 recording of comments made by the adjudicators during the performance.

ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SONG FESTIVAL

 Date:  Wednesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 11, 2021

Location:  Various

Time:  10:00 - 11:15 a.m.  OR  1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 

Entry Fee:  $10 per ensemble.  Choirs will be registered only after the entry fee has been received.

Adjudicators:  TBD

Public performance is an excellent means of training young people in self-possession, poise, attention, and respect.  This cooperative, non-competitive festival emphasizes enjoyment and cooperation rather than competition.  Certificates of Participation will be given to each school, along with a constructive evaluation.

 Festival start times vary depending on the host location; refer to your confirmation email for your performance site, date, and time.

  • Schools will be notified of the date and location of their choirs' performance location after their entry fees have been received and before Christmas Break.
  • Performing choirs should not be comprised of picked singers but should be comprised of all the students in 7th, 8th, or 7th & 8th Grade.
  • Any song may be used, but should stem from classroom singing.
  • Please consider the National Standards, and age appropriate musical skills when choosing your selections.
  • The time allotment for each choir must not exceed six (6) minutes.  So that everyone may return to their schools on time, the time limit must be followed.
  • No individual or school is allowed to leave before the end of their performance location's festival.
  • The opening song (1st verse of "America") and closing song (3 verses of Peter Scholte's "They'll Know We Are Christians"), to be learned by everyone and performed as a combined Song Fest group, was emailed with the location site information.