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ARCHDIOCESAN CHORAL FESTIVAL

Date:    Thursday, February 6, 2020

Location:  Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO  63105

Time:  8:30am - 2:30pm (Times will be made definite when the number of participating choirs becomes 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 register.)

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

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 8, 2019  

Adjudicators:  Dr. Stephen Mager - Artistic Director and Conductor, Masterworks Chorale and Children's Chorus

                         Paula Martin - Artistic Director, Kirkwood Children's Chorale; Director of Choirs (retired), Oakville High School

Sr. Patricia Giljum, CSJ (adjudicator only) - Former Dir. of Fine Arts, Archdiocese of St. Louis

Nicholas Moramarco (clinician only) - Music Program Director, Fontbonne University


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, and performance; and a minimum of 15 minutes for an on-stage clinic with one of the clinicians who heard them perform, and exit from the stage.  Choral ensembles will receive written commentary and an mp3 link to recorded comments by two clinicians.

  • Choir 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 choirs will be given preference over elementary school choirs.
  • There is no minimum or maximum size for choral ensembles.
  • Each choral ensemble will perform on stage in Fontbonne University's chapel.
  • Each choral ensemble may perform a maximum of three (3) selections.  Ensembles will be asked to stop if the allotted performance time of 15 minutes is reached in order to ensure a minimum of 15 minutes for the on-stage clinic.
  • Quality festival music should be selected; "pop" music is not appropriate.
  • Each choral ensemble must provide an original score for both adjudicators.
  • Number the measures on each score.
  • Choral ensembles may use a warm-up room during the 20 minutes immediately preceding their performance.  This includes the time it takes to travel to the performance space after warmup.
  • The festival is evaluative, NOT competitive.  Ensembles will receive a written evaluation form and will be emailed a link to an mp3 recording of comments given by the adjudicators given during the performance.
  • Schools are encouraged to arrive early and/or stay after their performances and clinics to listen to other ensembles.
  • Lunch is not provided, but space is available for dining should schools wish to bring their own lunches and drinks.

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN CHORAL FESTIVAL - Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Fontbonne University

    Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019


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  • Mail payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Choral Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119

ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL

Date:  Sunday, February 23, 2020

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

Time:  9:00 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m. (Times and number of sessions offered is dependent on the number of ensembles registered.)

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

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 8, 2019  

Adjudicators:  Linda Huck -  Board of Directors, Missouri Bandmasters Association; Band Director, retired, Farmington School District 

Anna White - Assistant Band Director, Pattonville High School

  • 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 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.
  • Students and directors are asked to remain in place until their session is complete.
  • Directors must bring their own stands and can bring their own percussion equipment.  Larger equipment (timpani, bass drum, and xylophones) can be borrowed from Bishop DuBourg High School.
  • 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.
  • The final piece to be performed by all the bands at the end of each session is:  Thunder Bay March by John O'Reilly (Alfred Publishing)

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL - Sunday, February 23, 2019 at Bishop DuBourg High School

    Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019


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  • Mail payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Elem. Instrumental Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119

ARCHDIOCESAN SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL

Date:  Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Location:  St. Dominic High School

Time:  8:00 a.m.  - 2:30 p.m.

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

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 8, 2019  

Adjudicators:  Dr. John Bell - Music Director, St. Louis Brass Band; Director, Illinois Ambassadors of Music; Director of Bands emeritus, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

Dr. Gregory C. Fox - Former Assistant Professor of Music and Education, University of Missouri - St. Louis; past conductor, Merry Tuba Christmas; guest conductor, Manchester Community Band

Bob Baumann - Music Director (retired), Kirkwood School District; recipient, 2008-09 SLSMEA Hall of Fame Award; clarinet, Saint Louis Wind Symphony, University City Summer Band.

Ensembles will have 20 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 20-minute workshop with one of the clinicians who just heard them perform.

  • Each ensemble will be given 20 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.

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL - Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at St. Dominic High School

    Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019


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  • Mail payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Secondary Instrumental Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119

ARCHDIOCESAN JAZZ FESTIVAL

Date:  Thursday, March 5, 2020

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

Time:  8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Times will be made definite when the number of participating ensembles becomes known.)

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

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 8, 2019  

Adjudicators:  

Jeffrey Barudin, DMA -  Associate Professor of Music, Lindenwood University

Miles Vandiver - Jazz Drum Set Instructor/Dir. of Music Business Program/Coordinator of Recording Activities, Southern Illinois State University - Edwardsville

Bob Waggoner - Director, Genesis Jazz Project Big Band; St. Louis Music Educators Hall of Fame; MOIAJE Jess Cole Award (2004) for Outstanding Contributions to Jazz Education

Each jazz ensemble will have 20 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 20-minute workshop with one of the clinicians who just heard them perform.

  • Each ensemble will be given 20 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.
  • The following equipment will be available for use:  drum set, amps, piano, chairs and stands, one microphone for soloist, and vibraphone        

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN JAZZ FESTIVAL - Thursday, March 5, 2020 at DeSmet Jesuit High School

    Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019


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  • Mail payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Jazz Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119

ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SONG FESTIVAL


Dates:  Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12, 2020

Locations:  Wednesday at 10am- Assumption School - Mattese, Duchesne High School and St. Pius X High School

                   Wednesday at 1pm - Rosati-Kain High School and Trinity Catholic High School

         Thursday at 10am - Bishop DuBourg High School and St. Francis Borgia Grade School

         Thursday at 1pm -  Holy Infant School and St. Monica School

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

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 6, 2019 

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.

  • 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 1st, 2nd, or 1st & 2nd 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 Mark Friedman's "Make a Joyful Noise"), to be learned by everyone and performed as a combined Song Fest group, will be sent with the confirmation information.

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SONG FESTIVAL - March 11 and 12, 2020

    Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019








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  • Mail payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Song Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119