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2018 Senior High Honor Choir Festival

Monday, October 22, 2018

8:30am-3:30pm, with a 4:00pm concert

Nominate your students HERE

This festival provides high school singers an unforgettable and energized day of singing, with a focus on experiencing high-quality repertoire and developing vocal technique. Participants in the festival are nominated by their directors, and represent the best high school singers in the Northland.

2018 Clinicians

This year, we welcome Dr. Andrea Ramsey as our festival guest clinician.Dr. Andrea Ramsey, Guest Clinician

Dr. Ramsey enjoys an international presence as a composer, conductor, scholar and music educator.  Before leaping into full time composing and guest conducting, Andrea held positions at The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado Boulder,respectively.  An award-winning composer with approximately 100 works to date, she believes strongly in the creation of new music. A native of Arkansas, Andrea has experienced in her own life the power of music to provide a sense of community, better understanding of our humanity and rich opportunities for self-discovery.

Dr. Richard Robbins, Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Richard Robbins

Richard Robbins is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he conducts the University Singers and Chamber Singers, in addition to teaching an array of choral conducting and music courses. Prior to this, he served as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he directed the A Cappella and Chamber Choirs, and taught courses in choral music education, counterpoint, ear training, and music technology. Dr. Robbins travels extensively as a clinician, adjudicator, and director for choral festivals and honor choirs across the country, with recent engagements in Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City. His editions of Italian sacred music of the early Baroque are published internationally, and he has been invited to present on a range of topics for music 

education and conducting organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association, and internationally at Warsaw’s Chopin Conservatory of Music (Poland).

Information

Directors are asked to nominate 1-2 balanced quartets (SATB) to participate. The nomination application will be posted in September.
Nomination deadline: October 1, 2018
Payment deadline ($10/student): October 15, 2018 (one week before the festival)

Repertoire

FESTIVAL REPERTOIRE FOR THE 2018 UMD SENIOR HIGH HONOR CHOIR (PDF)

2019 Middle School Honor Choir Festival

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Middle School Honor Choir Festival

We look forward to having some very talented choral students join us on January 29, 2019 for a wonderful day filled with great music!