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2018 Senior High Honor Choir Festival
Monday, October 22, 2018
8:30am-3:30pm, with a 4:00pm concert
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.
This year, we welcome Dr. Andrea Ramsey as our festival 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
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).
2019 Middle School Honor Choir Festival
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Middle School Honor Choir Festival
This festival provides middle school singers (grades 6 through 9) a day of great choral singing, with a focus on experiencing skill-building repertoire and developing vocal technique. Participants in the festival are nominated by their directors, and represent dedicated and promising middle-level singers from throughout the Northland.
This year, we welcome Mr. Christopher Fiorini as our festival guest clinician and conductor.
Christopher Fiorini is the Head Director of Choirs at Langham Creek High School, in addition to serving as a conductor with the American Festival for the Arts and with the Houston Boychoir. Mr. Fiorini has earned numerous Sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest and has encouraged numerous students to pursue careers in music. Under the direction of Mr. Fiorini, the LCHS Chamber singers have placed in the top 3 at the prestigious American Classics Madrigal Festival in San Antonio. In 2014, Mr. Fiorini was named as the Spotlight Teacher for Langham Creek High School. Choirs under Mr. Fiorini's direction have been asked to sing at invitational concerts at multiple universities. In 2016, Mr. Fiorini's A Cappella Choir sang as an invited choir at the TMEA annual convention and in the Fall of 2016 they were invited to sing with the Houston Symphany Orchestra. Aside from his work at Langham Creek, Fiorini also serves as the Vocal Region Chair for Region 27. Mr. Fiorini is sought after as a clinician and conductor and maintains active memberships in TMEA, TCDA and ACDA.
Directors are asked to nominate 1-2 balanced quartets (SATB) to participate.
Nomination deadline: December 13, 2018 Nominate your students HERE
Payment deadline ($10/student): January 22, 2019 (one week before the festival)
Sample scores, information and links to recordings may be found at: z.umn.edu/middleschoolhonorsmusic
SPECIAL OFFER: Chuck Hackman at Groth Music is happy to extend a 15% discount to you if you contact him to order your music. Just mention you are attending the UMD Middle School Honor Choir Festival! With the discount, the cost of both the S/A and T/B packets are approximately $7 per student. Phone: 952/948-5204 or Email: email@example.com