Mary Breden, guest conductor
The Festival is held in conjunction with
the ACDA-PA Fall Conference
WHAT IS THE PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGIATE CHORAL FESTIVAL?
The Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival has been offered annually for over 50 years by a consortium of member institutions. Each year we pool our limited individual funds to create a Festival Honor Chorus experience for our students under the guidance of a nationally recognized conductor and pedagogue (click here for a list of festivals and conductors since 2001). The result is an artistic and educational experience for our students that most of us could not mount on our own. The Festival also profits us individual directors as we observe rehearsals, learn new repertoire and techniques, and share our own ideas and repertoire in directors’ meetings.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The Festival is open to all Pennsylvania colleges and universities - private and public, church and secular. Participating institutions contribute a modest Institutional Fee and select their own participating students. Students may be undergraduate or graduate level; music majors or non-majors. The diversity of the ensemble is one of its greatest strengths.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
The institutional fee is $300, with a reduced rate of $150 for first-time participants. The institutional fees are used to the support the clinician’s fees and travel, as well as other concert expenses. The individual student participation fee is $50, which supports their meals: Thursday dinner, Friday lunch & dinner, and Saturday lunch (breakfasts are not included). Each school or student purchases and retains their choral scores. Please note that institutional and student participation fees are non-refundable.
Directors will be responsible for arranging lodging for their students and for themselves. Information on a number of moderately priced motels within a short drive of the university is available via the “Director/Student Lodging” link near the top of this web page.
CAN I SEND MY STUDENTS WITHOUT SUPERVISION?
For obvious reasons, NO. Participating students must be accompanied by their director or another faculty member. Each director is expected to remain on site throughout the Festival.
HOW MANY STUDENTS CAN I SEND?
As few as one, or as many as you like. We request that you make every effort to send as balanced a group as possible, but recognize that this is not always possible.
DO STUDENTS NEED TO PREPARE MUSIC BEFOREHAND?
For obvious reasons, YES. Before the start of the first rehearsal, each participant is heard singing portions of the repertoire one-to-a part and without accompaniment. For details, please see the Audition Procedure Guidelines sheet that is part of each registration form. All participating directors share in the work of the auditions in a friendly and supportive environment. Instituting this process at the Festival has assured consistently high quality in the rehearsals and performance. It is well worth the low-level anxiety that students and directors share.
WHO IS MARY BREDEN?
Mary Breden is Director of Choral Activities at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Under her leadership the LMU Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, and Consort Singers have appeared in a variety of venues throughout California, as well as New York City, Boston, Portland, Seattle, Tucson and Phoenix. The ensembles have also appeared at ACDA Western Division Conventions, toured with Michael Crawford and appeared with him on his PBS special Michael Crawford... Music of the Night. Internationally, Breden has conducted the LMU Choruses in concerts throughout Italy, Germany, Austria, and France, and she has appeared as a guest conductor in Brussels, Belgium.
Active as a choral clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor, Breden is a Past President of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association. She has volunteered on the Education and Community Outreach Committee for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and is a member of the Southern California Vocal Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the International Federation of Choral Music. She has articles and choral reviews published in Choral Journal, the professional publication of the American Choral Directors Association.
A member of the music faculty at LMU since 1992, Breden has also taught at San Jose State University and The University of Texas at Austin. She received her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Choral Music from Arizona State University where she studied conducting with Douglas McEwen. She completed the B.A. and B.M. degrees in piano performance at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, studying conducting with Paul Salamunovich.
WHAT IS THE REPERTOIRE? HOW DO I OBTAIN THE SCORES?
Repertoire will be announced soon!
WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE? WHEN IS THE CONCERT?
The Festival starts at 1:00 pm on Thursday (registration begins at 11:00 am), with the first hour consisting of all students auditioning. Festival rehearsals then take place throughout Thursday afternoon and evening, Friday and Saturday. The students will attend the Friday evening and Saturday morning ACDA-PA choral concerts. The Festival Concert will be the final event of the ACDA-PA conference on Saturday at 4:00 pm.
WHAT DO THE STUDENTS WEAR FOR THE CONCERT?
Women: Black long-sleeve blouse/top, black skirt or dress slacks, black dress shoes.
Men: White long-sleeve dress shirt, long tie (solid dark color), black dress slacks, black dress shoes.
CAN MY STUDENTS AUDITION FOR SOLOS WITHIN THE REPERTOIRE?
Yes. The directors and guest conductor will audition all solos during the festival at a time TBA. Students interested in auditioning must prepare the music beforehand.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY INSTITUTION AND STUDENTS?
Simply fill out the institution and student registration forms and return with your payment. Secure the scores and help your students prepare for a wonderful experience. Then join us and watch it happen.
WHO CAN I CONTACT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL?
Contact Hank Alviani, 2017 Festival Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to a great festival and welcome all new and former participants!