Edryn Coleman

President

Vice President/Secretary

        presents the

 2016 Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival

 

November 4-5

Susquehanna University – Selinsgrove, PA

Edryn Coleman, Festival Director             Jason Vodicka & Julia Thorne, Festival Hosts

 

A. Jan Taylor, guest conductor

 

 

 

Once again, this year’s Festival will be held in conjunction with the ACDA-PA Fall Conference. The Festival concert will be the culminating event of the Fall Conference.
There are changes as noted below – please read carefully.

 

What is the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival?

Who has conducted previous festivals?

Who can participate?

What are the costs?

Lodging

Can I send my students without supervision?

How many students can I send?

Do students need to prepare music beforehand?

Who is A. Jan Taylor?

What is the repertoire? How do I obtain the scores?

What is the Festival schedule? When is the concert?

What do the students wear for the concert?

Can students audition for solos in the repertoire?

How do I register my institution and students?

Who can I contact to learn more about the festival?

 

 

2011 Festival Choir at Indiana University of Pennsylvania - William Dehning, conductor

 

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 recent festivals and conductors). 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?

NEW INSTITUTIONAL RATES EFFECTIVE LAST YEAR - 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 (Friday lunch & dinner and Saturday lunch – breakfasts are not included) and refreshments. Each school or student purchases and retains their choral scores. Please note that institutional and student participation fees are non-refundable.

 

LODGING

NEW POLICY EFFECTIVE LAST YEAR - Directors will be responsible for arranging lodging for their students and for themselves. There are several moderately priced motels within a short drive of the university. Lodging information is available at the “Lodging” link near the top of the 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 A. JAN TAYLOR?

A. Jan Taylor, educator, pianist, singer and choral conductor, is Director of Choral Music Activities at Prairie View A&M University. Under her direction, the University Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers have performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad, including performances at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, the prestigious International Festival Wratislavia Cantans in Poland, and in Colombia with the “105 HBCU Legacy Voices." Her choirs have performed with the Houston Symphony, the Acadian Symphony, and have collaborated with professional and community choruses in the Greater Houston area. She has served as adjudicator and choral clinician for numerous choral competitions, festivals, and regional choirs across the state of Texas. As an authority on the African-American spiritual, Taylor frequently lectures on the performance practices and preservation of the genre, and has conducted the “105 Voices of History” HBCU National Choir in performances at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

As a singer, Dr. Taylor has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with such premier professional choral ensembles as the Houston Chamber Choir and the Houston Chorale. As Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony Chorus from 2003 until 2006, she assisted in preparing the chorus for world-class conductors in performances of such choral-orchestral works as Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, the Verdi Requiem, and Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony. She has prepared choruses and collaborated with such renowned conductors and composers as Barbara Baker, Roland Carter, Nathan Carter, and Moses Hogan. She has coached and accompanied singers for the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, and conducted the Guild’s Chorus in performances of spirituals, African-American concert music, and operatic works.

 

WHAT IS THE REPERTOIRE? HOW DO I OBTAIN THE SCORES?

 

 Dr. Taylor has chosen the following repertoire (available through your preferred vendor):

Josef Haydn - Awake the Harp        G Schirmer/Hal Leonard 50293660

Felix Mendelssohn (arr. J. Jordan) - Weihnachten (#1 of Sechs Spruche, op. 79)        GIA G-6484

Dominick Argento - Gloria (from The Masque of Angels)        Boosey & Hawkes 4969093

Stephen Paulus - Pilgrims' Hymn (from The Three Hermits)        Paulus Publications SP 101.8pt

Kevin Memley - O Magnum Mysterium        Pavane P1395

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal (arr. A. Parker)        Lawson-Gould

Hold On! (arr. M. Garrett)        Walton Music WW1402

WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE? WHEN IS THE CONCERT?

NEW SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE THIS YEAR - The Festival starts at 9:00 am on Friday (registration begins at 8:00 am), with the first hour consisting of all students auditioning. Festival rehearsals then take place throughout Friday and Saturday. 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 5:00 pm.

 

WHAT DO THE STUDENTS WEAR FOR THE CONCERT?

NEW POLICY EFFECTIVE LAST YEAR FOR WOMEN:

Women: Long black skirt or dress slacks, black long-sleeve blouse/top, black dress shoes

Men: Black dress slacks, white long-sleeve dress shirt/tie, 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 Edryn Coleman, 2016 Festival Director, at ecoleman@lincoln.edu.

 

We look forward to a great festival and welcome all new and former participants!