2016 Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival
Deadline - September 30
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
There are changes as noted below – please read carefully.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact Edryn Coleman, 2016 Festival Director, at email@example.com.
We look forward to a
great festival and welcome all new and former participants!