2015 MassACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival

October 24, 2015 all-day
UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center
Fine Arts Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
Joshua Harper

Registration Deadline extended to October 10th

2015 MassACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
UMass Amherst
5:30pm Performance, 8:00am registration, 9:00am start time.

Orff, Carmina Burana, excerpts, Version for 2 pianos and 5 percussionists. We will be doing the first 10 movements (through Were diu werlt alle min), then skip to In trutina and go from there to the end.

Registration Details:
Step 1: Register using the online form linked below by Saturday, October 10th. Please submit at least one singer for each part for the women’s voices (SSAA) and at least one singer for each part for the men’s voices (TTBB) for a total of 8 students. You may submit more than one quartet for each group, however the form only allows for up to 8 students. If you wish to send more than 8, please contact Joshua Harper for details on how to do this (harperjd88@gmail.com).

Click here to register! – http://goo.gl/forms/8JNfQBzDZN 

Step 2: Upon registration, you will be emailed an invoice by MassACDA treasure Chris Clark for $45.00 per student. Please submit your student’s fees in the form of one check as soon as possible in order to complete the registration process.Payment MUST be received prior to the festival itself or you and your students will not be allowed to participate. If you, the director, would also like to sing, there will be an additional $8.00 charge to your invoice to pay for the music that will arrive alongside your students’ music.

Step 3: Please make sure all students are adequately prepared. There will be a random grouping of students selected at the beginning of the rehearsal day who will be tested on parts of the literature. Details on the new testing policy can be found below.

Please e-mail any questions to High School R&S Chair, Joshua Harper at harperjd88@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you!

Student Preparation Testing Guidelines

The leadership of MassACDA has decided to continue a testing procedure for students attending the 2015 Honor Choir. The purpose of this decision is to ensure all students are adequately prepared for the festival with all music learned prior to arrival. This will allow all students to enjoy the most rewarding and positive experience.

Testing Guidelines:
After the warm up during Rehearsal I, randomly selected octets of students will be taken from both the women’s and men’s groups. At least one singer from every school represented will be included within these octets. These octets may pulled out into smaller groups, but no student will ever be singled out. The students will then be asked to sing portions of the previously prepared festival music for a panel of adjudicators. At the conclusion of the testing, the students will return to rehearsal for the remainder of the festival.

If the panel of adjudicators feels that one or more of the students were ill-prepared for the festival, that school will be given a warning for the 2015 year. If the school receives another warning at the 2016 festival, the school will be asked not to participate in the 2017 festival. There were no schools given warnings last year, so thank you for your hard work and preparation!

If you have any questions about these procedures, please feel free to contact Joshua Harper, High School Repertoire & Standards Chair (harperjd88@gmail.com).

Practice Tracks:
We will be doing the first 10 movements (through Were diu werlt alle min), then skip to In trutina and go from there to the end. Please click the following link for practice tracks: http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Orff/orff_carmina_burana.htm

8:00am – 9:00am Registration (Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby)
9:00am – 12:00pm Rehearsal I with Dr. Douma
12:00pm – 1:15pm Students eat lunch together
1:15pm – 2:15pm UMass Ensembles – stage, Rehearsal II with Dr. Douma
2:15pm – 4:45pm Combined rehearsal on stage with Instrumentalists (Fine Arts Center)
4:45pm – 5:15pm Dress & Prepare for Concert
5:15pm – 5:25pm Warm-up/move to seats at 5:25pm
5:30pm – 7:00pm 2015 MassACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival Concert

douma-200x274-1377276842Dr. Jeffrey Douma, Clinician
Professor of Conducting, Yale School of Music
Director, Yale Glee Club and Yale Choral Artists

Professor of Conducting. Since the fall of 2003, Jeffrey Douma has served as Director of the Yale Glee Club, recently hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous.”  He also serves as Professor of Conducting at the Yale School of Music, where he teaches in the graduate choral program; as founding Director of the Yale Choral Artists; and as Artistic Director of the Yale International Choral Festival.

Douma has appeared as guest conductor with choruses and orchestras on six continents, including the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Choir, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Solistas de la Habana, Istanbul’s Tekfen Philharmonic, Norway’s Edvard Grieg Kor, the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, and the Central Conservatory’s EOS Orchestra in Beijing. He also currently serves as Musical Director of the Yale Alumni Chorus, which he has lead on eight international tours, and served for five years as Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT, where performances ranged from  Bach St. John Passion with baroque orchestra to Arvo Pärt Te Deum.

Choirs under his direction have performed in Leipzig’s Neue Gewandhaus, Dvorak Hall in Prague, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Notre Dame de Paris, Argentina’s Teatro Colon, the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall, and he has prepared choruses for performances under such eminent conductors as William Christie, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir David Willcocks, Dale Warland, Krzysztof Penderecki, Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, and Helmuth Rilling.

Douma has presented at state, divisional, and national conventions of the ACDA and NCCO, and the Yale Glee Club has appeared as a featured ensemble at the 2009 NCCO National Conference and the 2012 ACDA Eastern Division Convention.  Active with musicians of all ages, Douma served for four years on the conducting faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, America’s premier training ground for high school age musicians, conducting the Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, and Festival Choir.  He frequently serves as clinician for festivals and honor choirs.  Recent engagements include conducting masterclasses at the Beijing International College Choir Festival, the University of Michigan School of Music, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, Fudan University in Shanghai, and the Berlin Radio Choir’s International Masterclass.

An advocate of new music, Douma established the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition and Fenno Heath Award, and has premiered new works by such composers as Dominick Argento, Bright Sheng, Ned Rorem, Jan Sandström, Ted Hearne, Hannah Lash, Lee Hoiby, Rene Clausen, Lewis Spratlan, and James Macmillan. He also serves as editor of the Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, published by Boosey & Hawkes. His original compositions are published by G. Schirmer.  A tenor, Douma has appeared as an ensemble member and soloist with many of the nation’s leading professional choirs, including the Dale Warland Singers, Bella Voce of Chicago, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.

In the spring of 2003, Douma was one of only two North American conductors invited to compete for the first Eric Ericson Award, the premier international competition for choral conductors. Prior to his appointment at Yale he served as Director of Choral Activities at Carroll College, and also taught on the conducting faculties of Smith College and St. Cloud State University. Douma earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Michigan.