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How You Made Them Feel
The 2014 MassACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival

by Josh Harper, High School Chair

Think back to some of your most memorable experiences as a choral singer in high school. For many of you, events like All-State, Honor Choir, District, or other similar festivals probably come to mind. If you are like me, one of the many reasons these moments stand out is because you worked with a wonderful and inspiring clinician. Maya Angelou once said “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” I think this statement rings true for many of us and why we remember these experiences. You many not remember what your repertoire was or the things your clinician said, but you remember them and the way they made you feel.

This fall, your students have a tremendous opportunity to work with some of the finest clinicians for men’s and women’s choruses in the entire country. The 2014 MassACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral festival will take place on November 1st, 2014 at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Our clinicians this year are Dr. Iris Levine, Founder and Artistic Director of Vox Femina, based in Los Angeles, and Dr. Eugene Rogers, Assistant Director of Choirs at the University of Michigan and Director of the University of Michigan Glee Club. Dr. Levine is also the National ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs.

The event held at UMass every year is a great one for multiple reasons. The first big one is that students and conductors only have to give up one day for the event. All rehearsals take place during the morning and afternoon, and then students perform in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall that evening. Students also get to watch the UMass Chamber Choir and Chorale perform on the first half of the concert, allowing students to hear what great music is possible at the collegiate level. The college singers also sing side by side next to the high school students in the Men’s and Women’s choirs. The concert ends with a combined piece involving all the singers. Not only is the event great in terms of time commitment, but the event is also cheap! $45.00 per student includes registration, lunch and music. We encourage schools to bring a balanced quartet for the Women’s Chorus and the Men’s chorus, totaling 8 students. More information can be found on the MassACDA Event page on our website, or you can contact me at harperjd88@gmail.com, where I am happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Don’t miss out on a chance to provide your students with an opportunity they will never forget. Registration closes on October 4th!