2019 MassACDA & UMass High School Choral Festival

October 26, 2019 all-day
UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center--Bezanson Recital Hall
Fine Arts Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
Stephen Paparo

October 26, 2019

8:00 am registration, 9:00 am start time, 5:30 pm Performance

The High School Choral Festival welcomes high school choral singers and their directors to participate in a treble (soprano/alto) choir or tenor/bass choir. No auditions required; directors can honor their finest and submit singers for the festival. Participants will sing alongside members of the UMass Amherst Chamber Choir and University Chorale.

Click here to register!

The Treble Choir will be conducted by Mallorie Chernin. Mallorie Chernin was Director of Choral Music and Senior Lecturer at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, from 1986 to 2018. At Amherst College, she directed three choirs, the Concert Choir, Chorus, and Glee Club, and coached the Madrigal Singers, all known collectively as the Amherst College Choral Society. The activities of the Choral Society included travel both in the United States and abroad, with a total of sixteen international tours during Ms. Chernin’s tenure. The most recent tours included visits to Iceland, Estonia, Greece, Costa Rica, and Ireland. Currently, Ms. Chernin is teaching music theory at Amherst College.

Prior to becoming Director of Choral Music at Amherst College, Ms. Chernin served on faculties at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Smith College in Northampton, MA, and Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mallorie Chernin completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College located in Princeton, New Jersey, and did doctoral work (ABD) at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. Ms. Chernin is in frequent demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor.

Pentatonic Alleluia–Ross Whitney
Shen Khar Venakhi–Kitka
This Little Light of Mine–arr. Jerry Noble


Shen Khar Venakhi
Soprano 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eSM0Key_YI
Soprano 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEhA6Bg5LQc
Alto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSM1KcdF3cQ
Full Recording: Click here!
Score: Click here!

This Little Light of Mine
Soprano 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCgXPiQD3Kc
Soprano 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ccMXZ0VSc
Alto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C9ZAztJU60
Full Recording: Click here!
Score: Click here!


The Tenor-Bass Choir will be conducted by Reagan Paras.

Zion’s Walls–Aaron Copland
De Herr Segne Euch–J.S. Bach
Loch Lomond–arr. Jonathan Quick

Practice tracks will be added soon.



Combined Finale:
“If Music Be The Food of Love” by David C. Dickau


8:00-9:00 am Registration (Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby)
9:00 am-12 noon Rehearsals: Treble (Bezanson) and Tenor-Bass Choir (Room 44)
12:00-1:15 pm Lunch (Franklin Dining Commons)
1:15-2:45 pm Rehearsals: Treble (Bezanson) and Tenor-Bass (Room 44)
2:45-3:00 pm Move to FAC
3:00-4:30 pm Dress rehearsals on stage
4:30-5:15 pm Dress & prepare for Concert/UMass Ensembles on stage
5:30-7:00pm MassACDA & UMass High School Festival Concert

Registration Details

Step 1: Register using the online form (link below) by Saturday, October 12, 2019. Please submit singers for each voice part for the SSAA and TTBB choirs, as we would like to have balanced ensembles. Contact Stephen Paparo (spaparo@umass.edu) with any questions regarding registration. Click here to register!

Step 2: Upon registration, you will be emailed an invoice by MassACDA treasurer Chris Clark for $45.00 per student. Please submit 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.

Step 3: Each school is responsible for purchasing print copies for their students. Please make sure all students are adequately prepare. A group of students (at least one from each participating school) will be randomly selected at the beginning of the rehearsal day and tested on parts of the literature. Details on the testing policy can be found below.

Student Preparation Testing Guidelines


The leadership of MassACDA has decided to continue a testing procedure for students attending the 2019 Festival. 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, students will be selected at random for testing; at least one student from every school in attendance will be selected. The students will then be asked to sing portions of the previously prepared festival music for a panel of adjudicators. Students will heard in small groups; and no student will be asked to sing alone. 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 2019 year. If the school receives another warning at the 2020 festival, the school will be asked not to participate in the 2021 festival.