A Cappella Festival

All high school and junior high/middle school contemporary and pop a cappella ensembles are welcome to attend!

This is a non-adjudicated festival event that features performances of genres such as jazz, barbershop, novelty, pop, contemporary a cappella, etc. We know that your students are doing beautiful work at Solo and Ensemble and Choral Festival, but here is a way to showcase the great work that your students are doing in these alternative genres!

Be the Audience! We strongly encourage groups to participate as audience members as well as performers for as much of the festival as possible! Parents, chaperones, etc. are also welcome in the audience, but as with all the other festivals, we ask that audience members enter only between performing groups.

Registration & Payment

Fees are $100.00 for each ensemble.

Payment can be made by school check or director’s personal check payable to MSVMA and must be postmarked by the deadline. Purchase orders are acceptable at the postmark deadline, but the State Office must receive payment one week prior to the festival.


P.O. Box 1131 

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Festival Information

Each ensemble will perform one to three pieces of music in a contemporary a cappella style (music is not to

exceed 12 minutes) and will work with a clinician who will provide expert advice from within the field of a cappella. For the groups that are able to sing more than one piece of music, we suggest one of the pieces be performed in a “classic” a cappella style (open to interpretation at this point). It is expected that participants will follow the spirit of copyright law.

Movement or choreography appropriate to the style of your selections is encouraged, but choreography is not required.

The Festival will be recorded for archival purposes and the director of each group will receive a copy of their

group’s performance.

Sound Equipment Provided

Festival organizers will provide the following for the use of ensembles:

  • wireless hand held microphones - tuned for vocal percussion - 1, bass - 1 and solos/harmony - 3
  • floor microphones or overhead area microphones
  • monitors
Microphone use is not required. Information for sound requests will be obtained when your group arrives to check in at Festival.

Typically, the Festival is scheduled in two hour blocks and ensembles are expected to attend the entire block to observe as audience members as well as performers. Please indicate your preference for afternoon (4 PM - 6 PM block) or evening (7 PM - 9 PM block) when registering. 

Megan Sinclair

Director of Specialized Festivals


May 2 - 3, 2024 
Skyline High School
2552 North Maple Road
Ann Arbor, MI 

Lyn Ciechanski

Registration Opens:

March 15, 2024

Application Deadline:

April 15, 2024

Registration Form 2024 - COMING SOON



Michigan School Vocal Music Association

P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

(231) 592 - 9344

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