Festival Code of Ethics
Each festival participant and director is expected to conform to rules of good conduct, i.e., observance of care of property, behavior patterns, and adherence to all rules. Directors will show courtesy to all festival workers and ensure that proper adult supervision is present for their students at all events. Appropriate audience behavior and exhibiting undivided attention are to expected in all auditoriums and performance rooms. Students should show respect for other performers and give them the attention they would want themselves as performers.
Participation in all festivals is open to all schools holding a current membership. All student participants must be members in good standing in their school‘s vocal music program and their directors must be current MSVMA members. It is necessary to assess schools an additional fee for these events. These fees must be paid prior to or upon application for participation in any event.
Each year the MSVMA sponsors festival events for choirs, large and small ensembles, and soloists. Students have an opportunity to sing for adjudicators and to hear other groups perform. The festivals are designed to be non-competitive. Directors have the option of having their students sing for a rating or for written comments only. The "comments only" option provides students and directors with an opportunity to participate in adjudicated events for no rating. Directors are encouraged to consider this format and should indicate "CO" in the rating box on the submitted adjudication forms.
Each of the events described in the following pages has been designed to support educationally sound objectives. These festivals have been very popular with students and directors. The wide range and variety of experiences should provide something for every taste and ability.
Michigan School Vocal Music Association
P.O. Box 1131
Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131
(231) 592 - 9344
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