High School and JH/MS State Choral Festival

State Choral Festival is an educational opportunity designed to encourage your students to develop their performance. You and your students will have the opportunity to hear some of the most advanced and accomplished choirs in Michigan. The adjudication team will provide assessment by nationally recognized master choral clinicians who are selected for their outstanding and engaging work with choirs. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Qualifying performance of Division I - Excellent at District Festival
  • For the 2022-23 festival season, choirs must be at least 6 students

    For the 2023-24 festival season, choirs must be at least 12 students

    For the 2024-25 festival season and beyond, choirs must be at least 17 students 

  • It is expected that the choir will consist of the same members who performed at District Choir Festival.  

Registration and Payment

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Registration Instructions

Fees are $195 per choir.  Fees for the UP are $100. Fees are non-refundable.

Deadline for registration and payment is March 27, 2023.

Payment can be made by:

  • School, booster, or director’s personal check payable to MSVMA

  • Credit card on the scheduling website or by calling 231.592.9344

  • Purchase order submitted by the postmark deadline

Your events will not be scheduled unless your signed invoice with payment or PO postmarked by the deadline is received. If the PO payment has not been received by the first day of the festival, your events will not perform. 

Fees are non-refundable. Returned checks are subject to a $15 fee. Late registration will be available for seven days after the deadline and will require an additional $50 per event fee that must be paid by credit card.

Invoices and checks for fees payable to MSVMA should be mailed to:


P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI  49307

For registration questions, contact State Events Scheduling Coordinator Julia Holt or Director of State Events Kathy Cunningham.


  • For HS events, each choir must perform three selections. District Choral Festival literature requirements apply.
  • For JH/MS events, each choir must perform two selections and may opt to perform three.
  • For HS events only, one selection must be unaccompanied, but may include non-pitched percussion or body percussion.
  • Popular show tunes, vocal jazz, barbershop, minstrel songs or novelty selections are not to be used. 
  • Choreography is not allowed. However, artful staging and appropriate choral movement that reflect performance practice of the genre is allowed.

Festival Performance of Original Arrangements

  • All copyright laws will apply.  This includes use of copyrighted texts.
  • In order to perform an arrangement of a copyrighted piece, you must have written permission that includes all pertinent information.
  • Adjudicators are required to provide written comment regarding the quality of literature using the rubric.
  • All other MSVMA Festival literature requirements apply.


  • There is no Sight Reading at State Choral Festival.
  • State Festival participation includes three components: warm-up, performance and clinic.
  • Each component is allocated 15 minutes which includes the time needed to enter and exit the warm-up room, stage or clinic room. Choirs that exceed this time in any of the components may be stopped. 
  • Every attempt will be made to honor performance date and time requests. Schools sending multiple groups cannot be assured of having them scheduled on the same day. 
  • Choirs may be scheduled to sing from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Accompanists must have original copies of selections.
  • Choirs must provide one original score of the selections with measures numbered for each of the four adjudicators. Failure to do so will result in a No Final Determination rating.
  • Any changes in the literature must be submitted through the online scheduler seven days prior to the first day of the Festival. Changes in repertoire after this date will result in a No Final Determination rating.

Final Determination

Final Determination will be assessed by totaling the final scores from the performance adjudicators. 

 Division I  Excellent 90 - 72
 Division II  Good 54 - 71
 Division III  Fair 53 - 36
 Division IV  Developing 35 - 18

Director of State Events
Kathy Cunningham

Supervisor of State Choral Festivals
Brian Leduc



May 8-9, 2023

Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 & 9 
District 7 Montcalm County schools

Amy Schroeder

Festival Coordinator 


Amon Eady

Central Michigan University

April 24-26, 2023

Districts 4 & 16

Brian Leduc

Festival Coordinator


Catherine Lykins

Rochester High School 
1361 Walton Blvd

Rochester Hills, MI 48309

May 3-5, 2023

Districts 8, 11, 12, & 15 and schools
Berry and Ionia County schools (Districts 7 & 10)

Brendan Closz

Festival Coordinator


Clayton Parr


Albion College

April 14, 2023

Districts 13 & 14

Sheila Grazulis

Festival Coordinator 


Kristen Mowafy

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
201 East Ridge Street
Marquette, MI  49855


May 5, 8, 9, 2023

Districts 6, 7 & 10

Pam Pierson

Festival Coordinator


Eric Reyes


Hope College Music Department

Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts

221 Columbia Avenue

Holland, MI 49423


Michigan School Vocal Music Association

P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

(231) 592 - 9344


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