Sight Reading Guidelines
Choral festival sight reading is designed to evaluate the ability of students to sing music that they are viewing for the first time. MSVMA recommends that students and directors select a sight reading method and practice it as part of class/ensemble rehearsals.
Levels and Voicing
Policy change for 2022-2023 School Year - All Choral Festival entries must sight read in their school category, i.e HS must read HS Sight Reading and JHMS must read JHMS Sight Reading. The voicing and level within the school category is the director’s choice and will have no bearing on literature choice.
Rules and Procedures
The performance should be sung using an effective reading system. Ensembles will read three exercises.
The key may be established by having the students sing scales or chord patterns. Students may sing random intervals or patterns such as 1-3-5-3-1, 1-4-6-4-1, etc. Directors only may sing with the choir during the warm-up to establish keyality. Directors may not illustrate by singing intervals directly referenced from the exercise.
When discussing the exercise, the director may point out potentially problematic intervals. They may not rehearse these with the choir.
Singers of the same voice part are permitted to discuss and sing with their neighbors during the prep time. This practice of “neighboring” is limited to 2 or 3 students. The “neighboring” groups may not join together and prepare as a section. In addition, students may practice the example up to 4 in a group with only 1 on a voice part.
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