Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival Calendar

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2015

  1. Early September – Email and mail 2015 workshop information.
    Schools should respond promptly via the online registration form to register.
  2. Friday, Sept. 25 – Fall workshop
    Committee will meet at 9 a.m.
    Directors should bring their "best octet" with them (maximum of eight students).
    Association membership fee of $40 must be paid at the workshop.
  3. Before Oct. 15 – Email summary of fall workshop meeting.

2016

  1. Before Jan. 11 – Email honors choir audition information to the schools.
    Schools should respond promptly via the online registration form to reserve an audition spot.
  2. By Jan. 22 – Email honors choir audition times to each school.
    Message will include travel and parking instructions.
  3. Monday, Jan. 25 – Honors choir audition help session (Coloma *pending*)
    Wednesday, Jan. 27 – Honors choir audition help session (Kalamazoo Central *pending*)
  4. Monday, Feb. 1 – Honors choir auditions in Dalton Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
    Committee will meet following the auditions.
  5. Monday, Feb. 1 – Email 2016 festival registration information to all directors who attended the fall workshop.
  6. Wednesday, Feb. 3 – Honors choir audition results will be emailed to directors and mailed to each student who auditioned (along with additional honors choir details).
  7. Friday, Feb. 26 – Deadline for submitting online festival registration to WMU.
    Note: The festival is not obligated to accept registrations received after Friday, Feb. 26.
    Per capita fee of $5 per Festival Chorus student or $8 per Honors Choir student should be mailed as soon as possible after registering, but do not delay submitting the form; your business office can mail the check later.
  8. Tuesday, March 8 – Seating tickets will be sent by first class mail.
  9. Honors choir rehearsals
    Monday, March 14 – 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Dalton Center Choral Rehearsal Room 1116
    Monday, March 21 – 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Dalton Center Choral Rehearsal Room 1116
    Wednesday, March 23 – 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Dalton Center Choral Rehearsal Room 1116
    Wednesday, March 23 – 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Miller Auditorium
    Thursday, March 24
    – 4 to 5 p.m. in Miller Auditorium (Festival Day).
  10. Thursday, March 24 – Festival day
      9:15    Suggested chorus arrival time
      9:45    Latest possible chorus arrival time
    10:00    Announcements and introductions
    10:15    Morning rehearsal begins
    12:30    Morning rehearsal concludes
    12:45    Conductors Buffet Lunch and Annual Meeting
      2:30    Afternoon rehearsal begins
      4:00    Afternoon rehearsal concludes
      4:00    Honors Choir run-through begins
      5:00    Latest conclusion of Honors Choir run-through
      6:45    Chorus reports to seating area
      7:00    Concert begins
  11. Friday, April 1 (no fooling!) – Deadline for mailing your CD recording order.
  12. Friday, May 6 – Do everything possible to mail CDs to schools by this date.
  13. Before June 1 – Do everything possible to mail 2017 music list by this date.