ABOUT THE SIMPSON COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL INVITATIONAL
Music at Simpson’s High School Choral Invitational is a full day of musical enrichment created to help you attain the highest level of artistry and focus with your choir. The Invitational provides a supportive forum for 6 invited high school choirs to share choral music with one another and receive feedback from three expert choral clinicians. Choirs are asked to bring three prepared pieces from their current repertoire. Throughout the day, the clinicians will provide advice for improving the performance of the prepared pieces as well as overarching choral concepts. They also observe the other choirs in a workshop environment in order to observe and reflect on these changes as they occur. The choir directors will choose a piece to perform at the opening “get to know you” mini-concert. During each clinic session, the clinician will work on one, two or all three pieces at his discretion. All three pieces will receive clinic time during the day. The clinicians, in collaboration with the conductor, will choose one piece for the closing session that best demonstrates the ensemble’s development throughout the day.
Who’s Eligible to Attend: Attendance is by invitation only. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Tim McMillin, Director of Choral Activities at Simpson College.
Cost: There is no cost or registration fee for this event.
Where: Registration is at the Amy Robertson Music Center on the Simpson College Campus, Indianola, IA. All choirs will sing in the College’s Lekberg Hall, Great Hall, and Smith Memorial Chapel during the day.
Time: The Invitational is from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Attire: Choir participants should wear comfortable attire during the day. Formal concert attire is NOT necessary.
Note about memorization: In order for the day to be most useful, choirs should arrive with music as close to “performance ready” and memorized as possible. However, it is absolutely appropriate for singers to bring music along for the clinic sessions if you feel your choir will respond better to instruction and suggestion with the score in front of them.
Tim McMillin, DMA
Director of Choral Activities, Simpson College
Phil Moody, DMA
Artistic Director and Founder, CORO
Music Director Emeritus, Chanticleer
2017 Choral Invitational Schedule
Monday, April 24, 2017
9:00 a.m. Choirs check in, Amy Robertson Music Center, Simpson College
9:30 a.m. Introductions, Voice Building, and Opening Mass Choral Session and mini-concert
10:45 a.m. Break and travel to first clinic location
11:00 a.m.-noon Choral Clinic Session #1
12:00-1:00 p.m. Break for Lunch
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Choral Clinic Session #2
2:10-3:10 p.m. Choral Clinic Session #3
3:20-4:00 p.m. Final Mass Choral Session and mini-concert
For further questions, please contact Crystal Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-808-1432