On Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 the first annual Cantate! Choral Festival was held at the University of Rio Grande. The event was a great success!
Jackson High School's "Symphonic Choir"
Four area choirs participated:
- Jackson High School's "Symphonic Choir"
- The Gallia Academy High School "Madrigals"
- Cabell Midland High School's "Collegium musicum," and
- The South Webster High School "Select Sound."
Cabell Midland High School's"Collegium musicum"
Each participating chorus performed 2 – 3 choral selections for our panel of clinicians, featuring Dr. Sarin Williams, Director of Choral Activities at URG, Dr. David Lawrence, Associate Provost and former Director of Choral Activities, and Mrs. Valerie Tanner, Adjunct Professor of Voice.
Clinicians Dr. Sarin Williams, Dr. David Lawrence, & Mrs. Valerie Tanner
Each chorus received written comments from all three clinicians and an on-stage clinic by a single adjudicator. Directors also left with a DVD of their day's performance and clinic.
Clinic by Dr. Sarin Williams of "Select Sound"
Feedback from the event has been very positive, with students and directors alike feeling that musical growth occured as a result of the festival. We encourage you to consider you chorus's participation in next year's Cantate!
South Webster High School's "Select Sound"
Registration Forms will be sent to all area choral directors in December of 2013, but are available now via this webpage. These forms will be due by Tuesday, January 21st for participation on February 22nd, 2014. Completed Registration Forms can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to Dr. Sarin Williams. As we await the exciting second year of this event, please feel free to contact Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Sarin Williams, with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Gallia Academy High School's "Madrigals"
To entice you, remember that this festival was specifically designed for high school madrigal/chamber vocal ensembles as a preparatory event for solo and ensemble contest in the spring. No ratings or rankings will be given. We assure you that our clinicians will do their best to make this event a successful musical experience, set in a non-competitive and supportive environment.
University of Rio Grande musicians at the Registration Table
Please consider participating in this exciting event in the Southeast Ohio area. The University of Rio Grande is looking forward to hosting you and your chamber chorus for the second annual Cantate! 2014!
URG's Grande Chorale performing at Cantate! 2013