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Cantate! Choral Festival is a Success!

The first annual Cantate! Choral Festival was held on Saturday, February 23rd here at URG. Four area high school choirs attended, and everyone involved felt the festival was of great benefit.

February 28, 2013

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:

  1. Jackson High School's "Symphonic Choir"
  2. The Gallia Academy High School "Madrigals"
  3. Cabell Midland High School's "Collegium musicum," and
  4. 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.  


Clinic by Dr. Sarin Williams of "Select Sound"

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.


South Webster High School's "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!


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. 


URG's Grande Chorale performing at Cantate! 2013

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!  Information for next year's festival is available now at:  http://www.rio.edu/fine-arts/Cantate.cfm