Workshops: Workshop invitations will go out in May, 2018. Contact us if you wish to be considered.
The following information is from our amazing 2017 festival. Details for 2018 will be similar:
To accommodate the growth of this event, we are offering separate workshop tracks and will have multiple showcase and capstone concerts. The final concert line up can be found on the tickets page. Each high school choir will have a master class. All choirs will participate in the mass choir performance.
High school choirs will participate in a Cappella workshops supported by the collegiate and post-collegiate choruses and other professionals. Building off the multi-cultural theme of Women of the World, some of our workshops this year will be offered by experts in traditional music styles from around the world. This will include workshops in vocal stylings of traditional music from the Balkans (with members of the Mila Vocal Ensemble), Korea (with ethnomusicologist Soojin Lee), Africa (with ethnomusicologist Katie Van Buren), and America (with Gospel singers, Armor of God). Also new this year will be a live looping workshop offered by American Idol contestant, Reed Grimm. Students will also get the opportunity to work with singers from Great Northern Union, 7Days A Cappella and Maverick Vocal Precision. Each high school ensemble will have a 45-minute performance coaching session with one of our fantastic performance coaches.
As always, the high school workshop is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural fund and in part through funding from the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust. The appearance of Great Northern Union is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Sponsors for 2017 included: IBM,Kohl's, Mayo Clinic Community Fund, Microtel,Minnesota Public Radio, People's Co-op Operation Roundup, and the Rochester Music Guild. For the complete list of donors, see the Sponsors page.