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» 2019 Choral Festivals

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Choristers performing onstage at Chapman UniversityFor over 50 years, Chapman University has hosted high school and college choirs from across Southern California, and the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music is excited to welcome you and your ensemble for our 2019 Choral Festivals!

  • Friday, February 8, 2019
    • Performances: 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    • Presented in the Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
  • Friday, February 22, 2019
    • Performances: 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
    • Presented in Musco Center for the Arts

Guest Clinicians

This year, we will be joined by three outstanding guest clinicians:

2019 Guest Clinicians
Headshot of Nancy Sulahian

Nancy Sulahian

Director of Choral Activities, CalTech; Music Director, First United Methodist Church of Glendale; Conductor, Disneyland Christmas Candlelight Procession and Ceremony

Headshot of John Alexander

John Alexander

Artistic Director Emeritus of Pacific Chorale and Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton

Headshot for Gregory Norton

Gregory Norton

Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena and recently concluded 25 seasons as Music Director of The Claremont Chorale

+ - Check-In and FAQs

Check-In

  • February 8: Please check-in at the Reception Desk on the patio outside Oliphant Hall, next to Memorial Hall (map).
  • February 22: Please check-in at the Reception Desk in Performers Court, next to Musco Center for the Arts (map).

You will be assigned a Chapman Student Host, a holding/dressing room for your choir (if needed), and given other pertinent information.  You will also deliver two copies of your musical scores for the adjudicators; proceed either to your holding room or to the stage for warm-up, "sound check" and piano placement; and, be shown where you will be seated during the performance(s).  Tickets for the pre-paid choristers' meals (and any chaperones) will be given out during the check-in time as well.

Risers/Equipment

Both venues (Chapman Auditorium on February 8th and Musco Center for the Arts on February 22nd) will be setup with eight 4-level Wenger riser sections (that is, five levels if you count the floor), a conductor's music stand, and a grand piano/bench.  Extra stands and chairs will be available as well.

Evening Meals

We are extremely proud of our Randall Dining Commons (on-campus dining hall), and this is the location where the high school choristers will have their evening meal.  The afternoon festival should end between 5:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. depending on performance date.  After the concert, all choristers will be ushered to the Dining Commons (a few minutes walk), returning to the venue in time for the evening session featuring college choirs and Chapman University.

A separate catered complimentary meal for the high school directors and the adjudicators will be held on-campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I select our warm-up and/or performance time(s) during the festival?
    • Warm-up times are scheduled in advance, in consultation with the ensemble director and Festival Director.
  • Are the afternoon/evening sessions open to the public?
    • Yes; both sessions are open to parents and friends.  If you are a chaperone, be sure to indicate the appropriate number of attendees during the registration process so you can sit with your choir.  All other seating is first come, first served.
  • Do I need a parking permit if I'm only staying for for my student's performance?
    • Yes; all visitors must display a valid, short-term parking permit during their stay on-campus.
  • Where can I park on-campus?  What is the nearest parking structure to the performance venue?
  • Can our choir eat dinner off-campus but still attend the evening session?
    • Yes; we strongly encourage the high schools to enjoy their evening meal in our Randall Dining Commons ($11.50/person) however it is possible to choose alternate dining near campus, if desired.  If your students plan on attending dinner in Randall, please pay for their dinners during the registration process.

+ - Schedule - February 8, 2019

Schedule for Friday, February 8, 2019

12:45 to 3:00 p.m.

Check-In - High Schools
Patio, Oliphant Hall (music building)

Warm-ups (times assigned in advance)
Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall

3:30 p.m. Afternoon HS Program
Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
5:45 p.m.

Dinner (on own or in Randall Dining Commons)

The evening meal for the high school students and chaperones will be held in our Randall Dining Commons. Tickets can be pre-purchased during the registration process.

5:45 to 7:00 p.m.

Check-In - Colleges
Patio, Oliphant Hall (music building)

Warm-ups (times assigned in advance)
Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall

7:30 p.m. Evening College Program
Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall

+ - Schedule - February 22, 2019

Schedule for Friday, February 22, 2019

1:15 to 3:30 p.m.

Check-In - High Schools
Performers Court, Musco Center for the Arts

Warm-ups (times assigned in advance)
Musco Center for the Arts

4:00 p.m. Afternoon HS Program
Musco Center for the Arts
6:15 p.m.

Dinner (on own or in Randall Dining Commons)

The evening meal for the high school students and chaperones will be held in our Randall Dining Commons. Tickets can be pre-purchased during the registration process.

6:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Check-In - Colleges
Performers Court, Musco Center for the Arts

Warm-ups (times assigned in advance)
Musco Center for the Arts

8:00 p.m. Evening College Program
Musco Center for the Arts

+ - Festival Maps and Parking Info

The 2019 Choral Festivals will be held on the Chapman University campus in Orange, CA.

Car Parking

There is no free parking on the Chapman campus. Visitors may only park in the Barrera Structure (corner of Sycamore and Lemon). All visitors must display a valid, short-term parking permit. Always check our campus website for the latest information.

Parking across the street from the University or in the nearby neighborhood is illegal and the city will ticket your car. You may park along the University perimeter on Palm or Center Streets, if available.

Bus Parking and Unloading

Unloading of busses can only occur where indicated on Glassell Street. Parking for busses is a short drive from campus: El Camino Park, corner of Walnut Avenue and Main Street.

Questions?

Dr. Stephen Coker
Director of Choral Activities
coker@chapman.edu

Katie Silberman
Department Assistant
silberma@chapman.edu
(714) 997-6871