Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

American College Choral Festival on Feb 25-26 to Include Students, Sessions, and Lots of Singing

2002. 02. 08.

CALDWELL, ID- The Fourth Annual High School Invitational Choral Festival will bring together six high school choirs, a professional ensemble and three guest clinicians for two days of singing at Albertson College of Idaho on Feb. 25-26. The festival will run both days, with a gala concert featuring all festival participants at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Jewett Auditorium.

Three hundred and fifty high school choir students from Borah High School, Soda Springs High School, Emmett High School, Centennial High School and Hillcrest (Idaho Falls) High School will perform in the concert and participate in the clinics and masterclasses. The Tuesday night concert will feature a combined performance of Gabriel Faur 's "Requiem." The festival is a non-competitive event that stresses learning and the sharing of ideas and talents.

Cantus, a professional male vocal ensemble that will perform a Caldwell Fine Arts concert at Jewett Auditorium the evening of Feb. 25, will hold special clinics with the high school choirs from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 26.

The public is welcome to attend all rehearsals and clinician sessions free of charge. Tickets for the Tuesday night concert will be available at the door and cost $5 for adults. Students, senior citizens and children will be admitted free.

Guest clinicians for the festival will be Emily Truckenbroad and Dirk Garner, both from the music department at Southeastern Louisiana State University, and John Muriello from the University of Iowa music department.

The festival director and combined choir conductor is David Belles, Albertson College associate professor of music and director of choral activities.

For more information, contact Belles at (208) 459-5607, or Lori Tollman, administrative assistant, at (208) 459-5275.