VikeSing Men's Choral Festival
The VikeSing Men's Choral Festival on Thursday, Oct. 19, is open to male students in grades 9-12 who are currently members of one of their school choirs.
Under the direction of Dr. Paul Nesheim, conductor of The Augustana Choir, Dr. Russell Svenningsen, conductor of the University Chorale, and Dr. Lisa Grevlos, conductor of our women's choir, Angelus, VikeSing participants will join other males singers in a special all-day musical event to affirm the participation of young men in the vocal arts.
Attendees will interact with, learn from, and share musical experiences with other singers to build morale, excitement and participation of male singers in area high school choruses. This is an opportunity for students at all levels to share their accomplishments, concerns and skills with each other.
Our special Guest Conductor for the festival will be Jeffrey Douma of the Yale Glee Club. Since the fall of 2003, Jeffrey Douma has served as the director of the Yale Glee Club, hailed under his direction by The New York Times as "one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous." He also serves as a professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music, where he teaches in the graduate choral program, as founding director of the Yale Choral Artists, and as artistic director of the Yale International Choral Festival.
Festival participants will rehearse together all day Thursday, Oct. 19, in a massed choir that will focus on vocal technique, ensemble awareness, and musical expression, all in preparation for the choir’s performance at our grand finale concert that evening at the Washington Pavilion. Also appearing in the closing concert will be The Augustana Choir, the University Chorale and our women's choir, Angelus.
If they are not already in your library, please order copies of the following three pieces from your favorite music dealer for the students who will be attending the festival. Prepare your students on this music as best you can, and then bring the copies along to the festival:
Bonse Aba. Traditional Zambian Song, arr. Andrew Fischer, TTBB, Alliance Music Publications, AMP0750.
Not While I'm Around. Stephen Sondheim, arr. Robert Page, TTBB, Hinshaw Music, 08763994
Woke Up This Morning. Traditional freedom song, arr. Jeffrey Douma, SATB div., G. Schirmer, 50600533
All choirs will combine to sing Woke Up This Morning at the close of the festival concert. The piece is also available as an Eprint on the JW Pepper website.
The cost to participate in the VikeSing Festival is $20 per student, which includes registration, t-shirt and lunch on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Ordal Dining Room at Augustana. There is no charge for participating directors/conductors.
For directors and for students choosing to stay in a hotel, view the hotels offering discounts to those who are visiting Augustana.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the VikeSing Men's Choral Festival at Augustana University!
Dr. Paul Nesheim
Conductor of The Augustana Choir