Music Festival 2018

Choir and Orchestra Music Festival 2018
FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 3, 2018

Dear Music Teachers, Principals, and Educational Superintendents:

We are pleased to invite you to apply to attend the Andrews University Music Festival 2018, February 28 – March 3. The four-day festival will celebrate the accomplishments of singers and string players in addition to expanding and challenging each musician’s artistic expression. The daily agenda will be comprised of inspirational ensemble rehearsals, interspersed with specialized clinics and master classes for all attendees. Please note some of the highpoints of the festival:

  • Show Case Concert - February 28, 7:00 p.m.  Presented by the AU  Department of Music Orchestral and String areas under the direction of  Claudio Gonzalez (Orchestra) and Carla Trynchuk (Strings), and the  Choral/Vocal areas under the direction Stephen Zork (University Singers)  and Charles Reid (Voice). Howard Performing Arts Center (HPAC)
  • Festival Master Classes - featuring student soloists auditioned from  within the festival choir and orchestra. (HPAC)
  • Andrews University Wind Symphony Vespers Concert - March 2,  7:00 p.m.  Under the direction of the newly appointed conductor and  Department of Music faculty, Byron Graves. (HPAC)
  • Worship, Unite, Proclaim – an inspirational gathering with prayer, and  testimony in word and music presented by and for festival delegates.  Sabbath morning March 3.
  • Festival Concert – the capstone event featuring the Festival  Orchestra and Festival Chorale. March 3, 4:00 p.m. (HPAC)

There is a $50.00 Music Festival Fee for each participant, payable at registration.  There is no registration fee for Music Teachers and Chaperones. The festival check-in/registration will be in the lobby of the Howard Performing Arts Center from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28. 

Festival Choir participants must purchase their own choral music octavos for the Honor Choir.  The choral repertoire list is included as an addendum in this letter along with audio links and links to suggested vendors of the printed music. Scanned copies of the music in PDF format is also attached for your perusal.  Templates of the nomination forms will be made available to you by email this week. As much as possible, you should plan to submit rosters with balanced voice parts (SATB) – giving priority to your best juniors and seniors. We will accept electronic submissions of your nominations for the Honor Choir through January 26 2018, Participant names submitted after January 26, 2018 will be considered by the festival management upon availability of space. Naturally, exceptions will be considered to accept Freshmen and Sophomores based on their merit, and depending on the needs of the festival choir. Priority will be given to schools submitting balanced voice-parts of 4 to 8 singers. Additional singers may be considered after the 26th of January if space permits.

Festival Orchestra participants should contact Professor Claudio Gonzalez directly for specific and comprehensive details.  Andrews University Department of Music will provide the music for the Festival Orchestra.
Please visit the Music Festival 2018 site at ( later this week for access to:

The festival schedules
The festival repertoire
The delegate audition forms and selection process
The delegate housing form(s)


Festival Management Personnel

Music Festival Orchestra Conductor & Clinician:  Professor Claudio Gonzalez, Conductor of the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra. Director of Graduate Orchestral Conducting Studies.

String Master Class Clinician:  Professor Carla Trynchuk, Director of Strings Studies and Coordinator of Chamber Music.
Music Festival Choir Conductor & Clinician:  Professor Stephen Zork, Conductor of the Andrews University Singers and Chorale. Director of Graduate Choral Conducting Studies.

Voice Master Class Clinician: Professor Charles Reid, Artist in Residence and Coordinator of Vocal Studies.