UMD Honor Choir Festivals

Click below to learn more about our choral festivals!


Date: Monday, October 23, 2023 

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm (8:00am registration), with a 4:00pm concert

This festival provides your dedicated high school singers (grades 9-12) with a day of choral singing, focusing on experiencing great repertoire and developing vocal artistry and technique. This festival is designed for students who have a passion for choir, or who are considering a music major in college.

This event is auditioned. Participants in the festival are nominated by their directors and will submit a short recording of excerpts from our festival literature prior to the event as their audition. Directors are invited to nominate quartets of singers (8 singers maximum). If you do not have a balanced quartet, please go ahead and nominate deserving students and we will notify you of their acceptance. Students nominated will be required to successfully complete their recordings for final acceptance.

This festival is intentionally select. Singers who would benefit from a non-auditioned experience are invited to attend our January festival!

Optional opportunity for your singers! Soloists are invited to prepare a solo for a voice lesson with our faculty, and two students will be selected for the opportunity to be featured on our concert as a VOCAL HONORS OUTSTANDING SINGER. Seniors may audition for our voice faculty for consideration for acceptance as a music major and scholarship recipient.

Fees: $25 per student (cost includes a festival t-shirt, access to part recordings, and a recording of the concert). A student pizza buffet is available for an additional cost. Participating directors receive a free luncheon at no charge. Parents may attend the festival concert at no charge.


Festival Clinicians: Dr. Ryan Deignan (bio) and Mr. Chris Fettig (bio)


Complimentary materials for teaching this repertoire (watermarked scores and part recordings) may be found here: Vocal Honors Materials

All singers are asked to bring their own scores. UMD will not provide scores or copies the day of the event.  

BULLDOG CHORAL FESTIVAL (January: choirs for SA and TB voices, grades 7-12)

This year's Bulldog Choral Festival will occur on Monday, January 29, 2024

8:30am-3:30pm (8:00am registration), with a 4:00pm concert

Check back soon for details!

For more information, please email Bulldog Festival Coordinator Chris Fettig,

UMD Festival Directors

Dr. Ryan Deignan

UMD Director of Choral Activities

Honors Festival Coordinator

Mr. Chris Fettig

UMD Associate Director of Choral Activities

Bulldog Festival Coordinator

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