2020 American Choral Festival San Francisco

American Choral Festival
Friday, March 27, 2020
San Francisco, California

Brandon Boyd, Composer-in-Residence


Produced by Choirs of America, the American Choral Festival series represents an evolution in choral festival programming and education. We truly hope you and your choir will consider joining us for this event

    Festival Inclusions (pre-festival):

  • Early access to newly commissioned music written by COA’s Composer-in-Residence especially for our 2020 programs
  • Rehearsal notes from COA’s Composer-in-Residence, Brandon Boyd, and Artistic Director, Christopher Scott Olin, relating to massed choir repertoire for the recording session (new piece), festival logistics, adjudication details, etc.
  • Detailed festival schedule provided to each participating choir
  • Festival Inclusions (March 27, 2020):

  • Adjudicated performance
  • On-stage performance review (pre-clinic) – time permitting
  • Written comments and ratings from all three adjudicators per COA’s criterion-referenced rubric
  • Detailed, one-hour clinic with one of COA’s world-class adjudicator/clinicians
  • Scheduled observational opportunity to watch another choir perform
  • xChange workshop (sing for other choirs from across the country… and vice-versa)
  • Pen To Podium workshop: Journey from pen to podium with renowned composer, Brandon Boyd. Engage your singers in the creative process and industry of composition from start to finish with a newly commissioned work for choir!
  • Professional collaborative pianist, and supporting instrumentalist (per repertoire), for rehearsal and recording session
  • Festival Inclusions (post-festival):

  • Professional audio recording of adjudicated performance
  • Commemorative plaque for each ensemble with Director’s name and the name of the ensemble
  • Optional Festival Add-Ons (additional cost):

  • Commemorative event t-shirt and/or sweatshirt with ensemble name from Choral Gear (www.choralgear.com)
  • Concert photos (available post-concert for purchase online)

Festival Rate:

♬ Performer Rate: $95.00 per person
♬ Directors and Chaperones: Free

Optional Festival Add-Ons:

♬ Event t-shirt with ensemble name: $26.00 each
♬ Event sweatshirt with ensemble name: $45.00 each

**”Pen To Podium” is a COA original program that gives your choir the opportunity to work with a known composer. During the event, participating choirs will sing for each other, talk about the creative process, and discuss the lyrics / poetry integral to the song, the music and everything else that went into the composition(s) to be performed. Then, in massed choir format, the participating choirs will rehearse the piece, followed by a massed choir recording session led by Brandon Boyd.