2020 National Festival for Children’s and Youth Choirs

Choirs of America

2020 National Festival
for Children’s & Youth Choirs
June 26-27, 2020

Doreen Rao
Master Conductor

Andrea Ramsey
Featured Conductor & Composer-in-Residence


The 2020 National Festival for Children’s & Youth Choirs combines high magnitude music education experiences with world-class faculty… capped off with an amazing massed / individual choir event in Carnegie Hall.

    Festival Inclusions (pre-trip):

  • Placement into one of two types of massed choirs (Treble for choirs with unchanged voices, or SATB for choirs with mixed voices) for the concert in Carnegie Hall
  • Festival chorus development and preparation assistance
  • Rehearsal notes from COA’s Artistic Director, Christopher Scott Olin, relating to massed choir repertoire assigned by the Master Conductor, festival logistics, adjudication details, etc.
  • Detailed festival schedule provided to each participating choir
  • Concert advertising and audience development
  • Concert listing with ensemble names in official Carnegie Hall performance calendar and website
  • Concert poster with ensemble name listed
  • Festival Inclusions (June 26, 2020):

  • COA student ambassador to act as choir’s guide for the day
  • Adjudicated performance in LeFrak Concert Hall (Queens College)
  • 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 Adjudicator / Clinicians
  • Adjudicator / Clinicians: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Jeffery Redding, TBA
  • Scheduled observational opportunity to watch another choir perform
  • xChange workshop (sing for other choirs from across the country… and vice-versa)
  • Broadway 101 workshop
  • Festival Inclusions (June 27, 2020):

  • Master Conductor: Doreen Rao
  • Featured Conductor & Composer-in-Residence: Andrea Ramsey
  • One massed choir rehearsal for each massed choir led by Doreen Rao and Andrea Ramsey
  • Massed choir rehearsal venue in NYC
  • Professional collaborative pianist, and supporting instrumentalist (per repertoire), for rehearsal and concert
  • Cue-to-cue walk-through, soundcheck, and finale rehearsal in Carnegie Hall
  • Professional production team dedicated to the performance (stage crew, house management, ushers, box office personnel, etc.)
  • Official PlayBill concert program with group bio and singer names
  • Official concert photographer
  • Dedicated house seats to experience other concert parts
  • Massed and individual choir concert performance in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium
  • Spotlight, individual choir performance opportunity during concert in Carnegie Hall (automatic for choirs bringing 45 or more singers)
  • All choir world-premiere finale performance of newly commissioned piece from COA’s Composer-in-Residence: Andrea Ramsey
  • Festival Inclusions (post-trip):

  • One archival concert DVD recording of Carnegie Hall concert
  • 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: $249.00 per person
♬ Directors and Chaperones (up to 1 per 10): Free

Optional Festival Add-Ons:

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

Program Summary

Friday, June 26, 2020

Today, “Primary Ensembles” from each participating choral program will benefit from an adjudicated performance of their own repertoire, followed by an engaging, one-hour clinic for the entire choral program with one of COA’s Adjudicator Clinicians (Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Jeffery Redding, TBA). Everyone will also enjoy a scheduled observational opportunity (watching another choir perform), along with engaging workshops for ALL participants. Scheduled workshops include:
  • xChange – A Meeting of Voices (during which choirs from across the country interact with and sing for each other)
  • Broadway 101 workshop (join our Broadway faculty for an engaging, energetic look at the world of musical theater)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The National Children’s & Youth Choir Festival Master Conductor, Doreen Rao, and Featured Conductor, Andrea Ramsey, take over today for fun and educational massed choir rehearsals.

Following rehearsals, all participating choirs will perform during an awe inspiring prism concert in world-famous Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. During the concert, choral programs bringing 45 or more singers will have the opportunity for a “spotlight performance” on their own… and ALL participants will perform as one of three massed choirs. The concert wraps with an amazing all-choir world premiere finale written by Andrea Ramsey especially for this event. It will be spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime experience!