the premiere ensemble festival for everything vocal!
Welcome to Alberta's newest festival for vocal ensembles! The Alberta Vocal Festival has been developed for groups focusing on the performance of music outside the traditional choral repertoire. Vocal jazz ensembles, barbershop choruses, a cappella groups, show choirs, and any ensembles that identify as non-traditional choral groups are invited to participate! The festival is non-competitive, but a series of awards based on a range of criteria will be presented.
THIS IS NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL!
The Alberta Vocal Festival is an all-day experience. Here's what to expect:
An hour long clinic tailored to your group with one of our awesome facilitators
Additional workshops such as 'Build Your Own Arrangement', 'Working Beyond the Notes — Performance Tips and Tricks', 'Improvisation for Every Ensemble', and more!
A lunchtime concert featuring special guests and performances from the 'Build Your Own Arrangement' workshop
Large group singing experiences including a group warm up; other offerings may include 'The Art of Barbershop Singing' and 'Circle Singing'
Evening Spotlight Concerts where each group will perform two pieces and a large group piece learned in the afternoon workshop
Facilitator feature — singers and audiences will be inspired by performances by our awesome facilitators
Performances will be live streamed to reach a broader audience
The registration fee for this day-long experience is $500 per group.
Our facilitators are recognized as leaders in the field and bring a vast knowledge of contemporary vocal performance and teaching experience to the festival. View their bios
The Alberta Vocal festival is a proud partnership between Choir Alberta, CADME (Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education), and Western Hospitality Singers. A membership is in Choir Alberta or CADME is required to participate.