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National Choral Festival

Grace Cathedral San Franscisco

March 16, 2020

Feature your choir on stage at beautiful Grace Cathedral located in the City by the Bay. Trust our attention to detail. Our expertise in event planning, production, and music education leaves you free to focus on your singers and their performance.

  • Costs & Electives

    You choose your desired festival content from the following performance options and itinerary electives.

    Costs are listed per person for each itinerary elective.

    • $7520 minutes for your choir alone on stage at Grace Cathedral adjudicated by members of our award-winning guest faculty (requires a minimum of 40 singers)
    • $30one-hour private ensemble clinic for your choir with one of our guest faculty*
    • $20festival chorus rehearsal and performance on stage conducted by our composer-in-residence, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, presenting his new piece written for CODA*
    • $5020 minutes of stage time at Grace Cathedral for ensembles less than 40 that combine with other smaller choirs to form a CODA Chorus for rehearsal and performance conducted by one of our guest faculty
    • $15festival chorus rehearsal and performance on stage conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Benson presenting a concert closer
    • $3520-minute private vocal coaching for individual singers with one singer chosen to perform on stage at Grace Cathedral during festival
    • $25one-hour lecture discussion with composer-in-residence, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, for students and teachers*
    • $3590-minute conducting masterclass with Dr. Jeffrey Benson for students and teachers*
    • CEUs10 hours of continued education credit for participants that attend starred items and the festival performance

    Residency Packages: travel, housing, sight-seeing and meal options available on request

    Included in All Festivals

    • STAFF: Professional production team, performance and venue management: stage crew, house management, ushers, box office, and official program including all ensemble participants
    • EXPERIENCE: Performance at Grace Cathedral covered by official photographer, all participants hear the performance of other choirs from across the United States in assigned house seats
    • INDIVIDUALIZED BILLING: Each participant pays us directly through our online portal. No more stress for directors having to collect money from their students
    • PREPARATION: Festival chorus development, preparation assistance through part learning recording, rehearsal space, professional collaborative pianist
    • DIRECTORS & CHAPERONES: No fee (up to 1 per 10)
    • POST-CONCERT: One archival audio recording of your performance, identification and souvenir lanyard for each participant, commemorative plaque for each ensemble, and photographs available for purchase

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    Schedule

    Sunday, March 15, 2020
    Private Clinics, Coaching Sessions, and Masterclasses

    • One-hour private clinic for your choir with award winning guest faculty
    • Two-hour rehearsal of those students electing participation in a CODA Chorus (combined ensembles who are less than 40 participants) with one of our guest faculty
    • Individual singers may elect a 20-minute coaching session with one of our guest faculty or a professional singer; coaches will select one singer to perform as a finalist on stage at Grace Cathedral on March 16
    • One-hour lecture discussion with composer-in-residence, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, for students and teachers
    • 90-minute conducting masterclass with Dr. Jeffrey Benson for students and teachers

    Monday, March 16, 2020
    Performance Day!

    • Elected one-hour morning festival chorus rehearsal on stage at Grace Cathedral with Dr. Z. Randall Stroope preparing the new piece written by him for CODA
    • Elected one-hour morning festival chorus rehearsal of an established concert-closing piece with Dr. Jeffrey Benson on stage at Grace Cathedral
    • Festival performance at Grace Cathedral to begin in the afternoon
    • Performance of the new piece written by Dr. Z. Randall Stroope on stage at Grace Cathedral by those singers who elected participation in the premiere festival chorus
    • 20-minute individual ensemble performances of choirs with a minimum of 40 singers, adjudicated by members of our award-winning faculty
    • 20-minute performance by CODA Chorus (combined ensembles who are less than 40 participants) conducted by one of our guest faculty
    • Solo performance by finalist chosen by vocal coaches
    • Performance of an established concert-closer on stage at Grace Cathedral by those singers who elected participation in a festival chorus conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Benson
    • All singers will be seated in the audience to hear the performance of other choirs from across the United States