Invitational Choral Festival


2022 EMU Invitational Choral Festival

November 22, 2022
  • 8:30 am-8:30 pm 
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES: November 15, 2022
  • Cost: $35.00 per singer (covers music, shirt, two meals & concert parking)
  • All featured choral ensembles will be joined by additional EMU Choral singers and individual high school ensembles and members from around the state to form the FESTIVAL CHOIR. The Festival Choir will sing 3-4 pieces together as a mass ensemble at the final concert. 
  • High School Teachers may bring full ensembles or select members from their program.  
  • Schedule of Events
Choral Festival
Stacey Gibbs-Featured Composer

Stacey V. Gibbs has many arrangements of spirituals in print. Highly acclaimed for his expertise in bringing new vitality and excitement to these beloved pieces, they have reached a wide range of choirs both internationally and in the U.S. where they have been featured in numerous festivals, celebrations, and competitions as well as at ACDA regional and National Conferences. Stacey resides in Detroit, Michigan.


Featured Ensembles and Literature
  • Clarkston Madrigals, Mike Peterson, conductor

Ezekiel Saw de Wheel, Moses Hogan

Underneath the Stars, Arr. Jim Clements

The Roof, Andrea Ramsey


  • EMU Choir, Brandon Johnson, conductor

Be Not Afraid, Knut Nystedt

Like as the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks, Herbert Howells

The Road Home, Stephen Paulus

Soon We Will Be Done, Kyle Peterson


  • Jackson Northwest HS Choir, Matthew Snell, conductor

Softly, William Todd

O Love, Elaine Hagenberg

Somewhere over the Rainbow


  • Plymouth Canton Choir Festival Singers, Jennifer Neumann, conductor

You Do Not Walk Alone, Elaine Hagenberg

Song of Miriam, Elaine Hagenberg

Good-Night,  Emery 

Unclouded Day, Shawn Kirchner


Links and Forms 
Festival Choir Music

No advanced preperations will be required. However, please listen to the below links as many times as possible to become familiar before you arrive.

The EMU Choral Festival experience will include
  • the opportunity to make music with high-level musicians from across the state
  • the opportunity to sing with the EMU Choir
  • the opportunity to participate in vocal masterclasses to learn more about healthy singing
  • the opportunity to perform a choral-orchestral work with the Honor Orchestra

Steps for singer involvement
  • If you are a full ensemble and want to attend as a member of the Festival Choir
  • If you are an individual and want to attend as a singer

A few logistical details
  • Once individual students are dropped off at EMU we will care for them all day.  While a parent or chaperon is welcome none is required after check-in. Teachers are not expected to be present all day.
  • The events will be held on November 22 from 8:30 am -8:30 pm
  • No advanced work on the literature is required. Simply show up ready to make music


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