2018 Jazz Madrigal Festival

The annual Northern Arizona University Vocal Jazz Madrigal Festival, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the Southwestern United States, features special guest clinicians and over 140 high school ensembles from Arizona and nearby states. The two-day festival includes a host concert in which choirs from NAU and professional groups of national and international stature appear.

This event will be held on the NAU campus in Flagstaff from Thursday, February 8th through Saturday, February 10th, 2018. Ensembles of all ability levels are invited to participate.

We are pleased to announce the following Madrigal clinicians: Dr. Lynne Gackle (Baylor University), Dr. Cristian Grases (University of Southern California), and Lori Marie Rios (College of the Canyons).

Vocal Jazz clinicians will be Dr. Tim Brent (Rider University) and Sara Gazarek (University of Southern California). Composer/Conductor Michael Englehardt will serve as a Madrigal clinician on Friday and a Vocal Jazz Clinician on Saturday.

COST - $200.00 for each jazz or madrigal ensemble. Initially, we will accept only TWO ensembles per director. Registration begins 7:00 a.m., Monday, October 23, 2017 and runs until 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2017. NOTE: registration accepted by EMAIL ONLY (no faxes.)
Information packets will be sent out the third week of September.

Additional ensembles will be accepted only after all applicants have been given the opportunity to schedule an ensemble. Available slots will be assigned to additional ensembles after the October 23-27 registration period. Entry fee is due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 8, 2017. If the entry fee is not received by this date, reserved times will be given to the first school on the waiting list and your school will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list. Please note that this will be strictly enforced this year due to the high demand for festival slots.

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This year's guest ensemble is m-pact. Imagine the smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band. Hailed "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto- tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles- based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice. [learn more]

NEW FOR 2018: m-pact and The Shrine of the Ages choir will present two host concerts on Thursday, February 8th and Friday, February 9th.

Festival Resources

  • Jazz Madrigal Festival Schedule  (coming soon)