2021 Jazz Madrigal Festival – Going Virtual!
The annual Northern Arizona University Jazz Madrigal Festival, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the United States, features special guest clinicians and over 140 high school ensembles from Arizona and nearby states. The two and a half day virtual festival includes clinics, masterclasses, and a host concert featuring the NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir and High Altitude Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
This event will be held virtually from Thursday, February 11 through Saturday, February13, 2019. Ensembles of all ability levels are invited to participate in this non-competitive, educational festival.
REGISTRATION TYPES & COST
Because of the unprecedented times we are currently in and the unique challenges facing each choir director, we will be offering three different types of registration this year: Non-Performer, Performer (without plaque), and Performer (with plaque).
Non-Performer Registration ($100.00) will allow you and your students to watch other groups perform, attend the lunch-time masterclasses and workshops presented by our clinicians, and watch the NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir and High Altitude Vocal Jazz Ensembles perform.
Performer Registration (without plaque, $150.00). In addition to all of the items listed above, schools that choose this option will also submit an audio or video recording of up to fifteen (15) minutes in length and receive thirty minutes of audio recorded comments from two clinicians and a fifteen minute live clinic (via Zoom) with a third clinician.
Performer Registration (with plaque, $200.00). In addition to all of the items listed above, schools that choose this option will have a 2021 Jazz Madrigal Plaque mailed to you.
Initially, we will accept only TWO ensembles per director. 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 November 23 – November 25th registration period. Entry fee is due by Friday, December 18, 2020. If the entry fee is not received by December 18, 2020 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.
FESTIVAL SUBMISSION FORMAT & DEADLINE
Performing ensembles should submit an audio or video file for the festival, not to exceed 15 minutes in length. (Video is preferred). For some schools, this may mean submitting three memorized song and for some schools it may mean just one song with the students using music, which is OKAY. We want to help you and your ensemble no matter where you are on the musical journey. Your audio or video files, plus pdf copies of your music will need to be submitted by Monday, February 8th at noon.
FESTIVAL “SITES”, FLIGHTS, & CLINICIANS
Festival submissions will be organized into flights of three based on the modality of their teaching (full in person, hybrid, and online) and the videos will be played back-to-back-to-back. Here is an example of one flight:
|8:00 AM||South Flagstaff HS||Clinician – Dr. Singmaster|
|8:15 AM||West Flagstaff HS||Clinician – Dr. Vocalese|
|8:30 AM||North Flagstaff HS||Clinician – Dr. Diction|
During your “performance”, two clinicians will provide audio commentary and the third clinician will take notes and have a live clinic (via Zoom) with you during the “clinic” time. So, in the example above, South Flagstaff HS would get audio comments from Dr. Vocalese and Dr. Diction but have an actual clinic with Dr. Singmaster. You and your students will need to stay for the entire flight (each one lasting an hour) so that you can support the other schools in your flight.
Because the festival is virtual, we are able to bring in many of the best clinicians from around the country. Some MADRIGAL CLINICIANS that have already agreed to participate in the festival include: Jeffrey Ames (Belmont), Andrew Crane (BYU), Cari Earnhart (CSU Fresno) Josh Habermann (Santa Fe Desert Chorale), Jessica Napoles (North Texas), Joshua Palkki and Jonathan Talberg (CSU Long Beach) and Steve Zielke (Oregon State). JAZZ CLINICIANS so far include: Jennifer Barnes, Julia Dollison, Rosana Eckert, Jeremy Fox, Sara Gazarek, Christine Guter, and Kerry Marsh.
For an up to date list of clinicians and their bios, please click here [https://docs.google.com/document/d/10JBRiZYu4EUcwXX28M4WoTzYrGvYxfQSpUD0dcQTEno/edit]
A free, livestreamed concert featuring NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir and NAU High Altitude Vocal Jazz Ensemble will be made available to all festival participants and will stream on Thursday, February 11th and Friday February 12th at 6:00 pm MST.
The NAU School of Music is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as prospective students and their families. In this spirit, we have moved all auditions for Fall 2021 admission to our online screening platform. For more information please visit https://nau.edu/music/admissions
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Monday, November 23rd , 7:00am MST
Festival Registration is Open – Email: email@example.com (no faxes)
Tuesday, December 1st
Festival Performers will be notified of Performance Times and Clinician via email & website
Friday, December 18th
Payment must be received by the NAU Choral Studies Office or your ensemble(s) will lose their reserved time slots.
Friday, January 18th, 2021
Last day to withdraw from the festival and receive a refund
Monday, February 5th, 2021, Noon MST
Audio & Video Files should be submitted by all performing ensembles.
We look forward to your participation in this year’s festival and the opportunity to hear your choral ensemble(s). If you have any questions or concerns regarding any facet of the festival, please call Ruth Solin, NAU Choral Studies Administrative Associate at (928) 523-5190.
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