Festival di Voce

April 29, 2023

2023 Performance Schedule

9:00 AM     Singing Girls of Texas Tour Choir
Caritas Abundat – Michael John Trotta
Ave Regina Caelorum – Isabella Leonarda/arr. M. Bowen
The Bird’s Lullaby – Sarah Quartel
Butterfly – Mia Makaroff
Spark (to music) – William Eric Barnum

9:20 AM     Rowlett HS Student Vocal Performers
Prelude – Ola Gjeilo
Bogoroditse Djevo – Arvo Part
A Boy and a Girl – Eric Whitacre

9:40 AM     Flower Mound High School Con Fuoco
Bright Morning Stars – Jay Althouse
Voice on the Wind – Sarah Quartel
O Pastorelle, Addio – Umberto Giordano

10:00 AM     Central High School Varsity Mixed Choir
Zigeunerleben – Robert Schumann, ed. Abraham Kaplan
Balulalow – Eleanor Daley
Measure Me, Sky! – Jonathan Reid

10:20     AM Fossil Ridge HS – Varsity Mixed Choir
“O Praise the Mighty Lord” – Handel/arr. Liebergen
“O Love” – Hagenberg
“Flower of Beauty” – Clemens

10:40 AM     Aledo High School Treble Choir
Alle, Alleluia! – Bruce W. Tippette
Arise, My Love – Joan Szymko
I Thank You God – Gwyneth Walker

11:00 AM     Flower Mound High School Con Brio
How Can I Keep from Singing? – Judy Herrington
Sto mi e milo – Daniel Hughes
Ave Maria – Franz Biebl

11:20 AM     Central High School Chamber Women
Salve Regina – Josu Elberdin
Psalm 23 (Op. 132, D 706) – Franz Schubert
Vivos Voco – Joan Szymko

11:40 AM     Waxahachie Catori Treble Chorlae
Under the Greenwood Tree – Boyd
The Mermaid Lament – Martin
The Kiss – Council

12:00 PM     Waxahachie Catori Chorale
In Remembrance – Ames
La Chaparrita – Tosti/Conlon
Elijah Rock – Hogan

12:20 PM Break for Lunch

1:40 PM     24 Treble Ensemble
Dominus Vobiscum – Jacob Narverud
Threads of Joy – Dale Trumbore
I’ll Never Study Paul – David Thomas

2:20 PM     Hebron Varsity Tenor-Bass Choir
Down Among The Dead – Men R. Vaughan Williams
The Warrior – J. Reese Norris
Gone Home – arr. John Wykoff

2:40 PM     Bella Voce
Vichten – Rouge
The Kiss – Council
Jericho! – Wright

3:00 PM     Centennial HS Varsity Treble Choir
Dixit Dominus – Galuppi
Akakomborerwa – Arr. Kesselman
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind – Quartel

3:20     PM Hebron A Cappella Choir
¡Ayúdame! – Carlos Cordero
Abide With Me – arr. Moses Hogan
Ezekiel Saw de Wheel – arr. William Dawson

3:40 PM     Chamber Choir
Exsultate justi in Domino – Adams
O Love – Hagenberg
Alleluia – Sharpe

4:20 PM    Granbury High School Varsity Tenor-Bass Choir
Fight the Good Fight – Gardner
Ave Maria – Victoria
O Love – Hagenberg

4:40 PM     Marcus HS Celesti Treble Choir
Le Colibri – Arr. Valverde
Solace – Sean Ivory
Svatba Khristo – Todorov

5:20     PM Granbury High School Varsity Treble Choir
Salve Regina – Busto
In the Sweet By and By – Webster/ Hall
I Thank You God – Walker

5:40 PM     Marcus HS Resonare Tenor/Bass Choir
Exsultate Justi, In Domino – Adams
Serenade Italienne – Arr. Valverde
Maria – Arr. Lojeksi
The Word Was God – Powell

6:00 PM     Timber Creek High School: Chamber Women
Lorelei – Clara Schumann, arr. Brandon Williams
The Peace of Wild Things – Joan Szymko
O Frondens Virga – Hildegard von Bingen, arr. D. Collins
We Have Come – Abbie Betinis
(Mov’t 1: From Behind the Caravan)

Past Winners

2022 Timber Creek High School Chamber

Director:  Adrian Kirtley

2019 Flower Mound High School Jaguar Chorale

Director:  Mark Rohwer & Lindsay Swartwood

2018 Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Singers

Director:  Joel Duarte

2017 Legacy High School Chamber Choir

Director:  Josh Powell

2016 Hebron High School A capella Choir

Director:  Rachel Forester

2015 Coppell High School A capella Choir

Director:  Joshua Brown

2014 Flower Mound High School Varsity Men’s Choir

Director:  Mark Rohwer

2013 North Crowley High School Varsity Mixed Choir

Director:  Robyn Hollimon

2023 Adjudication Panel


Karen Kenaston-French

Karen Kenaston-French


Karen Kenaston-French is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas Arlington, where she conducts the A Cappella Choir, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and heads the Vocal Area.

Prior to her arrival at UTA, Dr. Kenaston-French served as Director of Choral Activities at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she led the Chamber Singers in two appearances at the Tennessee Music Education Association state conference, and in master classes with Chanticleer, Cantus, and Libby Larsen. She taught conducting at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas, and was director of music ministries at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas from 1986-1998. Dr. Kenaston-French has been guest conductor for honor choirs in Colorado, Tennessee, and for several TMEA region choirs. She cultivates a close connection with Texas high school programs, having conducted clinics for more than 80 choirs over the past six years, and runs the highly successful UTA All-State Choir Camp, which attracts 250 students each summer.

Dr. Kenaston-French holds a B.A. in vocal performance from West Virginia Wesleyan College, M.M. and M.S.M. degrees in choral conducting from Southern Methodist University, and a D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of North Texas, where she was named outstanding graduate student in conducting and ensembles and the Pi Kappa Lambda outstanding doctoral student. She studied conducting with Jerry McCoy, Mel Ivey, Lloyd Pfautsch, Jane Marshall, and Larry Parsons, and in 2011 was a conductor for the Choral/Orchestral Master Class of the Oregon Bach Festival, under Helmut Rilling and Jeffrey Kahane. Vocal studies include graduate work with Lynn Eustis at UNT and Linda Baer at SMU. Her article “The Teachings of Jean‐Antoine Bérard” was published in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal of Singing in November 2009.


Kristina MacMullen

Kristina MacMullen


Kristina MacMullen serves as an Associate Professor of Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas where she conducts the University Singers, Kalandra, and instructs both undergraduate and graduate students in conducting and rehearsal pedagogy. Prior to her appointment at UNT, Kristina spent eight years on the faculty of The Ohio State University. While at OSU, her interdisciplinary work earned her the Sir William Osler Award for Humanism in Medicine.

MacMullen believes that great potential lies in choral performance and creative communication. She strives to guide her students, as they desire to impact the world they will inherit for the better. Creative projects include interdisciplinary performances addressing human trafficking, the Kubler-Ross stages of grief, play theory, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, female archetype exploration, American song, civic engagement, and the nature of tears.

As an active adjudicator and clinician, MacMullen has conducted All-State and honors choirs throughout the United States. She has presented and co-presented interest sessions at state, regional, national and international conferences. Recent and upcoming engagements involve students in New Mexico, Michigan, South Carolina, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, and Texas. Her teaching and conducting is featured on the DVD Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success published by GIA (2009). Her editions for treble choir are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Musicatus Press, and MusicSpoke.

MacMullen earned both the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Texas Tech University. Kristina has enjoyed a diverse career as a public-school teacher, interacting with students in rural, suburban, and urban settings, elementary through high school. She also sings with the professional ensemble Mirabai.

Thomas Rinn

Thomas Rinn


Thomas Rinn currently serves as a teaching fellow in the College of Music while pursuing his PhD in music education at the University of North Texas and is Director of Music at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson. He holds a Master of Music Education from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music, from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has twenty years of public-school teaching experience as high school choral director. Choirs under Rinn’s direction have been honored with invitations to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association and for the Southwest American Choral Directors Association.

Rinn’s research interests include music teacher preparation, recruitment and persistence in elective music, and social media in music education. He has presented at conferences nationwide and has recent publications in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and the Journal of Research in Music Education.

Rinn is a frequent choral clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and presenter of teacher training nationwide. Mr. Rinn has served as President of the Texas Choral Directors Association, High School Vice-President for the Texas Choral Directors Association, a TMEA Region Vocal Chair, and currently serves as Chair of the State UIL Vocal Sight-Reading.