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Festival di Voce

April 25, 2024

The Premier High School Varsity Choir Festival Competition in North Texas

Professional recordings of Festival di Voce performances have been included in the application of TMEA, ACDA & SWACDA Invited Choirs every year since 2014. 

Festival di Voce is designed to be an affordable festival competition experience to highlight varsity choir groups. Participation includes: Performance in the acoustically superior Pilgrim Chapel, option to audience for other exceptional varsity choirs, Digital copy of performance produced by professional choral recording technician, and attendance at the concluding awards ceremony with an exhibition from the Dallas Baptist University Chorale under the direction of Dr. Stephen Holcomb. The awarded champion each year is invited to showcase a song selection during the exhibition and is invited back the following year to perform as the reigning Grand Champion.

Dallas Baptist University Pilgrim Chapel

Receive a digital copy of your group’s performance recorded by a professional choral recording engineer with over 25 years of experience. Past directors have said the incredible acoustics of Pilgrim Chapel paired with the skill of our recording technician resulted in their groups finest recording to date.

Trophies will be awarded to the Best in Category winners for Mixed Choirs, Treble Choirs and Tenor/Bass Choirs, as selected by the adjudication panel. The overall top five choirs selected by the adjudication panel, regardless of category, will be awarded an Overall Grand Champion, Overall Reserve Grand Champion, and three unranked Honorable Mention trophies. 

Past Winners

2023 Hebron A Cappella Choir

Director:  Alex Carr and Nathan Ratliff

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

2024 Adjudication Panel

 

Rachel Forester

Rachel Forester

Adjudicator

Rachel Forester is the past Director of Choral Activities and Department Chair for Fine Arts at Hebron High School in Lewisville ISD from 1999-2019. She retired in May 2019 after 37 years of public school teaching. Ms. Forester holds a Bachelor of Music Education, with an emphasis in voice, from Oklahoma Baptist University. She has completed master’s courses for music education and counseling at Oklahoma State University, the University of North Texas, and Texas Women’s University. Ms. Forester is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association and Texas Music Adjudication Association.

Currently, Ms. Forester serves as assistant UIL Executive Secretary for Region 2 Music, Secondary Choral Clinician for Lewisville ISD  and has recently served as an adjunct field supervisor for University of North Texas clinical teachers and as guest conductor of Lewisville ISD Fifth Grade Honor Choir. 

Ms. Forester is a frequent judge for Texas UIL contests and has served in leadership roles for TMEA, TMAA and TCDA. Choirs under her leadership performed at TMEA in 2015, SWACDA in 2018 and consistently earned sweepstakes at Texas UIL evaluation contests.

 

Dr. Jonathan Palant

Dr. Jonathan Palant

Adjudicator

Dr. Jonathan Palant is Associate Dean of the Arts and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at Dallas and is founder and conductor of both Credo, a 150-member community choir, and the Dallas Street Choir, a musical outlet for those affected by homelessness. In addition, Dr. Palant is Director of Music at Kessler Park United Methodist Church.

From 2007-2011, he served as Artistic Director of Dallas’ Turtle Creek Chorale. Prior to that, Palant held collegiate teaching positions at Western Kentucky University and Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan. He taught secondary choral music at University School, an all-boys independent school in Cleveland, Ohio, and San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California.

Dr. Palant currently serves as president emeritus of the National Alliance for Music In Vulnerable Communities, Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Southwest American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) and sits on the board of directors of the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses. He has also served on the state board of the Michigan chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and Youth First Texas where he was founder and conductor of Dallas PUMP!, a choir serving at-risk youth.

In late 2017, the Dallas Morning News named Palant one of nine “Texan of the Year” finalists, and in 2016, Musical America named him one of their “Innovators of the Year” for establishing the Dallas Street Choir.

Both Palant’s book, Brothers, Sing On! Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir, and The Jonathan Palant Choral Series are published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Dr. Palant holds degrees from Michigan State University, Temple University, and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Marla Ringel

Dr. Marla Ringel

Adjudicator

Dr. Marla Ringel is the Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Texas Christian University where she conducts two major choral ensembles and teaches choral methods coursework. Ringel received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from Texas Christian University with a cognate in Vocal Performance, and holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Before her college teaching career, Dr. Ringel was a successful high-school and middle-school choir teacher, and received the honor of being named a “Top Teacher” by Fort Worth Magazine for her work in the classroom. Dr. Ringel is a highly active adjudicator and guest clinician, proudly serving Texas music education for over fifteen years.

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