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.
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
Adjudication Panel TBA
Michael Lysinger currently serves as Artist Liaison for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and as Chorus Administrator for the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Prior to these positions, he taught choral music in Texas public schools for 30 years. For the last 14 years, he was Head Choral Director at J. J. Pearce High School and for five years directed the Youth Choir at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas. Michael also taught at Plano East Senior High School, Jersey Village High School (Houston), North Shore High School (Houston) and Bradley Middle School (San Antonio). For six seasons, he was the Artistic Director of the Houston Boychoir.
Choirs under his direction have appeared at the 2008 and 1996 Texas Music Educators Convention, the 2001 American Choral Directors Convention and at the 2010 Southwest Convention of the American Choral Directors. He has prepared his choruses for performances with the Houston Symphony, the University of Houston Choruses and the UH Opera. His choirs have toured throughout the USA and abroad to Austria, Hungary, France, The Netherlands, Italy and Mexico. In competition, Michael’s choirs earn consistently high ratings and awards for their performances. As a member of TMEA, he has served as Region Chair, Area Chair, Region Choir Organizer and as a section leader for the All-State Choir. In 2013, Michael was selected as STARS Teacher of the Year for Pearce High School. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and is a member of ACDA, TMEA, TCDA and TMAA. Michael has two children, Abby, a vocal performance major at University of Michigan and Zach, a 9th grader in Plano ISD.
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.
Tammy Patterson holds her B.M.E. and M.A. degrees from Sam Houston State University where her principal teachers were Dr. Walter Foster, Alvis Autrey, and the legendary choral master, Dr. B.R. “Bev” Henson. Ms. Patterson spent most of her career in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, where she taught secondary choir as an assistant middle school director, head middle school director and head high school director. Her last fourteen years in the district, she held the position of Coordinator of Secondary Music before taking a two-year position in Fort Bend Independent School District as the Assistant Director of Fine Arts.
In her tenure as the head choral director at Jersey Village High School, the program grew quickly from an enrollment of 61 to over 200 students. Accolades included an invitation for the A Cappella Choir to perform for the membership of Texas Music Educators Association Convention and the Chamber Choir winning the prestigious San Antonio Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival. In 2016, Ms. Patterson was awarded the Texas Choral Directors Association Choral Excellence award based on her contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students, and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing.
Ms. Patterson currently maintains an active schedule and is in demand throughout the state as a mentor teacher, choral consultant, and clinician. She is frequently called upon as a guest conductor for Region Choirs, workshop presenter for colleges, school districts and state conferences, and adjudicator for TMEA and UIL competitions. Additionally, she maintains an active private voice lesson studio and is a member of the Fort Worth Chorale.
Ms. Patterson is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Greater Houston NATS,