UNL Men's Choral Festival

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UNL Men's
Choral Festival

When: OCTOBER 2, 2017!
Where: Kimball Recital Hall on the beautiful UNL downtown arts campus

Online registration form will appear in early fall of 2017

No school ensemble cost, no per-singer cost, two free downloadable pieces; schools purchase one independently (see below), 6:30pm evening concert is free and open to the public.

About the Festival

UNL has long been hosting a fall men's choral festival.  It is positioned early in the school year so as to provide an often-needed boost to the enthusiasm for male singing in your school.  Music is downloaded via pdf to interested directors from this site.  Music is often newly composed or arranged specifically for this wonderful event.  It helps reduce music costs and early ordering for the participating schools.  Some schools bring their entire men's chorus and desire a performance slot on the evening festival concert; other schools bring available and interested young men and sing in the massed choir on the concert.  All men, young and old join together in the festival chorus 6:30pm free concert.  Participation is free; the evening concert event is free of charge.  Interested directors should Email Dr. Pete Eklund at UNL at pae@unl.edu

Please consider joining us for this wonderful fall choral event.  Some groups have made this a part of their fall curriculum and performance schedule and it has been an absolute treat to see the male ensembles grow in talent, numbers, and performance product over the years.  For these men to perform in front of a large packed auditorium is just what they need to return to their local schools and spread the infectious enthusiasm for singing.

Attire for the rehearsal-day is 'casual.' However, we love the concept of the men's choirs wearing matching school choir t-shirts or polos during the day (MEN'S CHOIR PRIDE!). And another viable option is wearing your school's attire to promote school spirit.

Attire for the performance will be (for the high school guys) a white or very light dress shirt, dark dress slacks, dark shoes and socks, and a tie (however, if your men's chorus has a specific performance uniform, please show your pride and wear that). 

Registration page goes live in fall of '17


Repertoire (please print and review with student-singers prior to arrival):

(for the 2017 UNL Men's Choral Festival, October 2nd, we will want ALL schools to purchase and combine to perform Keith Christopher's LET ALL MEN SING (published by Hal Leonard HL.8703182). This is just to assist in early planning.

Sample Schedule

Tentative Festival Schedule (subject to change)

Monday, October 2 – All events to be held in Kimball Recital Hall AND WESTBROOK MUSIC BUILDING
drive safely!
8:00 AM north doors of Kimball open
8:30 AM Seating
9:00 AM Morning Rehearsal
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Sectionals (baritones remain on stage, tenor I to Lied Warmup A, tenor II to Kimball lower lobby, basses to Carson Theatre) Baritones=Eklund; Tenor I=TBA; Tenor II=TBA; Bass=TBA
10:15 AM guest high school sound check (15 min)
10:30 AM Resume Rehearsal in Together in Kimball Hall
12:00 PM Lunch Break
12:05 guest high school sound check (15 min)
1:30 PM Resume rehearsal, University Singers short performance
2:30 PM Resume rehearsal
3:15 PM guest high school sound check (15 min)
3:30 PM UNL Varsity Men's Chorus joins rehearsal
4:20 PM Resume rehearsal
4:45 PM dinner break, leave clothing bags in the red seats, please leave the room quietly so the next group can rehearse. Retrieve bags quietly after meal.
4:50 PM guest high school sound check (15 min)
5:10 PM Lincoln Boy’s Choir on stage for sound check
5:30 PM UNL men on stage (with Lincoln Boy’s Choir and Southwood Men's Chorus) (10-15 min)
(Southwood Men's Chorus sound check immediately after)
6:00 PM High school men can have access to Westbrook room 119 for changing.
Kmball Hall House (seating area) opens for public.
TBA room for Southwood Men's Chorus in WMB
6:30 PM

Travel safely on your return home!!!

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