UNL Men's Choral Festival

Men's Choir festival choir image in performance at Kimball Hall

UNL Men's
Choral Festival

When: OCTOBER 7, 2019!
Where: Kimball Recital Hall on the beautiful UNL downtown arts campus with guest conductor Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand from Oakwood University, conductor of the famed AEOLIANS!

Registration Page

No school ensemble cost, no per-singer cost, one free downloadable piece; schools purchase two 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 either purchased by individual schools or 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 seasoned 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. Many 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-colored 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). 


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


Sample Schedule

Tentative Festival Schedule (subject to change)

Monday, October 7 – 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 go to stage, tenor I to Carson Theatre, tenor II to WMB 130, basses to Kimball lower lobby) Baritones=Dr. Eklund; Tenor I=tba; Tenor II=Dr. Garrett; Bass=tba
10:15 AM 15 minute guest choir sound check
10:35 AM Resume Rehearsal in Together in Kimball Hall
12:00 PM

15 minute guest choir sound check

Lunch Break

1:30 PM Resume rehearsal, University Singers short performance
2:00 PM Resume rehearsal
 3:15 PM 15 minute break
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.
5 PM 15 minute guest choir sound check
5:15 PM Lincoln Boy’s Choir on stage for sound check
5:30 PM UNL men on stage (with Lincoln Boy’s Choir - 10-15 min)
6:00 PM High school men can have access to lower Kimball lobby and the Men's Restrooms for changing.
Kimball 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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