High School Falcon Choral Festival
The annual Falcon Choral Festival for high school students in grades 9-12 will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 in the Moore Musical Arts Center on BGSU's campus. Students will enjoy a day of music-making in choral rehearsals, clinics, and a concert with BGSU students and music faculty. We are pleased to announce that renowned composer Stacey V. Gibbs will be the guest clinician for this year’s Falcon Choral Festival! High school students will have an opportunity to work with Mr. Gibbs throughout the day and perform his pieces at the final concert under his direction!
Dr. Emily Pence Brown, director of the University Women’s Chorus, and Dr. Richard Schnipke, director of the University Men's Chorus, will be assisted by choral music education majors as they work with the high school singers throughout the day. Participants will gather on campus for registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. A full day of rehearsals and clinics will conclude with a free concert at 7 p.m. in Kobacker Hall for family and friends.
Students are welcome to register for the festival through our website. Registration closes on September 27, 2019. The $35 registration fee includes lunch and dinner. *New for 2019: No teacher nomination is required for registration.*
Participants will also need to complete all of the release forms found on the Registration and Forms tab. The forms should be scanned or photographed and sent to email@example.com. If the documents are photographed, they must be sent as an attachment rather than in the body of a message.
2019 Guest Artist
Stacey V. Gibbs is a prolific and highly sought after composer and arranger. Best known for arrangements of spirituals, he is highly acclaimed for his ability to infuse new energy into familiar works without sacrificing their authenticity or power.
Maestro Gibbs’ spirituals have been performed by the United States Air Force Sergeants, The St. Olaf Choir, the Stellenbosch Choir of Africa, the University of Southern California Chamber Singers, the Winston-Salem State University Singing Rams, Morehouse & the University of Michigan Glee Clubs, the Wartburg Choir, and many other college, university, high school, and professional ensembles both domestically and internationally. His music has been programmed at all state festivals, National Association of Music Educators (MENC) Festivals, the World Choir Games, and regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conventions. Several of his works also appear on J.W. Pepper’s Editor’s Choice lists, including Didn’t It Rain: The Spirituals of Stacey V. Gibbs, recorded by the Sunday Night Singers of California, and his setting of Way Over in Beulah Lan’ which was performed at the 57th Inaugural Service for President Barack Obama.
Recently, two of his settings were debuted at the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona and he was also honored by five debuts at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Minneapolis. Maestro Gibbs’ made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in April, 2017 and debuted his new works Freedom, I’m So Glad and I Wish That I Knew How It Feels to Be Free. He will present another new work From Agony to Glory: the Spiritual in 2018.
Mr. Gibbs serves as a clinician (nationally and internationally) for university, high school, professional, and church choral organizations. He attended Kentucky State University where he served as student conductor. The Stacey V. Gibbs Chorale debuted in July 2016. A management professional with 20 years experience, Mr. Gibbs holds membership in ACDA. He currently resides in Detroit, Michigan.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Moore Musical Arts Center
Bowling Green State University
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Final concert for family and friends at 7 p.m.
Students who wish to participate in the Falcon Choral Festival should register at the link below by September 27, 2019. *New for 2019: No teacher nomination is required for registration.*
Registered participants will also need to complete all of the release forms to the right. The forms should be scanned or photographed and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the documents are photographed, they must be sent as an attachment rather than in the body of a message.
Falcon Choral Festival Schedule
October 11, 2019
8:30 Registration, Kobacker Lobby, Moore Musical Arts Center
9:00 Rehearsal/sectionals with Men’s and Women’s Choruses
12:30 Stacey Gibbs rehearsal with Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus rehearsal with Dr. Brown
1:30 Stacey Gibbs rehearsal with Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus rehearsal with Dr. Schnipke
2:30 Stacey Gibbs rehearsal with entire Falcon Choral Festival personnel
3:30 Final Rehearsal
5:30 Group rehearsal on Stage
5:45 Men’s Chorus rehearsal on Stage
6:05 Women’s Chorus rehearsal on Stage
7:00 Free performance for family and friends, Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center