Choral Arts Finale

A Premier High School Choral Festival
Co-sponsored by ACDA of Minnesota
and Concordia University, St. Paul

UPDATE:  2017 will be the FINAL year of the Choral Arts Finale

Since this premier high school choral festival began in 2006, over 3000 high school singers from 59 choirs have participated in this prestigious event.  Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017.

ACDA of Minnesota and Concordia University, St. Paul will host the 12th Annual Choral Arts Finale: A Premier High School Choral Festival on Sunday, March 26, 2017, with the support of a Concordia University, St. Paul donor. The 5-6 choirs selected (which can be male, female, mixed, school, worship, and/or community-based groups) will have their travel expenses paid and will each receive a $500 award and commemorative plaque.

The festival day will begin in the afternoon at Concordia University, St. Paul with our clinician, Francisco Nunez. Each group will receive an individual clinic and rehearse as a massed choir. After supper (provided by Concordia University), the day concludes with a 7:30 p.m. concert at Orchestra Hall in which each choir will perform a solo set and then combine as a massed group.

This premier high school choir festival is designed to include choirs from small, medium, and large schools, worship communities, and/or community programs. Audition recordings are due (from THIS YEAR’S CHOIR) by January 6, 2017Selections from a live recording of a fall or winter concert would be ideal for this application.

Click HERE for application form.

NOTE:  Additional benefits are available for ALL ACDA members on the day of the festival, March 26

  • ACDA members may observe the clinic sessions at Concordia University.
  • ACDA Members may reserve two free tickets for the evening gala concert.

This has been a mountaintop festival experience for the past groups:

2006 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Dale Warland, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Women’s Ensemble, Sally Peterson, conductor
  • Mounds Park Academy Concert Choir, John Habermann, conductor
  • Duluth East High School A Cappella Choir, Jerome Upton, conductor
  • Northfield High School Concert Choir, Dwight Jilek, conductor
  • Armstrong High School Concert Choir-Plymouth, Stephanie Trump, conductor
  • The Stillwater Choir, Erik Christiansen, conductor

2007 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Pearl Shangkuan, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • St. Paul Central High School Central Singers, Martha Coventry Graber, conductor
  • Princeton High School Concert Choir, Mark Potvin, conductor
  • Rosemount High School Women’s Ensemble, Laura Sandham, conductor
  • Bemidji High School A Cappella Choir, Christopher Fettig, conductor
  • Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota Lyric Singers, Shelly Winemiller, conductor
  • Apple Valley High School Valley Select Chorale, Bruce W. Becker, conductor

2008 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Jefferson Johnson, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • Belle Chanter, Stillwater Area High School, Angela Mitchell, conductor
  • Chaska High School Concert Choir, Sarah Gilbertson, conductor
  • Minnetonka High School Concert Choir, Paula Holmberg, conductor
  • Pelican Rapids High School A cappella Singers, Gladys Hovland, conductor
  • Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota, Garrett Lathe, conductor

2009 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Eph Ehly, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • Jefferson High School Concert Choir (Alexandria), Steve Dietz, conductor
  • Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir, Brian Stubbs, conductor
  • Hopkins High School Concert Choir, Philip Brown, conductor
  • Montevideo High School Concert Choir, Daniel Hampton, conductor
  • The Stillwater Choir, Erik Christiansen, conductor

2010 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Paul Salamunovich, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • Austin High School Concert Choir (Alexandria), Brian Johnson, conductor
  • Anoka High School A Cappella Choir, Michelle Hayes, conductor
  • Hastings High School Select Chorale, Lin Warren, conductor
  • Mound Westonka High School Concert Choir, Kate Larson, conductor
  • Rosemount High School Men’s Ensemble, Steven Albaugh, conductor

2011 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Edith Copley, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • Albert Lea High School Concert Choir, Diane Heaney, conductor
  • Andover High School Concert Choir, Melanie Kjellberg, conductor
  • Belle Chanter, Stillwater Area High School, Angela Mitchell
  • Cantus Certus, Roseville Area High School, Dean Jilek, conductor
  • Champlin Park High School Concert Choir, Laura Tempel, conductor

2012 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, André Thomas, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • Armstrong High School Concert Choir-Plymouth, Stephanie Trump, conductor
  • Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir, Shelly Winemiller, conductor
  • Buffalo High School Concert Choir, Michael Walsh, conductor
  • Eagan High School Concert Choir, Randy Shafer, conductor
  • Princeton High School Concert Choir, Mark Potvin, conductor

2013 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Karen Kennedy, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir, Brian Stubbs, conductor
  • Cantanti Singers, Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, Philip Brown, conductor
  • Northfield High School Concert Choir, Kyle Eastman, conductor
  • The Stillwater Choir, Erik Christiansen, conductor
  • White Bear Lake High School Choraliers, Marie Spar Dymit, conductor

2014 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Geoffrey Boers, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • Apple Valley High School Valley Select Chorale, Joel Beyer, conductor
  • Arioso (RAACHE Choirs) - Rochester, Suzanne Johnson, conductor
  • Armstrong High School Concert Choir - Plymouth, Stephanie Trump, conductor
  • Jefferson High School The Alexandria Concert Choir, Steven Deitz, conductor
  • Minnehaha Academy Singers - Minneapolis, Karen Lutgen, conductor
  • Willmar High School Cardinal Choir, Neal Haugen, conductor

2015 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Janet Galvan, Clincian/Massed Choir conductor

  • Austin High School Concert Choir, Brian Johnson, conductor
  • Detroit Lakes High School Laker Singers, Kathryn Larson, conductor
  • Hastings High School Select Chorale, Lin Warren, conductor
  • Mound Westonka High School Concert Choir, Kate Larson, conductor
  • Princeton High School Concert Choir, Mark Potvin, conductor
  • Roseville Area High School Cantus Certus, Jami Lercher, conductor

2016 Choral Arts Finale Choirs, Joshua Haberman, Clinician/Massed Choir conductor

  • Andover High School Bel Canto, Shaun Halland, conductor
  • Eastview High School Concert Choir, Gregory Douma, conductor
  • Mounds Park Academy Madrigal Singers, John Habermann, conductor
  • Northfield High School Concert Choir, Kyle Eastman, conductor
  • Orono High School Chamber Singers, Nichole Brenna, conductor
  • St. Michael-Albertville High School Concert Choir, Joseph Osowski, conductor

Dr. David L. Mennicke
Minnesota ACDA Choral Arts Finale Coordinator
Music Department Chair/Conductor of Choral Studies
Concordia University, 1282 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, MN   55104
work:(651) 641-8828 home: (651) 636-3271  FAX:(651) 603-6260    e-mail:dmennicke@csp.edu