27th Annual State SSAA & TTBB Choral Festival – High School Choirs


ACDA-MN invites its members to select balanced quartets of their talented high school singers to join in the celebration of the 27th Annual STATE SSAA & TTBB CHORAL FESTIVAL, to be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of Saint John’s University in Collegeville. Don’t have a full quartet of SSAA or TTBB voices? Contact Mike -- another school might have singers of the part(s) you lack; together they can comprise a full quartet! Let’s make it possible for more singers to have a great festival experience.

Each year over 750 singers from 10+ college SSAA and TTBB ensembles and nearly 40 high schools participate in this Festival. College ensembles participating last fall represented the College of Saint Benedict, the College of Saint Scholastica, North Central University, St. Catherine University, St. Cloud State University, Saint John’s University and St. Olaf College. This is a nationally unique festival, be part of it!

Deadline for High School registrations:
Friday, October 7, 2016


The beautiful Abbey Church on the SJU campus will again be the site of all Festival concerts. Two Intra-Festival Collegiate Concerts will feature the college ensembles; the Finale Concert will feature massed SSAA & TTBB choirs comprised of the combined high school and college singers. As in past years, the Finale Concert will close with all voices joining in a combined selection. The Finale Concert will begin at approx. 4:30 p.m. Public admission to the Finale Concert will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Families and friends are encouraged to attend!

Festival cost for each participant is $16.00, which includes the noon lunch. Director’s luncheon tickets are $15.00 each. Registration does not include the cost of music; ordering music is the responsibility of each school. Repertoire is listed below; order your music ASAP.

Rehearsal Tracks

Questions regarding the Festival can be directed to:
Michael Walsh at Buffalo High School
tel. 763-682-8093
fax 763-682-8118
e-mail: mwalsh@bhmschools.org

2016 SSAA Chorus Festival Literature:

*Cantate Domino – Schutz, ed. Grundahl (SSA) colla voce 2096690 $1.75
Widmung – Schumann, arr. Mulholland  (SSA) colla voce 2096880 $1.75
By the Rivers of Babylon – Susan Brumfield (SSAA) colla voce 2095810 $1.85

2016 TTBB Chorus Festival Literature:

*In Every Corner Sing – Sateren/Rodde Print on Demand Lorenz AM749 $1.95
The Lone Wild Bird – Burchard Hal Leonard 00151576 $1.95
*Fergus an’ Molly – Vijay Singh   Alfred archive (OCT9605) $2.25

2016 Combined Choirs Final Selection:

*An American Hymn – Cecil Effinger   G. Schirmer 50314230 $1.90

*Indicates selection used in a previous year.

Order all music directly through your music dealer ASAP!

Guidelines for registration/participation:

  1. Director/teacher must be a member of ACDA-MN for students to participate. Click here to Join ACDA!
  2. Check for potential schedule conflicts - fall sports sectional/regional play-offs, tournaments, musicals, ACT testing, etc.
  3. Please register balanced quartets. (i.e. SSAA, TTBB). Partial quartets can be combined with other schools to make complete quartets.
  4. Give accurate e-mail address. Schedules, information and most communication will be done via e-mail and internet website. If you need/prefer information by mail, let the coordinator know when you register.
  5. Please be certain singers know their music before arriving at the Festival. Rehearsal tracks are posted on the ACDA-MN website for easy access.
  6. Please have singers number the measures in their music and bring pencils and music to rehearsals!
  7. Recordings will be made of all three Festival concerts and can be ordered from Westmark Recording. Order blanks will be available the day of the festival, or can be found on the festival website.
  8. Choral participants traditionally dress in their concert attire for the Intra-Festival and Finale Concerts.