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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

WSU Choral Festival

Each year, the WSU School of Music welcomes students throughout the region for an educational choral festival. The goal of this event is to excite, encourage, and educate students while developing a spirit of camaraderie and commitment to choral arts. We offer the opportunity to receive feedback from respected clinicians who will help your choir to improve technique, maximize artistic expression, and set goals for the year.

Familiar experience and new opportunities!

Guest clinicians!
The WSU Choral Festival is excited to welcome our clinicians Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer and Dr. Matthew Myers. Information on these clinicians can be found below.

New format!
Each participating choir will have 40 minutes on stage to perform and receive feedback from one of our guest clinicians. This will enable the audience to take part, listen in, and learn from comments given by the clinician to each of the participating choirs. We will use two distinct performing spaces which choirs and directors can visit throughout the day to listen to the unique comments of each clinician.

New opportunities for solo voices!
Our voice professors, Dr. Julie Wieck and Dr. Aaron Agulay, are offering masterclasses to students who are interested in auditioning for WSU or are interested in solo repertoire! Students should prepare a solo work from MT or Classical repertoire, and we will provide an accompanist. This could also provide early preparation for solo/ensemble competition. Please be prepared to enter names and song selections for these students. If you’re not sure of repertoire yet, please leave that area blank.

Video Recordings!
Each director will receive a quality video recording of both the performance from the audience and a recording of the interaction between the director and the clinician from the stage.

This year’s WSU Choral Festival will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Performances/clinics will begin at 9 AM and continue throughout the day. The final concert featuring WSU’s choirs as well as selected high school ensembles will be held in Bryan Hall Theatre, across the street from the School of Music, at 5 PM. The concert will conclude around 6:30 PM.

Registration for each ensemble is $250, and a $50 discount will apply for additional ensembles from the same school. Full refunds will be given should WSU cancel the event or if schools are unable to attend for any reason. See our website for current COVID policies. Check with your building administrator if ESSER monies are available!

This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to begin the year in a supportive, energetic, and educational environment while engaging with a well-known clinician.

Click HERE to register your ensemble.

Registration is open and will close Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.

2021 WSU Choral Festival Clinicians

Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer

Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Professor of Music, Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University. During 2006-2008 she served as President for The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC). Other past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, and Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, Dr. Brinckmeyer received the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, the MENC Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award and Eastern New Mexico University’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

Dr. Brinckmeyer’s research initiatives focus on developing young voices, music from across the globe and music advocacy. She recently published Wander the USA with Warm-Ups! Other books include: The Wonder of Music with John Jacobson, Rhythm Rescue!, Wander the World with Warm-ups with Hal Leonard Publishing and Advocate for Music with Oxford University Press. She founded the Eastern Washington University Girls’ Chorus while teaching at EWU. She also served as Artistic Director for the South Hill Children’s Chorus in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Brinckmeyer is a co-founder and Artistic Director for the Hill Country Youth Chorus in San Marcos, Texas.

Dr. Brinckmeyer’s degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Kansas. In New Mexico she taught elementary music and middle school choir, then moved to higher education in the Pacific Northwest. At Texas State University Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education, and she directs the Texas State treble ensemble, Aurora Voce. Each summer Dr. Brinckmeyer serves as a long time staff member for the World Music Drumming workhsops. She has conducted all state choirs and honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-nine states in the United States and 20+ countries, including China, Brazil, South Africa, Cuba, Peru and Australia.

Dr. Matthew Myers

Dr. Matthew Myers serves as assistant professor of choral music education at WSU. He conducts the University Singers and teaches courses in music education methods, conducting, and voice. He earned his DMA in choral conducting at Louisiana State University, his master’s degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University, and his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and music education from Luther College. After completing his degree at Luther, he taught grades 6-12 choir at The American International School of Muscat in Oman. For the following five years, he worked as director of choirs and musical theatre at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois. In addition to conducting five choirs, he taught AP music theory, class piano, and critical thinking and coordinated a middle school choral program at four of Boylan’s constituent grade schools. He has served as conductor of the NAU Men’s Chorale and Chamber Singers, the LSU Chamber Singers, the Master Chorale of Flagstaff, and the Flagstaff Youth Chorale and has held church music positions in Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, and Alabama. Prior to his time at WSU, Dr. Myers taught at the University of Alabama, where he conducted two choirs and taught courses in music appreciation, choral literature, vocal pedagogy, and diction.