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College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

WSU Educational Choral Festival

Due to COVID-19, the WSU Educational Choral Festival, currently scheduled for October 24, 2020, will not take place this year. Rather, the WSU Vocal/Choral faculty would like to offer virtual educational opportunities for teachers and students to take placed that day. We would love to engage in a dialogue about what your needs are and how we can provide you and your students with quality virtual programming. Please email Dr. Dean Luethi, Director of Choral Activities, with suggestions and requests.

Once we have an alternative program, we will distribute that information. We look forward to the return of our in-person choral festival in the fall of 2021.

WSU’s Voice Area is here to support you during this difficult time. If you would like us to create additional educational opportunities for you or your students, please let us know.

Dean Luethi

Dr. Dean Luethi, Festival Director


The Vocal/Choral Area within the School of Music sponsors the annual Educational Choral Festival at Washington State University each fall designed to assist high school and junior high/middle school programs in providing an early, motivational opportunity for musical growth in a non-competitive, positive environment. The Educational Choral Festival is meant to excite, encourage, and educate students, developing a spirit of camaraderie and commitment. As an early festival, we offer the opportunity to receive feedback from respected clinicians who will help identify technical/expressive projects, involve your students in setting goals for the year, and provide real contact time with you and your choir.

Festival Activities

Each participating choir has the opportunity to perform in Kimbrough Concert Hall and work exclusively with one of our clinician for 40 minutes in the privacy of their own rehearsal room. Your singers will be encouraged to try new ideas and work towards high musical standards and towards their goals. Each director will also be able to meet privately with his/her choir’s clinician. This has been a useful time to discuss matters from classroom management to new ideas on vocal technique and choral literature.

Following your performance and clinic, each participating choir will receive hand-written comments from the clinicians, recordings of your performance, a computer printout of goals and objectives discussed during your clinic, and a certificate of participation in the Festival.

In addition to the personalized clinic your choir will receive at the Choral Festival, other opportunities for learning and musical growth are available. Throughout the Festival day, you and your students can attend the performances of other participating choirs and attend the exciting performances that are offered by the WSU voice faculty and students. At 5:00 p.m., the concluding Festival Concert, featuring the WSU Concert Choir and Madrigal/Chamber Singers as well as selected participating choirs, will take place in Bryan Concert Hall.

Date and Time

The WSU Choral Festival will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Performances typically begin around 9:00 a.m. in Kimbrough Concert Hall and continue throughout the day. The concluding concert featuring WSU Concert Choir, Madrigal Chamber Singers, and select festival choirs will be held in Bryan Hall Theatre, across the street, at 5:00 p.m. The concert will conclude around 6:30 p.m.


The cost of this event is $195 per choir and may be paid with a purchase order or check in advance. Please make checks payable to WSU Choral Festival and send directly to:

Dr. Dean Luethi
School of Music
Washington State University
Pullman WA. 99164-5300

Further Information

For more detailed information regarding the WSU Educational Choral Festival, refer to the Choral Festival Guide available on this site.

Application Deadline

To reserve a place for your choir in this festival, complete and submit the Choral Festival Application, at the link below under “Forms”, by October 1.


For more information, direct contact via phone or e-mail is encouraged.
Dean Luethi,  (509) 335-3898



2019 Choral Festival Guide
2019 Choral Festival Application

Application process has been closed and the Festival is at capacity for 2019!  Thank you for your interest!

2019 Choral Festival Recordings