Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

The BIG Sing
Greetings from the
St. Cloud State Choral Program!

I am honored to invite you to participate in the 7th annual SCSU Big Sing Festival on Saturday, January 31, 2015! We are thrilled to announce our guest conductor from Yale University and Minnesota’s native, Dr. Jeffrey Douma! Your singers will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Douma and me in a large festival choir.

Additionally, your singers will have the opportunity to receive a private lesson with the St. Cloud State voice faculty. At the end of the day, some of the students may be selected to perform a prepared solo at the Big Sing Finale performance! 

NEW THIS YEAR: The professional development opportunities for participating high school directors have expanded to 3 sessions and we are thrilled that Dr. Sean Burton, Associate Professor of Music, The Gilchrist Foundation Director of Choral Activities and Division Chair of Arts and Humanities at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa has agreed to be one of our presenters. 


Score Study and Preparation Dr. Jeffrey Douma Yale University
Conducting Master Class Dr. Sean Burton Briar Cliff University
Practical Approaches for Achieving Unified Singing Dr. Matthew Ferrell St. Cloud State University

Honor Choir Schedule

8:30 – 9:30 Registration (Ritsche Auditorium Lobby)
9:30 – 9:45 Warm-ups
9:45 - 10:30 Rehearsal with Dr. Ferrell and Dr. Douma
10:30 – 12:00 Sectionals / Optional lessons with voice faculty
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Solo Auditions
1:00 – 4:30 Rehearsal
5:00 Big Sing Finale

Directors’ Schedule

8:30 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:30 Directors Workshop with Dr. Burton
10:30 - 11:30 Directors Workshop with Dr. Ferrell
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Directors Workshop with Dr. Douma
2:00 – 4:30 Observation / Networking
5:00 Finale Performance

I sincerely hope you and your students will be able to attend this event! It is designed to invigorate and motivate the student leaders in your choir. Please bring up to 16 students to participate.

Space is limited and we will accept registration until full.

The registration deadline is Friday, December 19th.

Download Registration Information (pdf)
Register online

Matthew Ferrell
Choral Activities / Conducting / 320-308-2260

The BIG Sing @ St. Cloud State

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