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 8th annual SCSU Big Sing Festival on Saturday, February 6, 2016!  We are thrilled to announce our guest conductor from Minnesota Public Radio, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu!

Please extend an invitation to your student to participate in a large festival choir under the direction of Tesfa and Dr. Matthew Ferrell.  Your singers will also have the opportunity to receive a private lesson with the St. Cloud State voice faculty.   

WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS:  The professional development opportunities for participating high school directors have expanded to 3 sessions.  We are thrilled that Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Dr. Andrew Robinette, and Nathan Herfinadahl have agreed to be our three presenters. 

The ABC’s of Healthy Choral Singing
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging Male Singers
Dr. Andrew Robinette

Connecting the Dots: Using fundamental singing
technique to create an authentic legato
Nathan Herfindahl

Honor Choir Schedule

8:30 – 9:30

9:30 – 9:45

9:45 - 10:30

10:30 – 12:00

12:00 – 1:00

1:00 – 4:30


Registration (Ritsche Auditorium Lobby)


Rehearsal with Dr. Ferrell and Mr. Wondemagegnehu

Sectionals/Optional lessons with voice faculty

Lunch and Solo Auditions


Big Sing Finale

Directors’ Schedule

8:30 – 9:30

9:30 – 10:30

10:30 - 11:30

12:00 – 1:00

1:00 – 2:00

2:00 – 4:30



Directors Workshop with Dr. Robinette

Directors Workshop with Mr. Herfindahl


Directors Workshop with Mr. Wondemagegnehu

Observation / Networking

Finale Performance

I sincerely hope you and your students are 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, January 8th.

Download Registration Information (pdf)
Register online

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

The BIG Sing @ St. Cloud State

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