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November 14-15, 2018

The CWU Fall Choral Classic Invitational Festival will take place in the wonderful acoustical environment of CWU's Concert Hall. Each of the 2 days is identical, with 12 choirs per day.

The Fall Choral Classic is a non-competitive festival designed to enhance open and honest exchange between the clinicians, the conductor and the students. Participation by school groups is by invitation only. Invitations for the 2018 FCC have been issued (as of August 15) and responses are due by September 10, 2018.

All invited choirs are expected to arrive and be seated by 8:15 a.m. and remain for the duration of the festival, which ends with a one hour showcase final concert concluding by 6 p.m.

Invitations are extended to choirs from throughout the northwest which have gained a reputation of excellence. The only two awards which are given focus on positivity and caring, rather than musical prowess. We know how early it is in the year, and hope this festival provides motivation to get out of the starting blocks quickly, while motivating singers to work hard for a successful school year. 

The day includes watching 3 highly experienced clinician/judges work with the choirs, and five CWU choral ensembles performing - 3 before lunch and two on the final host concert.

The entry fee is $300 – (not to be paid until billed by CWU - in October)

Inside concert hall2018 Adjudicator/Clinicians

  • Dr. Lynn Brinkmeyer - Texas State University
  • Ms. Dinah Helgeson - Retired from Int'l School in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Justin Raffa - Mid Columbia Mastersingers

Each school has 25 minutes on stage.. Choirs are encouraged to plan 10-15 minutes of music. This allows one of the adjudicators to spend 10-15 minutes on stage with the group making suggestions. Directly following is a 25 minute clinic in another room with a second clinician.

Video and audio recordings are made of both the performance and clinic.

Contact Information

Dr. Gary Weidenaar,
CWU Fall Choral Classic Festival
400 E University Way, Mailstop 7458
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7458

Office Phone: 509.963.1616
Fax: 509.963.1239

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