2020 Choristers Guild Children’s Choir Festival

General Information:

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Times: Mandatory Directors Meeting and Chapter Annual Meeting from 10:30 am until 11:10 am.
Choristers (usually grades 2-6*) – Registration at 8:15 am. Seating starts at 8:30 am.
Concert at 2:30 pm.
(* Seventh and eighth graders may be included as long as their voices have not yet changed.)
Location: St. Stephen Catholic Community
575 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs FL 32708
Festival Chair: Abby Mejeur
Festival Hosts: Francie Brann and Dianne Wall
Clinician: Claire Hodge is a private voice teacher, soloist, conductor, clinician, and vocal coach. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Claire enjoyed performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra under renowned conductors. Since moving to the Orlando area, she has been involved with the Orlando Opera Company, the boys and girls choirs of the Cathedral of St. Luke, and the Lutheran Cantata Choir. Her other activities include being a vocal coach for the Royal School of Church Music, providing training for children and youth with the Orlando Opera, and serving as clinician for numerous Florida school events including Seminole County’s “Guys’ Day of Singing”. photo of clinician

Music:

  1. I Can Do All Things
    • Composer: Mark Burrows CGA 1302
  2. This Is the Day
    • Composer: Mark Burrows CGA 1222
  3. Tunaomba Munga Atawale
    • Composer: John Paradowski CGA 1171
  4. Ubi Caritas fromCantate
    • Becky Slagle Mayo CGA 1327 or 1426
  5. Unto Us a Child Is Born
    • Composer: Laura Farnell CGA 1414

All festival music must be memorized beforehand

Fees:

Directors (includes lunch) $6.00 per person
Choristers: Grades 2-6 (includes lunch and snack) $20.00 per person
Chaperones, Aides and other Adults (includes lunch) $6.00 per person
Registration fee per group
Registration fee will be waived if form is mailed by February 7, 2020
$25.00 per church
  
Registration deadline is February 21, 2020
Please return registration information and fees to Francie Brann,
Chapter Treasurer, 4631 Warrington Drive, Orlando, FL 32826-4025.
Make check payable to: Choristers Guild, Central Florida Chapter.

Sharon Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund:

Sharon Hall was a Children's Choir Director at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Central Florida Chapter of Choristers Guild. After her death in 1996, the Central Florida Chapter of Choristers Guild established the Sharon Hall Scholarship Fund to honor Mrs. Hall's commitment to, enthusiam for and love of children and music. The scholarship fund will cover festival registration fees for choristers and/or directors in financial need. To request scholarship funds or for more information, please contact chapter president Joshua Klatt at 663-446-3062.

Interest Groups:

Puppets
Sign Language
Recorder
Sacred Dance *
Handbells
Drama *
Drumming
Orff Mallet Instruments 

Choristers may choose two interest groups.
* Students choosing Drama or Dance will only choose one interest group since they will use both sessions to prepare for the concert.

Permission Form:

A permission form must be filled out for each chorister and turned into the festival registrar before name tags and schedules will be given out on the morning of the festival. This is to ensure safety of the children in case there is an emergency and the director cannot be immediately located. A form can be found by clicking on the Festival Forms Button on the side of this page. We also ask that each church have an emergency person at home (someone that can be called and who will contact the rest of the parents in case of an emergency).

Housing:

La Quinta Inns and Suites Orlando-UCF, 11805 Research Parkway, Orlando FL. 32826. Group Name — Chorister’s Guild

Arrival — March 6, 2020

Departure — March 8, 2020

Rate — $109.00 including breakfast plus 12.5% tax per room per night.

Reservation cutoff date — February 14, 2020

Check in: 3:00pm

Check out: 12:00pm

The block contains 15 rooms each with two doouble beds. Maximum of 4 persons per room.

Please call the property directly at 407-737-6075 and ask to speak to the front desk to reserve from your group block.

Reservations must be accompanied by an organization check (personal checks are not accepted) for the first night’s lodging or guaranteed under a valid American Express, Diner’s Club, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover credit card number. Cancellation policy is 72 hours from date of arrival. Check Payments required a minimum of 10 days prior to Arrival date along wiht tax exempt forms (if applicable).

Travel Directions to St. Stephen Catholic Community:

From the south, take FL 417 north toward Sanford. Take exit 38 (Aloma Avenue/ FL426); keep left on the exit ramp to turn left (west) on Aloma Avenue. Go .5 mile and turn right on Tuskawilla Rd. The church is on the right in 4.3 miles (just after the light at Winter Springs Blvd. and the decorative fountains).

From the north, take FL 417 south to exit 44 (FL 419 / FL 434). Turn right (west), go 2.5 miles, then turn left on Tuskawilla Rd. The church is on the left in 1.5 miles.

From the LaQuinta Inn, go west on Research Parkway, then turn right (north) on FL434/Alafaya Trail. Go .7 mile, then turn left on University Boulevard. Go 2.3 miles, then turn right onto Dean Road. Go 1.7 miles and turn left onto Aloma Ave. (FL426). Go 1.0 miles and turn right on Tuskawilla Rd. The church is on the right in 4.3 miles (just after the light at Winter Springs Blvd. and the decorative fountains).

Enter the church property at the driveway on the south side of the church, drive past the second set of buildings, and park in the rear.

Dress for the day and the concert:

—Shorts or slacks
—Tee shirt or polo shirt (a shirt representing your choir or church is great)
—Tennis shoes with socks (please emphasize "safe" shoes for climbing on choral risers)