Department of Music

ChoralFest! 2023

We would be honored to have you and your students join us for this event! The 2023 University of Montevallo Festival Choral Day is designed to affirm the participation of young singers in the vocal arts. The choirs are comprised of high school and middle school students throughout the state of Alabama. Students work closely with the festival clinician in intense rehearsals focusing on musicianship skills, voice building, and ensemble performance. The choir also rehearses and performs side-by-side with University of Montevallo Choirs, some of the state’s foremost collegiate choirs.  Our goal is to provide students with the highest level of musical achievement through education and performance experiences. Students will experience concerts and masterclasses, and will perform with seasoned professionals on traditional and exciting new choral repertoire.

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Registration/Check-in: Davis Hall

Rehearsals: Palmer Hall Auditorium/LeBaron Recital Hall (Davis Hall)

Performance: Palmer Hall Auditorium

Highlights for 2023 ChoralFest! Schedule:

  • No preparation is necessary!
  • Music will be provided on-site!
  • Final Sing! will be held at UM Palmer Auditorium

2023 ChoralFest! Registration:

  • Student Registration – $30.00
  • Payment: Pay Now!
  • Registration is closed for this event.
  • Application deadline: EXTENDED TO FRIDAY MARCH 3rd 2023

2023 ChoralFest! Schedule

8:00am-8:45am                   Registration

9:00am-12:00pm                 Rehearsal

12:00pm-1:00pm                 Lunch

1:00pm-4:00pm                   Rehearsal

4:30pm                                UM Voice Showcase, UMCC Performance, Festival Final Sing!

6:00pm                                Depart from Campus

2023 ChoralFest! Clinicians

2023 TTBB Festival Clinician:

Dr. Randall Hooper has earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas State University, a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Baylor University where he studied with Donald Bailey, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Louisiana State University where he studied with Kenneth Fulton and Sara Lynn Baird. Prior to his position at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Hooper held similar positions at Tennessee Tech University, Georgia State University and taught high school choral music for eleven years in Texas. Dr. Hooper has been invited to conduct honor choirs, adjudicate and present interest sessions and in-services throughout the south and southwest. Choirs under Dr. Hooper’s leadership have performed in Carnegie Hall, by invitation for the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, the Tennessee Music Educators Association Conference, the Georgia Music Educators Association and for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation Symposium in Liverpool, England along with touring Germany, Austria, England and France. In 2005, Dr. Hooper was invited to present a paper on the choral music of Anthony Burgess for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation Symposium in Manchester, England which was published in Anthony Burgess and Modernity. In 2012, Dr. Hooper was the guest conductor for the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande in Brazil. The A&M Commerce Chorale collaborated with the A&M Commerce Wind Ensemble in a performance in Carnegie Hall and for the Southwestern division of the College Band Directors National Association. In July of 2013, the A&M Commerce Chorale was invited to perform at the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande in Brazil. In March of 2016, Dr. Hooper conducted the A&M Commerce Men’s Chorus in a performance for the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Hooper has served as the Texas Choral Director’s Association as the College and Community Choir Vice President. He is also actively involved with church music and musical theatre. He has served as music director for churches in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. He is currently the Director of Music of Kavanaugh UMC in Greenville, TX. He has served as the musical director for San Marcos Summer Theatre, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, LA and the Cookeville Children’s Theatre in Cookeville, TN.

 2023 SSAA Festival Clinician:

Dr. Womack has dedicated the past twenty-three years serving as an inspirational and motivational conductor, educator, and administrator, at the elementary, middle, high school, collegiate, and professional levels. Currently, Dr. Womack has been reappointed as Director of Arts at The Montgomery Academy where he previously received the McLemore Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Womack served as Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi College and Chair of Fine Arts and Director of Choral Activities at Huntingdon College. Choral ensembles under the direction of Dr. Womack have performed by juried invitation for regional and national conventions of The American Choral Directors Association, and The National Association for Music Education. Dr. Womack is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He has presented workshops and lectures for ACDA and NAfME conventions. His research topics include choral tone, unified and expressive singing, and word stress. Dr. Womack has conducted honor choir festivals across the United States. Dr. Womack currently serves as the American Choral Director’s Association National Youth Choirs Coordinator and has served on planning committees for the 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018, and 2020 ACDA Southern Region Conventions.
Dr. Womack holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and holds Music Education degrees from Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University.