All-Star Choir Festival | School of Music | Kent State University

All-Star Choir Festival

The KSU All-Star Choir Festival is a two-day choral leadership workshop.

The 2018 All-Star Choir Festival, Oct. 7-8

Many of Ohio's finest high school singers and directors will come together and enjoy two days of intensive choral rehearsals,  sectionals, panel discussions and performances. The festival is held both in beautiful downtown Kent at the KSU Hotel & Conference Center and at Kent State University music performance venues. There is no advanced preparation necessary—singers will receive music upon arrival! Private vocal coaching sessions with KSU voice faculty are available. Come be a part of this amazing choral/vocal experience at KSU!


Participation in the All-Star Choir Festival is open to high school students of sophomore, junior, or senior standing with proven excellence in choral experience. High School Choral Directors will nominate up to 10 students from their program based on vocal ability, character, and leadership potential. Acceptance will be based on available space—an acceptable balance between sections is preferred.

All directors are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate in festival events!


  • $45 registration fee per student (includes t-shirt, music packet with folder, transportation,  accompanist fees, and snacks).
  • $5 per student for optional vocal coaching sessions (Juniors & Seniors only - see Nomination Form).
  • $30 per student for optional overnight housing.

Participants who require overnight housing must include an additional $30 to cover room expense. Do not contact the hotel directly! Four participants will be placed in each room. A continental breakfast will be provided. 

Send no fees now! Participants will be notified of acceptance. Fees must be paid in full before arrival in order to participate.

IMPORTANT: Each school must abide by their own district's policies on chaperoning for the overnight stay! Chaperones will be responsible for booking their own rooms. Kent State University and the All-Star Choir Festival do not accept responsibility for students staying overnight. All students staying at the KSU Hotel must have a Chaperone PRESENT at the time of check in. Students without a responsible adult will not be allowed to check in. No exceptions.

Nomination Form instructions

1. Download and fill out the nomination form on Excel. Due Sept. 14!

  • You may nominate a maximum of ten students.
  • Carefully consider vocal ability, character, leadership potential, and sight-reading ability. Please do not nominate students with little or no sight-reading ability.
  • Help us balance the All-Star Choir by nominating students from all voice types if possible.
  • IMPORTANT: Please rank all nominees in order of overall ability. Please rank students carefully, as all nominees may not necessarily be selected to participate.
  • Please inform nominees of the following and indicate interest on the nomination form:

Optional Vocal Coaching Session* (JUNIORS & SENIORS ONLY): Students must come prepared with an art song appropriate for solo and ensemble contest. If the piece is memorized, the student may be selected to perform on the final concert. *There is an additional $5 fee for the 15-minute vocal coaching sessions.

2. Registration information will be available in July/August.

download the nomination Form  

Schedule: 2018 KSU All-Star Choir Festival

Sunday Oct. 7, 2018  
1 p.m. Registration at KSU Hotel and Conference Center
1:45 p.m. Welcome/Introductions (Hotel Ballroom)
2 p.m. Rehearsal #1 (Hotel Ballroom) 
4 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Rehearsal #2 (Hotel Ballroom)
5:35 p.m. Dinner on your own (Downtown Kent near Hotel)
7 p.m. Meet in KSU Hotel Lobby and walk as a group to Cartwright Hall
7:15 p.m. ASCF students and directors seated in Cartwright Hall for concert
7:30 p.m. KSU Choral Collage Concert (Cartwright Hall)
8:20 p.m. Post-Concert Panel Discussion: Choral/Vocal Leadership
8:45 p.m. Return to KSU Hotel - overnighters
Return home for the evening - commuters
9 p.m. Director’s Reception (Bricco)
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018  
7 a.m. Continental breakfast at KSU Hotel - overnighters
8 a.m. Check out of KSU Hotel and bus shuttle to KSU Center for Performing Arts - overnighters
  Arrive at KSU Center for the Performing Arts - commuters
8:30 a.m. Rehearsal #3 (CPA-Ludwig Recital Hall)
10:10 a.m. Break
10:25 a.m. Rehearsal #4 (CPA-Ludwig Recital Hall)
12 p.m. Bus shuttle to downtown—Lunch on your own
2 p.m. Rehearsal #5 (Hotel Ballroom)
4:15 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Walk to Cartwright Hall (snack en route)
4:45 p.m. Sound check rehearsal in Cartwright Hall
6 p.m. KSU All-Star Choir Festival Concert*
7 p.m. Event concluded, depart for home.

*Attire for the final concert is your ASCF t-shirt and nice blue jeans. No holey jeans or leggings, please!

Rehearsal Breaks: "The Vocal Professional"
10-minute talks on vocal/choral careers by KSU faculty members


Dr. Scott MacPherson
Director of Choral Activities
P: 330-672-2909