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Atlanta Choral Division

Information for: CONCERT CHOIR, TREBLE CHOIR, MALE CHORUS, CHAMBER CHOIR, MADRIGAL CHOIR AND JAZZ/SHOW CHOIR

  1. The festival is open to Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, and Senior High School groups with a minimum of 20 performers.

  2. Groups may enter for Comments Only or Rating Only and may elect to participate in a mini-clinic. Groups may enter for Competition/Rating and will be considered for the Southern Star Sweepstakes Trophy provided a minimum of two schools choose to enter for competition in their division. (divisions include: Middle School/Junior High Choir, Senior High Choir, or Jazz/Show Choir)

  3. There is no required music list, however, groups are encouraged to select music of the highest quality. It is advisable to choose selections comparable to those found on state or national lists. The director must provide original scores (no photo copies allowed unless authorized by the publisher) of each selection labeled with the name of the school and with measures numbered.

  4. Groups will perform two or three works not to exceed a performance time of fifteen minutes. Groups will be scheduled in twenty-five minute blocks to allow for the optional clinic session. There will be twenty minutes available for warm-up.

  5. Groups should arrive one hour prior to performance time in their concert attire approximately 20 minutes before warm-up. The Director should check-in at the Registration table upon arrival.

  6. The performances will be adjudicated by three experienced judges. Each judge will provide a numerical assessment and recorded comments on cassette tape. Groups will receive a rating based on the following scale: GOLD (90-100), SILVER (75-89), BRONZE (60-74), and BLUE (45-59). The composite rating would be determined as follows:


    GOLD STANDARD (G) GGG GGS GGB    
    SILVER STANDARD (S) GSS GSBr SSBr SSS  
    BRONZE STANDARD (Br) GBrBr SBrBr BrBrBr SBrBl BrBrBl
    BLUE STANDARD (Bl) SBlBl BrBlBl BlBlBl    


    The Southern Star Sweepstakes Trophy will be awarded to the group in each of the three divisions (Middle School/Junior High Choir, Senior High Choir & Jazz/Show Choir) entered for competition that entered for competition that received the highest numerical score in the GOLD STANDARD category. One Championship Trophy will be awarded to the group receiving the highest numerical among all participants each weekend regardless of Choral or Instrumental divisions.

  7. Each group will receive a specially designed trophy to commemorate its level of achievement. All trophies will be presented at the Saturday night Awards Celebration held in the Six Flags Southern Star Amphitheater at 7:00 p.m. All festival participants should plan to attend this special event. Adjudicator packets will be distributed at this time. If you are unable to attend the Celebration, please indicate that on the form that you fill out at the check-in desk.

  8. Equipment provided for Choral Groups: two music stands, five three-step choral risers, sound shells and a tuned acoustic piano. One microphone will be on stage for announcements. Playback equipment is available for participants who require taped or CD accompaniment.


    Note for Jazz/Show Choirs: Groups must adapt to the performance space that includes choral risers. A PA system with up to five microphones will be available for Jazz/Show Choirs.

March 16th 2018 April 20th and 21st 2018
March 23rd and 24th 2018 April 27th and 28th 2018
April 6th and 7th 2018 May 4th and 5th 2018
April 13th and 14th 2018 May 11th and 12th 2018
May 18th 2018
*Registration opens on July 1, 2017

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