Music for All - National Choir Festival

45 Monument Circle, Home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis, IN 46204



March 17 at 2:00 PM

Featuring 400 students from across the United States, student choral ensembles will join voices in Indianapolis for the 27th Annual Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha.

Music for All celebrates the Premiere National Choir Festival with this special honors concert. Five hundred voices will join together from eleven high schools from New York, Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Colorado, one Jr. High School Choir from Texas, and two youth choirs from Indianapolis Children’s Choir Bel Canto and Bella Voce.

The National Choir Festival concert will be book-ended by our Treble and Mixed Mass Choirs under the direction of Music for All Choral Artistic Director, Henry Leck, founder and conductor laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir; and Guest Conductor, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University. New choral works have been written for the Premiere National Choir Festival; Richard Saucedo’s arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner will kick-off the concert, and Artistic Director, Henry Leck’s We Believe in Music will bring the concert to a rousing close. Additional repertoire will include three Dilworth compositions: Freedom’s Plow, Great Camp Meeting, and I Sing Because I’m Happy, two original compositions by Jim Papoulis, and Movements 6 & 7 of Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo.

The mass choir will be accompanied by the Ball State University orchestra, directed by Doug Droste. NOTUS, from I.U. under the direction of Dominic DiOrio, and Ethos, an a cappella choir from Wright State University, directed by Brody McDonald will also be featured.

This year marks the premiere of the National Choir Festival as part of the Music for All National Festival. With this addition, Music for All now encompasses all the major pillars of a traditional school music program. Twelve choirs from across the nation invited by blind audition will debut choral performance.

Admission: free, general admission seating.

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