Northwest Georgia Choral Festival

NWGA Choral Festival Sign

Monday, October 17, 2016

Shorter University is excited to host the 21st Annual Northwest Georgia Choral Festival for high school students (grades 9-12) and elementary and middle school male treble voices, female or unchanged male (grades 4-6) and their directors. Students will spend the day in choral clinics and rehearsals with festival clinicians and work toward an evening concert in Shorter’s Winthrop-King Centre at 6:30 pm

The public is invited to attend the final concert featuring the festival choirs and the Shorter Chorale.

For more information, please contact Festival Coordinator Ruthie Phillips at

All festival registration forms are online

Registration for the 21st Annual NWGA Choral Festival will open in August 2016.

NWGA Choral FestivalCost includes: workshop admittance, pizza lunch, snacks throughout the day, 2 tickets to the evening concert, and an opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Shorter Choral ensembles. Dinner is not included in the registration fee.

Registration Fee & Requirements

$18 per student (for high school or elementary/middle choir participants).

Registration forms must be accompanied by full payment. Forms sent without payment will not be considered for registration until payment arrives. Registration forms are processed in the order they are received until the festival choirs are full. Registration fees are non-refundable.

High School Requirements

Directors may bring as many students as desired as long as the ensemble is balanced (i.e. two first sopranos, two second sopranos, two first altos, two second altos, two first tenors, two second tenors, two first basses, two second basses). Please be aware that, in order to preserve balance of the choir, some students may be revoiced if necessary. If you have questions regarding balance, please email Ruthie Phillips at

Festival Schedule For High School Choirs
8:00 – 8:30 AM Check-in at Minor Fine Arts Building
8:45 AM – Noon Rehearsal
12 Noon – 1:30 PM Lunch break (Directors at Luncheon)
1:30 – 4:00 PM Rehearsal with Shorter ensembles
4:00 – 5:45 PM Dinner Break
6:00 PM Warm Up
6:30 PM Concert

Treble Choir Requirements

For the treble choir, directors may bring female or unchanged male treble voices in grades 4-6. Parts 1 or 2 will be assigned to students after registration has been completed.

Festival Schedule For Treble Choirs
8:00 – 8:30 AM Check-in at Winthrop-King Centre
8:45 AM – Noon Rehearsal
12 Noon – 1:30 PM Lunch break (Directors at Luncheon)
1:30 – 3:30 PM Rehearsal with Shorter ensembles
3:30 – 5:45 PM Dinner Break
6:00 PM Warm Up
6:30 PM Concert


Each participating student will receive two free tickets to the concert, and additional tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior adults. Tickets can be purchased through the Shorter Box Office by calling 706-233-7288 or email

Concert Attire for Students

Concert dress for both choirs will be NWGA t-shirt, jeans and closed toed shoes. Festival T-shirt is included in festival fee.


Repertoire selections will be posted in August 2016.

2016 Clinicians

Clinicians will be announced in August 2016.”


The registration fee will cover the cost of lunch, snacks and drinks on the Shorter campus (chaperoned by Shorter ensemble members) for student participants. Dinner is not included in the registration fee. Chaperone lunches are available for $5 each.

Conductors’ Luncheon

Choral directors are invited to a complimentary luncheon at La Scala in downtown Rome from noon until 1:00pm. We offer one complimentary luncheon per group, however, additional tickets are available for purchase at $20 per ticket. (See section on registration form).

If you have any questions please contact Festival Coordinator Ruthie Phillips at


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