Northwest Georgia Choral Festival – Shorter University

NW Georgia Choral Festival Concert 2016

The 25th Annual Northwest Georgia Choral Festival has been postponed to 2021 because of concerns associated with COVID19.

For further details, note the information below about our past festivals.

Shorter University is excited to host the 24th 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 Tiffany Crawford at

NWGA Choral FestivalRegistration Requirements

$30 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.

The registration deadline has been extended to Monday, October 14th.

Steps to register your school for NWGA:

Step 1: Fill out the registration form.

Click here to fill out the registration form.

Step 2: Input your students information on this excel spreadsheet.

Click here to download the Excel spreadsheet.

Step 3: Email the filled out Excel spreadsheet with your students information to Tiffany Crawford at  to confirm your registration.

Step 4: We will email you an invoice of how much you owe. You may pay via mail or on the day of. We cannot accept Debit/Credit cards.


High School Mixed Choir 

He’ll Make a Way – Byron Smith
The Music of Stillness – Elaine Hagenberg

Treble Choir

Animal Imagination – Tom Shelton
Down By the Riverside – arr. Rollow A. Dilworth
How Beautiful is the Rain – Mary Lynn Lightfoot
This Shall Be For Music – Mark Patterson


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 attend a complimentary luncheon from noon to 1:00 PM. Each choral director receives a complimentary meal. Chaperones may attend the luncheon if desired for a cost of $20 per meal.

If you have any questions, please email Tiffany Crawford at

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 Tiffany Crawford 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


The concert will begin at 6:30 PM. Admission to this event is free. The concluding concert will be held in the Winthrop-King Centre on the Shorter University campus.

Concert Attire for Students

Performance attire for the NWGA Choral Festival is formal. Students may wear their formal, school chorus uniforms for the concert. Tuxedoes and black dresses for High School and white tops and black pants for the Treble choir. Please have the students wear black, closed toe shoes with their outfits. Students may change into formal wear during their dinner break. Changing rooms on campus will be provided for students who need them.If you have any questions, please email Tiffany Crawford at

2019 Clinicians

4th-6th Treble Choir –Vincent Oakes 

is in his sixteenth year as Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir, a music education and performance organization founded in 1954 which now includes over 120 choristers ages 8-18 in five ensembles. Including innovative performance opportunities and collaborative community initiatives, the CBC maintains a performance calendar of thirty appearances annually, as well as a technology-based music education curriculum for its participants. The choir has performed and toured extensively under Mr. Oakes’ direction, including performance tours to Europe, Canada, and Cuba, as well as significant domestic appearances at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleans), and Carnegie Hall. Recording opportunities for the CBC have included commercially-released recordings with Stephen Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, and the grammy-nominated NAXOS recording of Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Aaron RiceHigh School Choir – Aaron M. Rice

serves as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities in the Edith Lester Harbin Department of Music at Shorter University, where he conducts the Shorter Chorale, Men’s and Women’s Choirs, and the Shorter Chorus. He teaches conducting and choral methods for students in the music education and church music degrees.

Prior to his appointment at Shorter, Dr. Rice taught at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC. Under his leadership, the choral department expanded to include the Chowan University Singers, the Chowan University Chorus, and the Chowan University Men’s Choir. Rice also maintained a voice studio and oversaw the conducting curriculum. Rice has prepared choirs for performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. While completing his DMA, he served as Associate Conductor for the Southwestern Master Chorale, which routinely performed with the Fort Worth Symphony.

A native of North Carolina, Rice received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music and Choral Conducting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas where he studied with David Thye. He earned the Master of Music degree in Sacred Music and Choral Conducting at East Carolina University as a student of Daniel Bara, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in both biblical studies and comprehensive music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

As a member of American Choral Director’s Association, Rice has performed as a chorister on state and regional concert programs. He most recently served as the Exhibits Chair for North Carolina ACDA. Rice is also an executive board member of the Baptist Church Music Conference and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.

Dr. Rice lives in Rome with his wife, Lane, and their two children.