Albany Pro Musica

High School Choral Festival

Fall 2020 – February 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM | Virtual

Welcome to the annual High School Choral Festival! This year marks Albany Pro Musica’s 21st year hosting this beloved invitational festival of high school choirs. This season’s festival is entirely virtual and features a multi-session, online curriculum that includes rehearsal guidance, sectionals, and music appreciation. Students and educators can complete these educational modules on demand this fall, and submit individual recordings of Hate Has No World, a new commissioned composition by APM Composer-in-Residence Dr. Bradley Ellingboe. Student recordings (up to 300 submissions) will be combined into a “virtual choir” performance of Hate Has No World, which will be premiered at the culminating event of the festival, an online “release party” on February 7, 2021 that will also feature discussion with Ellingboe and APM director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.

The festival is free of charge and open to all high-school students in New York State.

Teachers, click here for a printable overview of the festival!

To sign up for this season’s High School Choral Festival, please complete and submit the online participation form. Once we receive your information, we will email you your sheet music and recording instructions. Student videos must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 14, 2020.

Watch a special welcome message from APM’s Opalka Family Artistic Director, Dr. José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.

Already received your music? Here are two YouTube playlists that will help you learn this piece:

  • Sectional rehearsals – APM Education Director Mr. Brendan Hoffman provides detailed technical guidance and notes on each voice part.
  • Practice guide tracks – Watch and sing along as Dr. Ellingboe conducts and singers from APM demonstrate “Hate Has No World.” You can sing along with the full, balanced-parts version or with a version that highlights your own voice part.

We look forward to singing with you this season!