Festival of Voices
Festival of Voices is an outreach program for high school choral students presented in collaboration with The University of South Florida School of Music and The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. High school music directors can get a head start on their school year by sending their choirs to this 2-day workshop conducted by Dr. James K. Bass culminating in a Finale Concert. Students sing side-by-side with members of USF choral ensembles and The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Festival of Voices consistently draws over 350 high school choral students from over 30 schools representing 8 counties in Florida.
Many thanks to Nhick Pacis for providing the video below from our 2011 Festival of Voices.
Students interested in pursuing music as a career path are able to gain insights from many of the professional musicians singing with The Master Chorale as well as interact with college level singers. Other students not wishing to become professional musicians are able to see how to keep music in their lives post-high school. A majority of Master Chorale members are able to balance singing and a professional life unrelated to music and some of the participating college students are not music majors.
Funding for the 2015 Festival of Voices is provided in part by donors of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor this educational event, please contact Kara Dwyer, Master Chorale Director of Operations, at 813.974.7726.
Dates: September 25 & 26, 2015
Festival Location: USF School of Music, 3755 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL 33620
Official Festival of Voices Homepage
Registration & Schedule
Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm
USF School of Music Concert Hall
3755 USF Holly Drive, Tampa
General Admission at the door
$5 Students/Children under 12
Children under 5 years old get free admission
2015 Festival Clinicians
Dr. James K. Bass, Mixed Choir Director
Dr. Beth Gibbs, Women's Choir Director
Mr. Danny Compher, Choral Conducting Seminar Guest Speaker