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Fall Choral Festival - A Message from Ted Gibson, ACE VP Fall Festival

posted Sep 8, 2015, 1:52 PM by Darin Shryock   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 1:56 PM ]

Hello High School Choral Directors!

I would like to take a minute of your highly limited time to encourage you to enroll your ensemble(s) in the Fall Choir Festival hosted by the Arizona Choral Educators. The festival is hosted in both the Tucson and Phoenix areas. The Tucson-area site is Catalina Foothills High School, and the Phoenix-area site is First United Methodist Church in Mesa. If you have participated in the festival in the past you will notice a few small differences. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Scheduling is limited. Ensembles will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. That being said, I will keep a live, in-progress schedule posted HERE so that you can see if there are viable time slots available before you register. Once you have registered you will be required to pay even if your assigned performance slot is not ideal. I will make every effort to facilitate all the ensembles and will publish a finalized schedule when registration is closed.

  • Sight Reading has changed slightly (for the better!) The sight reading exercises will be available in SSA, TTB, TBB, SAB, and SATB at the director’s discretion. These exercises have been provided by You can go HERE and create your own, free sight reading exercises for your choir to prepare! The only difference is that online exercises are 8 measures long and the exercises provided at the festival will be 16 measures long.

Registration is now open on the Arizona AMEA website HERE. The registration deadline is September, 25th but there may be very limited time slots available if you wait to register. Please read your ACE handbook (also available at the AMEA website HERE) for complete details. If you have any questions you can email me at

Thank You!