Contact Heather Hamilton
Book a room at the University Plaza Hotel Reservation Link
First & Calvary Church Atrium
12:30-2:30pm Sectional Rehearsal
3:00-6:00pm Combined Rehearsal
6:00-7:30pm Dinner on your own
7:30-9:00pm Combined Rehearsal
8:00-10:00am Combined Rehearsal
10:30-11:45am Dress Rehearsal at Hammons Hall
12:00-1:15pm Provided lunch at MSU Dining Hall
1:30-5:00pm Rehearsal @ F&C
5:00-6:30pm Dinner on your own
and change clothes
6:30pm Line up for performance at Hammons Hall
7:00pm Performance at Hammons Hall (shared with 9-10 MYHC)
Festival Choir Information
July 17-18, 2023
University Plaza Hotel &
Juanita K. Hammons Hall (MSU), Springfield, MO
The participation fee covers: music packet, practice tracks, t-shirt, 1 meal, a performance in Hammons Hall, and a world-class choral experience with Dr. Andre' Thomas
Open to all students who were accepted as members, alternates, AND honorable mention to the 2023 Missouri All-State Choir
Rehearsals: July 17-18
Performance July 18 (evening)
Can We Sing the Darkness to Light
Walton Music WW1736
I'll Fly Away
Morning Star 50-5117
If I can Help Somebody
Boosey and Hawkes 48024913
Light Dawns On a Weary World
The King Shall Rejoice
G.F. Handel ed. Andre Thomas
Practice Tracks & Resources
Meet the Clinician
Dr. Andre' Thomas
Dr. Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and The University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa
Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive. They include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral
Musicians' summer residency of the World Youth Choir in the The Republic of China and the Philippines. He was also the conductor of the World Youth Choir's winter residency in Europe and a premier performance by an American choir (Florida State University Singers) in Vietnam.
He has been the guest conductor of such distinguished orchestras and choirs as the
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, guest Conductor for the Berlin Radio Choir and the North German Radio Choir in Germany, the Netherlands Radio Choir, The Bulgarian Radio Choir and Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, China's People's Liberation Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. From 1988-2019, he also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus.
Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. Hinshaw Music Company, Mark Foster Music Company, Fitzsimons Music Company, Lawson Gould, Earthsongs, Choristers Guild, and Heritage Music Company publishes his compositions and arrangements.
Dr. Thomas has produced two instructional videos, "What They See Is What You Get" on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and "Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice" on adolescent voices, with Anton
Armstrong. His recent book "Way Over in Beulah Lan'. Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual" has quickly
become a significant resource in this area of study.
Note: MCDA does not offer refunds in the event the student cannot attend.
For safety reasons, all rehearsals are closed to the public. Only those who are official chaperones or registered members of the conference (including single day registration) are allowed in the rehearsal space. Please help us maintain the safety of our singers by adhering to these requirements. For liability reasons, members are not supposed to be official chaperones. But in the event that there was no other option, members still need to register for the conference. Thank you for supporting the organization that supports these ensembles!