For more than 30 years, talented singers from central and northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan have participated in the annual Chorfest High School Honor Choir Festival, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The purpose of this festival is to provide a rehearsal and performance experience of choral masterworks, under the baton of a nationally recognized choral conductor. For more information about Chorfest, contact the UW-Superior Music Department.
We look forward to welcoming you to our next Chorfest, held on Nov. 3, 2016. We are pleased to announce next year's guest clinician: Dr. José Rivera, from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
The repertoire for Chorfest 2016 will include Franz Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G Major and Vladimir Vavilov's Ave Maria. These pieces are freely available in the public domain and are made available for download on this page.
If you own these pieces in your choral library, please make sure that your editions match the ones posted here. Students need to bring their own copies of this repertoire to Chorfest.
Part-learning recordings will be made available here for participating students and directors.
Sheet music (please print your own copies)
YouTube Video performances
- Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G Major (note: this is a playlist, so it needs to be able to play through).
- Caccini's Ave Maria (note: this is a different arrangement than the one we will sing)
Dr. José Rivera
Jose Rivera is coordinator of Music Education, Assistant Professor of Choral Music, and Conductor of the University Chorale at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. At UNCP he teaches conducting, rehearsal and vocal techniques, and supervises student teachers. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and served as a clinician for numerous workshops, honor choirs, and clinics around the country. Rivera received his Ph.D. and M.M.E. degrees in Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University. During his tenure in Florida, he was a successful public music teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels where his advanced choirs received various regional and national awards.
Rivera's research interests include conducting and rehearsal techniques, teacher preparation, and analysis of twentieth-century Latin American choral music. His article "Roberto Sierra's Misa Latina" was recently published in the Choral Journal. In addition, his research work has been presented at the MENC and ACDA regional conferences.