Who Are We?
The Radcliffe Choral Society is a soprano-alto collegiate choir at Harvard University. In the past, we have hosted similar festivals for high school and collegiate treble choirs. We are excited to host the first virtual installment in 2021.
This festival seeks to broaden perspectives on the form and purpose of art-making, to amplify diverse voices and missions in the choral community, and evaluate ways in which singers can engage in lifelong musical pursuits. Through virtual workshops, panels, and performances, we aim to examine the impact of music-making across cultures and communities. We will unite youth singers from different communities to engage in dialogue on how we can maintain, strengthen, and shape society through music during transitional moments in time.
When and Where Will the Festival Take Place?
The festival will take place virtually on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. We have tentatively scheduled activities from 11 am - 3:30 pm ET on Saturday and 11:30 am to 4:00 pm ET on Sunday, with additional social time on Saturday evening.
What Do You Need to Prepare?
In addition to working on your own music, we plan to have a joint rehearsal sometime in March to work on the joint commissioned piece. Depending on your group’s capacity during the pandemic, we are happy to work with you on technological needs and how much music you can contribute to the final performance. Once you’re excited and ready to commit your choir to participating in RVF, fill out this registration form with more logistical information (e.g. number of participants).
What Will We Do During the Festival?
Participants will be able to interact with singers from other groups as well as professional artists through workshops. Specifically, singers will participate in up to four, 40-minute workshop ‘blocks’ with breaks in between. Each block will offer a couple workshops at each time revolving around a common theme, for example: Music & Society, Traditions & Transformation, You & Your Voice, and Singing & Creating.
The festival will conclude with a virtual presentation during which each group may share their own work. We hope that each participating choir will contribute 10-15 minutes of their own material, but the scope of this material is broad-ranging: from past footage and/or recordings made during the pandemic to student testimonials and other such creative or narrative contributions. The performance will culminate with 3-5 minutes of a new combined work collaboratively composed and sung by all participating choirs. We are excited to announce that Dr. Martha Gonzalez -- Grammy-Award-winning singer, professor, and author -- will facilitate the creative process for this final composition in the weeks and months leading up to the festival.
Who will be attending?
For more information, questions, or concerns, please email our Festival Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org