Dates & Location

Sunday-Monday, October 4-5, 2015; Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

Festival Registration Fees

The Vocal Arts Festival is $25 per person and includes t-shirt, all rehearsals, performances, the Vocal Arts/Choral Ensemble Showcase, catered brown bag dinner the evening of the performance and the Grand Finale Concert. Students selected for private voice lessons do not incur additional costs. Fees for music materials not included.

The Conductor's Symposium is $15 per person and includes a masterclass, three special interest sessions, all rehearsals and performances, refreshments and the Grand Finale Concert. Fees for music materials not included.

Festival Parking

Buses may drop students off at the Gallagher- Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and park in the North Dome R lot. For other vehicles, parking permits are $2 each and are required if parking on campus. Please use your application form to indicate the number of parking permits needed. A map of appropriate parking lots will be sent with your permit(s) and confirmation.

Pre-Concert Dinner

Select either a ham/cheese or vegetarian brown bag dinner to enjoy in the lobby of the GBPAC prior to the performance. Please indicate selection on registration form.

Lodging Information

The Clarion and Days Inn are offering special rates for Festival attendees. Costs are $54 per room at the Days Inn and $99 per room at the Clarion Inn. Call the Days Inn at (319)-266-1222 or the Clarion at (319)-277-2230 to make reservations. Please indicate that you are with the Festival.

Additional information

For more information about the Festival and/or Symposium activities, contact:
Dr. John Len Wiles
Phone: (319)-273-7175

For information concerning registration, contact:
Kelli McCarthy
Phone: (319)-273-5141
Fax: (319)-273-7470


All individual music packets shall be ordered by the school's director directly from the Kephart's music center website.

Vocal Faculty

Dr. Korey Barrett, vocal coach
Prof. Jeff Brich, voice
Dr. John Hines, voice
Dr. Jean McDonald, voice
Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, opera

Voice Lessons / Scholarships Auditions

Private voice lessons with UNI Vocal Faculty are available to Seniors and Juniors on Monday, October 5 from 9am to 12pm. Superior students may be invited to sing a solo at the Grand Finale Concert and may be awarded a scholarship to study voice at the UNI School of Music as a music major.

As space is limited, priority is given to qualified Seniors. Students are required to sing one Art Song (e.g., a selection from "24 Italian Songs and Arias"). Selections must be memorized. Students should bring one copy for the voice faculty and one copy for the UNI accompanist, provided free of charge. Each lesson will last approximately 15 minutes.

After all singers have been heard, the Voice Faculty will invite students to sing in a call back audition to determine those students who will be invited to sing on the Grand Finale Concert and to identify scholarship candidates.

*Be advised that a student who wins a scholarship still needs to apply for acceptance to UNI and audition for acceptance into the School of Music on the specified spring audition dates.

Voice faculty will critique to provide encouragement, and suggestions will be of a positive nature. Each lesson will last approximately 15 minutes. Certain students will be heard again in a call-back situation to determine the scholarship candidates who will sing during the evening's concert.

The UNI Voice Faculty gives freely of their time and expertise; cancellations should be made only in extreme cases. Please be sure to use the lesson times you request and are assigned.

*Be advised that a student who wins a scholarship still needs to apply for acceptance to UNI and audition for acceptance into the School of Music on the Specified spring audition dates. A scholarship winner does not automatically gain acceptance to UNI or the School of Music.

Conducting Masterclass

The goal of the Vocal Arts Festival Masterclass is to provide insight on both technical and musical matters to each participant in a constructive, encouraging, and non-competitive environment.  Each participant will be conduct the UNI Concert Chorale on diverse repertoire (provided by UNI upon registration), offered suggestions by the UNI conducting faculty (both choral and instrumental conductors), and will be provided with a video of their time at the podium.  Selection for the masterclass is on a "first come, first served" basis.


Baba Yetu, Christopher Tin
O Filii et Filiae, Ivo Antognini
O Filii et Filiae, Leisring
I Will Lift Mine Eyes, Jake Runestad
I'm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves, Hogan/Eklund
Ave Maria, Franz Biebl
Make Our Garden Grow, Bernstein/arr. Page