• Southern California Vocal Association

Festival Information

Concert Festivals


For Directors Attending A Festival

For Festival Hosts

Festival Sight Reading Information

Adjudication Information

Ensemble Classifications

Festival applications will not be accepted unless the director's SCVA membership is current. The festival application fee must be paid in one of two ways:
1) pay electronically through PayPal (via the SCVA website) or
2) mail a school check, booster check, money order, or cashiers check (made out to SCVA) to your VP of Festivals.
No personal checks will be accepted. Fees are non-refundable unless the festival is cancelled by SCVA. One festival per ensemble, except as noted.

Each director must bring two original copies of each piece being performed at the festival for use by the adjudicators. Duplicating copyrighted music is illegal. Photocopies of copyrighted music are not to be submitted to festival adjudicator. Any ensemble submitting photocopies will have its adjudication withheld.

A festival host may choose to provide digital audio recordings of adjudicator comments. If they do not, then you must BRING YOUR OWN RECORDING DEVICE (BYORD) to the festival to receive recorded comments from the adjudicators. You will need to provide a person to assist the judge in operating the device if needed. If no recording device is provided, then two written adjudications will be received.

Choral Festival Regulations

  1. If this is your first time going to an SCVA festival we recommend that you choose music from a variety of time periods and diverse styles (including those from historically excluded populations), but above all make sure your choirs perform something you can perform authentically, well studied, and represents what you can do your best. Consult the Recommended Festival List published by SCVA for ideas on what to perform at a festival.
  2. Pre-recorded accompaniment tracks should NOT be used in concert festivals. Any choral group which does not meet these responsibilities may be given no adjudication (at the discretion of the festival host and/or adjudicators).
  3. Each group's performance time is limited to 12 minutes (usually three pieces). If a group exceeds this time limit, it may jeopardize adjudication at the discretion of the festival host or adjudicator.