Festival Choruses & Guest Conductors

By  GALA Expert 

 June 23, 2023 

  

Ten Festival Choruses offer singing delegates the chance to work with a guest conductor, rehearse with singers from across the world, and perform in an evening Blockbuster concert. Sign up for Festival choirs beginning November 20, 2023!


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Festival Choruses
Eight Festival Choruses offer delegates the chance to work with a guest conductor, rehearse with singers from across the GALA family, and to perform in an evening Blockbuster concert. Individual delegates not attending with a chorus are invited to sing with the Multae Voces chorus, or another Festival chorus of your choosing.

Singers will receive scores, recordings and rehearsal tracks in advance and are expected to learn your part before arriving in Minneapolis.  On-site rehearsals begin Wednesday, July 10 and are also scheduled during morning hours throughout Festival 2024.

Please review the performance and rehearsal schedule and compare it with your chorus/ensemble schedule before registering for a Festival Chorus.  You may register for ONE mass chorus; note that voice parts are limited to keep sections balanced. There is a $10 fee to cover costs of scores and rehearsal tracks. A download link will be sent after repertoire is finalized.

To sign up for a Festival Chorus in to the Integra Planner, purchase the music in the Integra Online Store: open the “Quick links” drop-down menu on your home page, and select the Online Store option.  On the store Purchase Items page, select the chorus you wish to join with your particular voice part.


Multae Voces, conducted by Dominick DiOrio (he/him)
SATB chorus for individual singers who are not performing with a home chorus. Our first performance is for the Festival Opening at Peavey Plaza stage so singers must arrive at Festival for morning rehearsals on July 10.
—July 10 Rehearsals 10:30 AM-12:30 PM and 2:00-4:00 PM
—July 10 Festival Opening performance 5:00 pm – 5:45 PM. Peavey Plaza Outdoor Stage
—July 11 Rehearsal and Tech Rehearsal 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Central Lutheran Stage
—July 11 Perform in Peace of Wild Things Blockbuster 7:15-8:30 PM. Central Lutheran Stage

Voces Latinas Festival Chorus, conducted by Lígia Pucci (she/they)
All songs will be in Spanish; all singers welcome!
—July 10 Rehearsal 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
—July 12 Rehearsal 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
—July 12 Tech rehearsal 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Orchestra Hall Stage.
—July 13 Perform in Harmonies of the Sphere Blockbuster 7:15-8:30 PM. Orchestra Hall Stage.

Queer Gospel Choir, conducted by Eric Williamson (he/him)
SATB chorus open to all singers. Parts will be taught by rote including an April Zoom rehearsal with Eric and Lavender Light.
—July 10 Rehearsal 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
—July 12 Rehearsal 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
—July 13 Tech rehearsal 6:30 – 8:30 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage
—July 13 Perform in Banned Blockbuster 9:00-10:15 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage
—Tentative additional performance at George Floyd Square, date TBD

Trans & Nonbinary Festival Chorus, conducted by Kimberly Waigwa (they/them)
Open to singers who identify as transgender or nonbinary
—July 10 Meet & Greet & Rehearsal 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
—July 11 Rehearsal 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
—July 12 Rehearsal 6:00 – 7:30 PM
—July 12 Perform at TransFusion Cabaret 7:30-8:30 PM
—July 13 Tech rehearsal 6:30 – 8:30 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage
—July 13 Perform in Banned Blockbuster 9:00-10:15 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage

Prime Time Festival Chorus, conducted by Willi Zwozdesky (he/him)
For singers age 65 and older
—July 10 Meet & Greet with Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:00 PM
—July 11 Rehearsal 9:00 – 11:00 AM
—July 12 Rehearsal 1:30 – 3:00 PM (with GenZ Chorus)
—July 14 Tech rehearsal 8:30 – 11:30 AM. MCC Auditorium Stage
—July 14 Perform in Light the Fire…Share the Torch Blockbuster 7:15 – 9:00 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage

GenZ Festival Chorus, conducted by Paul Heins (he/him), Joseph Lee (he/him) and Ash (they/she)
Open to any singer ages 13-18
—July 10 Meet & Greet with Rehearsal 3:00 – 4:00 PM
—July 11 Rehearsal 1:30 – 3:00 PM, 3:30-5:00 PM
—July 12 Rehearsal 12:30 – 2:30 PM (with Prime Time Festival Chorus)
—July 12 Perform at TransFusion Cabaret 7:30-8:30 PM
—July 13 Rehearsal afternoon time TBD
—July 14 Tech rehearsal 9:00 – 11:30 AM. MCC Auditorium Stage (this call will only be ~60 min within this time frame)
—July 14 Perform in Light the Fire…Share the Torch Blockbuster 7:15 – 9:00 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage

Festival Choirs from existing choirs and works

Catherine Roma Commission Choirs, conducted by Catherine Roma (she/her)
Performing “Disenfranchised” by Elizabeth Alexander in the July 13 Banned Blockbuster
This chorus is for singers from choirs that have performed this song previously
—July 10 Joint rehearsal with all choirs 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Location in Integra Schedule
—July 13 Tech rehearsal 9:00 – 10:00 AM. MCC Auditorium Stage
—July 13 Tech rehearsal 6:30 – 8:30 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage
—July 13 Perform in Banned Blockbuster 9:00-10:15 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage

Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream, conducted by Steve Milloy (he/him)
Performing three movements in the Legacy Blockbuster (Black Boy Born, Stick in the Wheel, We Shall Not Be Moved).
Open to individual singers from choirs that have performed Bayard Rustin previously
—July 10 Rehearsal 2:30-4:00 pm
—July 11 Tech rehearsal 7:00 – 8:30 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage
—July 11 Legacy Blockbuster 9:00 – 10:15 PM. MCC Auditorium Stage