UNH Choral Gala


UNH Choral Gala


We are sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled


9:30 am – 6:30 PM

5:00 pm concert

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What is the Choral Gala?

The UNH Choral Gala is a one day choral music event for high school choruses in the New England Area. This event is held annually on the last Saturday of January in the Paul Creative Arts Center, UNH, Durham.

The UNH Choral Gala offers a unique experience to other festivals in the area. High school choruses each perform 2-3 works for each other and receive feedback from a guest clinician in an engaging choral masterclass. Students also prepare three short choral works for performance together with university singers from UNH. Each choir is featured individually in the Gala concert and perform the final pieces together

Marques L. A. Garrett

2022 Clinician: Marques L. A. Garrett from the University of Nebraska


Marques L. A. Garrett (he, him) is Assitant Professor of Music in Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the Glenn Korff School of Music. Before completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education (Choral Conducting) at Florida State University, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He is an accomplished vocalist and composer with works available through several publishers and performed by festival/honor choirs, all-state choirs, as well as professional and university choirs such as Seraphic Fire and the Oakwood University Aeolians. Recent commissions and premieres include the University of New Hampshire, Seraphic Fire, Westminster Choir College, Harvard University, Turtle Creek Chorale, Seattle Pro Musica, American Spiritual Ensemble, Festival Singers of Florida, and the American Choral Directors Association. He regularly serves as a choral clinician and guest conductor for festival and honor choirs throughout the country. Dr. Garrett is an active researcher with published articles on the choral music of Black composers. He is also a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences of ACDA, NCCO, NAfME, and other organizations.

More information at https://www.mlagmusic.com/

2022 Combined-Choir Repertoire:

“I Want to be Ready” – traditional, arr. Moses Hogan

“There Was a Time” – Elaine Hagenberg

“Sing Out My Soul!” – Marques L. A. Garrett


Sample day schedule:

9:30 – 10:00 AM Arrive PCAC, Johnson Theatre, and welcome (directors receive packets including sheet music, t-shirt, pencil, etc)

10:00 – 10:15 AM Introductions and group warm-ups

10:15 AM – 12:15 PM Choral Masterclass (held on Johnson Theatre Stage, students watch each other school’s Choral Masterclasses)

12:15 – 12: 50 PM Sectionals for Combined-Choir pieces (S, A, T, B)

12:50 – 2:10 PM Lunch, Holloway Commons

2:10 – 3:20 PM Combined-Choir Rehearsal, Bratton

3:20 – 3:30 PM Break, move to Johnson Theatre

3:30 – 4:00 PM Combined-Choir rehearsal on stage

4:00 – 4:20 PM places in Johnson and cue to cue (directors can start pieces)

4:20 – 4:50 PM Time for individual school choruses to change into gala t-shirts and have short individual rehearsals as desired (choirs assigned specific rooms in PCAC)

4:50 PM to places in Johnson Theatre

5:00 PM Concert (free admission)

2 – 3 selections from each high school chorus

2 – 3 selections performed by UNH Chamber Singers

UNH Choral Gala Combined-Choir

Concert over by 6:30 PM


Festival Director

Dr. Alex Favazza
Director of Choral Activities
University of New Hampshire

Student Fee: $42 per student

This fee includes:

  • Sheet music packet for Combined-Choir repertoire
  • UNH Choral Gala T-Shirt
  • Lunch at award-winning UNH dining facility, Holloway Commons
  • Guest Clinician

Checks may be made payable to UNH and sent to the following address:

UNH Department of Music
c/o Adam Gallant   M204
Paul Creative Arts Center
30 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

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Registration deadline is January 10, 2022

Registration is completed by each school’s teacher
(see registration form)

  • Teachers bring a full (or complimentary chamber) ensemble to participate in the Choral Masterclasses and Gala Concert
  • Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate as observers for choral masterclasses and rehearsals , but meals will be on their own. Please communicate with Dr. Favazza if you would like additional information for parents

Submit Registration and Payment in one of the following ways:

  1. Registration form mailed along with payment
  2. Registration form emailed to alex.favazza@unh.edu and subsequent payment mailed.
  3. Registration form and payment also accepted in person, please email adam.gallant@unh.edu to schedule a time to pay. Cash or money order may also be accepted.

If you wish to participate or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Favazza by email, alex.favazza@unh.edu.

Contact Information

Department of Music

Paul Creative Arts Center
30 Academic Way

Phone: (603) 862-2404
Email: music.info@unh.edu