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The ACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival 

Massachusetts ACDA

BBA Nominations

S1  Annabelle Mackson & Zoe Grigsby

S2  Karson Barclay & Kenzie Lacoste

A1  Angela Caggiano & Rebecca Leili

A2 Anna Freebern & Kaia Hansen

T1  Jessop Burrow & Garren Aberth

T2  Val Giesey & Sabayo Matiku

B1  Blake Greene & Stephen Wood

B2  Matthew Scott & Parker Kulis

Saturday October 20th
Riley Center Parking Lot
Departure@6:30 a.m. BBA Van Lower Circle
ONE WAY Transportation-Family/Carpools Home from MA
Anticipated Return to the Area@8:30 p.m.



8:00 – 9:00 am Registration (Bezanson Recital Hall Lobby)
9:00 – 9:15 am Tutti warm-up with Dr. Paparo (Bezanson Recital Hall)
9:30 – 10:30 am SATB sectionals 
10:45 – 12:00 pm Tutti rehearsal with Dr. Paparo (Bezanson Recital Hall)
12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch (Franklin Dining Commons)

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm UMass Ensembles (FAC stage)

    • 1:00 – 1:30 pm: University Chorale

    • 1:30 – 2:00 pm: Chamber Choir

1:15 – 3:00 pm Full rehearsal 
3:00 – 3:15 pm Ensemble moves to FAC stage
3:15 – 4:45pm Dress rehearsal on stage
4:45 – 5:15 pm Dress & prepare for Concert
5:15 – 5:25 pm Warm-up & move to seats at 5:25pm
5:30 – 7:00 pm  2018 MassACDA High School/Collegiate Festival Concert

Scholarship Fee from BBA Music
$45.00 Includes Music & Lunch


Student Travel & Medical Release Forms

Student Travel & Medical Release Form 

Directions to Umass
Directions to FAC

Ticket Information
5:00 p.m. Concert Fine Arts Center-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Concert tickets (for parents) may be obtained at the will call window under the student's name

Concert Attire

  • All singers black on the bottom, white on top. Dressy clothes and footwear.

  • Women: white shirt or blouse, long or ¾ quarter sleeve. Long black skirt or flowy pants. Please avoid short skirts and low-cut blouses. 

  • Men: Black dress pants, white long sleeve shirt, and a

       long dark tie. Jackets are not necessary. 


What to Bring

  • Music(no folders needed)

  • Concert Attire

  • Water & Pre-Concert Snacks($ for rest stops)​

Music Help

E & Flex Block


Chorus Resources

Mass in G by Franz Schubert

"If Music Be The Food of Love" by David C. Dickau


Chorus Rehearing Guidelines


The leadership of MassACDA has decided to continue a testing procedure for students attending the 2018 Festival. The purpose of this decision is to ensure all students are adequately prepared for the festival with all music learned prior to arrival. This will allow all students to enjoy the most rewarding and positive experience.

Testing Guidelines

After the warm-up, students will be selected at random for testing; at least one student from every school in attendance will be selected. The students will then be asked to sing portions of the previously prepared festival music for a panel of adjudicators. Students will heard in small groups; and no student will be asked to sing alone. At the conclusion of the testing, the students will return to rehearsal for the remainder of the festival.


If the panel of adjudicators feels that one or more of the students were ill-prepared for the festival, that school will be given a warning for the 2018 year. If the school receives another warning at the 2019 festival, the school will be asked not to participate in the 2020 festival. If you have any questions about these procedures, please feel free to contact Kirk Averitt (









Julie Freebern 

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