Festival Success!

We’re still glowing after our first Huntsville Choral Festival!

It was a tremendous undertaking, but the reviews are in and HMC’s first Choral Festival was, in a word, joyous.

More than 100 musicians joined forces to make beautiful music under an incredible conductor, Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand. We premiered Remel Derrick’s inspired work, “Nothing But Love,” and had the chance to share the joy with this inspired composer. We had so much fun, we're already making plans for Huntsville Choral Festival II in June 2023!

What people are saying

That was just wonderful! So enjoyable. The practice and talent was evident.  - Val

Oh my! What a triumph last evening was... A gift to the community, well attended and appreciated. What an outstanding group of people it took to make something this wonderful.  - An admirer, Debbie

That was spectacular!  - Harriett

Lift Every Voice and Sing was just glorious!…All the performances by every group, soloist, and instrumentalist was outstanding.  - Jill

The performance was beautiful, uplifting, moving and wonderful.  Of course Dr. Ferdinand's energy and expertise was a joy to experience. Several pieces performed brought tears to my eyes--truly a spiritual experience for me.  - Karin

Thanks to everyone involved in making the Festival this weekend such a great event… I enjoyed singing and hope to be able to sing with you again.  Thanks so much.  - Bob

Thank you for this past weekend. I had a wonderful time, and felt so validated and appreciated by all of you!...Thank you for choosing Nothing But Love as the winner of the composition contest, I will always be grateful!   My prayer is that God will continue to allow you and the very fine Huntsville Master Chorale to prosper and flourish in the great community of Huntsville!  - Remel Derrick, 2022 Composition Contest Winner

What? You Missed It?

Here are a few highlights. Have a listen!

Nothing But Love - https://youtu.be/1wQphfDkicQ

How Can I Keep from Singing - https://youtu.be/1pyqEf5Ieko

I Stood on the River Jordan - https://youtu.be/L-Sjob21GAs

Here’s What We’re Looking Forward To

Dr. Jeffrey Allen Murdock of University of Arkansas and featured clinician at Huntsville Choral Festival I

Plans are underway for Huntsville Choral Festival II. We had an amazing time with Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand, and we’re looking forward to next year’s guest conductor, Dr. Jeffrey Allen Murdock. Dr. Murdock is an internationally known conductor/clinician and 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year – stay tuned for more on this exciting opportunity for area singers and audiences!

The Composition Contest is back for the 6th year. We’ll again accept entries from all over the country and premier the winning work at Huntsville Choral Festival II. Submissions will be accepted through February 28, 2023. Details at HMC Choral Composition Contest.

One More Thank You!

To all of you who supported the Huntsville Master Chorale during our virtual seasons, we are so grateful. To everyone who kicked their heels up at Mosaic of Love last fall, or heard our outdoor performances, kudos. And to all who attended concerts, submitted compositions in our annual contest, dropped dollars into donation baskets, or participated in HMC’s first Choral Festival, thanks a million.

Wow. A lot happened this year, for sure, and we’re grateful you chose to be a part of it!

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