The Sing Phoenix! Choral Festival began in 2016, and is now celebrating its third season. The festival strives to provide unique, professional performance experiences to passionate singers & instrumentalists, through the music of well-known, living, choral composers. The festival speaks to the power of singing and making music together; one of its core values is that music has a transformative power to shape our hearts and strengthen community. This year, world-renowned composer Morten Lauridsen will be in attendance, serving as Guest of Honor, clinician, and pianist.
In previous years, the festival has featured a chorus of approximately 60 singers, with 10-piece chamber orchestra. This year (October 18-20), it is set to quadruple in size, as five choirs, over 200 voices, and 28 instrumentalists will come together for one of the largest choral performances in the Southwest.
Who is Morten Lauridsen?
Morten Lauridsen is an American choral composer and a professor of theory & composition for the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He is a recent recipient of the ASCAP Foundation's Life in Music Award (formerly the Lifetime Achievement Award), and is a National Medal of Arts recipient. His choral works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy nominations.
If you have sung in a choir at the high school level or above, you may know some of Morten Lauridsen's music without even realizing it. Some of his most popular works include Lux Aeterna, Sure on This Shining Night, and O Magnum Mysterium, although he has written several other works for chorus deriving from poetry written by established authors.
Not at all! Feel free to attend as an audience member. Several of the weekend's events will be open to the public, and there will be something for everybody to enjoy. We strongly encourage all classical music lovers to attend!
What do the different types of tickets mean?
The Festival Ticket ($50) covers admission to any event taking place all weekend. This includes general seating to choral workshops, a Q&A/Performance with the composer, and a screening of Morten Lauridsen's personal documentary. Purchasing this ticket will also get you in to the festival's culminating performance on Saturday, October 20th!
The Concert Ticket ($25) provides admission to the Saturday concert that concludes the festival. The performance will feature all festival singers & instrumentalists, and is general seating. Click the links provided in this section or on the homepage for tickets.
Do I have to attend all of the festival events?
No. You are free to pick & choose which events you would like to attend; however, if you wish to attend anything other than the concert, you can only attend it with a Festival Ticket ($50). If you would like to upgrade from a concert ticket to a festival ticket, there will be ticket attendees on-hand who can assist you.
What if I only want to attend one event?
You can! The concert ticket is the only ticket that is available as a separate ticket. For all other events, you will need a festival ticket, which includes admission to the entire weekend.
Is the Sing Phoenix! Choral Festival really for me?
If you like singing in any capacity, but especially in choirs, then this festival is absolutely for you! You'll hear stunning live music and immerse yourself in a world of beauty and creative genius. What's not to love?
The festival welcomes all ages & skill levels. Whether you are a high school student looking for more experience, or an established professional, there is a place for you! And no matter what your level of expertise, you're guaranteed to learn something incredible.
Can I register to sing in the festival? If so, can I still attend festival events?
Registration has filled up! Additional registration is being acknowledged via a waitlist while a final roster is being assembled. To add your name to the waitlist, email -- thank you!
If selected from the waitlist, you would be joining the Mass Choir of 250 singers! The $50 fee includes rehearsals & coachings of the mass choir music, access to all festival events, and food (snacks, dinner, and reception) on Saturday, October 20th. There is about 30 minutes of music to learn prior to the first rehearsal on October 18th. We provide part-dominant recordings and Director's Notes for you to study, so come to rehearsals prepared!
Optional: Saturday, September 29th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Optional: Saturday, October 6th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, October 18th, 7:00-9:30 PM: Rehearsal
Friday, October 19th, 7:00-9:30 PM: Rehearsal
Saturday, October 20th, 4:00-5:15 PM: Dress Rehearsal
Saturday, October 20th, 7:00 PM: Performance
I am singing in one of the five festival choirs. Do I still need to register?
No! All members of North Valley Chorale, Mountain View Presbyterian, St. Barnabas, Solis Camerata, and Church of the Beatitudes will be registered by their directors separately. You must still check with your director to participate! The cost is $50/singer, music sold separately. Choir rosters must be submitted to the festival as soon as possible, so if you are in one of these choirs, talk with your director today!