VocalFest 2019


Thanks for a wonderful weekend at VocalFest 2019!
See below for resources from the weekend, and the evaluation form.
Save the Date for VocalFest 2020...
September 11-13, 2020
Featuring International Master Faculty: Mary Rhea!


VocalFest 2019: Unity and Creativity!
November 1-3, 2019
Sheraton Parsippany
Featuring International Master Faculty: Betty Clipman
And your Region 15 Faculty!
Host Choruses: Heart of New Jersey & Liberty Oak
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VocalFest Weekend Schedule
Events will kick off late Friday afternoon, and the weekend wraps up around noon on Sunday.
Click here for the detailed weekend schedule!
Friday evening, November 1:
Class with Betty Clipman: Sound vs. Expression Categories
GVI (Group Vocal Instruction)
Roundtable Discussion of Showmanship Category
Directors’ class with Betty and Harriette Walters: Tools for moving forward...
VocalFest Chorus Directed by Katie Blackwood
Quartet Chorus (for registered quartets & The Blue Notes)
Quartet Mixer (for those interested in quartetting)
Saturday, November 2:
Classes with Betty Clipman: Tap Into Your Creative Side, Building a Unit Sound
Classes with regional faculty members targeted for both beginners and experienced singers
GVI (Group Vocal Instruction)
Quartet Chorus
VocalFest Chorus Directed by Katie Blackwood
Blue Notes (Quartet Champions Chorus) Meeting
Team Coordinators’ Lunch & Directors’ Lunch
Director and Arranger Certification Program (DCP & ACP)
Banquet with performances by our hosts and champions!
Saturday night's festivities will include:
* International Welcome Home Celebration + Presentation of Love Gifts
Featuring performances by our New Orleans competitors
(Harmony and VOCE quartets; Greater Nassau and Spirit of Syracuse choruses)
* Performances by our host choruses (Heart of New Jersey & Liberty Oak),
and the VocalFest and Quartet Choruses
Sunday morning, November 3:
Class with Betty Clipman: Same Skills Different Levels!

Registration Information
Registration is now open!
VocalFest 2019 Registration Deadline – October 18.
No registrations will be accepted after October 18.
Registration package options and costs appear on the form, as well as instructions for submitting your completed spreadsheet and mailing your chorus check.
Each Chorus should coordinate as a group, and submit one registration form / check.
Chapter-at-Large members may submit individual forms / payment.
If you are subitting the registration form for your Chorus, 
Here are the menus for Saturday night banquet buffet and Sunday morning's breakfast buffet:

Housing Information
The Sheraton Parsippany is now accepting VocalFest bookings.
(Sheraton Parsippany, 199 Smith Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054)
VocalFest 2019 Housing Deadline – October 18.
The rate for our Sweet Adelines VocalFest 2019 block is $132 per night plus taxes and fees (approx 15%).
Click here to reserve your room(s) in the “Sweet Adelines Vocalfest” block:

Quartet Chorus, VocalFest Chorus, and Other Regional Music!
This year there will be a Quartet Chorus for members of registered quartets and The Blue Notes. The song is HAPPY TOGETHER. (If you are in a registered quartet or The Blue Notes, you have access to the sheet music and tracks in the Members Only section of the regional site. Sign in and select Regional Music > Quartet Chorus.) More details to come.
The VocalFest Chorus song is DON'T STOP! Open to all attendees. More details to come.
(The chart and tracks are available in the Members Only section of the regional site. Sign in and select Regional Music > VocalFest Chorus.) More details to come.
We will also sing many of our regional songs throughout the weekend, so you may want to revisit and refresh the following music: Cheers! * Girls Just Wanna Have Fun * Harmonize the World * Let There Be Peace on Earth * San Francisco Bay Blues * That’s What Friends Are For * Tuxedo Junction
The sheet music and learning tracks for all of these songs are available via the Members Only section of the site. Sign in and select Regional Music from the menu on the left side of the page.
Handouts / Session Materials
Watch this space for handouts from this weekend's sessions.
From Betty Clipman's Master Classes:
* Expression and Sound: What's the Difference? Sound Score Sheet | Expression Score Sheet
* Creativity: Freeing up the Right Side of the Brain: 32 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity Everyday by Ayse Birsel
* From Scoresheets to Action: Betty Clipman Vowels and Word Chart
* Same Skills @ All Levels: Performance Level Guidelines
From Regional Faculty Breakout Sessions:
Surviving and Thriving with Choreo (Alexis DePersia-Norelli)
* Kinesthetics of Singing (Katie Blackwood):
Evaluation Form
If you did not have a chance to fill out an evaluation form on-site in Parsippany, you can complete one of these forms:
Digital Form (Save a copy to your computer. Fill out and save.) 
Printable Form (Print the form and fill out, then scan or take photos.)
Email the completed documents, photos, or scans to Jean Schoenlank at [email protected].

Betty Clipman is an internationally-renowned vocal coach of quartets and choruses worldwide. She is a Certified Judge in the categories of Sound and Expression and a member of the 1980 International Quartet Champions, the Penna-Fores. A past President of Sweet Adelines International, Betty won the SAI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. She is currently the Artistic Director of The Woodlands Show Chorus (TX).