Northwest Georgia Choral Festival

 Monday, October 19, 2015

Students at the NWGA Choral Festival


Shorter University is excited to host the 20th Annual Northwest Georgia Choral Festival for high school students (grades 9-12) and elementary and middle school treble voices (grades 4-6) and their directors. Students will spend the day in choral clinics and rehearsals with festival clinicians and work toward an evening concert in Shorter’s Winthrop-King Centre at 6:30 pm

The public is invited to attend the final concert featuring the festival choirs and the Shorter Chorale.

For more information, please contact Festival Coordinator Ruthie Phillips at

All festival registration forms are online

High School Choir:

Treble Choir:

Cost per student – $30.00

***Registration closes on October 9, 2015 at midnight.***

Students at the NWGA Choral FestivalCost includes: workshop admittance, music, pizza lunch, snacks throughout the day, 2 tickets to the evening concert, and an opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Shorter Choral ensembles. Dinner is not included in the registration fee.

Registration Fee & Requirements

$30 per student (for high school or elementary/middle choir participants).

Registration forms must be accompanied by full payment. Forms sent without payment will not be considered for registration until payment arrives. Registration forms are processed in the order they are received until the festival choirs are full. Registration fees are non-refundable.

High School Requirements

Ensembles from each choir must be balanced. Schools may bring two singers per part (two first sopranos, two second sopranos, two first altos, two second altos, two first tenors, two second tenors, two baritones and two basses.) However, if you have completed the 16 balanced singers, you may bring additional singers no matter the voice part.

Festival Schedule For High School Choirs
8:00 – 8:30 AM Check-in at Minor Fine Arts Building
8:45 AM – Noon Rehearsal
12 Noon – 1:30 PM Lunch break (Directors at Luncheon)
1:30 – 4:00 PM Rehearsal with Shorter ensembles
4:00 – 5:45 PM Dinner Break
6:00 PM Warm Up
6:30 PM Concert

Treble Choir

Our 20th annual Treble choir will be under the direction Mr. Rick McKee. Directors may bring treble voices or male unchanged voices. Treble unchanged voices will be assigned either to the soprano or alto part after registration.

Treble Choir Requirements

Directors may bring as many 4th-6th grade treble voices (male or female) as desired. Part I or Part II will be assigned after registration.

Festival Schedule For Treble Choirs
8:00 – 8:30 AM Check-in at Winthrop-King Centre
8:45 AM – Noon Rehearsal
12 Noon – 1:30 PM Lunch break (Directors at Luncheon)
1:30 – 3:30 PM Rehearsal with Shorter ensembles
3:30 – 5:45 PM Dinner Break
6:00 PM Warm Up
6:30 PM Concert


Each participating student will receive two free tickets to the concert, and additional tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door for $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior adults. Tickets can be purchased through the Shorter Box Office by calling 706-233-7288 or email Concert dress for both choirs will be NWGA t-shirt, jeans and closed toed shoes. Festival T-shirt is included in festival fee.


High school repertoire:

“Oh, What a Beautiful City” arr. Stacy V. Gibbs
“The Ground” from Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo
“Kyrie Eleison” from Missa Brevis K. 275 by Mozart

Treble choir repertoire:

“I Want To Sing” by Rick McKee
“Shojojee” arr. B. Wayne Bisbee
“The Water is Wide” with “Bring Me Little Water Silvie” arr. Rollo Dilworth

2015 Clinicians


Dr. Stefanie CashDr. Stefanie Cash
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities

Stefanie Cash is an associate professor at Shorter University where she serves as Director of Choral Activities.  She is director of the Shorter Chorale, Chorus, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus. She is also responsible for teaching conducting, choral techniques, choral pedagogy and methods courses. Dr. Cash also frequently serves as a guest clinician for various honor choirs.

Prior to joining Shorter, Dr. Cash taught both middle and high school in Kentucky and Georgia.  Choirs under her direction have performed for KMEA and GMEA in-service conferences as well as the 2008 ACDA Southern Division Convention.  Her choirs also received multiple superior ratings at KMEA and GMEA performance evaluations and regional music festivals.

Dr. Cash received her Ph.D. in Music Education with a choral conducting emphasis from Florida State University, M.M. from the University of Kentucky and B.M.E. from Morehead State University. Dr. Cash studied conducting and music education with André Thomas, Jefferson Johnson, Richard Miles, Judy Bowers, Lori Hetzel and Larry Blocher. She currently holds professional membership with the American Choral Directors Association, where she serves as state chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives, National Association for Music Education and the Georgia Music Educators Association. Dr. Cash resides in Rome, Georgia with her husband Courtney, daughter Caroline and cat Ryleigh.


Rick McKeeRichard McKee

Richard McKee has served as a taught public school music specialist for twenty-eight years.  He taught at Acworth Intermediate School in the Cobb County School District, Garden Lakes Elementary School in Rome, Georgia, Westside Elementary and Tunnel Hill Elementary Schools in Whitfield County, and at Horace Mann Elementary is Shawnee, Oklahoma. McKee was selected as Teacher of the Year in 1989 at Westside Elementary, 1993 at Garden Lakes Elementary, 2011 at Acworth Elementary. He was selected as Cobb County School District’s Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2011.

Although recently retired from public school music teaching, McKee is continues to be an active music educator serving as a part-time instructor of music education at Kennesaw State University.  Previously, McKee taught music education courses at Shorter College.

McKee earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Shorter College, and a Masters of Music in Music Composition, as well as an Educational Specialist Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia.  He has completed levels I, II, III and master class in Orff-Schulwerk at Memphis State University.

McKee is a past director of the Rome Children’s Choir, and The Shorter College Handbell Choir. He has served as guest clinician for honor choruses throughout Georgia and in South Carolina, including the Georgia Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus. He has been an active church musician directing adult choirs, youth choirs, children’s choirs and handbell choirs at different times throughout his career.

McKee’s compositions have been performed by ensembles all over the US. His compositions have recently been featured in reading sessions at the American Choral Director’s Association Children’s Choir Retreat in Minneapolis, the ACDA Summer Institute in Washington State, and the national conference of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. McKee is currently publishing his works through his own publishing company, Cosmic Possum Music.


The registration fee will cover the cost of lunch, snacks and drinks on the Shorter campus (chaperoned by Shorter ensemble members) for student participants. Dinner is not included in the registration fee. Chaperone lunches are available for $5 each.

NWGA Choral Festival choirs performing concertConductors’ Luncheon

Choral directors are invited to a complimentary luncheon at La Scala in downtown Rome from noon until 1:00pm. We offer one complimentary luncheon per group, however, additional tickets are available for purchase at $20 per ticket. (See section on registration form).

If you have any questions please contact Festival Coordinator Ruthie Phillips at


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