Albany Pro Musica

High School Choral Festival

RESCHEDULED: April 25, 2021 | Virtual

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In order to ensure that all interested students have an opportunity to prepare and submit their videos, Albany Pro Musica has moved the festival date to Sunday, April 25. Video submissions must therefore be received by Friday, March 5. PLEASE be sure to follow all the instructions in the videos below when creating your video to ensure it is usable in our virtual choir video of “Hate Has No World.” Thanks!

Getting Started:

Sign up through the online participation form. After you’ve entered your information, you will see a link to download your sheet music.

Watch the videos for your voice part – you’ll find the instructions on how to record your part, as well as messages from APM’s artistic director Dr. José Daniel Flores-Caraballo and the composer Dr. Bradley Ellingboe, rehearsal guidance, and a practice guide track for your voice part.

Ready to Record Your Video?

Be sure to use the instructional video for your voice part and follow the directions to record your part, then click the submit button below to upload. Student videos must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 5, 2021 (deadline extended!)

Submit Video


More information about the Festival

This year marks Albany Pro Musica’s 21st year hosting the High School Choral Festival! This season’s festival is entirely virtual and features a multi-session, online curriculum that includes rehearsal guidance, sectionals, and music appreciation. Students and educators can complete these educational modules on demand this fall, and submit individual recordings of Hate Has No World, a new commissioned composition by APM Composer-in-Residence Dr. Bradley Ellingboe. Student recordings (up to 300 submissions) will be combined into a “virtual choir” performance of Hate Has No World, which will be premiered at the culminating event of the festival, an online “release party” on April 25, 2021 that will also feature discussion with Ellingboe and APM director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.

The festival is free of charge and open to all high-school students in New York State.

Teachers, click here for a printable overview of the festival!

Watch a special welcome message from APM’s Opalka Family Artistic Director, Dr. José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.

Here are some video resources that will help you learn this piece:

  • Sectional rehearsals – APM Education Director Mr. Brendan Hoffman provides detailed technical guidance and notes on each voice part.
  • Practice guide tracks – Watch and sing along as Dr. Ellingboe conducts and singers from APM demonstrate “Hate Has No World.” You can sing along with the full, balanced-parts version or with a version that highlights your own voice part.
  • Composer’s notes – Dr. Bradley Ellingboe shares insights into his work, “Hate Has No World,” and his approach to composition.
  • Director’s notes – APM Artistic Director Dr. Flores-Caraballo provides artistic direction and guidance for your performance.

We look forward to singing with you this season!