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The Alabama ACDA Young Voices Festival

A Brief History:

In February of 1993, two middle school teachers approached the Alabama ACDA Board about sponsoring a choral festival dedicated to younger choral students and their directors. Founders of this festival recognized the need to promote a statewide event that would provide a high level of choral instruction and performance for youngsters in upper elementary and middle school. The Alabama ACDA agreed and enthusiastically voted to endorse the Young Voices Festival. The festival committed to provide a positive, quality choral experience for young singers in the state of Alabama.

The first Young Voices Festival was held in 1993. Three choirs for students in 4th - 9th grade was the original format. The two day event had over 350 students from across the state participate in the first festival. The Young Voices Festival has evolved to include four choirs for students 4th - 9th grade and a performance by the combined choirs to conclude the concert. The 1999 Young Voices Festival saw the original 'Children's Choir' split into a 'Children's Girls' Choir' and a 'Boy Choir'. With over 800 young students participating annually in the YVF it is clear the Alabama ACDA Young Voices Festival will continue for a very long time!



Shirley Ellison