Every year, for almost two decades, Messalonskee High School has hosted the High School Fall Choral Festival presented by the Maine Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
This amazing gathering of public and private school choirs from across the state features each group singing three selections for each other in a non- competitive demonstration of each school’s dedication to the choral art.
The beautiful and spacious Messalonskee High School Performing Arts Center is perfect for such a gathering as some years over eight hundred students have participated!
Another positive attribute of the hosting site is the participation of music teacher, Andy Forster and his Music Production Class. The students record each ensemble using state of the art recording equipment and present each school with a recording of their performance.
“Mrs. Rhein and I are always delighted to host the festival,” says Kevin Rhein, director of the award-winning Messalonskee High School Concert Choir and select ensembles. “It is so affirming for the students to not only share the results of their hard work but to also delight in the revelation that students all over the state share their deep love for choral music making.”
The Festival has become so popular amongst Maine choral programs that another southern site had to be created to replicate the experience. Time slots would be completely filled within a half-hour of posting the announcement that we were ready for submissions.
Current research is confirming that singing in choral groups is an extremely healthy lifelong endeavor and statistics show that over fifty-four million American citizens enjoy singing in choral groups.
The RSU18 School District is well known across the state as having an outstanding music program. The hosting of such a large and educationally meaningful festival is one reason that we can be proud of our performing arts classes.