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Crimson Hawks Cavalcade of Choirs

  • The IUP Choral Area is excited to host the fourth annual Crimson Hawk Cavalcade of Choirs on Friday, May 5, 2017. At the Cavalcade of Choirs, each ensemble will have the opportunity to perform for other high school singers in a noncompetitive format.

    Ensembles will sing in IUP’s beautiful Fisher Auditorium and be professionally recorded. In addition, choirs will be provided written and verbal feedback from IUP faculty members Ryan Beeken and Craig Denison. Each choir will receive direct instruction via an on-stage clinic. This year’s distinguished guest is Andrew Dahan. Dahan is currently the head of music education at Illinois Wesleyan University. 

    Guest Clinician

    Andrew Dahan

    Andrew DahanAndrew Dahan is the current head of Music Education at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he teaches courses in music education, including Foundations and Principals of Music EducationChoral Music MethodsPracticum in Music Education, and Seminar in Student Teaching. Dahan also founded and currently directs the IWU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Unlicensed Syncopation, which performed at the 2016 Illinois Music Education Conference. His research, focused on choral and vocal jazz ensemble rehearsal techniques and vocal jazz education history, has been presented at both state and national conferences, and has been published in Research Perspectives in Music Education.

    He was formerly an adjunct faculty member at Miami Dade College (Miami, Florida) as a jazz voice instructor. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Dahan was director of Choirs at Addison Trail High School (Addison, Illinois) for seven years, where he directed the curricular choirs and the vocal jazz ensemble, Shades of Blue, and also taught class piano and advanced placement music theory. He has presented numerous workshops and clinics aimed at helping choral music directors with varying levels of jazz education learn how to incorporate jazz into their programs. He has also served as a clinician at many high schools in the Chicago area, and as an adjudicator for IHSA solo and ensemble and organizational contests, as well as for vocal jazz festivals around the midwest. 

    Dahan had the privilege of serving as director or assistant director for various choral and vocal jazz ensembles at the University of Miami, as well as directing various ILMEA District vocal jazz ensembles. He has also sung the National Anthem at Miami Heat games and performed as a background vocalist for notable performers such as George Benson, Gloria Estefan, Ben Folds, Carmen Lundy, Raul Midón, and Steve Miller. Dahan has sung with the Grant Park Festival Chorus (Chicago, Illinois) under the direction of Christopher Bell and Carlos Kalmar for four seasons. He currently performs with the vocal jazz sextet Central Vocal Time, which is made up of music educators and performers from around the state of Illinois.


    The intention is for this to be simple and nonthreatening. You are free to present whatever music you choose. Each choir will have a total of 30 minutes. This includes both performance time and your clinic.

    Please be prepared to supply three original copies of each of your scores, with the measures numbered, for our panel. These will, of course, be returned to you.

    Each clinician will fill out the enclosed “rubric.” Numbers and ratings will not be used, nor will they be posted. This is simply a form to help guide our listening and provide you with feedback. In addition, recorded comments, a performance recording, and on-stage clinic will be provided.

    We respectfully ask that food and drink be kept out of Fisher Auditorium.


    While it is typical that ensembles wear their performance attire for adjudication, this is not required. Changing facilities/dressing room space will be limited. It is suggested that each ensemble wear what they intend to perform in. This is completely at the conductor’s discretion.


    Each participating school will have one to two IUP students serving as their hosts. These students will meet you when your buses arrive, escort you through campus, help you stay on schedule, and assist you in any way needed. Expect that they will be contacting you via e-mail prior to the event to establish your ETA so that they are prepared to meet you.

    About IUP

    IUP is located in Western Pennsylvania, about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The IUP Department of Music serves over 200 undergraduate music majors, including nearly 60 voice majors, and three choral ensembles.

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    Your group will receive...

    • Written and recorded feedback
    • One-on-one clinic
    • Professional recording of performance
    • Applied lessons
    • Sessions and performance with the IUP Chorale

    Sample Schedule

    Warm up times begin 30 minutes prior to performance

    Choir 1: 9:00 a.m.

    Choir 2: 9:30 a.m.

    Choir 3: 10:00 a.m.

    Choir 4: 10:30 a.m.

    Choir 5: 11:00 a.m.

    Choir 6: 11:30 a.m.

    IUP: 12:00 p.m.

    Lunch: 12:20–1:15 p.m.

    Choir 7: 1:15 p.m.

    Choir 8: 1:45 p.m.

    Choir 9: 2:15 p.m.

    Choir 10: 2:45 p.m.

    Choir 11: 3:15 p.m.

    Warm-Up (Fisher Auditorium Ballet Rehearsal Room)

    Each ensemble will have 25 minutes in the warm-up room. A piano will be provided. Your host will give you a five-minute “warning” and ask that you start moving towards the performance space after 25 minutes so that we can stay on schedule.

    Performance (Fisher Hall Stage)

    Ensembles will take the stage and then be introduced. You will have 30 minutes to perform and receive your clinic. You will enter from Stage Left and exit into the hall on the Stage Right side.


    If you are staying on campus for lunch, the best option would be Folger Dining Hall or the Crimson Café. Foster is buffet style, and the Crimson Café houses Starbucks, Burger Studio, Smoothies, Fireplace Brick Oven Pizzas, etc. In the HUB there are also a variety of options, including Chik-fil-A. Cash is accepted. Taco Bell, Subway, and Pizza House are also near campus and within walking distance.