Crimson Hawks Cavalcade of Choirs

  • The IUP Choral Area is excited to host our annual Crimson Hawk Cavalcade of Choirs on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 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 Kyle Zeuch, who is currently serving as the director of Children and Youth Choirs at Michigan State University. He also conducts the Olivet College Choir in Olivet, Michigan.

    Guest Clinician

    Kyle Zeuch

    Kyle ZeuchKyle Zeuch is director of the Olivet College Choir in Olivet, Michigan, in addition to serving as director of Children and Youth Choirs at Michigan State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University. Zeuch previously taught in Brownsville, Texas, at Rivera High School, where he was named the Texas Choral Directors Association’s Distinguished Young Director in 2010.

    During his time as director of Children and Youth Choirs at MSU, Zeuch collaborated with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the MSU College of Music choirs and orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the University Musical Society of Ann Arbor. Choirs under Zeuch’s direction have performed at Carnegie Hall and on a European tour of Germany and Austria. Zeuch’s choirs performed at the ACDA Michigan Conference (2016) and the Michigan Music Conference (2017).

    Zeuch is an active adjudicator and clinician. He conducted the Michigan Music Educators Elementary State Honor Choir and is slated to conduct the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s 7-8-9 SSA Honor Choir in 2018. He has presented multiple sessions in various states at professional conferences, including Michigan, Ohio, and Texas on the topics of building choral programs, programming repertoire, score study, recruitment, and collaboration with accompanists. 


    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.

    Directions, campus map, and parking information

    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. Folger 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.