PLU Invitational Choral Festival

Invitational Choral Festival


Festival dates: Thursday, February 29 and Friday, March 1, 2024.

Each year we invite some of the finest high school choirs in the Northwest to come together in the vibrant acoustics of Lagerquist Concert Hall. Our festival is intentionally informal and non-competitive. We seek to establish an atmosphere that encourages positive support and growth while maintaining high standards of performance. Each choir is allotted 25 minutes on stage—15 minutes of performance time and a 10-minute clinic, onstage, with one of our choral faculty. You may bring repertoire that you’ve already performed, something you’re working on for large ensemble contest, or something simply to try out in front of an audience!


At this time, due to anticipated demand schools may register one advanced choral ensemble. Any voicing is fine. If there is room in the schedule, directors may be contacted and invited to bring a second ensemble. The schedule for each day is divided into two blocks: because of the high demand for participation in recent years and the limited number of students that can sit in our hall at any one time, choirs are scheduled in either a morning session or afternoon session. We ask all groups to stay in the hall for the entirety of the schedule block, to provide an attentive and supportive audience for each of the ensembles. The PLU Choir of the West will perform between the morning and afternoon session each day. You have the opportunity to rank your preference for scheduling on the registration form.


  • Attire. Choirs are requested to wear informal performance attire (e.g., choir t-shirts, polos, etc.).
  • Recordings and Comments. All performances are recorded and will be shared, along with comments from our faculty, via Google Drive. Comments are shared at the end of each day. Due to staffing shortages, recordings may take additional time to process.
  • Lunch. We regret that we cannot offer lunch services on campus. Please make arrangements for lunch before or after your scheduled session.


  • To apply, please complete the application form (available in early October).
  • The cost to attend is $200 per ensemble, to be invoiced after confirmation of your acceptance and scheduled time.
  • Application deadline: January 12, 2024

Driving Directions to Mary Baker Russell Music Center

Thank you – we look forward to your participation!

For questions please contact:

Brian Galante, Associate Dean, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Director of Choral Activities
Pacific Lutheran University or 253-535-7603