The 27th Annual Millikin Vocal Festival

The 27th Annual Millikin Vocal Festival will be held Sunday and Monday, September 22-23, 2019. Vocal Fest offers outstanding opportunities for both students and teachers through interaction with Millikin vocal staff and choral colleagues from throughout the region. Select high school students and their directors gather for a unique two-day vocal event combining concerts, workshops, voice lessons, and a festival choir experience. The nomination process ensures an equally balanced choir of similar ability making the festival the best possible experience for all.

Festival Schedule Overview

Festival Choir - Comprised of outstanding choristers from regional high schools. Nominations allow us to more effectively balance the choir and help ensure that students are on the same level.

Opening Concert - Featuring some of Millikin University's outstanding choral ensembles.

Vocal Coaching Lessons - 10 minute sessions with a member of Millikin's exceptional voice faculty.


Auditions for Millikin's School of Music - Seniors may use their Vocal Coaching Lesson as an audition for Millikin’s School of Music (Music majors only).

Solo Competition - Those who have memorized their song for the Vocal Coaching Sessions AND students who audition for the School of Music participate in the festival solo competition. Winners sing for the Festival Finale Concert and will be awarded cash and Millikin Scholarships. Click here for more information.

Director's Choir - It's why we got into this profession. Let's regain the joy of singing together! The choir is a favorite with directors.

Attend Director's Workshop and Reading Sessions, or you may observe the festival choir rehearsals.

Grand Finale Concert - Festival Choir, Student Solo Competition Winners, Director's Choir, and the Millikin University Choir all combine into a wonderful 75-minute concert. Participants are headed for home by 6:00 pm.

Fee (includes T-shirt) - Due after students are accepted into the festival.

  • Registration - $30 per student (t-shirt included)
  • Vocal Coaching - $8 (optional)

Vocal Festival Nomination form

Deadline for Nominations are September 6, 2019

In September, you will receive by email a list of those students accepted into the festival. Send no fees now! All fees are due after students are selected for the festival.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Vocal Fest.

Other Questions? Contact us at 217.424.6300 or

Millikin University Vocal Festival 2019

Schedule Overview


Sunday, September 22nd

11:00am-12:45                    Registration                                                          Kirkland Fine Arts Center

1:00pm                                Festival Activities begin:

                 Festival Choir

                 Vocal Coaching

                 Directors Choir/Workshops

5:00pm                                 Dinner Break

7:30pm                                 Festival Opening Concert                          Westminster Presbyterian Church

8:30pm                                 Ice Cream Social/Directors Reception                               University Center


Monday, September 23rd

9:00am                                 Festival Activities begin:                                       Kirkland Fine Arts Center

                Festival Choir

                Vocal Coaching

                Directors Choir/Workshops

12:00pm                              Lunch

1:30pm                                Festival Activities resume

4:30pm                                Festival Finale Concert                                            Kirkland Fine Arts Center

               Student solo competition winners

                                                       Directors Choir

                                                       Festival Choir

              Millikin University Choir

5:45pm                                HEAD FOR HOME!