The 26th Annual Millikin Vocal Festival

The 26th Annual Millikin Vocal Festival will be held Sunday and Monday, September 16-17, 2018. 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

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 Seniors who have auditioned for the School of Music are automatically considered for the solo competition. Winners will sing for the Festival Finale Concert and will be awarded cash and 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 - $5 (optional)

Registration/Nomination Instructions

 Follow these steps to begin the nomination process:

  1. PDF icon Vocal Fest Nomination Form – duplicate one for each nominee.
  2. Determine nominees and have them fill out the student’s portion of the nomination form. You may nominate a maximum of ten students. Check accuracy of the student’s form. Have students indicate their desire for a vocal coaching session. There is an additional $5 fee for these coaching sessions.
  3. Collect Nomination Forms from Students.
  4. Rank all nominees in order of overall ability. All nominated students may not be selected to participate, so rank students carefully. Help us balance the choir by nominating a maximum of 3 sopranos. You may nominate only two more women than men. Carefully consider character and citizenship. Nominate only upperclassmen – no freshmen please!
  5. Fill out the forms and return:

Via mail:
Millikin University Vocal Festival

Attn: Brad Holmes
1184 West Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522

fax: 217.420.6652

Deadline for Nominations is September 1, 2018.

6. Notification

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