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Events & Festivals

Vanguard University is a lively hub for music enthusiasts, providing a diverse range of music workshops and festivals. We offer a dynamic and engaging music scene for both students and the local community including annual music camps and workshops, ensemble and choral festivals, and regular concerts.

For more information about any of our events, contact us or view our calendar

Summer Music Camp

Summer Music Camp is an unforgettable week filled with Vanguard Spirit! Open to all students grades 9-12, this week is designed to provide young musicians with an inspiring and educational opportunity to enhance their skills, collaborate with fellow musicians, and create lasting memories. 

To register a student or for more information, please visit our Summer Music Camp webpage or email us at musicinfo@vanguard.edu.

Choral Festival

The Choral Festival has grown to encompass nearly 10+ high schools, who are able to showcase their ensembles' set of choral selections and receive live feedback from a professional adjudicator. It gives the students an opportunity to perform, hear choirs from other schools, and gain constructive comments and exercises which can help them improve their overall sound.

The festival is separated into a Treble & Bass Festival and Mixed Choir Festival, with our University Concert Choir giving a final performance. To register an ensemble please choose from either Mixed SATB Ensemble or Treble & Bass Ensemble.

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Christmastime

The Annual Christmastime Concert celebrates the joy of Christmas through Vanguard University's exquisitely talented students and nationally-known music program. It is our biggest concert of the year, and features a number of ensembles throughout the entire music department, including the University Concert Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Vanguard Worship Collective.

The concert is held in the beautiful St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church each holiday season. Don't forget to buy your tickets for this magical evening filled with the spirit of Christmas. 

Solo/Ensemble Festival

Vanguard's Solo/Ensemble Festival hosts young musicians (grades 5-12) from the community and provides them with an environment that allows them to learn, perform, and enjoy music from their peers. The day is filled with clinics that are adjudicated by our department's professional and accomplished faculty in which they will receive commendation for their work and constructive feedback.

Following the clinics will be an evening recital where students and groups who received a superior rating on their adjudications will be invited to perform in the recital alongside the university's Chamber Music students.

Secondary Workshops for Music Educators

Designed for music educators, Secondary Workshops for Music Educators is an event focused on helping music teachers hone their skills on their secondary instruments! As educators, we understand the multifaceted nature of your role, and we believe that expanding your proficiency in secondary instruments can greatly enhance your teaching abilities and provide enriching experiences for your students.

Our workshops will be led by renowned musicians and instructors, offering hands-on training, insightful pedagogical approaches, and collaborative learning opportunities. Whether you're a seasoned musician or just starting to explore a secondary instrument, these workshops are designed to empower you with new knowledge and techniques.

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