Madrigal Festival 2018

Vermont ACDA presents its annual Madrigal Festival on Friday, December 7, 2018. More than 300 students from all across Vermont* rehearse during the day. The concert that evening features selections from each of the high school ensembles, and combined works under the direction of guest conductor Rob Westerberg from Maine (see bio below).  The all-festival chorus will sing At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners by Williametta Spencer, Red Red Rose by Rene Clausen, and No Time arranged by Susan Brumfield.

This year our madrigal festival returns to Cathedral of Saint Joseph located at 20 Allen Street in Burlington, VT!

Tickets for the evening concert, open to the public, are just
$8 adults / $6 students & seniors / $20 family

*Past participants have included:

  • South Burlington
  • Burlington
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • CVU
  • Mount Mansfield
  • Middlebury
  • Harwood Union
  • Rutland
  • Missisquoi
  • Hazen Union
  • North Country
  • Johnsbury Academy
  • Lyndon Academy
  • Mill River
  • Vergennes
  • Essex Children’s Choir

 We look forward to hearing high school singers from Vermont!

Rob Westerberg is Choral Director at York High School in York, Maine as well as Director of the Portland Community Chorus. Mr. Westerberg holds a B.M. in Music Education from Keene State College and M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine. He is past President of the Vermont Choral Directors Association, the Vermont Music Educators Association and the Maine Music Educators Association. Mr. Westerberg has managed District, All State and Eastern Division Choirs and served as chairman for the Maine All State Music Festival. He also served the Maine Department of Education in the rewriting and revision of the Maine Learning Results for the Visual and Performing Arts, and was a co-founder of the nationally recognized Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. Among his honors, Westerberg has been a recipient of the Keene State College Department of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, the inaugural Carol Trimble Award for Exemplary Service to Arts Education by the Maine Department of Education and the Maine ACDA Distinguished Choral Director Award. At York, his choirs annually consist of one third of the student body and twice his YHS Chamber Singers have performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. Dennis Cox. Mr. Westerberg has directed the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Magic Of Christmas Choir and has guest conducted over sixty Honors Choirs throughout New England, including the New Hampshire All State Women’s Chorus. For fifteen years Mr. Westerberg was Senior High choral director for the University of Maine’s Summer Music Camp, MSYM, and in April of 2016 he joined Dr. Richard Nickerson in conducting the Maine Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall. At York High School he established a graduation requirement specifically for music, making it the only public High School in the northeast to possess one. He is a resource for academic standards and proficiency based learning and reporting in music education, and is also a frequent guest clinician and speaker.