Madrigal Festival 2019

Vermont ACDA presented its annual Madrigal Festival on Friday, December 13, 2019. More than 300 students from all across Vermont* rehearsed throughout the day and presented a concert that evening that featured selections from each of the high school ensembles, and combined works under the direction of guest conductor Amanda Hanzlik (CT-ACDA President) (see bio below).  The all-festival chorus will sang a program of their own to cap off the night, including the premiere of a commissioned piece by VT composer, James Stewart. 


This year we were thrilled to return to the Cathedral of Saint Joseph located at 20 Allen Street in Burlington, VT!

Next year’s festival will be held on Friday, 12/11/2020 under the direction of Kristin Cimonetti (Mill River Union High School).

*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

Amanda Sprague Hanzlik is the director of choral activities at Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut. The E.O. Smith Choirs actively participate in the local community as well as with regional, state and national NAfME and ACDA ensembles and festivals. In 2016 and 2019, The E.O. Smith Chamber Singers were honored to be chosen as the Connecticut Music Educators Association Showcase Honor Ensemble and will perform as one of the selected choirs at the 2020 ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Rochester, NY.
Mrs. Hanzlik frequently appears as a guest clinician and honor choir conductor. Most recently, she conducted the 2019 Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Junior All-State Mixed Choir. In December 2019 Mrs. Hanzlik will conduct the Vermont ACDA High School Madrigal Festival. She currently serves as President of the Connecticut Chapter of ACDA, and is also co-chair of the CMEA Connecticut High School All-State Mixed Choir. Additionally, Mrs. Hanzlik serves on faculty for the Aspen Music Festival, where she created and teaches the early childhood music program, SING, PLAY, MOVE and directs the Children’s Choir Summer Program.
Originally, from the great state of Iowa, Mrs. Hanzlik is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Teachers College, Columbia University. She resides in Storrs, CT with her husband Louis and children, Ethan and Grace.