How do I get my preferred day and time for competing at The Main Event Choir Festival?
The contest is scheduled in the order that Registration forms are received. Within 60 days of registering, send your deposit to secure your preferred time slot(s)! A link requesting Main Event package, meal deal, and performer only numbers will be sent mid-March to finalize your invoice!
What should my students wear?
We encourage choirs to wear their uniforms or choir t-shirts to enhance their experience at the festival.
When you're done performing, you can change out of your choir uniforms at Main Event to enjoy the games! Birdville HS will not have changing spaces available.
What is the difference between Open and Invitational categories?
Invitational is similar to UIL: Sing three songs, two of which must be from the list and one of which must be a cappella.
Follow the rules of the PML.
The Open division has few or no rules. This division is for show choirs and choirs performing non-UIL literature. You may sing one, two or three numbers, or a medley of songs.
I have a young choir with little experience. Can I enter the contest for comments only without competing?
Yes. Just check "comments only" on your entry form.
Do I need to bring original copies of music, or are photocopies okay?
All music must be original. Judges will not use photocopies.
How do I know if I am Varsity or Non-Varsity?
Follow the rules found in the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules (click here). Enter the appropriate category whether you are open or invitational.
How will I know the time and date of my competition?
After your pre-registration form and deposit are received, a link requesting Main Event package, meal deal, and performer only numbers will be sent mid-March to finalize your invoice! You will receive your performance date and time between mid-March and early April to accommodate your transportation requests. With as many as 150 choirs entering the contest, we want to personally see that all directors have the best time available to them.
Do I have to send in a $100 deposit per choir to reserve a time?
Yes. Remember that deposits are non-refundable and are applied to your total bill, not in addition to your bill.
How do I purchase Chaperone tickets?
On the link sent mid-March, there is a spot to purchase any number of chaperone tickets. These are meant for adults supervising your choir students.
What days can our kids go to Main Event?
The best part of our festival is that you can go to Main Event the same day as your performance. Go after/before (so long as your bill is paid) and enjoy everything they have t offer! The awards ceremony is at 4:00pm, and will be livestreamed via our YouTube channel and Facebook page!
After I have sent in my deposit, when will I hear from you again concerning other details about the day of the contest?
After we have closed registration, we will send you a letter detailing information you will need, usually by early April. Feel free to email Haley Carbonero if you have any questions prior to that time at firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 547-6067.
When is the remaining balance due?
Your balance is due after your last choir sings on the day you perform. You do not need to pay for kids who are ineligible or do not participate. If you need to request a check prior to coming, get the amount as close as possible, or a little over, and we will refund your overpayment immediately at the contest. The remaining balance must be paid in order to receive your Main Event tickets. Meal deals are non-refundable. All changes to meal deal numbers must be reported by April 12, 2021.
What if I pay a deposit for 3 choirs but only end up bringing 2?
The $100 deposit for the choir you did not bring will be applied to your balance for the other two (2) choirs.
Do I have to pay for ineligible kids or those who do not participate at the last minute?
No. We don't penalize you!
What if the check I bring doesn't equal the amount I owe?
It is best to overpay. We will write a refund check on the spot when you check out.
How do I get any awards we may have won? Is there an 'in-person' ceremony?
No. There is no in-person ceremony. Awards will be livestreamed and following the ceremony, awards will be brought to your school or you can come to the BISD Fine Arts/Athletics Complex (9200 Mid Cities Blvd., North Richland Hills, 76180) and pick up those trophies at your convenience.
First and second division rating awards will be handed to you when you check out at the contest. In order to keep costs low, we do not ship trophies.