WHERE CAN I CONNECT WITH THE ACADEMY ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Each Academy Location (links above) maintains its own Facebook presence
ARE THERE GROUP RATES AVAILABLE?
Certainly! Many choirs use this event as a beginning-of-school-year retreat! Groups of ten or more students receive a $5 discount per student registration.
The students of the group must be registered and invoiced as a unit, not individually, and we will need a name, voice part and email address for each group member, so that we can send out mass choir music, lunch requests, etc. Teachers should register themselves on our site (you can pay separately or be included in the group) and contact our office with the above info. All participants who register will receive an invoice/receipt with proof of registration and be able to access their registration info at matfalmusic.com.
YOU SAID 'LUNCH'?
Yup! We include a Subway lunch for each participant, so that the lunch break can be spent connecting with your local vocal jazz community, jamming, etc. We send out a lunch survey about two weeks before your local event with a general selection of sandwiches. Every attempt will be made to accommodate special dietary needs (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc). You will also have the option to decline the lunch and bring your own.
P.S. Lunch is only available to people who register in advance online.
WHEN CAN I GET THE MASS CHOIR MUSIC?
That will also be emailed to participants approximately two weeks before your local event. Part tracks and reference recordings will be sent as well.
ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS ON THE STUDENT OR TEACHER TRACK?
No, it is up to each person to determine what track suits them the best. The biggest difference (besides which community you want to spend the most time with) is that the Teacher Track includes the publisher packets for JW Pepper, Sound Music Publications, Matfal Music, and more. Those packets are NOT available to those registered in the Student Track.
WHAT ABOUT MINORS?
We recommend that students under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult (parent/guardian/teacher). The youngest participant we have had to date is 10! We won't say the oldest ;)
WHEN DOES REGISTRATION CLOSE?
Secure the lowest rates by registering by the deadline for each location - usually 3-4 weeks before the local event. Late registration is accepted online up until 48 hours before the event.
WHAT ABOUT WALK-UP REGISTRATION?
Yes! Participants can register starting at 8:30 AM on the morning of the Academy. The late registration rate will be charged, but since the Subway lunch will already have been pre-ordered, lunch cannot be provided for you, and you should plan to bring your own.
IS EACH ACADEMY LOCATION AND SETUP IDENTICAL?
The general structure (9 AM - 6 PM, final concert with mass choir starts at 5 PM, etc) is the same, but each location is customized to fit the needs of each local vocal jazz community. In particular, the breakout sessions are altered and rotated so that no two Academy experience are the same!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Comfortable, casual summery wear is perfect! We have Academy T-shirts available both at pre-registration and on site. Consider outfitting your whole choir in them (group discount available)!