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Men in the Middle Festival Choir

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Union Colony Civic Center - Greeley, CO


Registration is open! Click the link below to access the 2018 registration form.

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Registration is $20 per student and includes the festival t-shirt and afternoon snacks.

About the Festival

The Men in the Middle Festival Choir is an outgrowth of the Music Education area at the UNC School of Music. We (Dr. Nancy Glen and Dr. Jill Burgett) have collaborated to fulfill our vision: a Choral Festival for middle school guys!

Because we believe that there should be MORE opportunities for young men to sing, we have created the MIM Festival Choir. Our goal is to highlight and encourage the abilities of middle school male singers through providing an opportunity for them to join vocal forces together with singers from other schools who share their passion for men's choral music.

We also believe that it is important for our young men to experience  hearing an adult men's choir, affirming their own potential continued singing as they become adult singers. To meet this goal, we are teaming up with the UNC Men's Glee Club (Dr. Galen Darrough, conductor).

We are inviting young male singers (grades 6-8) to come to our campus and work with a guest clinician in what we are calling a Festival Choir. The Festival Choir will be invited to perform three pieces on our UNC Choral Concert. Additionally, the Festival Choir will join with our UNC Men's Glee Club on a combined piece. 

Each year, we will invite a guest clinician to come in and rehearse/conduct our MIM Festival Choir. This year's guest conductor is Ryan Main.

Information for Participants

Rehearsal Tracks

Simply select your voice part and listen to the track while watching your choral score. The more you use this tool, the better prepared you will be, so repeat as often as necessary until you have your part correctly learned and memorized.

Download Rehearsal Tracks

Ordering Music

Music can be ordered online through J.W. Pepper.

Dress Code

Concert dress for boys is black dress pants, black socks, black dress shoes, and the event t-shirt (included in registration).

What to Bring

Please bring a music folder and a pencil. We also recommend bringing a water bottle; only water is allowed in the rehearsal area.


Participants must be accompanied by a chaperone for the entirety of the festival.


9:30am - Check-In

10:00am - Rehearsal with Ryan Main

11:15am - Rehearsal with UNC Men's Glee

12:25pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:30pm - Rehearsal with Ryan Main

4:30pm - Dinner (on your own)

6:00pm - Call Time

7:00pm - Concert

All events take place at the Union Colony Civic Center. Participants may leave the UCCC with their chaperones for lunch and dinner.


Clinician - Ryan Main

Ryan Main

Composer, director and clinician Ryan Main writes music for choirs and bands at all levels. An award winning composer, his music has been published and performed internationally. His titles have earned two Editor’s Choice distinctions from JW Pepper, and have been performed internationally, including the Midwest Band Clinic and American Choral Director's Association Conferences.

Ryan holds a Master of Music in Music Composition and a Master of Music in Music Education from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Missouri - Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance. Ryan is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Ryan is passionate about quality music education for all. He recently founded the Youth Chorus of Kansas City, a non-profit organization serving youth of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds throughout the Kansas City metro area. He is also the Director of Music at Village Presbyterian Church on Antioch. For more information on his work, visit www.youthchoruskc.org or www.ryanmain.com.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys cooking, traveling, fitness and Netflix binges with his dogs Frank and Missy.

UNC Faculty


Jill Burleson Burgett, School of Music Faculty

Jill Burleson Burgett

Associate Director of Choral Studies
Director of Choral Music Education

Galen Darrough, School of Music Faculty

Galen Darrough

Director of Choral Activities
Professor of Music

Nancy Glen, School of Music Faculty

Nancy Glen

Elementary General Music Methods