Adult Choir Festival Charleston, SC Youth Choir Festival Youth Choir Festival 15th Anniversary

The Festival By the Sea music festivals, begun in 2000, grew out of a need to provide high-quality music festivals for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches. This has grown into an ecumenical series of festivals encompassing Youth Choirs and Adult Choirs. Noted clinicians provide leadership for the festivals helping participating choirs achieve levels of performance not normally attained in the local church setting. Choirs leave challenged to work harder and strive for greater achievement in their local music programs. One of the hallmark features of these festivals has been the deeply spiritual worship experiences that have been designed to coincide with the music that has been prepared for the festivals. Not only do participants learn to sing but they learn to integrate their music into a worship framework that has meaning – engaging the heart, mind, and spirit. Additionally, the festivals have provided an opportunity for participants to meet others with similar music interests and build relationships that will last for years to come.

We are currently planning, contacting guest directors, considering repertoire, etc. More details should be available in early November 2021.

Jennaya Robison

January 28-29, 2022

Jennaya RobisonJennaya Robison, is in demand as a conductor, clinician, and soprano throughout the United States.  She currently is an Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College where she conducts Aurora and Collegiate Chorale and teaches courses in conducting and vocal pedagogy. Prior to teaching at Luther College, she was the Artistic Director of Scottsdale Musical Arts, a multi-generational organization comprised of a professional orchestra and choir as well as children’s choirs and youth orchestras.

She has held faculty and teaching positions at the University of Arizona, Luther College, and the University of New Mexico. She has conducted orchestras at the University of Arizona, Luther College, and as well as community orchestras in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. As a public-school educator, she has taught in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

As a soprano, has sung as a soloist with the Grammy award winning True Concord, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera, Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Scottsdale Symphony, St. Andrews Bach Society, Phoenix Youth Symphony, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, Rochester Choral Arts, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque. As a chorister, she has sung as a member of the Arizona Choir under the direction of Bruce Chamberlain, Las Cantantes under the direction of Bradley Ellingboe, the Dale Warland Singers in Minneapolis, Minnesota under the direction of Dale Warland, and in the Nordic Choir of Luther College under the direction of Weston Noble.

Her primary area of research is in the field of vocal health within the choral ensemble. She has presented lectures and workshops on vocal health in the choral setting at regional and state ACDA conferences and state NATS conferences. She has been an invited conductor and clinician at numerous festivals including All State Choirs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, Wisconsin Middle Level Honors Choirs, Texas Collegiate Women’s Honor Choir, Montreat Music Conference Festival Choir and various regional and state honor choirs in Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, the Master of Music in conducting and voice from the University of New Mexico, and the Bachelor of Arts in music from Luther College. She is currently the coordinator of Collegiate Repertoire and Standards and director of Student Activities for the North Central chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Her choral series is published with Pavane Music.

March 6-8, 2020

Phillip Shoultz, Guest Director

Location: Crown Reef Resort & Conference Center, Myrtle Beach, SC


  • Rehearsal 10:00-11:00pm


  • Rehearsal 9:00-12:00pm (with a break)
  • Rehearsal 8:00-10:00pm


2020 Youth Festival Repertoire

Honor and Glory, J. S. Bach/arr. Erhet, Colla Voce, 55-54010
I Sing Because I’m Happy, Rollo Dillworth, Hal Leonard, 0124479
Make a Joyful Noise, Taylor Davis, Morningstar,  50-5320
Ndikhokhele Bawo (SATB), arr. Lhente-Mari Pitout,  Mark Foster, HL 00288201
Psalm 139, Pote, Choristers Guild/Lorenz, CGA-610
Requiem, Eliza Gilkyson, G. Schirmer, 50486569

Pecknel Music stocks Festival anthems for us and offers discounts.
Luke Browder
Director of Print Music
Pecknel Music Company

1312 N. Pleasantburg Drive Greenville, SC 29607
Direct: 864-516-2346 |

All participating choirs are required to provide original copies for their participating singers. For maximum efficiency, text, notes, and rhythms should be learned prior to arriving for the Festival.