What is GETMusic!?

What is the GETMusic! Festival?

GETMusic! stands for “Girls Empowered Through Music!” It is our answer to author Eve Ensler’s “call to girls, about girls, for girls, around the world to be their authentic selves.” GETMusic! creates an opportunity for hundreds of female choristers from all walks of life to join forces for a day of singing!

PG SingersIt is a one day festival for girls who love to sing, who have found their singing voices, and who have some choral experience. It is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG). Participants will leave the Festival recharged with a renewed sense of self-esteem as female singers.

Where is the Festival held? Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

What is the date of the Festival? Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 8:30 am – noon (11:00 am concert).

Who is the main contact for the Festival? Contact festival@pennsylvaniagirlchoir.org.

Who are the Festival Conductors? Melissa Keylock, Dr. Elizabeth Parker, Lauren Canna and Marianne Gruzwalski of Pennsylvania Girlchoir and Garden State Girlchoir.

How can a girl participate? A music educator recommends singers on the Festival website (Music Educators: to recommend singers now, click here). Once a singer has been recommended, parents are responsible for registering their singers online, which includes paying the registration fee. A credit card will be necessary to complete the registration process. Parents: to register your daughter now, click here.

What if my singer is home-schooled or does not have a music educator? Girls can still participate as long as they love to sing, they have found their singing voices, and ideally have some singing experience. If a parent is unsure whether or not their daughter meets these criteria, email festival@pennsylvaniagirlchoir.org or call 215-849-1762.

How does the parent of a singer register a girl? To register, parents should go to the singer registration page –  click here.

What if my daughter’s school is covering his registration fees? Then simply fill out the Singer Information Form. Parents, to do so now, click here.

What if a singer’s music educator wishes to complete the entire online registration (payment and Singer Information) rather than have the parent do it? The music educator will have to send a hard copy of the Singer Information form home so that the parent can fill it out. Once returned by the singer, the music educator can complete the online registration process.

What is the deadline for registration? January 13, 2018

Does the music educator have to register? Yes. While music educators are not responsible for registering individual singers (unless it is of their choosing), they must register themselves. This involves providing the names and grades of the girls they have selected for participation in the festival. To do so, music educators should go to the music educator form – click here. Once Music Educators register, we will send them the same music that the girls will have access to once they are registered. Music Educators with singers participating in the Festival receive two complimentary tickets to the 11:00 am concert.

Is there a cost involved for a singer? Yes, the participation cost for each singer is $40, which includes music, meals, snacks, and the GETMusic! Festival t-shirt.

Are there scholarships available for students who want to participate but are unable to pay? There is a limited amount of scholarship money available. Contact Commonwealth Youthchoirs Managing Director Martha Platt at mplatt@cychoirs.org for more information.

Does the Festival Concert cost to attend? Yes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and seniors. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Tickets can be purchased at the door before the concert.

How does a singer prepare for the Festival? There is no need to prepare any of the festival music in advance. All music will be taught and learned the day of the festival!

Is there a limit to the number of girls that can come from one school? Yes, there is a limit of five girls per school. If a music educator has additional students who would like to attend, they can be placed on a waiting list by contacting festival@pennsylvaniagirlchoir.org.

Does the music educator have to attend the Festival with the singer(s)? No, but Music Educators are most welcome to attend the Festival!

What if my daughter’s music educator does not attend the Festival? Who is supervising the girls? The girl will be supervised by the GETMusic! Festival staff and volunteers.

May parents attend the Festival? The Festival Conductors recommend that parents not attend the Festival, as an important aspect of the Festival experience is for the girls to bond with their singing peers outside of the home and school setting. The girls will be supervised by the GETMusic! Festival staff, music educators, and volunteers. If a parent insists on attending the Festival, we respectfully request that they be a silent, sideline observer and not interact with their daughter during rehearsals, breaks, or meals.

What should the singer wear? Singers should wear a nice pair of pants or skirt and tights, clean shoes, and any shirt. (No t-shirts, sandals, or flip-flops.) For the concert, she will wear a Festival T-Shirt over the shirt she wears to the Festival.

Are meals/snacks included? Yes. The singers will not go hungry! Snacks, water, juice, lunch, and dinner are all included. Pretzels, fruit, hoagies, and more are on the menu. Alternatively, girls may bring their own brown-bag lunch and/or dinner if they prefer.

What if my singer has food allergies? Parents are provided an opportunity to let us know about their daughter’s allergies and medical conditions when they register online. Please make sure we are aware of any issues that might affect her during the festival day.

What if I have questions that have not been answered? Feel free to contact  festival@pennsylvaniagirlchoir.org.

What is PG’s technology policy? PG does not allow the use of technology, including cell phones, at PG events. Your daughter’s cell phone should be turned off before she arrives at the Festival and remain off for the duration of the Festival.  Should she need to use her cell phone while at the Festival, she should ask a staff member. The PG directors feel strongly that music-making is a sacred endeavor that is worthy of being “ring tone” free. They acknowledge the important role technology plays in helping children and parents stay in touch. Permission will certainly be granted for any important communication between singer and parent.

Can my child join the Pennsylvania Girlchoir or Garden State Girlchoir after attending the Festival? Attending the GETMusic Festival is a great way to “try out” the choir. There is an optional “voice check” during the festival, which can serve as a formal audition, and which would aid in choir placement and part identification later. Information about joining the choir will be available at the Festival both for participants and their parents.