Gustavus Honor Choir Festival

March 12-13, 2023

The Gustavus Honor Choir Festival brings together outstanding singers and fine choral repertoire in an exciting two-day experience. Students will refine their musical skills through engaging choir rehearsals, faculty-led masterclasses, and a special opportunity to learn from our special guest artist, Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett

The festival concert will feature performances by the Gustavus Choir under the direction of Dr. Brandon Dean, the Chanhassen High School Concert Choir under the direction of Sarah Gilbertson, and the 125–voice festival choir. The concert will take place in the magnificent Christ Chapel, which is regarded as one of the region's finest venues for choral performances.

Please consider nominating your deserving students for this special event. Nominations are due on Friday, February 10. If you have any questions about the festival, please contact Dr. Brandon Dean at

Schedule of Events Frequently Asked Questions Nomination Form 

Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett

Meet Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett

This year we have the great pleasure of welcoming nationally renowned composer Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett as our artist–in–residence. Dr. Garrett serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Dr. Garrett is an avid composer of choral and solo-vocal music whose compositions have been performed to acclaim by high school all-state, collegiate, and professional choirs, including Seraphic Fire and the Oakwood University Aeolians. As a researcher, his most advantageous topic is the non-idiomatic choral music of Black composers. His lectures at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and at other local and national venues afford him the opportunity to showcase this underrepresented area of music.