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Rhythm on the Rum River

Welcome to the St. Francis “Rhythm on the Rum River!”


We are so glad you are interested in joining us for our first ever competition, and a virtual one at that!


This year has been a challenging one for all of us in this field.  We have faced different obstacles and challenges trying to do what we do best… it has been harder than ever to provide meaningful opportunities for our students to grow, have fun, and shine on stage.


This competition is meant to provide such an opportunity to all of our students.  It is meant to be a way for us all to work toward something bigger than ourselves or even our individual program.  It is meant to foster a way for our different groups to come together and celebrate each other and our mutual success.  It is meant to keep our art form alive and as fierce as ever.  


We hope you find preparation for our big day fun and easy.  We know that this format of a competition introduces new challenges for your group. If there is anything we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to reach out.  We are here to help!  


Again, thank you for joining us.  We look forward to seeing you from the big screen!


- Josiah Telschow

Director, St. Francis High School Choirs


“Rhythm on the Rum River” Rules and General Info

Rhythm on the Rum River will be live-streamed on March 27th


Competition Divisions: Groups will enter into one of the following competing classes or may choose to submit a performance for comments only (exhibition division). 

  • Middle School

    • Unisex (Either All Treble or All Bass Voices)

    • Mixed (Treble and Bass Voices)

    • Exhibition (Comments Only)

  • High School

    • Unisex (Either All Treble or All Bass Voices)

    • Prep (Mixed Treble and Bass Voices)

    • Small Group Varsity (under 40 singer/dancers)

    • Large Group Varsity (40 and over singer/dancers)

    • Exhibition (Comments Only)

  • Solo Competition 

    • Any school registered for a group division may also enter singers in our solo competition.


Musical Selections

  • Groups are free to perform any style and type of music they wish.  Total length of the performance is not to exceed 20 minutes.



  • Any type of musical accompaniment may be used.  Pre-recorded tracks may be used without penalty in the middle school divisions, for exhibitions, or if your school or state rules prevent you from rehearsing as one group.  Adults may play as part of the accompanying ensemble, but will render the group in-eligible for the Best Band Award.  Directors may direct the ensemble on stage if they wish.


Performance Space and Show Tech

  • Your group may perform in whatever space you have available, and on whatever risers or platforms you have available to use.  We recommend a performance space that allows the videographer to be distanced far enough away from the group to capture the whole group in one shot.

  • Schools will provide their own sound for performances.  Groups that do not follow the guidelines below will be disqualified from the competition, or may choose to enroll in the exhibition division.  Please adhere to these guidelines when submitting your video:

    • No more than 5 cordless solo mics may be used.

    • No more than a total of 5 area microphones hung above the performers or placed in front of the choir may be used.

    • Monitors and amplification for the band may be used, but should be placed behind the risers with the band.  Monitors for the choir may be used, but not for the purpose of overall sound amplification.

    • Headset/personal microphones are not permitted.

    • Recording audio must use your recording devices built-in microphone.  Sound may not be run directly from a mixer to the recording device.

    • No audio editing will be allowed.  If your state/local/schools restrict recording all together at one time, audio may be recorded separately from the video.  The final video recording should be taken in one continuous track.

  • Schools will provide their own lighting for performances.  Groups that do not follow the guidelines below will be disqualified from the competition.  Please adhere to these restrictions:

    • Schools may choose to light the cyc behind the group if their facility allows.  Stage lighting may be programmed to your show, but operation of said lighting must be run by a student.

    • A general “wash” of lighting is encouraged to light your choir.  If you wish to add extra lighting to your show, this must also be operated by a student on the stage crew.  

      • Note: If your lighting becomes a distraction or deterrent to your overall product, it may affect the adjudicator’s scoring.


Performance Recordings

  • Performances are to be recorded any time between March 12 and March 19th.  

  • Performances may be recorded in whatever space is available to your group. 

  • Recordings are to be taken with any available recording device (ipad/tablet, computer, phone, video recorder, etc…) and must be completed in one continuous shot.

  • Videos should be taken from a solitary spot with a wide lens view (enough to see the entirety of the group).  No shifting of the camera, zoom, or panning is allowed.

  • No editing of sound or video is allowed.

  • In the spirit of “live performance,” groups are asked to only attempt 2 recordings (unless there is technical failure from the recording device).  Directors should announce to their performers when the two “takes” occur, and should treat the “takes” as the performances they are.  The two “takes” need not be adjacent with each other, but should occur during the same rehearsal/session.  

  • Recordings should be taken without an audible audience prescence.  


  • All performances streamed throughout the competition will be grouped by division.  

  • Any group performing an exhibition will receive comments from our judging panel but will not receive any scores or be compared to any other group.

  • Any group performing in one of our competitive divisions will be scored by a panel of esteemed judges and will receive categorical scores of their performance as well as overall comments.

  • Scored categories will focus on the student performance elements of the show.

  • Every effort will be taken to promote anonymity of the groups so that our judges will be scoring as “blind” as possible.  Our judges will commit to offering their singular opinion and ratings and will not be conferring with the other members of the panel about the performances.

  • Scoring Rubrics and biographies of our judging panel will be provided to all registered groups in the coming weeks.


  • At the end of the competition, following an exhibition performance by the Bridge Street Singers, an award ceremony will be held live and results will be announced in real time.  Any groups or individual earning awards will be mailed their hardware following the competition.

  • Awards will be given to the top three scoring groups in each division.

  • Caption Awards will be given out to the:

    • Best Band

    • Best Vocals

    • Best Choreography

    • Top 2 Soloists within a Show

    • Top 3 Soloists in the Solo Competition


Copyright Compliance

  • “Rhythm on the Rum River” aims to be completely compliant with United States copyright law.  There will be no sale of videos from our event, and recording or saving performances from the day is prohibited. The performances will be streamed live and will not be available for later viewing.

  • Each performing school and group is responsible for obtaining the correct licensing for their performance.  “Rhythm on the Rum River” is neither liable or responsible for any infractions of copyright.  Director’s will be required to sign a copyright compliance letter upon video submission.


Solo Competition

  • Registration and details about our solo competition will be offered to directors in early February.

  • Cost per solo registration will be $20 per entry.

Meet our judges for “Rhythm on the Rum River” 2021!
Kym Chambers Otto (Solo Competition Judge)

Kym relocated to the Twin Cities after living in New York City. Kym works as a professional actor/singer/dancer and has toured with the Broadway Tours Cats, Cinderella, and The Wizard of Oz. Kym is a founding member of the 4 Women A cappella group “Chick Cheer”, is a Lead Spotlight Evaluator for Hennepin Theater Trust‘s Theater Education Outreach Program and the owner of Twin Cities Musical Theatre Training, an on-line training program for High School students hoping to pursue careers in Musical Theater and Professionals continuing to train in Musical Theatre. Other theatrical credits include Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Sister Act (Mother Superior), The Music Man starring Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy, Anything Goes starring Rachel York, Mame starring Loretta Swit, Annie starring Sally Struthers, Sound of Music (Kansas City Starlight), Camelot (North Shore Music Theater), Cabaret (KC REP), Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph...,Cinderella, and The Contemporary Broadway Songbook (Ordway CPA), Baby Case (History Theatre) 42nd St, Oklahoma, Peter Pan (Peter), Big: The Musical (Susan), and Mamma Mia (Tanya). Kym received a BA from St. Olaf College and an MA in Vocal Performance from New York University. Kym has sung with The St. Olaf Choir, The World Youth Choir (Estonia and Norway Tours) and Vocalessence. Kym also teaches Private Voice both online and in the Twin Cities. 


Caroline Edgeton (Ensemble Scoring)

Caroline Edgeton is a music educator from Urbandale, IA. While earning her bachelor's degree at Drake University she began assistant directing the show choirs at Waukee High School and soon after accepted a full time job as a middle school vocal music teacher in the district. She spent most of her 8 years of teaching there, directing show choirs at both the middle school and high school level. After working as a freelance choreographer for many years, she is often brought in to work with show choirs as a visual clinician. 

Although she has temporarily stepped away from the classroom to stay home with her young children, Caroline is currently working with the show choirs at Urbandale High School. Pre-pandemic Caroline and her husband ran an active voice studio out of their home and hope to get back to teaching private voice lessons this summer.


Heath Weber (Ensemble Scoring)

Heath Weber is Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa. During his tenure at Morningside, he has served as Associate Dean for Performing Arts, Music Department Chair, Director of Choral Activities and artistic director for the Betty Ling Tsang Summer Performance Series. Prior to his appointment at Morningside, Heath Weber worked in public school music education at all levels, K-12. 


A South Dakota native, he found his home in Sioux City, Iowa, first teaching at East High School for 10 years before assuming his position at Morningside.  His comprehensive choral program at East was the largest student organization in Iowa, engaging one third of the student body at EHS. His competitive show choir, The Headliners, was voted one of America’s top three favorite show choirs in Parade Magazine’s first contest.  East was a finalist for the first GRAMMY Signature School Competition; and USA Today named the EHS production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” the Best Musical in Iowa in 2008. 


As a performer, Weber has performed as a member of the GRAMMY nominated South Dakota Chorale, an organization for which he has also served as Board President. Additionally, he has performed as a bass/baritone soloist with the South Dakota Symphony, The Sioux City Symphony, and Opera South Dakota. He has been a staff section leader/baritone soloist at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral Choir for over 20 years.

As clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor, Weber is in high demand across the Midwest. His work with summer enrichment opportunities, team building and leadership training keeps his schedule full. When time permits, you can find him soaking up the sun by the lake on lazy summer weekends!


Terry Voss (Ensemble Scoring)

Terry Voss was at Totino-Grace High School in Minneapolis, MN for 29 years before retiring last year.  Voss earned his BME from Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI and Masters in the Science of Teaching and Research from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Mr. Voss previously taught in Augusta, Wisconsin for two years and at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona , Iowa for eight years.


At Totino-Grace High School Mr. Voss was the director of the Concert Choir, Honors Concert Choir, Chorale, Chamber Singers, Men’s Chorus and the two of the three show choirs: Company of Singers and TestosterTones.  In addition to directing these ensembles he taught private voice lessons for 42 years.  He was also vocal director of the Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In Show Choir seen and heard 3 or 4 days for the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair.  In addition, Mr. Voss was the assistant director of the Totino-Grace International Student Residence Hall on the TG campus. 


Mr. Voss’ groups have shown much success over the last 29 years including three National titles, one International title and in 2019 Company of Singers, was the host and featured group at the Heart of America National Show Choir Competition in Nashville.


Terry Voss previously served as the Midwest Region ACDA Show Choir Repertoire Chair and on the Minnesota State ACDA Board and has published several articles in choral journals. His choral groups have been featured and he has presented interest sessions at state conventions and he serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the country. Mr. Voss directed the 2011 Missouri All-State Show Choir and adjudicated Show Choir Nationals in 2012.  For three summers he directed the Gustavus Show Choir Camp held in July at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. In 2018 Mr. Voss was awarded the National LaSallian Service Award.


Currently Mr. Voss and wife have retired to the western coastal city of Depoe Bay, Oregon, “Whale Watching Capital of the World”.

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