Contest Rules (Please review these pages with your show choir)

The Linn-Mar Show Choir Invitational


  • All performers, including instrumentalists, must be students of the participating school listed on the official Certification Form.  The only exception will be an instructor playing an accompanying instrument.  Jr. High back-up musicians are exempt.
  • Choirs are free to present any type of performance they wish.  There is no minimum or maximum number of songs a group must perform.  Music need not be provided for the judges.  The judge critique is not open to the public.
  • Directors may be on stage with their choirs and may direct if they wish.
  • No taped or recorded back-up music is allowed.  Sequenced and other pre-entered synthesized rhythms qualify as “recorded”.  The back-up ensemble is judged as an integral part of a group’s performance.
  • No group will be allowed to move their equipment onto the auditorium stage until the previous performing group has completely cleared the back stage area.
  • In order to avoid congestion following your performance, all equipment, including that which is carried by individual performers (e.g. hats, canes, or other props), must exit as directed by our stage crew and to your designated equipment holding area.
  • Fog or dry ice machines will be permitted; however, pyrotechnics, smoke, and other open flames are forbidden.
  • Your performance sequence will be:
    • Warm-Up in Auditorium
    • Performance in Lower Level Gym
    • Critique with clinician in Media Center

You will have student hosts who will meet you upon arrival and guide you through the entire day.



All Awards and placements in every category throughout the day will be decided using a Consensus scoring system.

Finals Competition


7:00 – GYM

  • The finals performance order will be determined by a selection process including the 6 directors with groups in the finals. The 6 Open Class directors will meet to determine the rest of the finals order.  The director of the group in 1st place at the end of the day round will choose which of the performance slots they wish to compete in.  This selection process will continue in order of day time placement until all 6 finals performance slots are filled.
  • By 6:30 p.m. the returning show choirs are to have their equipment reorganized in their designated equipment space.
  • By 6:20 p.m. the group performing first  is to be ready in its homeroom.  The host and hostess for this group will meet them to take the members to the warm-up room in the Auditorium.  At 6:30 p.m., the evening finals will begin with a performance by Linn-Mar Hi-Style, and the first Final’s Group will have their warm-up time.
  • The evening Master of Ceremonies will announce and the competing Open Class Finalists will proceed in order determined at the end of the daytime awards ceremony. Each choir will have 30 minutes to set-up, perform, and remove their special equipment.  Directors, please note that the evening performance should be exactly like the day performance.  It may include recommendations made by the judges and clinicians.
  • After all groups have performed, the final ranking will be determined.
  • Following the exhibition performance by In Step at 10:00 p.m., the awards ceremony will take place in the gym.  Please have representatives from your group available to receive awards.

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Thank you to everyone who has made this event so awesome! Here is our final’s schedule! @LinnMarChoirs
- Sunday Jan 19 - 1:49am

Follow @LinnMarChoirs for updates through out the day! Welcome, the show is about to start!
- Saturday Jan 18 - 4:06pm

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- Saturday Jan 18 - 4:04pm

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- Saturday Jan 18 - 12:09pm

Here is an update on the schedule for Supernova!
- Friday Jan 17 - 11:30pm

RT @LinnMarChoirs: One more schedule update coming soon! Can’t wait to see all the groups tomorrow!
- Friday Jan 17 - 11:16pm

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- Friday Jan 17 - 4:54pm

Supernova is STILL ON for tomorrow! The gym is being set up as we speak. As of right now, pending any school drop-o…
- Friday Jan 17 - 4:53pm

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- Sunday Jan 12 - 5:00am

Save the date: January 18, 2020!
- Sunday Nov 10 - 2:58am