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Middle Level HonorFest

EVENT DATE: Saturday, September 29, 2018


Registration Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2018
Nomination:  Online Nomination, Band PDF Nomination, Choir PDF Nomination

Participants: Advanced band and choir middle school students selected through director nomination
Objective: HonorFest is an opportunity for advanced middle school musicians to work with a clinician in a large ensemble. The HonorFest bands and choirs will rehearse during the morning and afternoon, and conclude with a performance in the early evening.

Middle Level HonorFest has been a part of Vandercook's outreach programming for over 15 years, starting as an honor band for middle school and junior high students, and over the years expanding to include over 300 students participating from 30-35 schools.  It's a great event for the start of the school year to motivate students and give them a positive experience. Typically, rehearsals for the HonorFest ensembles start at 9:00 a.m., break for lunch at 12:00 p.m., and conclude with a concert at 3:30 p.m., in which family and friends are enouraged to attend.

To nominate students, directors should fill out a nomination form, linked above. Completed nomination forms should be received no later than Friday, September 14, 2018.

Following the registration deadline, we will let you know which students have been selected and provide you with final festival information. Please note: due to the increasing number of students nominated, it is likely we will not be able to select everyone this year. Please make sure to list your nominated students in priority order. Participating schools will be notified of final accepted rosters by Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Following selection of the Middle Level HonorFest bands and choirs, a $40 per student participation fee is due no later than Friday, September 28, 2018. Please pay for all students on one school-printed check or purchase order. A credit card payment is also accepted. Please do not send personal checks or individual student payments. Make all checks out to VanderCook College of Music.

Fees cannot be refunded once student is selected, so please nominate wisely. This fee includes a performance t-shirt and lunch. Music will be issued on the day of the festival.

Return completed form and payment to:

VanderCook College of Music
Attn: Justin Kvedaras - MLHF
3140 S. Federal St.
Chicago, IL 60616-3731

If you wish to fax your submission, the number is 312.225.5211.

If you have any questions, please contact Justin Kvedaras at 312.788.1141 or at


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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