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EVENT DATE: Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Registration Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017
Registration: Online Registration, PDF Registration Form

Participants: Middle school and high school orchestras
Objective: This festival is a non-competitive performance venue for school orchestras. In addition to extensive feedback, ensembles receive a clinic following their performance.

OrchestraFest evaluators provide constructive and practical suggestions to help each ensemble improve its performance. Comments are also included exclusively for directors. Each orchestra is provided with written and audio copies of the judges’ commentary, as well as a recording of their performance and a commemorative certificate. After the performance, each ensemble works with a clinician for the remainder of the slotted time on the performance music.

Entries for each day will be limited to the first 11 orchestras that submit the application and entry fee. Once all slots have been filled, orchestras will be put on a waiting list. We will number all applications in the order they are received for priority consideration. The entry fee of $250.00 (check or school purchase order) is non-refundable and must be received in order to reserve a performance time slot.

Orchestras will be scheduled in hourly intervals beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending with the last performance at 4:30 p.m. Each orchestra should plan to arrive 30 minutes before its scheduled performance time to unload. We invite groups to come early or stay late to hear other performances. Parents and guests are also invited to come for the performances.

The following times are still available for reservation:

  9:15 AM 10:00 AM
10:45 AM 11:30 AM -Break-
  1:30 PM 2:15 PM
3:00 PM 3:45 PM 4:30 PM

Once you have reserved your spot, please make arrangements to bring 2 original copies of the score for each piece you plan on performing. Complete information regarding the logistics for the day will be sent following the registration deadline.

Times that have been reserved may come available later due to cancellation. If you're unable to come to OrchestraFest this year, please consider bringing your group to VanderCook for a clinic with one of our esteemed faculty!

Please fill out and return the application with payment or a school district purchase order by Friday, March 10, 2017. Checks are payable to VanderCook College of Music. Credit cards are also accepted.

If you do not hear from us within 7 days of sending your application, please contact us to make sure it has been received and your spot is confirmed.

Please send all materials to:

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

If you wish to fax your submission, the number is (312) 225–5211.

For questions, please contact Justin Kvedaras at (312) 225-6288 or


VanderCook College of Music

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

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