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BandFest, ChoralFest, OrchestraFest

BandFest, ChoralFest & OrchestraFest

March 24, 2020

These festivals are non-competitive performance experiences for middle and high school bands, choirs and orchestras. In addition to extensive feedback, ensembles receive a clinic following their performance.
 

BandFest

BandFest evaluators provide constructive and practical suggestions to help each ensemble improve its performance. Comments are also included exclusively for directors. Each band is provided with audio copies of the judges’ commentary, as well as a recording of their performance and a commemorative certificate.
 
Each ensemble has a 50-minute block of time for their performance.  After the performance, each ensemble works with a clinician for the remainder of their block.
 
Entries are limited to the first 16 bands that submit the application and entry fee. Once all slots have been filled, bands 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 $350.00 (check or school purchase order) is non-refundable and must be received in order to reserve a performance time slot.
 
Bands are scheduled in 50-minute intervals beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending with the final performance at 4:30 p.m. Each band should plan to arrive an hour before its scheduled performance time. We invite groups to come early or stay late to hear other performances. Parents and guests are also invited to come for the performances.
 
Times that have been reserved may become available later due to cancellation.  If you're unable to come to BandFest this year, please consider bringing your group to VanderCook for a clinic with one of our esteemed faculty!
 
Once you have reserved your spot, please make arrangements to bring four 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.
 

ChoralFest

ChoralFest evaluators provide constructive and practical suggestions to help each ensemble improve its performance. Comments are also included exclusively for directors. Each choir 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 16 choirs that submit the application and entry fee. Once all slots have been filled, choirs 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 $225.00 (check, school purchase order, or credit card) is non-refundable and must be received in order to reserve a performance time slot.

Choirs will be scheduled in 30-minute intervals beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending with the last performance at 4:30 p.m. Each choir should plan to arrive an hour before its scheduled performance time, allowing 30 minutes to unload and 30 minutes for warm-up. We invite groups to come early or stay late to hear other performances. Parents and guests are also invited to come for the performances.
 

OrchestraFest

Description coming soon!
 
 

2020 OrchestraFest Clinician: Carrie Provost

Provost,_Carrie_IG_headshotCarrie Provost earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and a master’s degree in music education from Northern Illinois University. Provost has been a member of the string faculty in Wheaton-Warrenville School District 200 for the past 28 years, teaching at Franklin Middle School and formerly at four feeder elementary schools. Provost was a finalist for the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999, was awarded the Illinois ASTA School Teacher of the year in 2010, and received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the New 200 Foundation for 2011-2012. She has served on the conducting faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic. Provost is a frequent adjudicator at contests, as well as a guest conductor for orchestra festivals. She served on the board of the Illinois Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and is the assistant concertmaster of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.
 

More clinicians to be announced soon!

Date: March 24, 2020

Registration Deadline:
March 13, 2020

Online Registration Form coming soon

Attendance Fee: TBD
 
For any questions, please contact

Patrick Benson
Director of Continuing Education & Outreach
pbenson@vandercook.edu
312.788.1139


 
 

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