Students should meet or exceed the following requirements:
- Must have studied his/her instrument for a minimum of three years
- Should have knowledge of possible shifting and positions
- May have been accepted to one of the regional or All-State orchestras, studies privately or participates in youth orchestras
- Have experience in ensemble playing (e.g. school orchestra, group classes, church orchestras, chamber music, etc.
- Reads music at a "very good" or "excellent" level
- Able to prepare the music independently prior to the Festival
- Have the desire, attitude, discipline, endurance, and concentration to participate in long rehearsals and clinics
Teachers should use their best judgment when recommending their students for the Festival as students will be engaged in many hours of rehearsal, sectionals, and attending the Friday night concert. We want students to succeed and have the best experience possible. A positive recommendation indicates the teacher’s belief that the students will thrive in this musical environment.
Please contact Dr. Crane
with any questions about recommendations. The directors/conductors reserve the right to accept or reject students to the Festival.
For the following recommendations please list your most advanced students first, making note of first or second violin, and including any comments about the students you may wish to share.
For example: violin 1: Eliza Doolittle (most advanced student), Joe Blow, Billy T. Kidd (a senior who might place in the back), violin 2: John Smith (this student reads well but has only been playing 3 years and has no private lessons)