Highlights for Invited Ensembles
Concert Performances and Clinics
Each ensemble performs a short concert before a knowledgeable audience, including the Festival evaluation panel, music educators, and fellow choir members. Choir directors receive recorded and written comments from the evaluators. Choir directors also receive recorded and written input on their conducting from a highly regarded conductor. Following the performance, each choir has a private clinic with one of the Festival Evaluators/Clinicians.
Concert observation time is scheduled and required for each choir, ensuring that all festival ensembles perform for a knowledgeable, appreciative audience who in turn enjoy outstanding performances of quality literature.
All students participate in choral master classes, led by top applied faculty and professional musicians. This opportunity provides for interaction with outstanding professionals whose insight and experience exemplify musical achievement.
Social Events for Students and Directors
The Festival Social gives students the chance to relax, have fun and get to know students from other programs across the country. The director and evaluator reception and hospitality opportunities offer networking and informal interaction with colleagues and icons of music education.
Gala Awards Banquet
The formal banquet for students, directors, parents, staff, and evaluators culminates the Festival with first-class standards that distinguish the Music for All National Festival. Guests enjoy a plated dinner, recognition, and presentation of awards to each ensemble. The banquet, with over 2,500 guests, is sure to be unforgettable for you, your students, parents, and supporters.
World-Class Venues and Facilities
Choirs will perform for evaluation in the beautiful St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Festival ensembles stay at outstanding hotels, including the Marriott Place Indianapolis, featuring the JW Marriott and four Marriott hotel properties, and additional downtown hotels, surrounded by and walking distance from numerous cultural and recreational attractions.
Recording and Group Photo package
Each student member and director receives a professionally-produced recording of their evaluation concert, and a group photo.
Each invited choir will be assigned a host to help guide you through the Festival weekend and is committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience before and during the Festival. Hosts are familiar with Music for All events and festivals.
Festival Invitation Visit and Director “Fam” Trip
Every choir is offered a visit to your school from a member of the Festival team. This site visit, which is mandatory for first-time participating schools and/or directors, helps to assure your students, parent boosters, and administration understand the magnitude of your achievement.
A mandatory familiarization (“Fam”) trip to Indianapolis for directors of all accepted ensembles will take place at the Festival performance venues and hotel facilities. Music for All will take directors on a city and site inspection of the performance halls, warm-up rooms, clinic rooms, and the Festival hotels. The philosophy behind the event, Festival schedule, and costs will be thoroughly discussed to ensure a complete understanding of pre-planning information for your ensemble. The “Fam” Trip for the 2018 ensembles will be on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Transportation and housing for the “Fam Trip” to Indianapolis is at the participating ensemble’s expense.