All auditioning ensembles receive recorded or written evaluation from the audition listening panel. The listening is “blind”– ensembles are not identified to evaluators in the listening process. Evaluators recommend the ensembles that demonstrate an exemplary level of excellence to receive an invitation to perform at the Festival. Applying schools may submit applications for up to three ensembles to participate in this life-changing experience.
Completed application, audition recording, and all supporting materials must be received by June 1.
Mail/ship all application materials to:
Georgia State Bands
75 Poplar Street, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30303
A submitted application requires the following:
- Completed Festival Application Acknowledgement page (uploaded to online application)
- Completed online Festival application
- Links to two (2) musical selections (uploaded to online application)
- Three original scores for each work submitted
- Application fee made payable to Georgia State University Bands (or paid online)
Specific requirements for application and audition recordings are included in the Requirements for Application and Participation section. The application fee is $75 for the first ensemble and an additional $35 for each ensemble submission from the same school. All applying groups receive recorded or written evaluation from the evaluation panel. Submission of your application is a commitment to attend and perform if accepted. The cost to attend the Festival is $45 per student participant. Booster and administrative approval and support is required prior to applying.
Many groups want to travel with all of the students in their program and we provide educational options to allow as many of your instrumental music students as possible to participate. Directors can choose to submit applications for multiple ensembles from their school.
For the Festival performances, each invited ensemble is required to submit four original scores of each piece or have secured written permission from the publisher to make and submit four photocopies. Music for All and GSU remain in strict compliance with copyright laws. Each participating ensemble is required to submit their preliminary music program information by October 15 and finalize by February 15.
Each invited ensemble will be assigned a host(s) to help guide you and your students through your performance cycle. Your host will ensure that you have the best possible experience before and during the Festival.