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Orchestra Festival

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Dates: March 12-13, 2020

GeneRebecca Stamm during orchestra rehearsalral Information

We are looking forward to two days of inspired music making! This is a non-competitive festival including constructive and engaging exchange between the clinician/conductor and students. Participation by school groups is open to High School and Middle School levels. We invite orchestras from throughout the Northwest.

This year, we expect 20-30 orchestras to be a part of this important educational experience. Space is limited so please submit your online registration form early to guarantee your position.

NOTE: Please provide for the judges three sets of music for each piece you will perform. Measures should be numbered on each score.. Mark each score with your school name to facilitate their return. Please keep copyright laws in mind and plan accordingly.

Dr. Nikolas Caoile, director of orchestras.2019 Adjudicators

  • Craig Purdy (Violin Instructor/Director of Orchestras,
    Boise State University)

  • Tobin Stewart (Symphony Orchestra Director, Montana State University)

  • Anna Wittstruck (Director of Orchestra, University of Puget Sound)


Each school will be allotted 25 minutes total for their performances. Orchestras are encouraged to plan up to 20 minutes of music allowing time for entering and exiting. At the conclusion of each day, the CWU Symphony Orchestra will perform.

Additional Information

  • Fees: One group $400.00, two groups $750.00
  • Cancelation/Refund Policy: Entries withdrawn or canceled after February 1, 2019 will not be refunded, including those requested for weather related reasons."

Contact Information

Dr. Nikolas Caoile,
Director of Orchestras 
400 E University Way, Mailstop 7458
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7458

Office Phone: 509.963.1251
Fax: 509.963.1239


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