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Orchestra Invitational

Friday, February 21, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014

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The Invitational is designed to provide a unique performance and educational opportunity for your high school or youth orchestra. Each orchestra will perform and receive written critiques and post-performance clinics from esteemed guest conductors. Additionally, master classes with the renowned University of Iowa instrumental faculty are part of the festival experience.

Each orchestra will perform up to twenty minutes of music followed by a forty-minute clinic that will be professionally recorded.  Each director will receive a DVD of the performance and clinic, as well as written comments from the clinicians.  Students will have the opportunity to attend hour-long master classes with university professors on their respective instrument. Campus tours will be arranged on request.

The gala opening of the Invitational will occur Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. featuring a concert performance of The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra and members of the UI School of Music Faculty at the Riverside Recital Hall, located on the University campus.

The cost of the festival is $500 per ensemble. A completed application and a $75 nonrefundable deposit are due by December 13, 2013. Notification of acceptance and assigned performance/clinic times will be sent following receipt of application. 

The University of Iowa Orchestra Department has hosted numerous orchestras and sponsored clinics with outstanding educational and performance results. An orchestra director from Missouri recently commented, “I have never seen my students so engaged and attentive . . . this has been our most meaningful and educational trip. Thank you for inspiring the lives of our students and myself.” We assure each ensemble will have a positive and rewarding experience and enjoy the opportunity to interact and support other premiere high school and youth orchestras from the Midwest.

The weekend will also include an opportunity for students interested in furthering their music education to audition for a University of Iowa Music Scholarship on Saturday afternoon.

Tentative Schedule:

7:00 pm Gala Performance of UI Chamber Orchestra and members of the School of Music Faculty Location: Riverside Recital Hall

SATURDAY: (At Iowa City High School)
8:00-12:00 pm Clinics/Master Classes
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-5:00 pm Clinics/Master Classes