As in a great restaurant, sometimes presentation can be
With your Festivals of Music experience approaching in about
six weeks, now is a terrific time to make sure that you have everything that
you need ready to present to the adjudicator-clinicians so that they may
provide you and your students the best possible feedback on your performance.
Key to this is the adjudicator’s packet, which you’ll turn in when you arrive
at the check in desk on the day of the festival.
First of all, it should contain the following:
- A copy of the conductor’s score for each of your
adjudicated selections. Each score should preferably have all of the measures
numbered so that your adjudicator can easily refer to particular sections of
the music in their commentary. NOTE that you will need three copies total. (We’ll get back to that in a minute.)
- A copy of the announcer’s form. This has all of
the information about your ensemble, any special soloists as applicable, and
the titles and composers of your musical selections. You can find that form on
our website by clicking here. NOTE that you will need four copies total. (More on that
to come as well.)
A key point to remember: the conductor’s score MUST be an original, purchased version of
the music, NOT a photocopy. This is necessary in order to be compliant with
copyright law, so it protects you from trouble…and preserves the ability for
composers to make a living and keep writing the great works that they do. The
exceptions to this rule would be:
- If the piece is permanently out of print, and
you have received notification from a music dealer or publisher to make
photocopies. (Please include the letter or email you received granting
- If the piece is on backorder, and you have
confirmation from a music dealer or publisher allowing photocopies. (Include
the letter or email as well.)
- If the piece is an e-print work, and you have
printed out a copy of the score. Remember that you do have to actually purchase
these scores individually—you are typically allowed one e-print per purchase.
That’s why we’re letting you know about this six weeks
before you need it—PLENTY of time to get on the phone or publisher website now
to order those scores.
Once you have that assembled, here’s how you put the packets
together in a way that will help you present yourself to the registration table
and the adjudicators as a first-class, supremely organized, wow-this-director-has-it-together
kind of person:
First, gather your scores and complete the performance announcer form. (Make three additional copies of the announcer form, it'll save you time.)
Put the entire set in a manila envelope:
Do that same exact thing two more times.
Take the three manila envelopes with your scores and announcer sheet, and clip them together with the fourth announcer sheet copy on top.
And you're ready for the registration table!
Any more questions about assembling your packets? Email us here.
See you soon!