Great America

The fun-filled music festival for concert choirs!

Friday May 5 & 12, 2017

Music Festival For High School, Junior High, Middle School and Elementary Choirs

What You Should Know Before You Go

Who May Participate
The festival is open to elementary, middle school, junior and senior high school men's, mixed, treble and women's choirs. Due to the nature of the event, we cannot allow show choirs.

Performance Times
Performance will include a 15-minute warm-up and 15-minute performance.

Groups will perform between 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Each group should arrive at the park and register at least one hour before their scheduled performance time. Upon arrival, directors should register at the registration table located at the front of the theater. Final instructions and an escort will be assigned.

During the performance, each group may perform two selections of contrasting style, an optional warm-up may be performed not to exceed three minutes in length.

Performance Facilities
Performances will take place in the Showtime Theater. Each ensemble will have a 15 minute warm-up in the hall prior to their performance.

Music Requirements
Selections are at the discretion of the director. The ensemble director will supply two (2) sets of original scores for the adjudicated selections. Due to liability and insurance, Great America cannot grant special requests for electrical and lighting needs during performances.

There are no special dress requirements.
Each director must decide what is appropriate.
Dressing facilities are NOT available.

Refunds and Cancellations
If you are utilizing a travel planner, please refer to their information for cancellation guidelines.

In the event it is necessary for a school to withdraw from the Great America Festival of Music, a full refund will be issued if cancellation is received at least 30 days before the scheduled festival date. Cancellation must be submitted via our website.

Any group that cancels less than 30 days before the festival, but more than 15 days before will be charged a $100 cancellation penalty.

Any group that cancels less than 15 days before the event forfeits all payments made to the Great America Festival of Music.

If web cancellation is not received according to these guidelines, all applicable cancellation penalties will apply.

In the event of low festival enrollment, the Great America Festival of Music reserves the right to cancel the event and issue full refunds.

Important Notice
If no payment has been received by the 30-Day payment deadline, your reservation will be canceled and your groups will be dropped from the festival schedule.

Please note:
This policy remains in effect regardless of sudden School Board policy changes or world events. Such circumstances do not negate this policy.

Equipment Provided
Equipment provided at the festival site:

  • Microphone
  • Electric Piano
  • Step choral risers

We ask that you use the equipment provided. Please do not bring any equipment you cannot carry. No setup crew will be provided.

Each school will receive a participation award. The award, score sheets and adjudicator comments will be given to each group immediately after their performance.

Festival Fees
Student fees include adjudication fee and admission to the park. All tickets must be purchased through the festival office.





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Once You're at the Festival

Schedule of the Day's Activities
Upon arrival, directors should proceed to Great America Festival of Music located at the entrance to the park. Upon arrival, instructions will be given and warm-up/performance times confirmed. Fifteen minutes prior to warm-up, groups will meet their escort in the front of the park. Groups will have 15 minutes to warm-up and 15 minutes to perform.
After performances, groups can re-enter the park.

Remember: to have two (2) sets of original scores, (not photocopied scores) with measures numbered consecutively. Music and your plaque will be available immediately after your performance.

To Register

Step 1. Follow the link below to our Reservation page. Select the Great America Festival of Music from the drop down provided. Select your desired festival date then click on the "Reserve" button. When prompted, log in to your FestivalsEdge account and then follow the prompts to complete your reservation.

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Step 2. Ticket orders will be submitted through our website. Finalize your ticket totals in your FestivalsEdge account and submit payment 30 days before your festival. Groups not submitting payment will be dropped from participation. You can continue to adjust your ticket totals until 10 days before the festival. Refunds for any individual cancellations made by the 10 day deadline will be issued after the festival.

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