Fine Arts Education

On this page, please find details and registration forms for the following Fine Arts Festivals:

  •  Archdiocesan Choral Festival (Thursday, February 14)  NEW LOCATION at Fontbonne University!
  • Archdiocesan Elementary Instrumental Festival (Sunday, February 24)
  • Archdiocesan Secondary Instrumental Festival (Tuesday, February 26)
  • Archdiocesan Jazz Festival (Thursday, March 7)
  • Archdiocesan Elementary Song Festival - Grades 3, 4, or 3 & 4 (March 12, 13, and 14)

 

For more information about the 2019 Fine Arts Festivals, please contact Julie Dwyer at 314.792.7331 or at jdwyer@archst.org.

ARCHDIOCESAN CHORAL FESTIVAL

Date:  Thursday, February 14, 2019

Location:  Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO  63105

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Times will be made definite when the number of participating choirs becomes known.)

Entry fee:  $50 per ensemble

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 7, 2018

Each choir will have 20 minutes on stage to perform and receive written and recorded comments from two clinicians.  After each performance, choirs will be escorted to a separate rehearsal space for a 20-minute workshop with one of the clinicians who just heard them perform. 

  • Choral ensembles of any voicing (SA, SSA, SATB, TTBB, etc.) are encouraged to participate.
  • Secondary and “select” or “auditioned” elementary choral ensembles are welcome to participate.
  • There is no minimum or maximum size of each choral ensemble.
  • All choral ensembles are asked to dress uniformly and neatly.  Ensembles may wear gowns if desired; however, it is not required.
  • Each choral ensemble will perform on the stage in Fontbonne University's theatre.
  • Each choral ensemble may perform a maximum of three (3) selections.
  • Each choral ensemble will be given a total time allotment of 20 minutes, which includes approaching the stage, performance and time to leave the stage.
  • Choose quality festival music.  Pop music is not appropriate for the festival.
  • Each choral ensemble must provide an original score for both adjudicators.
  • Number the measures of each score for the adjudicators.
  • Choral ensembles may use the warm-up room the 20 minute period prior to their performance.
  • The festival will be evaluative, NOT COMPETITIVE.  Ensembles will receive a written evaluation form and a CD of recorded comments given by the adjudicators during the performance.
  • Schools are encouraged to arrive early/stay after their performance and clinic to listen to other ensembles.
  • Lunch is not provided, but space is available for dining should schools wish to bring their own lunches and drinks.

ARCHDIOCESAN CHORAL FESTIVAL REGISTRATION

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN CHORAL FESTIVAL - Thursday, February 14, 2019

    Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018


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  • Mail payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Choral Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119

ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL

Date:  Sunday, February 24, 2019

Location:  Bishop Du Bourg High School / 5850 Eichelberger Street / St. Louis, MO  63109

Time:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Times will be made definite when number of participating ensembles becomes known.)

Entry Fee:  $50 per ensemble

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 7, 2018

The final piece to be performed by all the bands at the end of each session is:

American Spirit

John Higgins

Hal Leonard Essential Elements 2000

  • Each ensemble will be allowed ten (10) minutes of playing time.
  • Choose quality festival music.  Pop music is not appropriate for the festival.
  • Have original scores for each adjudicator to use during your performance.  Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Number the measures of each score.  This helps the adjudicators as they make comments.
  • Students and directors are asked to remain until their session is complete.
  • Directors must bring their own stands and can bring their own percussion equipment.  Larger equipment, like timpani, bass drum, and xylophones, can be borrowed from Bishop DuBourg High School.
  • The festival will be evaluative, NOT COMPETITIVE. The evaluation will consist of comments on an evaluation form and a CD recording of comments made by the adjudicators during the performance.

ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL REGISTRATION

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL - Sunday, February 24, 2019

    Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018


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  • Mail payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Elem. Instrumental Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119

ARCHDIOCESAN SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL

Date:  Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Location:  St. Dominic High School

Time:  8:00 a.m.  - 2:30 p.m. (Times will be made definite when the number of ensembles becomes known.)

Registration Fee:  $50 per ensemble

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 7, 2018

Ensembles will have 20 minutes on stage to perform and receive written and recorded comments from two clinicians.  After each performance, ensembles will be escorted to a separate rehearsal space for a 20-minute workshop with one of the clinicians who just heard them perform.

  • Each ensemble will be given 20 minutes to set up, tune up, perform, and take down.
  • There will be a room available for warming up.  Each ensemble may use the warm-up room the 20 minute period prior to their performance.
  • A short warm-up number is permissible and will not be adjudicated.
  • Each ensemble may perform a maximum of three (3) selections.
  • Choose quality festival music.  Pop music is not appropriate for the festival.
  • Have original scores for each adjudicator to use during your performance. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Number the measures of each score.  This helps the adjudicators as they make comments.
  • Ensembles are welcome to listen to other schools perform, either before or after their ensemble’s performance.
  • St. Dominic High School will provide large percussion equipment and stands.
  • The festival will be evaluative, NOT COMPETITIVE.  The evaluation will consist of written comments on an evaluation form and a CD recording of comments by the adjudicators given during the performance.

ARCHDIOCESAN SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL REGISTRATION

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018


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  • Mail payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Sec. Inst. Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119

ARCHDIOCESAN JAZZ FESTIVAL

Date:  Thursday, March 7, 2019

Location:  DeSmet Jesuit High School / 233 N. New Ballas Road / St. Louis, MO  63141

Time:  8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Times will be made definite when the number of participating ensembles becomes known.)

Entry Fee:  $50 per ensemble

Registration Deadline:  Friday, December 7, 2018

Each jazz ensemble will have 20 minutes on stage to perform and receive written and recorded comments from two  clinicians.  After each performance, ensembles will be escorted to a separate rehearsal space for a 20-minute workshop with one of the clinicians who just heard them perform.

  • Each ensemble will be given 20 minutes to set up, tune up, perform, and take down.
  • Each ensemble may perform a maximum of three (3) selections.
  • A short warm-up number is permissible and will not be adjudicated.
  • Each ensemble will perform on stage.
  • All ensembles will use a standard jazz band set-up.
  • Ensembles are welcome to listen to other schools perform either before or after their ensemble's performance.
  • Ensembles should dress uniformly and look nice and neat.
  • Choose quality jazz band music.  Improvisation is strongly encouraged.
  • Number the measures of each score for the adjudicators.
  • There will be an available room for warming up.  Each ensemble may use the warm-up room the 20 minute period prior to their performance.
  • The festival will be evaluative, NOT COMPETITIVE.  Ensembles will receive a written evaluation form and a CD recording of comments made by the adjudicators during the performance.
  • The following equipment will be available for use:  drum set, amps, piano, chairs and stands, one microphone for soloist, and vibraphone        

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN JAZZ FESTIVAL - Thursday, March 7, 2019

    Registration Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018


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  • Send payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Jazz Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119

ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SONG FESTIVAL

Dates:  Tuesday, March 12; Wednesday, March 13; and Thursday, March 14, 2019

Locations:  Various

Times:  10:00-11:15 a.m. or 1:00 - 2:15pm

Grade Levels:  3rd, 4th, or 3rd/4th grade choirs

Entry Fee:  $10 per ensemble

Registration Deadline:  Friday, November 30, 2018

Public performance is an excellent means of training young people in self-possession, poise, attention, and respect.  This cooperative, non-competitive festival emphasizes enjoyment and cooperation rather than competition.  Certificates of Participation will be given to each school, along with a constructive evaluation.

Festival start times vary depending on the host location; please read carefully

  • Schools will be notified of the date and location of their choirs' performances before Christmas Break.
  • The performing choir should not be comprised of picked singers but should be comprised of all the students in 3rd, 4th, or 3rd & 4th Grade.
  • Any song may be used, but should stem from classroom singing.
  • Please consider the National Standards, and age appropriate musical skills when choosing your selections.
  • The time allotment for each choir must not exceed six (6) minutes.  So that everyone may return to their schools on time, the time limit must be followed.
  • No individual or school is allowed to leave before the end of their performance location's festival.
  • The opening and closing songs to be learned by everyone will be sent with a confirmation letter.

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  • ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SONG FESTIVAL - March 12, 13 & 14, 2019

    Registration Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018








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  • Mail payment to: Office of Catholic Education and Formation / Attn: Julie Dwyer (Song Festival) / 20 Archbishop May Drive / St. Louis, MO 63119