the 61st annual Archdiocesan Elementary Instrumental  Festival

(The Archdiocesan Choral, Jazz, and Secondary Instrumental Festivals and the Elementary Song Fest will not be held this school year.) 

Date:  Sunday, February 26, 2023

Location:  Bishop DuBourg High School

Time:  Sessions will be scheduled depending on the number of ensembles registering.  A third session may be added, if necessary.

   Session A: 10:00 - 11:45 am

             Session B:  1:00 - 2:30 pm

Entry Fee:  $75 per ensemble.  Ensembles will be registered only after the entry fee has been received.

Registration / Payment Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2022

Adjudicators:  Ray Benton and Paul Holzen (read their bios here)

  • Each ensemble will be given ten (10) minutes of performance time.
  • Choose quality festival music.  "Pop" music is not appropriate for the festival.
  • Have original scores for two (2) adjudicators to use during the performance.  Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Number the measures of each score, if they are not already numbered.  This helps the adjudicators as they make comments.
  • Students and directors are asked to remain in place until their entire session has performed.
  • Directors must bring their own stands and can bring their own percussion equipment.  Chairs and larger instruments (timpani, bass drum, chimes, and xylophones) may be borrowed for the performance from Bishop DuBourg High School.  (Instruments are not available for warm-up.)
  • The festival is evaluative, NOT COMPETITIVE.  The evaluation will consist of written comments on an evaluation form and an mp3 recording of the evaluators' comments made during the performance.
  • There will not be an audience admission fee this year!
  • The final piece to be performed by all the ensembles at the end of each session is American Spirit by John Higgins / Hal Leonard Essential Elements 2000.


  • ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL FESTIVAL - Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Bishop DuBourg High School

    Registration Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2022

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

    (Registration will not be complete until payment has been received.)