3-Day "Music for All" Festival to Showcase Youthful Talent

Music for All is a three-day festival designed to showcase some of the nation’s most talented young musicians in a non-competitive, cooperative environment. Founded in 1976, Music for All is an Indianapolis-based non-profit educational organization whose mission it is to expand the role of music and the arts in education.

This year’s festival will consist of 7 events:

The National Concert Band Festival Concerts will take place in Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, Thursday, March 14 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Just being invited to the National Concert Band Festival is a special honor. Band directors have full control over their musical repertoire. There is no judging or rating. Four talented concert bands will perform 1-hour converts.

thumb-4The Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival takes place Friday, March 15 8:00 am – 5:30 pm at the Warren Performing Arts Center. This percussion festival is an opportunity to witness 10 of the best percussion ensembles in the nation each perform 25 minutes of music within a 40-minute block. The event includes a private, post-concert clinic with one of the evaluators, as well as student master classes.

thumb-2Honor Band of America will perform in concert Saturday, March 16 8:00 pm at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University. Honor Band of America was founded in 1992 and has since become recognized as one of the nation’s best student concert honor bands. Jerry F. Junkin, Professor of Instrumental Conducting at the Sarah and Earnest Butler School of Music, will act as conductor at this year’s event. Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone with the New York Philharmonic, will serve as guest soloist. The Honor Band has been the recipient of many accolades, both nationally and internationally.

thumb-7The Jazz Band of America concert will take place on Friday, March 15, 8:30 pm at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University. This amazing bank is comprised of some of the best high school jazz musicians, each hand-picked based on a recorded audition. This year’s jazz band is conducted by Dr. Lou Fischer, a Professor of Music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Fischer holds a Doctor of Arts in bass performance Ball State University in Indiana.

thumb-3The Middle School National Music Festival will take place on Friday, March 15, from 10:15 am – 4:45 pm at the Butler University’s Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. Six middle school ensembles will each perform a program of its own choosing. Because all ensembles completed the competition portion this event when they submitted a recorded audition to be judged before a panel of renowned music educators, their time spent at this year’s event can be about giving their best performance, and not worrying about winning a competition.

thumb-1The Honor Orchestra of America/Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Concert will take place on Friday, March 15 7:00 pm at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. If you’ve never heard Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”, then this is a must-attend concert that will feature six of the first seven movements. The Honor Orchestra will be conducted by University of Colorado Boulder’s Director of Orchestral Studies, Gary Lewis.

thumb-5The Orchestra America Festival takes place Saturday, March 16 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. With Orchestra America, the focus is on scholastic orchestras. Accepted Ensembles each perform before an audience that includes not only their peers, but music educators, orchestra members and the Festival evaluation panel. A revered conductor will provide participants with feedback on each performance. A private clinic will take place following each show. All orchestra members will attend a master classes led by top musicians in the field, including members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Social events will be held in which students can unwind and get to know one another. A Gala Awards Banquet will take place Saturday, March 16 5:00 pm at the JW Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom. The dinner will include a plated dinner for approximately 2,000 guests.

Event Info:

  • Music for All National Festival
  • Mar. 14-16, 2013
  • Tel: 317-636-2263
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