March 25 - 27, 2010

Founder & Artistic Director: Arthur Houle
Festival Assistants: Lyn Ross and Evelyn Billberg
Calvin Hofer, Music Department Head

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Full Schedule

All events are open to students, teachers, and the general public.

Thursday, March 25, 1:00 P.M. (optional attendance for festival participants)

Dr. Arthur Johnson, pianist, presented a lively interactive lecture/demonstration on image-based improvisation. Free admission. Recital Hall, Mesa State College Moss Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, March 25, 7:30 P.M. (attendance at this program, or the Friday evening program, is mandatory for participants)

Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors & $5 for students; call MSC Box Office (970.248.1604) for advance tickets.

Kick-off Concert: Mesa State College Wind Symphony and Jazz Band with pianist John Salmon. Robinson Theatre, Mesa State College Moss Performing Arts Center.

An eclectic mix of classical and jazz selections.

Friday, March 26, 7:30 P.M. (attendance at this program, or the Thursday program, is mandatory for participants)

Suggested donation, at the door:
$10 for adults, $8 for seniors & $5 for students.

Judges and director program.

Saturday, March 27, 7:30 P.M. (mandatory attendance by festival participants)

Suggested donation, at the door:
$10 for adults, $8 for seniors & $5 for students.

Winners Recital and Awards Ceremony (see notes below).

Teachers & Students Please Note:

Prize winners will be announced on Saturday, March 28th, at approximately 4:30 P.M. Each First Prize winner will be asked to perform one or more selections (of the judge's choosing) at the Winners Recital on Saturday, 7:30 P.M.

The Winners Recital will be to HONOR the winners only - it will NOT affect the judge's prize decisions, which will have already been determined. We hope that by doing it this way students will feel a minimum of counterproductive nervous tension for this gala public performance.

IMPORTANT: Students MUST be present at the Awards Ceremony (Saturday, approx. 8:30 P.M.) to receive their First Prize awards, Honorable Mention prizes, and festival participation certificates.

Students not in attendance at the Winners' Recital and Awards Ceremony (or those who failed to attend at least one evening concert on Thursday or Friday) automatically forfeit their prizes, participant certificates and/or other free items that may be given out.
Exception: Some students who could not fulfill these requirements may, at the discretion of the Director, be eligible for Honorable Mention prizes.


All adjudications are open to the general public. There will be a nominal suggested donation fee of $5 per adjudication session per person; however, CONTESTANTS IN THE FESTIVAL (AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY) WILL NOT BE CHARGED FOR ANY ADJUDICATIONS. For others, an alternative to $5 per session would be a flat $20 fee, which will confer admission to every adjudication session throughout the festival. Fees are waived for festival volunteers (e.g., those who help by being door monitors, taking festival pictures, providing refreshments, etc.). Fees can also be waived in cases of financial hardship; adjudication fees and admittance fees to the Friday and Saturday evening programs are simply suggested donations to help support the festival.

Please do not enter while students and recitalists are performing.

Also please remember to turn off cell phones and pagers and be sensitive in the use of cameras and videos.

Detailed adjudication schedule is now posted.

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