Great East Music Festivals is the premier educational music festival series in New England. Great East Music Festivals are incredible music events established by music educators for music educators. The Great East Music Festival experience provides a formative evaluation for your performance as well as a comprehensive clinic which will support your program’s educational goals and objectives. Our standards for this musical and educational experience are of the highest caliber. You can be assured that all of our festivals will satisfy the needs of any vocal or instrumental program.


Great East Music Festivals offers an opportunity for performance in an educational atmosphere. Our events are non-competitive elementary, middle, and high school music festivals and are geared to musical organizations of all sizes, grades and ability levels. Performances can be scheduled for:

  • Concert Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Select Choir
  • Show Choir
  • Small Ensembles (vocal or instrumental)

Groups of 25 or more will receive a 30 minute instrumental performance/clinic session. Clinics for Jazz Band will last 25 minutes (2 songs) and Vocal, 25 minutes. Smaller groups are allotted less stage time. Performance times allow for set up, performance and clinic. Groups are encouraged to listen to other performances and share experiences with students from different schools.

Our festivals offer an ideal setting for your students to be evaluated. On top of the incredible performance opportunity, your students will participate in a clinic with esteemed adjudicators and educators in the music community. Whatever your group’s level of proficiency, your program will be enhanced by this amazing musical experience.

Our Clinics & Awards


The centerpiece of Great East Music Festivals performances is the mini-clinic which averages seven minutes in length. Two adjudicators are scheduled for each school music festival performance – one with instrumental experience and one with a choral background. Following the performance, one adjudicator will work directly with the group. The second judge will make the award presentation as well as offer additional comments. Both judges spend quality time interacting with your group at our festivals while they are on stage.

Our judges are music educators currently teaching in public schools or at the college level; others are recently retired. All have extensive backgrounds as guest conductors, adjudicators and clinicians and are well-respected by their peers.

We ask our judges to take into consideration rehearsal schedules for the performance groups (for example: one day per week or more, in school or after school, elective or selective). Even though Great East Music Festivals is a non-competitive setting, your group will receive recorded comments as well as score sheets. Each performing group will also receive a plaque. Ratings will be given for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum performances. Participation awards are given only to groups not wishing to be adjudicated but preferring to receive comments only.

It is our hope that you and your students will leave with a sense of well-being and accomplishment.


Each group participating in our elementary, middle, and high school music festival will receive a Great East Music Festivals plaque. Ratings will be given for Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze performances. Participation awards are given only to those groups not wishing to be adjudicated, but preferring to perform for comments only.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Music Festivals

2017 Dates & Pricing

Great East Music Festivals offers an opportunity for performance in an educational atmosphere. Our elementary, middle, and high school music festivals are non-competitive and geared to musical organizations of all sizes, grades and ability levels. At the centerpiece of Great East Music Festivals performances is the included mini-clinic which average about 7 minutes in length. Performances for all festivals will be held at local high schools and middle schools.

It’s never too early to register for our festivals for school music groups: the summer months are not out of the question. Prime performance times, mid-morning, go quickly. When considering a performance date, please be sure to keep in mind:

      • Testing dates (MCAS, SATS)
      • Sports events
      • Proms
      • Class trips


          • Friday, May 05
          • Friday, May 12
          • Saturday, May 13
          • Friday, May 19
          • Friday, May 26 **MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND**
          • Friday, June 2 (Full!)


          • Students (Park and Festival): $54.00
          • Students (Park ONLY or Festival ONLY): $35.00
          • Adults: $40.00


          • Friday, May 26 **MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND**
          • Friday, June 2


          • Students (Park and Festival): $54.00
          • Students (Park ONLY or Festival ONLY): $35.00
          • Adults: $40.00


          • TBD


          • Students (Park and Festival): $54.00
          • Students (Park ONLY or Festival ONLY): $35.00
          • Adults: $40.00


There is a non-refundable, one time registration fee of $60 per group. The fee must be paid upon registration. We accept purchase orders, checks, and credit cards. An additional deposit may be required if registering after March 15th. Payment in full must made when registering within thirty (30) days of your festival date.

Full student fees include the performance as well as a park ticket. Available options at a reduced price are:

          • Festival Only: The student will participate in the festival, but not go to the park.
          • Park Only: The student will go to the park, but not perform.

Adult fees include admission to the performance of the school music festival as well as a ticket for the park.


Performances for all festivals will be held at local high schools, middle schools and a state college. All sites are handicapped accessible.

You must provide any electrical or sound equipment your group may need (microphones, speakers, electrical cords, cassette/cd players, etc.).

Six Flags New England

From thrilling rides to world-class entertainment, SIX FLAGS NEW ENGLAND has it all. In June of 2016, we’ve introduced a ground-breaking new ride experience — SUPERMAN The Ride Virtual Reality Coaster. On one of North America’s first dedicated Virtual Reality Roller Coasters, you’ll experience thrills like never before. In partnership with Samsung Gear VR and Oculus, SUPERMAN The Ride will be equipped with wireless headsets that, while wearing, allow you enter a virtual world with high-resolution imagery and 360-degree views that synchronize to the action of the coaster. Once riders take their seats and fasten the headsets, they will be fully immersed in the 360-degree comic-book world of Metropolis. Just after departing the station, riders encounter Lex Luthor who uses an anti-gravity gun along with his army of Lexbots to create chaos throughout the city with cars, taxis and buses floating in mid-air around the rider’s vehicle. As the Lexbots continue shooting at the vehicle, SUPERMAN uses heat vision to destroy the anti-gravity gun, causing all objects to suddenly fall, including the train as it takes the first giant drop of the roller coaster. Riders then soar alongside SUPERMAN as he battles the evil Lexbots through hairpin twists and turns, dips and dives before ultimately defeating Lex and the Lexbots, and returning safely back into the station. This amazing adventure debuted in June at Six Flags New England!

Six Flags New England

Canobie Lake Park

Untamed is CANOBIE LAKE PARK’S newest roller coaster, and there’s nothing else like it in New England. Untamed’s grizzly bear cars lift riders 72′ into the air, then into a vertical drop that’s beyond vertical. Through a series of loops, banked turns and zero gravity rolls, Untamed is truly one wild ride. Untamed is the ONLY vertical lift coaster in the Northeast, fourth of its kind in the United States, and the largest coaster to debut in ANY New England amusement park since 2002. The first climb is 72 ft. into the air sending riders into a drop that’s beyond vertical: 97 degrees! Untamed delivers a wild, scream-inducing ride over 1184 feet of track with vertical loops, diving drops, banked curves, and zero-G rolls!

Canobie Lake Park

Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce, part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks, is New England’s Family Theme Park . It is the oldest, continuously-operating amusement park in North America, having its genesis more than 165 years ago in 1846! The park has had millions invested in rides and attractions during the recent years, and today is more beautiful than ever. Among other famous attractions, Lake Compounce is home to Boulder Dash, which has been voted the world’s #1 wooden roller coaster, as well as Connecticut’s largest water park. At “The Lake,” there are more rides, attractions, dining options, and FUN than anyone can experience in just one day…whether you’re young or just young at heart. There is no doubt that Lake Compounce is one of the most fun places to visit in Connecticut!

Lake Compounce


Host Benefits

What does this mean for my school?

As a Great East Festival participant and host, your group will receive exclusive benefits that will enhance your music program! The opportunity to perform, along with adjudication and clinic time from top music professionals, will create a positive experience for your team and reinforce musical performance program goals.
Each host school will receive exclusive benefits including:

  • Free Percussion Educational kit, provided by Innovative Percussion
  • Host school receives $1.00 off the full student price for the event. If the host school participates multiple times they will receive $1 off every time they host.
    • Example: School hosts 5 sessions, they receive $5.00 off the full student price for event
  • No Registration Fee
  • Priority performance times (preferential time in the day to perform)
  • Worry Free Setup: we supply judges, score sheets, tickets for performance, coordinators, and plaques.


Music festivals by music educators, for music educators


Registration Form

When completing the registration form, please list your groups in performance order for groups of two (2) or more. Once your registration is processed, you will receive a packet (handbook, schedule, invoice) via email. It is important to include email address for all conductors.

​There are several ways to register for our festivals. Click on the link for the registration form (fillable; you may have to choose “Open with Different Viewer” located in upper right hand corner of form, and open with Adobe), complete the form, and:

  1. include a purchase order number; return by email.
  2. include your credit card information (at the bottom of the form); return by email.
  3. print; return by mail with your payment.
  4. return by email without a payment or payment information.
    • NOTE: Your group(s) will not be added to the schedule until your payment is received.

Your registration fee and form should be mailed to:

47 Fairmount Avenue
Boston, MA 02136


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