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.

Choral Festival (NEW!)


Great East Premier Choral Festival!

  • Tailored for exceptional and experienced groups
  • Groups will receive a comprehensive clinic with professional and highly regarded music educators

Only 10 spots available! ($400 per group)

Festival Details:

  • Friday, April 7, 2017
  • 8:30am – 3pm
  • Follen Church (Lexington, MA)

Registration Form here:

Premier Choral Festival 2017 Registration Form


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Meet our adjudicators

A recipient of the Boston Globe’s Musician of the Year award in 1995, and winner of the National Opera Association Artists Award, Robert Honeysucker is recognized internationally for his brilliant opera, concert, and recital performances. Mr. Honeysucker has performed such roles as Count di Luna, Germont, Ford, Iago, Amonasro, Rigoletto, and Renato in Boston, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Tulsa, and Fort Worth. He has also sung Don Giovanni, Figaro, Sharpless, Porgy and Jake in opera houses in Auckland, NZ, Berlin, Germany, and Linz, Austria. Orchestral performances have included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Seji Ozawa) and with the Atlanta Symphony (Roberto Abbado); All Rise with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Kurt Mazur); Vaughn Williams’s Hodie with Salt Lake Symphony (Keith Lockhart); and Charles Ives’ General William Booth Enters into Heaven with the Pittsburgh Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas). Mr. Honeysucker is a member of Videmus, as well as a member and co-founder of the Jubilee Trio, which presents American art songs, including those of under-performed African American composers. Robert is a member of the voice faculties at The Boston Conservatory and The Longy School of Music.

Catherine Connor-Moen has extensive experience as a choral conductor, having directed elementary, middle, high school and alumni choirs as a music educator for over thirty years. Ms. Connor-Moen’s choirs have received numerous awards and gold medals and have performed in Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Most recently, her chamber choir Amici Cantores was featured on the first season of WGBH’s Sing That Thing!  Ms. Connor-Moen received her Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Boston University and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the Boston Conservatory of Music. Currently, Ms. Connor-Moen is the Director of Fine Arts for the Norwood Public Schools in Norwood, MA. In addition, she is the Immediate Past President for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA), has served on the executive board of the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA), and was honored to be the recipient of their 2005 Paul Smith Hall of Fame Award. She has been a guest conductor for many area music festivals, including New Hampshire Jazz All-State, Massachusetts Northeast, Central and Western Senior District Festivals, and SEMSBA. She is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for ACDA, MMEA and Great East Festivals.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Music Festivals


Music festivals by music educators, for music educators