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
  • Concert Choir
  • Select Choir
  • Show Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • 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

2016 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, middle schools and a state college.
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. Be sure to check school calendars for MCAS testing dates, class trips, proms, etc.When considering a performance date, please be sure to keep in mind:

  • testing dates
  • sports events
  • proms
  • class trips


  • Friday, May 06
  • Saturday, May 07
  • Friday, May 13
  • Saturday, May 14
  • Friday, May 20
  • Saturday, May 21
  • Friday, May 27 **MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND**
  • Friday, June 3


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


  • Friday, May 27 **MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND**
  • Saturday, May 28 **MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND**
  • Friday, June 3


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


  • Saturday, May 28 **MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND**


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


  • New England Aquarium
  • Boston Duck Tours
  • Boston Duck Tours w/ Museum of Science
  • Boston Duck Tours w/ Museum of Fine Art
  • Friday, May 6
  • Saturday, May 7
  • Friday, May 13
  • Saturday, May 14
  • Friday, May 27 **MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND**
  • Saturday, May 28 **MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND**
  • Saturday, June 11 *tentative



  • Students (Aquarium, IMAX, and Festival): $63.00
  • Students (Festival ONLY): $35.00
  • Adults: $30.00


  • Students (Duck Tour and Festival): $65.00
  • Students (Festival ONLY): $35.00
  • Adults: $32.00
  • Add a lunch: $11


  • Students (Duck Tour, Museum of Science and Festival): $80.00
  • Students (Festival ONLY): $35.00
  • Adults: $47.00
  • Add a lunch: $11


  • Students (Duck Tour, Museum of Fine Arts and Festival): $80.00
  • Students (Festival ONLY): $35.00
  • Adults: $57.00
  • Add a lunch: $11


There is a non-refundable, one time registration fee of $60 per group. The fee must be paid upon registration. We accept purchase orders as well as checks and credit cards. An additional deposit may be required if registering after March 15. Payment in full must made when registering within thirty (30) days of the 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. Coming in the Spring of 2012: Soar on Goliath, a giant new coaster that will leave you wondering which way is up! The ride experience begins when you’re strapped into chairs suspended from the track above. Goliath sends you dangling face-down out of the station and up the first tower. Once you reach the top of the tower, you’re dropped into a complete vertical, nearly 20-story free-fall reaching speeds of 65 miles-per-hour before racing head-over-heels on the outside of a 102 foot-tall vertical loop followed by an enormous 110-foot-tall butterfly turn before rocketing up the second tower. If you think that was enough…think again. You’re sent rocketing back through the entire experience again with nothing beneath their feet but earth and sky!

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.

Some interesting Untamed facts:

Untamed is the ONLY vertical lift coaster in the Northeast, fourth of its kind in the United States Largest coaster to debut in ANY New England amusement park since 2002 Coaster station features rustic, Adirondack-style design – coaster supports resemble birch tree logs Custom-designed Grizzly Bear themed cars hold 8 thrill-seekers each, 4 across First climb is 72 ft. into the air sending riders into a drop that’s beyond vertical: 97 degrees! 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

New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium, which opened in 1969, is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource. The Aquarium is redefining what it means to be an aquarium: combining education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the ocean. Through a wide variety of educational programs and conservation initiatives, we make a lasting impact globally.

New England Aquarium

Boston Duck Tours

Boston Duck Tour Packages

  • Museum of Science
  • Museum of Fine Art

You’ve never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tours. The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. First, you’ll be greeted by one of our legendary tour ConDUCKtors®, who’ll be narrating your sightseeing tour of Boston. Then you’re off on a journey like you’ve never had before. You’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. And, as the best of Boston unfolds before your eyes, your ConDUCKtor® will be giving you lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s more. It’s time for “Splashdown” as your ConDUCKtor® splashes your DUCK right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, the kind of view you just won’t get anywhere else. So take the ride of your life. Hop on a Boston Duck Tour!

* Boston Duck Tours will be departing from three locations this year: the Museum of Science, the Prudential Center, and the New England Aquarium. Tours from the MOS and the PRU begin at 9:00 each day and run until about one hour before sunset. The schedule from the NEA varies, please feel free to check with us for specific availability.

Click between tabs below for more information on the package options.

Boston Duck Tours
The Museum’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology.

This role becomes ever more important as science and technology shape and reshape our lives and world, and it means we:

  • Promote active citizenship informed by the world of science and technology
  • Inspire lifelong appreciation of the importance and impact of science and engineering
  • Encourage young people of all backgrounds to explore and develop their interests in understanding the natural and human-made world

To do this, we will continue to build our position as a leader in the world’s museum community and use our educational perspective as an informal learning institution to help the formal pre K – 12 education system.

Museum of Science
The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.

Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

The Museum has undergone significant expansion and change in recent years; 2010 marked the opening of the Art of the Americas Wing, with four levels of American art from ancient to modern. In 2011, the west wing of the Museum was transformed into the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, with new galleries for contemporary art and social and learning spaces. Improved and new galleries for European, Asian, and African art have opened through 2013, with more to come.

Museum of Fine Arts


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:

7 Wheeling Ave, 2B
Woburn, MA 01801

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