The centerpiece of Great East Music Festivals is the mini-clinic we provide, 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. It is our hope that you and your students leave with a sense of well-being and accomplishment.
Every group that participates in our music festivals will receive a Great East Music Festivals plaque. Each performance is rated on a points system, the total of which will equate to a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal. Participation awards are given only to those groups not wishing to be adjudicated, but still wish to receive comments.