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IMEA Festival

Since spring of 1992, IMEA has offered the opportunity for schools to participate in our Non-Competitive Festivals.

What is the IMEA Festival?
The IMEA Festival, formerly known as "Non-Competitive Festival," provide groups with an opportunity to perform for a panel of clinicians in an educational environment. After each performance, a clinician works with each group in a rehearsal setting. In addition to the clinic, directors receive a set of recorded comments from the clinicians as well as a video of their performance and clinic sessions.

Who can participate?
Elementary school groups
Middle school groups
High school groups
Concert bands
Stage bands
Jazz bands

When and where are the festivals?
The dates for the 2014 festivals are the first three weekends in March (the 1st, 8th, and 15th) Check below for sites.

Why should I bring my group?
The focus of the Festival is on the experience of performing quality literature and education, not on a rating.  The clinicians assign no rankings to groups that perform. The power of the festival centers on the immediate feedback received by each group during the clinic session. Clinicians work with groups to reinforce what is taught in class, while providing positive feedback for the work that has been done.

Each performing group receives a plaque that commemorates their experience at the festival.

What is the cost?

If you register prior to February 7, 2014, the cost is as follows:

IMEA Members:
     Elementary School groups - $100/group
     Middle & High School groups - $150/group
Non-IMEA Members:
     Elementary School groups - $175/group
     Middle & High School groups - $225/group

If you register between February 8th and February 12th, the cost is as follows:

IMEA Members:
     Elementary School groups - $125/group
     Middle & High School groups - $175/group

Non-IMEA Members:
     Elementary School groups - $200/group
     Middle & High School groups - $250/group

February 12th is the latest possible postmark deadline. 

Is there a required music list for the festival?
No, we do not have a required list for the festivals. We encourage directors to play pieces they would normally play in concert. You may perform anywhere from 1-3 pieces of music for the performance.

Do we have to sight-read?
No. Sight-reading is an option at all our festivals in place of one
of your pieces, but is not required. (If you plan to sight-read, please let your site host know well before the day of your performance.)

How long are the performances and clinics?
We plan for each performance to take no longer than 20 minutes, with the clinic lasting 20 minutes as well.

Do we need to stay for the entire day of festival?
No. Your site host will contact you with your warm-up and performance times. You will receive a plaque at the completion of your performance.

Will any equipment be provided by the site?
In some cases, sites may have some equipment available for your use. For specific information, please contact the host at the site you plan to attend.

Do we need to bring extra copies of the music for the clinicians?
Yes, please bring three extra copies for the clinicians to use during your performance. IMEA adheres to copyright laws and expects all of our participants to do the same. 

If I have questions, who should I contact?

If you have any questions about the festival, please contact Richard Geisler, IMEA Festival Chair, at:

For the 2014 IMEA Festival Locations and Dates -
 Click Here


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