March 27th, 2021!!
The GoPerforming National Concert Festival will occur in the amazing Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia – just outside of Washington, D.C. – FEATURING a Finale Performance by the internationally-renown BOSTON BRASS as well as our esteemed panel of clinicians including: H. Robert Reynolds,
Allan McMurray, Craig Kirchhoff, and Robert Cameron!
The Festival is a non-competitive experience for High School Bands, Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles. Bands can perform as a full symphonic band or wind ensemble with orchestra performance opportunities for full orchestra or string orchestra. Chamber Ensembles (strings/winds/percussion) will be able to perform with a minimum of four performers up to 20 performers.
The GoPerforming National Concert Festival is unique in that directors/conductors will choose their own concert programs – there isn’t a set repertoire list. There will not be any rankings or ratings so ensembles can explore and choose repertoire, not for a set rating, but toward exploration and musical excellence. All directors, chaperones, and students will also have the opportunity to experience The Boston Brass in clinics/mini concerts as well as a private clinic with one of our exceptional clinicians.
**Please note: the festival will follow all Covid-19/State/Local restrictions and
guidelines. Maximum performer numbers may be instituted if social distancing
protocols are still in place. (ex. Bands may have to perform as a wind ensemble
of a maximum of 50 performers to ensure social distancing on stage)**
Highlights of the GoPerforming National Concert Festival:
- Nationally recognized clinicians that will evaluate, without ratings, to help you and your students reach the next level
- The Boston Brass (www.bostonbrass.com) will present clinics and mini concerts throughout the day
- Full ensembles will have the opportunity to perform in the Merchant Hall with Chamber Ensembles performing in the Gregory Family Theater within the Hylton Performing Arts Center
- A private clinic with one of the renown Festival Clinicians immediately following your performance
- Bands/Orchestras will perform a maximum of 45 minutes of music
- Chamber Ensembles will perform a maximum of 20 minutes of music
- Experience exceptional customized touring opportunities in our Nation’s Capital with personal tour guides for each ensemble (optional)
- Top rated GoPerforming Festival hotels (optional)
- We will take care of all the logistics so the directors can focus on their performance and students
How to apply to perform:
- Performance space will be limited. Performance acceptance will be determined by application
received date. Performance order will be determined by date of full payment for the festival.
- After filling out the application form a GoPerforming Team Member will contact you for
additional information. You will then receive additional materials, guidelines, payment
schedules and procedures for the Festival.
Pricing: $79 Per Performer
Examples of Festival Packages available:
Package #1 – $79 per person
March 27th, 2021
- 1 Day – Commuter/Festival Day Only
Package #2 – $399 per person
- 3 Night – 4 Day Festival Package
- Arrive Thursday – Travel to DC Area – Hotel
- Friday – Hotel
- Saturday – Festival Day – Boston Brass Mini Concert/Clinic – Hotel
- Sunday – Travel Home
Package #3 – $339 per person
- 2 Night – 3 Day Festival Package
- Arrive Friday – Travel to DC Area – Hotel
- Saturday – Festival Day – Boston Brass Mini Concert/Clinic – Hotel
- Sunday – Breakfast Included – Travel Home
Package #4 – $295 per person
- 1 Night – 2 Day Festival Package
- Arrive Friday – Travel to DC Area – Hotel
- Saturday – Festival Day – Boston Brass Concert – Travel Home
- Additional meals are available at an additional cost
- Touring for your ensemble is available in the D.C area for an additional cost-quotes will be available specific to your ensemble
- Festival packages do not include travel to the D.C. area, festival or ground transportation while in the D.C. area. **however we would be happy to provide a quote for your travel (air/charter busing/rental trucks) if requested to add on to the festival package**
- Each ensemble must bring chaperones – 1 per 10 students excluding the director/conductor
- All festival ensembles/chaperones/directors requiring accommodations (non-commuting ensembles) must use the GoPerforming Festival Hotels
- Family/Friends/Fans packages available for individual purchase at the same prices as listed above
- Ensembles are responsible for transportation to/from the festival as well as touring while in the DC area However, due to GoPerforming’s buying power in the DC area, we can provide a very competitive quote for transportation (air/charter bus) if requested
Meet our Clinicians
Mr. H. Robert Reynolds
- Mr. Reynolds is the Principal Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of South California, where he holds the H. Robert Reynolds Professorship in Wind Conducting. This appointment followed his retirement after 26 years from the University of Michigan School of Music, where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau Professor of Music, Director of University of Bands, and Director of the Division of Instrumental Studies. In addition, he has also been conductor of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings for over 25 years.
- Mr. Reynolds was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music from Duquesne University Spring 2010, and he currently holds degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied conducting with Elizabeth Green. He is Past President of the College Band Directors National Association and the Big Ten Band Directors Association.
- His frequent conducting appearances include Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, as well as Carnegie Hall and the Tanglewood Institute, among others. He has been a featured conductor/lecturer at international conferences in Austria, Norway, Belgium, England, Holland, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, and Sweden. He has won the praise of composers such as Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, Karel Husa, Gyorgy Ligeti, Darius Milhaud, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others for his interpretive conducting of their compositions.
Mr. Craig Kirchhoff
- Mr. Kirchhoff is professor emeritus of conducting at the University of Minnesota. Born and educated in Wisconsin, Craig brings to his position a wide knowledge of both traditional and contemporary literature. He has won critical acclaim from composers Warren Benson, Henry Brant, Michael Colgrass, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Stephen Paulus, Verne Reynolds, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Chen Yi, and others.
- Professor Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Music Educators National Conference, and he served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.
- Professor Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia. Mr. Kirchhoff is a frequent guest conductor of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label.
Dr. Allan McMurray
- Dr. McMurray is the Professor of Conducting Emeritus and Distinguished Professor – University of Colorado
- Dr. McMurray is an internationally acclaimed artist conductor, teacher, author and collaborator. He has conducted professional orchestras, ballet, opera and contemporary chamber ensembles, but it is his passion for wind music and the teaching of conducting that has inspired the majority of his artistic career.
- Dr. McMurray was Director of Bands and the Robert and Judy Charles Professor of Conducting at the University of Colorado from 1978 until 2013. During his tenure he developed the master and doctoral
- programs in Instrumental Conducting and the summer conducting symposium that for over 25 years was co-sponsored by the College Band Directors National Association.
- Under his leadership, the University of Colorado Wind Symphony performed by invitation at the First International Conference for Wind Ensembles at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, the Japan Band Directors Conference in Nemo Nu Sato Japan, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Hamamatsu, Japan and at two national conventions of the College Band Directors National Association.
- Professor McMurray has also produced numerous recordings including two recordings with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, published by Klavier and released through Naxos, featuring the music of composers Carter Pann, Daniel Kellogg and Frank Ticheli with collaborating artists Patrick Mason, baritone, Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson, soprano and the Grammy Award winning Takacs String Quartet. He has also created and published (GIA Publications) a groundbreaking set of three DVDs on the teaching of conducting entitled Conducting from the Inside Out. In 2004, in recognition of the international impact of his teaching and professional activities the University of Colorado and its Board of Regents honored Allan McMurray with the lifetime appointment of Distinguished Professor.
- Dr. McMurray has, throughout his career, been a strong advocate of commissioning and performing new works by gifted composers. He has conducted premieres of over one hundred new works and has received praise for his artistry in bringing their works to life from such notable composers as Pulitzer Prize winners George Crumb, Michael Colgrass, Steven Stucky, Karel Husa and CU composers Dan Kellogg and Carter Pann.
- As Professor of Conducting Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of the University of Colorado, Professor McMurray has been recognized as one of the leading teachers of wind ensemble and conducting in the world. In demand as a visiting artist, he has guest conducted and taught conducting in over 200 colleges and conservatories internationally. He has been a featured conductor throughout the United States and in seventeen countries worldwide. Since his retirement from the University of Colorado in 2013 McMurray has continued to be active as a guest conductor, keynote speaker, and teacher of conducting.
- Allan McMurray’s wife Judy claims that he has “failed” retirement!
Dr. Robert Cameron
- Dr. Robert Cameron is currently Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches conducting and guides the wind band program. His degrees are from the Universities of Miami, Michigan and Maryland where he studied with Frederick Fennell, H. Robert Reynolds and Arnald Gabriel. During his tenure at Duquesne, he has been responsible for having brought the wind band program into a position of high national visibility by recruiting internationally known faculty to the wind program. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony attained many “firsts,” including invitations to perform for the CBDNA (College Band Director’s National Association) National Convention in Kansas City, the MENC National Convention in Washington,D.C., and numerous divisional conferences of each as well. Over the past 25 years, the ensemble has hosted an impressive list of Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winning composers. Among them are Vincent Persichetti, Norman Dello Joio, Morten Gould and Karel Husa, David Maslanka, Jennifer Higdon and many others. World-renowned guest artists who have appeared with the Wind Symphony include Allen Vizzutti, Donald Sinta, Brian Bowman, James Houlik, Ian Finkel, Vivica Genaux and countless others. The Wind Symphony has also appeared at International Poetry Forums as well, including a March, 2000 collaboration with Hollywood celebrities, James Earl Jones and Brooke Shields. In addition, the Duquesne Wind Symphony was the first group of its kind ever to be reviewed and praised by Rolling Stone Magazine for a 2001 collaboration with singer Lucinda Williams, and in April 2003 the Wind Symphony made its Carnegie Hall Debut in New York City, yet another first for Duquesne University. In 2009, the Wind Symphony released a compact disc recording of wind music by Duquesne Composers and arrangers entitled The Winds of Summer.
- Prior to his arrival at Duquesne in 1985, Dr. Cameron held a similar position at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he personally developed a widely recognized college wind program “from scratch.” During his third year at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the SMC Wind Ensemble was selected to perform with the Eastman and Netherlands Wind Ensembles at the Eastern Division CBDNA Convention and also chosen to appear at the MENC Eastern Division Conference held in Boston. Dr. Cameron’s early teaching experience was in the public schools of Texas and Maryland where his ensembles were awarded Texas Sweepstakes and received superior medals at the Bermuda and Ottawa International Music Festivals. He continues to maintain an active interest in public school music, frequently appearing at regional and state festivals. In 1994, he was guest conductor for the Ark-La-Tex Tri-State Band Festival. In 1990 and 1992, he conducted the Royal Thai Army Band and Symphony Orchestra in nationally televised broadcasts, and in 2009, he returned to Thailand twice to conduct The Mahidol University Wind Symphony and to serve as an adjudicator for the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition. Dr. Cameron’s popular setting of Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria was voted one of the best band publications of the 20th century by Band World Magazine. He is a contributing author to Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume III, published by G.I.A. Dr. Cameron is also founder and Director of Duquesne’s Art of Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting Symposium, which for 20 seasons drew high school, college and military band conductors from throughout the United States, Ireland and Singapore. His former students hold prominent collegiate and orchestral positions and occupy chairs in all four branches of the Washington,D.C.-based military bands, the West Point Band, and numerous service bands throughout America. In 2010, Dr. Cameron celebrated his Silver Anniversary with the Duquesne University Wind Symphony with a gala concert featuring nine former students all of whom now hold university conducting positions.