2022 Go Performing National Concert Festival

March 25 - 26th, 2022

3 Days /2 Nights

Group size


From $98.00

March 25 - 26th, 2022!!

The Go Performing National Concert Festival will be held in the Performance Concert Hall of the Lila Cockrell Theatre, in San Antonio, Texas! – FEATURING The Boston Brass and our esteemed panel of clinicians including: Allan McMurray, Craig Kirchhoff, H. Robert Reynolds, Robert Cameron, Jerry Junkin, Stanley DeRusha, & Richard Floyd! 
The Festival is a non-competitive experience for High School Bands and Orchestras. Bands can perform as a full symphonic band or wind ensemble with orchestra performance opportunities for full orchestra or string orchestra.
The 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, interpretation, and musical excellence.  

Highlights of the Go Performing National Concert Festival:
  • Concert Performance before a very knowledgeable audience, fellow musicians, as well as the nationally recognized clinicians.
  • Nationally recognized clinicians that will evaluate, without ratings, to help you and your students reach the next level.
  • A professional recording of your ensemble.
  • A private clinic with one of the renown Festival Clinicians immediately following your performance.
  • High School ensembles will perform a maximum of 40 minutes of music in a 60 minute block for set changes and program note reading.
  • Each ensemble will have a required scheduled concert audience time designed to ensure that all performances have a knowledgeable and enthusiastic audience in addition to the experience of enjoying wonderful performances and concert repertoire.
  • We will take care of all the logistics, travel planning and touring 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 and registration received date.
  • After filling out the application form a Go Performing Team Member will contact you for additional information. You will then receive additional materials, guidelines, and payment procedures for the Festival.
  • The National Concert Festival Registration Fee is $250 per ensemble which will be payable upon applying to the festival. The Registration fee is non-refundable for all ensembles accepted into the Festival.

March 25, 2022
  • Bands/Orchestras arrive - meals on own
  • Director Social - 5pm-6pm
March 26, 2022
  • Breakfast
  • Performances all day
  • Scheduled Audience Time
  • Lunch on own
  • Banquet Dinner
  • Boston Brass Concert
March 27, 2022
  • Breakfast
  • Departures

Festival Packages
Package A - Festival Only**
  • $98 Per Student - Director Free
  • Festival Performance With Clinician Comments and Private Clinic
  • Professional Recording of Your Ensemble
  • Ensemble Recognition Award
  • Student Certificates
  • Director Social with Clinicians Friday Evening
  • Chaperones and additional staff will need to purchase a Festival Day Pass ($20 Per Person)
  • **Festival only packages available to ensembles within 75 miles of Lila Cockrell Theatre - contact a Go Performing Team Member for details
Package B - Festival with Banquet & Finale Concert**
  • $198 Per Student - Director Free
  • Festival Performance With Clinician Comments and Private Clinic
  • Professional Recording of Your Ensemble
  • Ensemble Recognition Award
  • Student Certificates
  • Director Social with Clinicians Friday Evening
  • Chaperones and additional staff will need to purchase a Festival Day Pass ($20 per person)
  • Saturday Night Banquet
  • Boston Brass Finale Concert - Director Free
  • **Festival only packages available to ensembles within 75 miles of Lila Cockrell Theatre - contact a Go Performing Team Member for details
Package C - One Night Package - Festival with Banquet & Finale Concert
  • Pricing is Per Student - Director Free
    • $338 Quad Occupancy
    • $372 Triple Occupancy
    • $442 Double Occupancy
    • $568 Single Occupancy
  • Festival Performance With Clinician Comments and Private Clinic
  • Professional Recording of Your Ensemble
  • Ensemble Recognition Award
  • Student Certificates
  • Director Social with Clinicians Friday Evening
  • Saturday Night Banquet
  • Boston Brass Finale Concert - Director Free
  • One Night Hotel at the Marriott Rivercenter
    • One Breakfast
  • Chaperone and Additional Staff Festival Day Passes Included
  • Additional meals, ground transportation, & touring are available at an additional cost
Package D - Two Night Package - Festival with Banquet & Finale Concert
  • Pricing is Per Student - Director Free
    • $458 Quad Occupancy
    • $528 Triple Occupancy
    • $672 Double Occupancy
    • $918 Single Occupancy
  • Festival Performance With Clinician Comments and Private Clinic
  • Professional Recording of Your Ensemble
  • Ensemble Recognition Award
  • Student Certificates
  • Director Social with Clinicians Friday Evening
  • Saturday Night Banquet
  • Boston Brass Finale Concert - Director Free
  • Two Night Hotel at the Marriott Rivercenter
    • Two Breakfasts
  • Chaperone and Additional Staff Festival Day Passes Included
  • Additional meals, ground transportation, & touring are available at an additional cost
  • One of the packages with additional days/meals/tickets/touring
Due Dates:
  • 25% deposit of your total amount due by October 1st, 2021
  • 50% deposit of your total amount due by December 1st, 2021
  • 25% of your total amount or balance due by January 15th, 2022
    • Your final rooming list will be due by January 15th, 2022
    • No changes will be permitted after January 15th, 2022
Please note: 
  • Ensembles using hotel accommodations will be required to use the Go Performing Festival Hotel which will be Festival Central for the duration of the Festival.
  • Ground and Air Transportation will be the responsibility of each ensemble. Go Performing’s parent company: Mid-Atlantic Receptive Services can provide a free quote as well as make the necessary arrangements.
  • Additional meals and touring are available at an additional cost. Contact the Go Performing office for prices and details.
  • After Go Performing receives an ensemble’s non-refundable registration fee of $250, the office will send a detailed festival package and official contract.
  • Limited spaces are available for performances. Ensembles will be scheduled and accepted upon registration and receipt of the registration fee.
  • Each ensemble must bring chaperones – 1 per 12 students excluding the director/conductor.
  • Festival tickets will be available for purchase for additional family or friends of the ensembles as well as the general public. Space will be limited.

Meet our Clinicians
Allan McMurray
  • Dr. McMurray is the Professor of Conducting Emeritus and Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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!
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.
  • 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.
Stanley DeRusha
  • Stanley DeRusha is Director Musical Invitado of La Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo, Uruguay, Music Director and Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis, IN., former Resident Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (1995-2007), and Professor of Music at Butler University.
  • American born and trained, he has conducted throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. His credits include numerous American and World premiere performances and he has won the praise of many distinguished composers including William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, Karel Husa, Ernst Krenek, Joseph Schwantner, Gunther Schuller, Michael Schelle, John Downey, Arturo Rodriguez and John Corigliano for his interpretation of their music as well as receiving critical acclaim for his interpretation of the standard repertoire.
  • A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he has studied conducting with H. Robert Reynolds, Otto Werner-Mueller and Andre Rieu, Sr., and composition with John Downey.
  • He is a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras in the United States and South America. El Espectador, in Bogota, Colombia, praised him for his “masterful presentations”.
  • In 1986, he was presented the ORDEN de la LIBERTAD by the Colombian Government for his contribution to the Arts.
  • In 1989, he received National Public Radio’s “Best Contemporary Music Performance Award” for a concert presented and recorded in New York’s Town Hall featuring the Emerson String Quartet and the world premiere of Paul Epstein’s Matinee Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra.
  • Mr. DeRusha has appeared on radio and television in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and South America and can be heard on Orion, Crest, Mark, Gasparo and Citadel compact discs. He has recently completed a new compact disc of the music of Stravinsky and Mexican composer Arturo Rodriguez.
  H. Robert Reynolds
  • Mr. Reynolds is the Principal Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
  • Here 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, 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.
Richard Floyd
  • Richard Floyd is in his 57th year of active involvement as a conductor, music educator, and administrator.
  • He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands.
  • Floyd recently retired as State Director of Music at UT Austin. He now holds the title Texas State Director of Music Emeritus. He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band since 1986.
  • Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor including appearances in 42 American states and in nine other countries.
  • In 2002 he was the single recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award presented by the American School Band Directors Association.
  • The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and also recognized him with the TBA Lifetime Administrative Achievement Award in 2008 and the TBA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
  • He received the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame and Texas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011. That same year he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor.
  • Most recently Floyd was elected to the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts and presented the Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity Distinguished Service to Music Award.
  • In 2016 he was named a Yamaha Master Educator, one of only 18 in the nation. In this role he will appear throughout the United States as a conductor, clinician and educator representing Yamaha.
Jerry Junkin
  • Serving since 1988 on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, in addition to serving as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors.
  • Previously, he served on the faculties of both the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida.
  • In addition to his responsibilities as Professor of Music and Conductor of the Texas Wind Ensemble, he serves as Head of the Conducting Division and teaches courses in conducting and wind band literature.
  • He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, and students of Mr. Junkin hold major positions throughout the world.
  • He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia since 2003, and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds since 1993. Additionally, he serves as principal guest conductor of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Wind Ensemble in Kawasaki, Japan.
  • In 2005 he was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works.
  • A recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to music Award, he was the 2012 Texas Bandmaster of the Year and in 2015 received the Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
  • In 2017 he was named the Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Bandmaster.
  • Performances under the direction of Mr. Junkin have won the praise of such notable musicians as John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman and Michael Colgrass, among many others. Mr. Junkin has released over 30 compact disc recordings for the Reference, Klavier and Naxos labels.
  • The New York Times named his release with the UT Wind Ensemble on the Reference Recordings label, Bells for Stokowski, one of the best classical CD’s of that year.
  • Their performance of Circus Maximus was recently released on the world’s first Blu Ray audio disc in 5.1 surround sound by Naxos.
  • In 2014 he led The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on a four-week tour around the world.
  • Other major appearances with the UT Wind Ensemble include 1992 and 2008 European Tours, the 2007 Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley, in addition to two Carnegie Hall performances, eight TMEA Convention concerts, three ABA Convention performances and six CBDNA National Convention appearances.
  • Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents.
  • He spends his summers in residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, as well as appearing at major music festivals throughout the world.
  • Mr. Junkin has served as President of the Big XII Band Director's Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, is Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association, and Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association.
  • Regularly making guest appearances with ensembles such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Taipei Symphonic Winds, the current season finds him conducting throughout the United States in addition to appearances in Japan, China, and Europe. Mr. Junkin is a Yamaha Master Educator.
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.

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