Go Performing Regional Virtual Festival Master Classes

Go Performing Regional Virtual Concert Festivals: April 17th, May 22nd, & June 12th, 2021
For Middle School, Junior High School, High School, and University Ensembles

April 17th   /   May 22nd   /   June 12th


FEATURING our esteemed panel of clinicians including: Andrew Yozviak, Jeffrey Grogan, Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, C. Scott Smith, Damon Talley, Benjamin Hylton, and Johan de Meij!
The Festivals are non-competitive experiences for Middle School, Junior High School, and High School University 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 a full ensemble.
The Go Performing Regional Virtual Concert Festivals are 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.  Focus will be on Musicianship, Interpretation, Communication, & Excellence.  

Highlights of the Go Performing Virtual Regional Concert Festivals:
  • Nationally recognized clinicians that will evaluate live, without ratings, to help you and your students reach the next level
  • You choose the location (bandroom, orchestra room, or large open space) of your broadcast to the Virtual Regional Concert Festival - just need a strong internet connection
  • A private clinic with one of the renown Festival Clinicians immediately following your performance which will be recorded and sent to each ensemble
  • Bands/Orchestras will perform a maximum of 30 minutes of music
  • Chamber Ensembles will perform a maximum of 15 minutes of music
  • Can't participate on the day of the live festival? NOT A PROBLEM! You can experience the same feedback and written comments from our exemplary clinicians by recording your ensemble and sending the recording (at least one week prior to each Regional) to our Regional Virtual Festival Platform upon registering. Your ensemble will then receive recorded comments by our clinicians sent to you by the end of the festival.
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 via the live audition portal.
  • Ensembles are responsible for the equipment necessary to capture their live performance while sending the live stream, via the Live Audition Site/Zoom. Go Performing staff will be available prior to and during the live performances to help with any technical difficulties. There are no limits to what kind of set up you use in regard to types of cameras, microphones, etc.
  • 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.
  • No Payment Due during the Application Process.

Pricing: $300 per ensemble (per date)
  • $50 discount for ensembles applying prior to February 15, 2021
  • Dates: April 17th, May 22nd, & June 12th, 2021
  • Click HERE to see how it will work!

Meet our Clinicians
Dr. Andrew Yozviak
  • Dr. Andrew Yozviak is the Director of Bands at West Chester University. Dr. Yozviak's primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, directing the Golden Rams Marching Band, and teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting classes. Prior to this appointment, Yozviak served as Visiting Director of Bands at Susquehanna University and taught thirteen years in the Pennsylvania public schools.
  • Dr. Yozviak has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music Degree in Composition from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University where he studied with William Berz.
  • Dr. Yozviak maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, regularly presenting at conferences and workshops.
  • His research in the area of eighteenth century Harmoniemusik has produced two modern editions of wind partitas by the Bohemian composer, Antonio Rosetti (1750-1792).
  • His scholarly edition of Antonio Rosetti's Partita in E-flat is published by Amadeus Verlag, Winterthur, Switzerland.
  • As a composer, Dr. Yozviak has accepted commissions to compose and arrange music in a variety of genres. He has composed commissioned works for winds, chorus, jazz ensemble, and a variety of chamber ensembles.
  • Dr. Yozviak's work as an arranger has yielded more than one hundred fifty marching band shows for some forty high schools, eight universities, and five drum and bugle corps.
  • His original compositions for marching band, which include Africa, Artificial Intelligence, Koto, Four Suits, Water, Winter Sketches and Night Visions are published by Marching Show Concepts' Center X Productions.
  • Dr. Yozviak is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Conductors Guild, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Jeffrey Grogan
  • Jeffrey Grogan is an internationally-acclaimed conductor and teacher, currently serving as Director of Orchestral Activities at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University.
  • During the summers, he is invited by the LA Philharmonic to conduct alongside Gustavo Dudamel at Disney Hall, a part of the Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles National Festival.
  • Grogan was scheduled to appear at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and the Beethoven2020 Festival in Vienna this summer prior to the virus outbreak.
  • Recent work includes conducting at the Sydney Opera House, Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, and in Bangkok and Singapore.
  • Grogan serves as a Master Educator for the Yamaha Corporation of America and also on the Advisory Committees of the Midwest Clinic and Music for All.
  • Following his passion for performing and helping to create new music for orchestras, he has collaborated with many composers such as Lowell Liebermann, Michael Colgrass, Eric Whitacre, Steven Stucky, and Scott McAllister – as well as soloists Richard Stolzman, Stefan Hoskuldsson, Julian Schwarz, & the Canadian Brass.
  • Grogan worked in studio and on several projects with violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Grogan recorded O’Connor’s March of the Gypsy Fiddler with the Ahn Trio and New Jersey Youth Symphony on OMAC Records, which is played on classical music radio throughout the country.
  • He previously served eleven seasons as Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and as Conductor and Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and the New Jersey Youth Symphony.
  • He was founding Artistic Director of two El Sistema inspired program in New Jersey, CHAMPS and the Paterson Music Project. Grogan taught for over a decade at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, and Baylor University.
  • He is also the former Associate Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at the University of Michigan and Baylor University.
Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant
  • Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant serves as Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the music department, and Artistic Director & Conductor of the Durham Medical Orchestra.
  • Dr. Mösenbichler-Bryant is the Executive Director of the World Youth Wind Orchestra and World Adult Wind Orchestra Projects, both part of the annual Mid-Europe festival in Schladming, Austria (www.mideurope.at).
  • She also co-founded and conducts the North Carolina Youth Wind Ensemble and is the newly appointed conductor of the Schwäbisches Jugendblasorchester.
  • Verena grew up in Eberschwang, Austria. She began piano lessons at the age of 6, continuing later with church organ, flute, and bassoon.
  • Her conducting debut at age 16 was followed by a Kapellmeister Ausbildung with Johann Mösenbichler.
  • Dr. Mösenbichler-Bryant then studied symphony orchestra conducting with Ingo Ingensand at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Upper Austria, and received her bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in 2005.
  • She completed her Master of Music in 2007 with Kevin Sedatole at Michigan State University, followed by a DMA in Wind Ensemble Conducting in May 2009, from The University of Texas at Austin with Jerry Junkin.
  • Dr. Mösenbichler-Bryant’s transcription of John Corigliano’s Grammy-winning work, Mr. Tambourine Man, for Wind Ensemble and Amplified Soprano, published by G. Schirmer, was strongly praised by the composer, and has received numerous performances since its 2009 premiere.
  • Additionally, she has arranged and premiered Eric Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon for Soprano and Wind Ensemble, available through Hal Leonard, and Steven Bryant’s all stars are love for Soprano and Orchestra.
  • She has also published an article in GIA’s respected Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.
  • Verena has served as guest conductor and clinician across the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Portugal, France, as well in her native Austria and is winner of The American Prize in Conducting, 2019-20, in the band/wind ensemble university division.
Mr. C. Scott Smith
  • C. Scott Smith, Associate Professor of Horn and Theory, earned the BM from the University of Southern Maine, MM from Michigan State University, and pursued doctoral level study at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.
  • His public teaching experiences include seven years as instrumental music teacher and band director, grades 5 - 12 in three school districts in Pennsylvania and Maine. Smith's college/university career has included positions at Michigan State University (graduate assistant in Theory and Horn), Susquehanna University (PA) - (Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands, Horn instructor), Bates College (ME) - Horn Instructor, and University of Southern Maine - Horn Instructor (sabbatical leave replacement).
  • Mr. Smith's current performing status includes principal horn of Ohio Valley Symphony and Maine State Ballet Orchestra, and founding member of OhioBrass (faculty brass quintet in-residence at Ohio University).
  • His career includes a variety of national experiences as soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator, and conductor.
  • He has performed as an associate member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH), as a member of the Pottstown Symphony and Chamber Orchestras (PA) (principal horn - nine years), Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (principal horn-seven years), Williamsport Civic Jazz Orchestra (PA), Lee Vincent Big Band Orchestra (PA), Susquehanna Valley Chorale Orchestra (principal horn-nine years), Lansing Symphony Orchestra (MI), Portland Symphony Orchestra (ME), and founding member of the Commonwealth Brass Quintet (PA) (nine years). Additionally, Smith has performed as backup musician to artists such as Doc Severnson, Rosemary Clooney, Henry Mancini, Leonard Rose, Debbie Boone, Dale Clevenger, Chuck Mangione, Gary Burton, Phil Woods, Allen Vizzutti, Eddie Arnold, and Anthony Newelly.
  • Since 1980, Mr. Smith has been on the faculty at New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine where he has served as Horn Instructor (performing with the NEMC Faculty Orchestra, Wind and Brass Quintets, and soloist), conductor of Symphonic Band, conductor/director of the Concert Band and Concert Orchestra, and instructor of theory, composition, conducting and solfege.
Dr. Damon Talley
  • Damon Talley serves as Director of Bands and the Paula G. Manship Associate Professor of Conducting at Louisiana State University School of Music, where he oversees all aspects of the LSU Department of Bands, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches graduate conducting.
  • The nationally recognized Band Department at LSU serves as an integral component of the thriving School of Music. Under his leadership, the Department has established an annual conducting symposium, high school and middle school camps that serve hundreds of students annually, and numerous outreach events for public school educators.
  • The Golden Band From Tigerland has been selected to present at national conferences on multiple occasions, and most recently, the LSU Wind Ensemble performed at the College Band Directors National Association national convention.
  • Dr. Talley is a strong supporter and advocate of music in the public schools. He regularly serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and abroad, including engagements in Germany, Switzerland, England, and Spain.
  • Prior to his appointment at LSU, Dr. Talley held the position of Director of Bands at Shenandoah Conservatory, where he was responsible for guiding the wind band program, conducting the EDGE New Music Ensemble, and teaching graduate conducting.
  • He has also taught on the faculties at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan.
  • He has recorded on Best Classical Records, and received favorable reviews from publications including Gramophone magazine and the American Record Guide.
  • He has served as producer or associate producer on commercial recordings by the Naxos, Klavier, and Equilibrium record labels, and is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, distributed by GIA Publications.
  • As an avid supporter of new music for the wind medium, Dr. Talley has conducted numerous world premier performances and has commissioned composers to write for the wind band.
  • He has won praise for his work by composers such as William Bolcom, Steven Mackey, Kevin Puts, Joseph Schwantner, David Maslanka, Donald Grantham, Michael Daugherty, and more!
  • He regularly hosts visiting composers of national and international status on the campus of LSU, and is a strong advocate for young composers, often premiering pieces by student composers.
  • Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Talley taught in the public schools in Texas at both the middle school and high school levels.
  • He earned the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas.
  • His principal conducting teachers are Jerry Junkin, Michael Haithcock, & H. Robert Reynolds.
  • Dr. Talley is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Virginia Music Educators Association, and the Louisiana Music Educators Association.
  • He is also an Educational Consultant and Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation.
Mr. Benjamin Hylton
  • Ben's an active composer, music educator, trumpeter, and clinician currently residing in Austin, Texas.
  • He arranges and composes music for all types of ensembles and commercial purposes as well as designs competitive shows for the pageantry arts.
  • A composer with diverse skill sets, in 2008 Ben provided musical arrangements for Rock ‘n Roll hall of fame inductee Percy Sledge and in 2015 Ben arranged music for WGI silver medalist Stryke Wynds.
  • Ben composes music each year for over 35 clients in the pageantry arts who are successful at the state, regional, and national level. Ben also, accepts commissions for concert and jazz works each year; his work for Jazz Ensemble Fontainebleau Funk has been selected to be performed at the 2019 Midwest Clinic.
  • Over the past 10 years Mr. Hylton has been an elementary music teacher, middle school, and high school band director in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida; most recently, Mr. Hylton was The Director of Music at The Pine School in Hobe Sound, Florida where he coordinated an extensive classical and jazz chamber music program.
  • While in Florida, Ben also served as music caption head for the 3 time Florida State Champions and BOA Regional Finalists Jupiter High School and Park Vista High School.
  • Ben currently, consults with groups around the U.S. and abroad offering music and design clinics. In the drum and bugle corps activity, Ben was a member of the Blue Knights and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps then went on to teach with The Madison Scouts, The Blue Knights, The Phantom Regiment, and The Crossmen.
  • In 2018 Ben was the brass caption head for the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps where he served as lead brass staff for 3 seasons.
  • Ben has performed as a trumpeter throughout Southeastern United States and in the Caribbean. As a classical artist he performs as a soloist for ceremonies and special events throughout the US.
  • As a jazz artist, Ben has performed with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Percy Sledge, Carnival Cruise Lines, at Birdland in NYC, and more recently with Reggae-jazz artist Eugene Grey, Jazz Pianist Donald Brown, and others.
  • Ben received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University, a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and he completed additional graduate studies in Jazz at Florida State University.
Johan de Meij
  • Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where he studied trombone and conducting.
  • His award-winning oeuvre of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions, and film score arrangements has garnered him international acclaim and have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of renowned ensembles throughout the world.
  • His Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings was awarded the prestigious Sudler Composition Prize and has been recorded by myriad ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The North Netherlands Orchestra, The Nagoya Philharmonic and The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra.
  • His Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple, Symphony No. 3 Planet Earth, Symphony No. 4 Sinfonie der Lieder as well as his solo concertos, T-Bone Concerto (trombone), UFO Concerto (euphonium), and Casanova (cello) have been enthusiastically received at many of the world’s finest venues.
  • Before devoting his time exclusively to composing and conducting, Johan de Meij enjoyed a successful professional career as a trombone and euphonium player, performing with major orchestras and ensembles in The Netherlands.
  • He is in high demand as a guest conductor and lecturer, frequently invited to speak about and perform his own works.
  • In 2010, he was appointed regular guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Youth Wind Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela – part of the celebrated Venezuelan educational system El Sistema. He currently maintains posts with both the New York Wind Symphony and the Kyushu Wind Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan as their principal guest conductor.
  • Johan is founder and CEO of his own publishing company Amstel Music, established in 1989.
  • When not traveling, Johan divides his time between his Hudson Valley home and Manhattan apartment with his wife and muse Dyan, cats Lenny & Tosca, and dog Lucy.
    • 1989 1st Prize at The Sudler International Composition Competition Award for Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    • 1995 Honorable Mention International Composition Competition of Corciano - Italy for Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple
    • 1999 1st Prize at The International Composition Competition of Corciano - Italy for Casanova (for cello & wind orchestra)
    • 2000 1st Prize at The Oman International Composition Prize for The Red Tower
    • 2001 The Midwest Clinic International Award - Chicago, Illinois - USA
    • 2006 2nd Prize at The International Composition Competition of Corciano - Italy for Symphony No. 3 Planet Earth
    • 2007 Dutch Wind Music Award/Prijs Nederlandse Blaasmuziek
    • 2009 Friends of the WMC Award - Kerkrade, The Netherlands
    • 2016 2nd Prize at The International Composition Competition of Corciano - Italy for Echoes of San Marco
    • 2016 1st Prize at The 6th International Composition Contest City of Muro - Spain for Fifty Shades of E
    • 2017 Buma Classical Award - The Netherlands
    • 2017 Nominated for the Vermeulen Prize 2017 for FELLINI (Omaggio a Federico Fellini)
    • 2017 Finalist for the WASBE Composition Contest with African Harmony (Songs from Mama Africa)
    • 2018 Midwest Clinic Legend Award for Lifetime Contributions to Music Education - Chicago, Illinois - USA
    • 2019 Nominated for the Vermeulen Prize 2019 for Symphony No. 5 Return to Middle Earth

Only $300 Per Ensemble
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