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Middle Level Orchestra Festival

Middle Level Orchestra Festival 2020-2021

Tier 1 and Tier 2 cancelled this year

The text below refers to last year's 2019 event;
left here in the hope that we will have something similar next year. :-)

General Information - Tier 1 - 2019-2020
The Middle Level Orchestra Festival is open to school age student orchestras composed exclusively of students in grades 6 through 9. MNSOTA is pleased to offer three sites for Tier 1. 
The application deadline for all sites is Friday, December 6, 2019.

Download the the rules and application forms in PDF below.

Dates & Locations for 2019-2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Alexandria High School - map
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Osseo Senior High School
Friday, March 6,  2020 - Roseville Area High School - map

Festival Reminders for 2019-2020
• Three sites
• Orchestras with 9th grade students can perform at any site for Tier 2 consideration.
• Additional $100 participation fee for groups who advance to Tier 2 at Orchestra Hall
• Ticket fee for the Tier 2 concert will be announced at the conclusion of the Tier 1 festivals.
• Rating forms, judges' recordings (2) and performance recordings (1) will be given to directors at the conclusion of their clinic.  Judges' and performance recordings may be sent electronically at the conclusion of the festival day.
• All participants MUST perform from legally acquired copies of the music, in compliance with the Copyright Law. 

Policy: "Pop tunes and novelty pieces will not be considered appropriate literature." Download the document below for a definition and discussion of "novelty piece."

Tier 2 Information
CANCELLED - Thursday, March 26th, 2020 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis - map

Tier 2 event has been cancelled  due to COVID-19 concerns and closure of Orchestra Hall through end of April.  Trophies will be sent to orchestras that were selected for Tier 2.

All orchestras that qualify are eligible to participate in Tier 2. In order to qualify for Tier 2, orchestras must: apply for Tier 2 consideration; satisfy the grade requirements; and receive an overall "Superior with Distinction" rating from both judges at Tier 1.

The orchestras selected for the Tier 2 honor will:
• spend 80 minutes during the day on Thursday, March 26th at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
• work with outstanding performer coaches
• perform selections from Tier 1 in a concert
• receive an ensemble trophy
• make memories that will inspire their musical growth for years to come
• be able to purchase CDs through their director

MNSOTA congratulations all orchestras that performed at the three Tier 1 festivals last year.  We are thrilled that 30 orchestras participated in 2019! 

If you have questions, contact:  Festival Coordinator Becky Plachy at

Download documents below for:
  • Preparation Pointers suggested by Brian Cole so your ensemble knows what to expect at Tier 1
Faith Farr,
Oct 3, 2014, 9:44 AM
Faith Farr,
Feb 15, 2014, 8:07 AM
Faith Farr,
Aug 27, 2020, 4:57 PM
Faith Farr,
Aug 27, 2020, 4:57 PM