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Middle Level Orchestra Festival

General Information - Tier 1
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 8, 2017.

Download the the rules and application forms in PDF below.

Dates & Locations for 2017-2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Alexandria High School - map
Monday, February 26, 2018 - Stillwater Area High School - map
Wednesday, February 28,  2018 - Faribault Middle School - map

Festival Reminders for 2017-2018
• Three sites
• Again this year, 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
Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis - map

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 April 2 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 four Tier 1 festivals this year.  We are thrilled that 44 orchestras participated! 

Orchestras that received the "Superior with Distinction" rating from both judges have the opportunity to participate in  daytime sectionals with Minnesota Orchestra coaches, and an on-stage rehearsal, both culminating in an evening concert at Orchestra Hall on Monday, April 2, 2018.  These orchestras are:

If you have questions, contact:  Festival Coordinator Cassandra Herold or 

Download documents below for:
    - registration and other details
    - Preparation Pointers suggested by Brian Cole so your ensemble knows what to expect at Tier 1
Faith Farr,
Oct 3, 2014, 9:44 AM
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Feb 15, 2014, 8:07 AM
Faith Farr,
Aug 22, 2017, 8:03 PM