2017 Biola Instrumental Music Band Festival

The Biola Instrumental Music Festival is a three day event held each Spring. It is open to Christian middle school, junior high and high school concert bands, full orchestras, string orchestras, and jazz bands and offers a range of activities geared toward talented student instrumentalists and hosted by enthusiastic college music majors and experienced faculty. The event culminates with an optional Disney Performing Arts recording session.

Registration Details

To complete your registration, you will need:

  • Name of School
  • Name of Director
  • Type of Ensemble (Band, String Orchestra, Full Orchestra, Jazz Band)
  • Number of Students in Ensemble
  • Date Attending
  • Ensemble Details (Instrumentation - for coordinating sectionals)
  • Stage Plot (upload a .pdf file)

Note: Registration fee of $300 per ensemble will be paid online at registration or at a later time. More details to come.

Register Online

WHEN Thursday and Friday, March 23 & 24, 2017

Optional Disney Performing Arts Workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
WHERE Biola University
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639
REGISTRATION COST

$300 per ensemble

CONTACT

robert.feller@biola.edu

Schedule

Thursday, March 23 — Jr High and Middle Schools

8:00 AM Check-In Opens
9:00 AM Worship Service
10:00 AM First Warm-up
10:30 AM First Onstage Performance
11:00 AM First Sight-reading Adjudication
Lunch Lunch; Performances and clinics continue throughout afternoon
3:00 PM Campus Tour (optional)
4:00 PM Instrument Sectionals
Dinner Dinner
7:00 PM Awards Ceremony

Friday, March 24 — Sr. High Schools

8:00 AM Check-In Opens
9:00 AM Worship Service
10:00 AM First Warm-up
10:30 AM First Onstage Performance
11:00 AM First Sight-reading Adjudication
Lunch Lunch; Performances and clinics continue throughout afternoon
3:00 PM Campus Tour (optional)
4:00 PM Instrument Sectionals
Dinner Dinner
7:00 PM Awards Ceremony

Saturday, March 25 (Optional)


Disney Performing Arts Workshop. See below for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Disney Performing Arts Workshop

What is the Disney Performing Arts Workshop?

The Biola Instrumental Music Festival includes an opportunity to attend a Disney Performing Arts Soundtrack Session with fellow Christian schools on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Anyone is welcome to join us for a mass ensemble recording workshop and a full day at Disneyland! Learn what it's like to record a movie soundtrack in a professional environment with great clinicians.

Is this for younger students too?

Due to the popularity of this event, there will be both a middle school and a high school mass ensemble. If you are interested, please let us know immediately, as we will need to compile and complete registration for your ensemble(s). Email Bob Feller at robert.feller@biola.edu.

How much does it cost?

Cost is park entrance plus a minimal workshop fee. Click here for pricing options per person. Please note that March 25 is an annual blockout date; everyone but Premium Annual Passport holders will have to pay full-price for park entrance, plus workshop fee.

What is the deadline?

The deadline to register is no later than January 15, 2017. Questions? Email Bob Feller at robert.feller@biola.edu.

Adjudication

What is the judging process like?

Each ensemble will have a 30 minute time slot onstage in Crowell Hall, which will include getting on and off stage, the performance, and a brief clinic from one of the adjudicators. In order to gain the most fruitful comments from judges, most ensembles find it helpful to play 2-3 pieces that display a wide variety of musical styles. Keep in mind that the more repertoire you choose to perform, the shorter the clinic will be.

What is the award process?

At the end of each day, ensembles will receive a plaque with their rating (Superior, Excellent, Good, etc.), recorded and written comments from the judges, and a complimentary recording of their performance. There will also be an anonymous listing of all scores, so directors can discern overall ranking, if desired.

What do I need to provide for the adjudicators?

Please bring three scores for the judges, with numbered measures. Please do not bring photocopied scores unless accompanied by permission letters from publishers or music outlets.

What does the sight-reading session entail?

Sight-Reading will be held in Chase Gymnasium. After you finish your performance in Crowell Hall, move directly down to the gym. A monitor will help you get there. The Sight Reading portion will be run according to SCSBOA rules which can be found at www.scsboa.org Look for: “The Do’s and Don’ts of Sight Reading at Festival”, and click on Sight Reading. It will download an Adobe Acrobat Reader version for you to print. Your score during the sight reading session will be included in your overall festival rating.

Who can attend the onstage performances?

Each performance is open to any respectful listener. Please encourage your students to enter between performances to learn from and support other schools!

What about Warm-up?

The warm-up room will be available 30 minutes prior to your performance on stage. There will be chairs and music stands in this room, but unfortunately there will be no percussion instruments available. A monitor will let you know when the hall is available for your performance. Please line up and move quickly so there will be more time for comments from our adjudicators.

Equipment

What equipment is provided?

Biola will provide all the usual percussion (see below), conductor’s podium, chairs and music stands for your group. However, if you require anything unusual (guitar amps), please bring it with you and mark everything well!

What percussion instruments are provided?

Four timpani, bass drum, snare, sus cymbal, crash cymbals, chimes, vibes, xylo, marimba, orchestra bells, triangle. Cliff Hulling, our percussion faculty has literally amassed the best percussion instruments money can buy, so please encourage your percussionists to treat these instruments with great care.

Storage

Where is the storage room?

Crowell Hall, Room 122. Maps will be distributed the day-of, and there will be signs and directions throughout the building.

Who can use the storage room?

The storage room is only for those ensembles coming on busses. There will be a monitor to help you. All other ensembles: please be prepared to use parked vehicles for storage until 30 minutes before your warm-up time and immediately following your sight reading clinic.

Where will we keep our clothes?

Some ensembles have found it helpful to bring along clothing racks that can keep concert dress organized with your instrument storage or in a storage vehicle.

Parking

Do I need a parking pass?

Yes. Every vehicle parked on campus (except busses) must display a parking pass or sticker. Parking passes are free. Guest parking passes will be emailed prior to the festival, and should be printed ahead of time and displayed when entering campus. Guest parking passes can also be requested at the gatehouse at each campus entrance. In addition, limited number of extra passes will be available at the festival check-in table the day-of.

Coming on a Bus?

Busses MUST enter from Biola Ave., at the north entrance. Student and instrument drop-offs will be in Lot B. Please see your individual itinerary for an exact drop-off time. Due to the high volume of busses, we need to stay on-schedule, allowing them space to pull in and out of the drop-off zone. You will be met by bus greeters when you arrive at the Biola entrance who will help to direct you.

Parking the bus?

After dropping off students in Lot B, please advise your drivers to park off campus as we are unfortunately no longer allowed to park busses on campus. The best place for bus parking is about a half-mile from campus: the parking lot by the La Mirada Theatre at La Mirada Blvd. & Excelsior Dr. To get there, the bus will exit campus the same way it entered, turn LEFT onto Biola Ave. Turn LEFT again on Rosecrans. Turn RIGHT on La Mirada Blvd. then turn LEFT at the first light, Excelsior. There will be ample parking in that lot, behind the Taco Bell and Wendy's. It's a shopping center next to the Performing Arts Center that has several vacant stores in it at the moment, so there is hardly any traffic in that parking lot.

Parking other vehicles?

For schools NOT coming on busses, all vehicles may park in the parking structure, Lot S. Thank you for your patience as we seek to accommodate such a high volume of students and equipment.

Attire

What should we wear?

Please have your students wear concert dress for the warm-up, adjudication, and sight-reading clinic. If they would be more comfortable not wearing concert dress all day, please have them bring a change of clothes. Keep in mind that there will be quite a bit of walking throughout the day.

Where will we keep our clothes?

Some ensembles have found it helpful to bring along clothing racks that can keep concert dress organized with your instrument storage or in a storage vehicle.

Where will we change?

Changing rooms are located in the Gymnasium, adjacent to the Music Building. A campus map will be emailed to you. You’ll receive a hard copy in your welcome packet the day-of.

Meals

Can we eat lunch on campus?

For those ensembles that are local, you have the option of bringing a sack lunch. For those who would rather eat in the Biola cafeteria, and for ensembles staying at a hotel the night before, you can purchase group rate meal tickets to eat in the wonderful Bon Appetit Cafe (all-you-can-eat!). The special lunch discount for everyone is $5 per person. Payment is due upon check-in that morning. Please bring cash, or a check made out to “Biola University.” Each ensemble will receive their meal passes upon check-in. Lunch and Dinner meal passes can be paid for with one check.

Can we eat dinner on campus?

Every ensemble (whether local or not) will eat dinner in Biola’s Bon Appetit Cafe. The special dinner discount for everyone is $5 per person. Payment is due upon check-in that morning. Please bring cash, or a check made out to “Biola University.” Each ensemble will receive their meal passes upon check-in. Each ensembles’ scheduled dinner time will be staggered to alleviate heavy traffic in the cafeteria. Please contact robert.feller@biola.edu with any questions.