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Southern Star Music Festival Atlanta, Georgia 2015 Participant Information Packet Please read over all of the information contained in this package. For groups using a travel agent, be sure that the appropriate
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Southern Star Music Festival Atlanta, Georgia 2015 Participant Information Packet Please read over all of the information contained in this package. For groups using a travel agent, be sure that the appropriate information in this package is available to both the directors and travel agents. This information is always available on the website at the home page. The schedules of dates, times, locations and judges are only posted on the website and is subject to change. Amount Contents: 1. Cover page, Contents and Contacts 2. Package Information 3. Southern Star T-Shirts 4. Package Order Form page 1 (send with payment 45 days prior to festival) 5. Package Order Form page 2 (send with payment 45 days prior to festival) 6. Host Hotel Information 7. General Festival Information 8. Riverside EpiCenter Activities 9. Atlanta Area Attractions 10. Festival Tips 11. Choral Rules 12. Sample Choral Adjudication Sheet 13. Sample Jazz/Show Choir Adjudication Sheet 14. Instrumental Rules 15. Sample Instrumental Adjudication Sheet 16. Sample Jazz Band Adjudication Sheet 17. Sample Orchestra Adjudication Sheet 18. Set-up Chart for Instrumental Groups (send with package order form 45 days prior to festival) Contact Information Call Toll Free (877) 421- STAR (7827) or (678) or Mailing Address: Southern Star Music Festival 635 Sunset Drive Norcross, GA Premium Package is just $69* PP and includes: Performance at the beautiful Riverside EpiCenter Auditorium Located less than a mile from the front gate of Six Flags Over Georgia Two-day Adult Admission Ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia. We encourage you to use the first day of your two-day pass on the Saturday of your performance weekend to attend the Awards Celebration at 7 pm. The second ticket can be used anytime during the 2015 season. One Meal Deal that is good at 16 restaurants in Six Flags to use anytime One FREE Director's Package Per School One FREE Package for Each 25 Purchased Southern Star T-Shirt with each package Adjudication by outstanding Music Educators Riverside EpiCenter seat auditorium (new location) Recording of your performance (one per group) Unique Trophy for each group Sweepstakes Trophies for Division winners and Grand Champion Trophy for highest scoring group each weekend Awards Celebration held at Axis Arena near Batman (Entrance requires an admission ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia) NOTE: Payment in full for the packages must be postmarked 45 days prior to the performance day to avoid a late fee of $5.00 per package. Premium Chaperone, Parent, or Non-Participating Student Package: $59 pp Includes a Two-day Adult Admission Ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia and one Meal Deal Southern Star T-Shirt with each package See page 5 for all festival package options * Registration Fee: $100 per group is due at the time of registration and scheduling. This can be paid by check or charged on the website and is non-refundable. Fee can be paid by credit card. 2 Make this year's Southern Star Music Festival a lasting memory... Show your group pride and unity by wearing the T-shirt to the Awards Celebration! Don't miss this exciting opportunity. They are available in youth large and adult sizes - small, medium, large, extra large and XXL. They are provided in the Premium Package and can be picked up at the registration desk at your performance site. Additional shirts will be available on site for $15 each but supplies are limited. 3 2015 Southern Star Music Festival Festival Package Order Form (page 1) Full or Partial Payment should be post marked by Due Date! All Package prices will increase by $5.00 per person for orders received after the postmark date. If you send a partial order (minimum 25) on time, you can purchase additional packages on site without a Late Fee. Packages are refundable up to performance date. Performance Dates Post-mark Dates Location (new this year) March Thursday, February 5 Riverside EpiCenter March 27-2 Thursday, February 12 Riverside EpiCenter April Thursday, February 26 Riverside EpiCenter April Thursday, March 5 Riverside EpiCenter April Thursday, March 12 Riverside EpiCenter May 1-2 Thursday, March 19 Riverside EpiCenter May 8-9 Thursday, March 26 Riverside EpiCenter All participating students must purchase a Festival Package, the Six Flags Over Georgia Season Pass Holder Package or a Festival Only package. Students purchasing the Six Flags Season Pass Holder Package must have a valid Six Flags Over Georgia Season Pass. A special pricing is available for chaperones and non-participating students. (See Order Form on page 5) Payment Make your check payable to the Southern Star and mail to: 635 Sunset Drive, Norcross, GA Amount Check Number Pay online at: https://squareup.com/market/musical-endeavors-inc School: Performance Date Contact: Phone Number: Are you a travel agent (Check one)? Yes No Choral Instrumental (Check one or both) Note: We will hold packages on site at the registration desk unless you check the blank below. Please send the tickets two weeks in advance. You must include $25 handling fee as indicated on the next page. Tickets will be sent 10 days in advance. Contact: Phone Number: School or Travel Company: Street: (NO Post Office Boxes) City: State Zip Code Contact: Bucky Johnson or STAR (7827) 4 2015 Package Order Form (page 2) You may combine packages in any way you wish. Minimum of 20 students per Performing Group Type of Package Quantity Price Totals A. One Free Director s Package 1 B. Premium Festival Package Including two Six Flags Tickets, Meal Deal, Festival Participation and $69.00 Each a Festival T-Shirt (specify sizes below *) One Free Premium Package for each 25 Purchased C. Chaperone or Non-Performing Student Premium Package Including two Six Flags Tickets, Meal Deal & a Festival T-Shirt (specify sizes below) D. Basic Festival Package Including two Six Flags Tickets, Meal Deal & Adjudication E. Chaperones or Non-Performing Basic Student Package Including two Six Flags Tickets & Meal Deal ONE FREE per 25 $59.00 Each $59.00 Each $49.00 Each F. Season Pass Holders Premium - Includes Festival Participation, Meal Deal and a Festival T-shirt Basic - Includes Festival Participation and a Meal Ticket G. Other Additional Meal Deals $49.00 each $39.00 each $12.00 each Festival Participation Only (no park admission, $29.00 each meal deal or t-shirt) Processing Fee if mailing packages (optional) $25.00 Late Fee for each package purchased after deadline (see page 1 of Package Order) GRAND TOTAL ENCLOSED $5.00 for each paid package *T-shirt Order due with order (Premium Packages Only) ( Youth Lg) ( Small) ( Medium) ( Large) ( XL) ( XXL) no XXX available Total Shirts (including Director) Name of Group 5 2015 Southern Star Music Festival Special Hotel rates for participants (Conveniently located at the Galleria and Cumberland Mall) Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria Special Rate for all rooms - $99.00 (plus 14% tax) Includes room plus full breakfast For up to 4 People Per Guestroom Or $89.00 (plus 14% tax) For up to 4 People Per Guestroom Contact :Tye Davis-Jenkins DIRECT Or Marriott Reservations at or Interstate North Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA Visit us online at: Marriott NW Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Windy Hill Special Rate for all rooms - $89.00 (plus 14% tax) Includes room plus deluxe continental breakfast For up to 4 People Per Guestroom Or $69.00 (plus 14% tax) For up to 4 People Per Guestroom Contact: Susanne Farrington, Director of Sales Office: ext. 625 Cell: S Park Pl NW, Atlanta, GA Visit us online at: Courtyard Windy Hill 6 Southern Star Music Festival General Information Open to Senior High, Middle/Junior High School and Elementary Instrumental and Choral Groups Each group can select to enter for: Competition & Rating Rating Only Comments Only Minimum number is 20 per performing group. Instrumental Division Competition Categories 1. Senior High School Band (concert/symphonic, wind ensemble) 2. Middle/Junior High School Band (concert/symphonic, wind ensemble) 3. Orchestra (Senior High, Middle/Junior High Schools) 4. Jazz Band (Senior High, Middle/Junior High Schools) Choral Division Competition Categories 1. Senior High School Choir (chamber, madrigal, concert, men's & women's ensembles) 2. Middle/Junior High School Choir (chamber, madrigal, concert, men's & women's ensembles) 3. Jazz/Show Choir (Senior High, Middle/Junior High Schools) Equipment Choral groups: There will be sound shells in place behind the risers. Five choral risers, a tuned grand piano, and two music stands will be provided. A microphone will be on stage for announcements. Playback equipment is available for those who require CD accompaniment. Note for Jazz/Show Choirs: Choral risers and sound shells will stay in place at all times. Groups must adapt to the performance space. A PA system with up to five microphones will be available for Jazz/Show Choirs. Instrumental groups: Four timpani, marimba, chimes, xylophone, vibraphone, concert bass drum and stand, podium, and music stands will be provided. (No Bells, Drum Set or other percussion is provided). Music Requirements For adjudication in the Instrumental or Choral Divisions, there is not a required music list. However, school groups should choose literature appropriate for an educational festival. Please select two or three pieces. Jazz/Show Choirs should limit performance time to a maximum of 15 minutes. On-Stage Clinic If you choose, an on-stage clinic can be given by one of the judges immediately following your group's performance. The session (not to exceed ten minutes) will provide a more personal touch to the Festival and allow the judge to share his/her expertise about a particular musical discipline. You will let us know when you check-in at the registration desk on the day of the festival if you want to take advantage of the clinic experience. We reserve the right to cancel the clinic if the performance schedule is running behind. 7 RIVERSIDE EPICENTER EPIC Fun Package: $15 Per Person includes: Unlimited access into The Cave (Game Room) Unlimited access to The Rock (Climbing wall) One Hour of EPIC Bowling Contact us at: or 135 Riverside Pkwy Austell, Ga Atlanta Area Attractions Georgia Aquarium (one of the largest aquariums in the world) Atlanta Braves Stone Mountain Park (Free Laser Show each night check schedule) Medieval Times Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Group ticket prices available) Fox Theater (Broadway Shows and Concerts) Alliance Theater CNN Center Tour Centennial Olympic Park (near CNN, World of Coca-Cola & King Center) The King Center World of Coca-Cola Zoo Atlanta and Cyclorama US Play (Cosmic Bowling, video games & food near Towne Center Mall) Fernbank Museum IMAX The Varsity (unique Atlanta fast food 4 locations) Cumberland Mall (Between the performance site and Six Flags) Perimeter Mall (Near the performance site) Hard Rock Café Call ROCK ESPN Zone Atlanta 9 Southern Star Music Festival Important Tips The Director should check performance location and arrive at the Festival Site a minimum of one (1) hour prior to your performance time. The Director should check-in at the registration desk upon arrival. (Instrumental groups should leave cases on the bus.) Bring three original scores of each piece to be performed for the judges. Warm-up times are minutes prior to your scheduled performance time. We encourage you to come early and stay late to listen to other groups perform. The on-stage clinic, if you select this at the registration desk, will be given by one of the adjudicators immediately following your group's performance. This will provide a unique personal touch to your group's festival experience and allow a judge to share his/her expertise about a particular musical discipline. Additional Packages and a limited number of t-shirts are available at the registration desk for purchase. Package Order Forms are due 45 days prior to your performance date. The Awards Celebration is held at the Axis Arena at Six Flags Over Georgia near Batman the ride on each Saturday at 7:00 pm. The celebration is held rain or shine but is canceled in the event of dangerous weather conditions. Six Flags Over Georgia is rarely open to the public on Fridays. You can check schedules at: Park hours during the Festival and dates are subject to change: The park is generally CLOSED on Fridays Saturdays, 10 AM to 9 PM in general Sundays, 10:30 AM to 8 PM in general New this Year! All Choral and Instrumental adjudications will be held in the Auditorium of the Riverside EpiCenter ( ) located near Six Flags Over Georgia at the Riverside Pkwy Exit of I-20 West (exit south toward Six Flags) 135 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA Southern Star Music Festival CHORAL DIVISION Sponsored by: Six Flags Over Georgia Information for: CONCERT CHOIR, TREBLE CHOIR, MALE CHORUS, CHAMBER CHOIR, MADRIGAL CHOIR AND JAZZ/SHOW CHOIR 1. The festival is open to Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, and Senior High School groups with a minimum of 20 performers. 2. Groups may enter for Comments Only, Rating Only or Competition/Rating and may elect to participate in a mini-clinic on stage immediately after the performance. Groups that enter for Competition/Rating and will be considered for the Southern Star Sweepstakes Trophy provided a minimum of two groups choose to enter for competition in their division. (3 Divisions: Middle School/Junior High Choir, Senior High Choir & Jazz/Show Choir) 3. There is no required music list, however, groups are encouraged to select music of the highest quality. It is advisable to choose selections comparable to those found on state or national lists. The director must provide original scores (no photo copies allowed unless authorized by the publisher) of each selection labeled with the name of the school and with measures numbered. 4. Groups will perform two or three works not to exceed a performance time of fifteen minutes. Groups will be scheduled in twenty or twenty-five minute blocks to allow for the optional clinic session. There will be twenty minutes available for warm-up. 5. Groups should arrive one hour prior to performance time in their concert attire approximately 20 minutes before warm-up. The Director should check-in at the Registration table upon arrival. 6. The performances will be adjudicated by three experienced judges. Each judge will provide a numerical assessment and recorded comments on a CD. Groups will receive a rating based on the following scale: GOLD (90-100), SILVER (75-89), BRONZE (60-74), and BLUE (45-59). The composite rating would be determined as follows: GOLD STANDARD (G) GGG GGS GGB SILVER STANDARD (S) GSS GSBr SSBr SSS BRONZE STANDARD (Br) GBrBr SBrBr BrBrBr SBrBl BrBrBl BLUE STANDARD (Bl) SBlBl BrBlBl BlBlBl One Southern Star Music Sweepstakes Trophy will be awarded to the group in each of the three divisions (Middle School/Junior High Choir, Senior High Choir & Jazz/Show Choir) entered for competition that received the highest numerical score in the GOLD STANDARD category. One Championship Trophy will be awarded to the group receiving the highest numerical among all participants each weekend regardless of Choral or Instrumental divisions. 7. Each group will receive a specially designed trophy to commemorate its level of achievement. All trophies will be presented at the Saturday night Awards Ceremony held at the Axis Arena at 7:00 p.m. All festival participants should plan to attend this special event. Adjudicator packets will be distributed at this time. If you are unable to attend the Celebration, please indicate that on the form that you fill out at the check-in desk. 8. Equipment provided for Choral Groups: two music stands, five three-step choral risers, sound shells and a tuned acoustic piano. One microphone will be on stage for announcements. Playback equipment is available for participants who require taped or CD accompaniment. Note for Jazz/Show Choirs: Groups must adapt to the performance space that includes choral risers. A PA system with up to five microphones will be available for Jazz/Show Choirs. 9. Dates, locations, adjudicators and maps are available on the website. 11 DIVISION: RATING: Six Flags Over Georgia Southern Star Music Festival Choral Adjudication SELECTIONS: TONE QUALITY: 15 POINTS Beauty ( ) Vitality ( ) Support ( ) Placement ( ) Resonance ( ) Focus ( ) PITCH: 15 POINTS Accuracy ( ) Intonation ( ) RHYTHM: 15 POINTS Precision ( ) Rhythmic Energy ( ) Attacks ( ) Releases ( ) ENSEMBLE: 15 POINTS Balance ( ) Sectional Blend ( ) Overall Blend ( ) DICTION: 15 POINTS Communication ( ) Vowels/Purity ( ) Consonants/Clarity ( ) Uniformity ( ) Syllable Inflection ( ) Foreign Language ( ) INTERPRETATION: 15 POINTS Tempo ( ) Style ( ) Phrasing ( ) Dynamics ( ) Expression ( ) Articulation ( ) OTHER: 10 POINTS Choice of Music ( ) Stage Presence ( ) Overall Musical Effect ( ) TOTAL GOLD (90-100) SILVER (75-89) BRONZE (60-74) BLUE (45-59) COMMENTS: Signature of Adjudicator: 12 DIVISION: RATING: Six Flags Over Georgia Southern Star Music Festival Jazz/Show Choir Adjudication SELECTIONS: TONE QUALITY: 15 POINTS Beauty ( ) Vitality ( ) Support ( ) Placement ( ) Resonance ( ) Focus ( ) PITCH: 15 POINTS Accuracy ( ) Intonation ( ) RHYTHM: 15 POINTS Precision ( ) Rhythmic Energy ( ) Attacks ( ) Releases ( ) ENSEMBLE: 15 POINTS Vocal Balance ( ) Sectional Blend ( ) Accompaniment Balance ( ) Overall Blend ( ) DICTION: 10 POINTS Communication ( ) Vowels/Purity ( ) Consonants/Clarity ( ) Syllable Inflection ( ) INTERPRETATION: 10 POINTS Tempo ( ) Style ( ) Phrasing ( ) Dynamics ( ) Expression ( ) Articulation ( ) CHOREOGRAPHY/STAGING: 10 POINTS Creativity ( ) Appropriateness ( ) Precision ( ) OTHER: 10 POINTS Choice of Music ( ) Stage Presence ( ) Audience Appeal ( ) TOTAL GOLD (90-100) SILVER (75-89) BRONZE (60-74) BLUE (45-59) COMMENTS: SIGNATURE OF ADJUDICATOR: 13 Southern Star Music Festival INSTRUMENTAL DIVISION Sponsored by: Six Flags Over Georgia Information for: CONCERT BANDS, SYMPHONIC BANDS, WIND ENSEMBLES, JAZZ BANDS AND ORCHESTRAS 1. The festival is open to Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, and Senior High School groups with a minimum of 20 performers (except for jazz bands). 2. Groups may enter for Comments Only, Rating Only or Competition/Rating and may elect to participate in a mini-clinic on stage immediately after the performance. Groups that enter for Competition/Rating and will be considered for the Southern Star Sweepstakes Trophy provided a minimum of two groups choose to enter for competition in their division. (4 Divisions: Middle School/Junior High Band, Senior High Band, Orchestra & Jazz Band) 3. There is no required music list, however, groups are encouraged to select music of the highest quality. It is advisable to choose selections comparable to those found on state or national lists. The director must provide original scores (no photo copies allowed unless authorized by the publisher) of each selection labeled with the name of the school and with measures numbered 4. Groups will perform two or three works not to exceed a performance time of twenty minutes. Groups will be scheduled in twenty-five to thirty-minute blocks to allow for the optional clinic session. There will be twenty minutes available for warm-up. 5. Groups should arrive twenty minutes prior to warm-up in their concert attire and the Director should check in at the Registration table upon arrival. 6. The performances will be adjudicated by three experienced judges. Each judge will provide a numerical assessment and recorded comments on CD. Groups will receive a rating based on the following scale: GOLD (90-100), SILVER (75-89), BRONZE (60-74), and BLUE (45-59). The composite rating would be determined as follows: GOLD STANDARD (G) GGG GGS GGB SILVER STANDARD (S) GSS GSBr SSBr SSS BRONZE STANDARD (Br) GBrBr SBrBr BrBrBr SBrBl BrBrBl BLUE STANDARD (Bl) SBlBl BrBlBl BlBlBl One Southern Star Sweepstakes Trophy will be awarded to
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