WA Schools' Concert Band Festival
This event is run in partnership with the Australian Band and Orchestra Director's Association (WA). The 37th WA Schools' Concert Band Festival will be held from Thursday, 11 August to Sunday, 14 August, 2016.
Applications have now closed for this year's festival. Participating schools and ensemble directors have been emailed full information.
The aims of the Concert Band Festival are:
The festival is open to any independent or government school concert band, with divisions catering for young, unbalanced, bands to experienced senior bands. The festival is not suitable for brass bands.
Bands perform within a division with a panel of adjudicators providing written and spoken comments. At the conclusion of the Festival, bands receive a certificate with a grading of Outstanding, Excellent, Merit or Certificate of Participation. Novice bands will not be graded, but will receive adjudication comments and a Certificate of Participation. Directors also receive two recordings of their band, including one with spoken adjudicator’s comments superimposed over the music.
Music Selections List 2016
Bands from Premier, A, B and C Divisions are expected to present an appropriate program of up to three pieces, which must include two pieces from the Music Selections List. Bands in Novice Division present a program entirely of their own choice.
Music Selections Lists conform to the following standards:
Own-choice items must be of at least equal difficulty to those listed for the division the band is performing in. Directors are advised to observe the published grade levels appropriate to each division in making additional selections. For more information or advice on repertoire selection email Neil Coy.
Many of the scores and parts of the music of each division can be perused at the Instrumental Music School Services Resource Centre. For further information contact Tanya Chapman at Instrumental Music School Services.
Group and on-stage performance photographs of participating ensembles from the 2015 Festival are available for viewing and purchase at prophotobooth. Use the password 'aboda15'.
During each performance, conductors are videotaped and given constructive and confidential feedback on their conducting by an adjudicator using a separate conducting form.
This has proved to be very popular with many directors and the positive feedback that they have received, has been an extremely valuable tool in their professional development. Feedback is provided by default. If, however, you do not wish to be included, please check the box on the entry form.
Observation of the feedback process can also provide a valuable experience for tertiary education students. If you do not wish for this to occur, please check the box on the entry form.
One of the reasons for the outstanding success of the ABODA (WA) festivals over the last three decades is the contribution made by volunteer staff. Helpers are needed in every session with such tasks as stage management, ticket selling and marshalling.
This is a great way to meet other directors and hear bands from other schools and divisions.
Most helpers from previous years have found the experience so rewarding that they come back year after year.
If you are interested in helping in one or more sessions at the Festival, please check the box on the entry form and we will contact you early in Term 3.