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Band and Orchestra Festival

band and orchestra festival

UIC 12th Annual Band and Orchestra Festival

UIC will host the annual UIC Band and Orchestra Festival on Friday, March 15 at UIC Student Center East (750 S Halsted St.)

The festival is open to all middle and high school ensembles. Each participating ensemble will have a concert performance, receive feedback, have a clinic with festival clinicians, and hear other ensembles perform. Bands and orchestras of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. 


Ensembles will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis up until March 1, 2024*. The registration fee is $250 per ensemble when registered by February 2, 2024, otherwise the fee is $275 per ensemble. 


2024 Clinician information coming soon!

Festival Format 

  • Perform a concert of up to 20-minutes of music. Clinicians will provide written and recorded comments. 
  • Participate in a clinic with a festival clinician. 
  • Ensembles have the option to receive performance ratings (I, II, or III) or comments only. 
  • Participants are asked to attend the performances of at least two other ensembles. 
  • Participants are invited to attend the Festival Concert featuring the UIC Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. 

Past UIC Band and Orchestra Festival Clinicians:

2023 Clinicians

  • Roxanne Stevenson, Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands, Chicago State University
  • Erica Neidlinger, Associate Professor and Wind Conductor, DePaul University