Performance Application Requirements
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION
An unedited audio recording (NOT to exceed 30 minutes in length), including the following:
Chamber & Percussion Ensembles:
Two selections of contrasting styles
One symphonic selection (overture, tone poem, etc.) and one traditional military-style march (see list
String or Chamber Orchestra:
Two contrasting selections representing different historical periods, styles, and tempi (no solo repertoire/concerti)
Two selections contrasting historical periods, styles, and tempi (no solo repertoire/concerti) – one selection must be written for string orchestra
Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Combo:
Three selections in contrasting styles. Include no more than one work by any one composer or arranger. Middle schools graduating 75% or more of its members before December are encouraged to include one additional piece (audio and video recordings) performed by your second ensemble, if one exists.
ALL RECORDED SELECTIONS MUST BE UNEDITED (NOT DIGITALLY ENHANCED IN ANY MANNER).
A video of your ensemble performing the same music
as on the audio recording (Must be a complete, unedited performance or rehearsal of the audio titles, though need not be of the same performance or rehearsal). For band and orchestra,
the camera should be set in a location which allows the committee a front view
of conductor’s gestures, posture, and also a view of the musicians. For jazz,
the camera should be set in front of the stage, showing a rear-view
of the director.
A roster of your current ensemble, including instrumentation. Indicate with an asterisk the players who will be leaving your ensemble prior to December 2017.
Three evaluations from prominent directors who have worked with or heard your ensemble within the last year. Members of The Midwest Clinic Board of Directors are not eligible to submit evaluations. These forms must be sent directly to the Midwest Clinic office by Monday, March 20, 2017, 5:00 pm (CST).
The evaluation form MUST be sent electronically to the Midwest offices via the link and code provided to the evaluator. Emailed or faxed evaluations will NOT be accepted.
Please upload with your application a good quality photo of yourself (at least 2”) and one of your ensemble (at least 8”) at least 300 dpi. Midwest will not accept photographs that are sent electronically to our office.
Also, please upload several printed programs for your group from the last two years.
By submitting your application, you and your school officials are indicating acceptance of the policies set forth in this application, including your school's/government's commitment to support your appearance if your application is accepted.
Directors of the participating groups are required to attend a planning meeting to be held in Chicago on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
If you cannot attend this meeting, or cannot financially commit to performing (if selected) at the time of submitting this application, please do not apply.
The entire application process will be electronic so no documents should be sent to the Midwest offices.