State Junior High Orchestra Festival


State UMEA Junior High Orchestra Festival

March 20-21, 2018
Libby Gardner Hall
University of Utah


2017 State Junior High Orchestra Festival Information

2017 State Jr. High/Middle School Orchestra Festival Information Letter

Participation Requirements and Directions

2017 State Jr. High/Middle School Orchestra Application

Audition parts:
Chorale score

Chorale Violin 1

Chorale Violin 2

Chorale Viola

Chorale Cello

Chorale Bass

Fees: $50 application fee per orchestra; $200 participation fee per orchestra, if selected to perform.
You must pay the application fee and participation fees seperately.

Enter the amount you want to pay for State Jr. High Orchestra Application fees ($50 each band):


Enter the amount you want to pay for State Jr. High Orchestra Participation fees ($200 each band):


David Eccles
David F. Eccles is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and the son of a music educator. He currently serves as Director of String Music Education and Orchestral Activities at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He has held string education positions in Virginia and Florida. An active conductor and cellist, Eccles has held conducting and music director positions with the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Jubilate Youth Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has served as a guest conductor for various state, county, regional, and community orchestras. Mr. Eccles is also a clinician and contributing author for the Hal Leonard Corporation. He is also a performing artist for JonPaul Bows. Mr. Eccles is completing his doctoral studies at Florida State University. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from University of Miami (Florida) and Bachelor of Music and Media from Norfolk State University. His principal teachers include Elizabeth Eccles, Laurien Laufman, Ross Harbaugh, and Dr. Michael Allen. David is a member of NAfME, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Lambda, and serves as Past-President of the Illinois Chapter of American String Teachers Association.


Joanne Erwin
Joanne Erwin, Professor Emerita of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory, earned her Bachelor’s (magna cum laude) and Master's degree in Music Education at University of Illinois. At Oberlin she taught String Methods, String Pedagogy with an outreach project and Conducting. After teaching strings in public schools and Suzuki cello in Illinois and Texas she went on to earn her Ph.D. in String Pedagogy at University of North Texas. She has performed as a cellist in the Fort Worth Symphony and been director for youth orchestras in Texas and in Ohio. She has presented at conferences and conducted festival orchestras both nationally and internationally. She is a co-author for New Directions for Strings, Prelude to Music Education and written other articles for American String Teacher and Teaching Music.











Brant Bayless
Born in Kansas and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Brant Bayless came to Utah after completing his studies in New York City. After early piano lessons and singing in his father's various church choirs, Brant started the viola at age 12. Winning the Governor's Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp in 1992 gave him his first glimpse of the musical world outside Oklahoma. After two years at the University of Kansas studying with Michael Kimber, Brant found his way to New York. Invited to study on scholarship with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music, Brant finished his bachelor's degree in 1997.
Since joining the Utah Symphony in 2001, Brant has immersed himself in the vibrant musical community in Salt Lake City. From his regular performances on the NOVA and Intermezzo chamber music series, to a teaching post at Westminster College, occasional appearances with Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and Salty Cricket Composers Collective, masterclasses and teaching at institutions statewide, and such special events as the William Primrose Memorial Recital he gave at BYU in 2005, Brant remains busily committed to his art even when off the Abravanel Hall stage. As guest violist, Brant traveled to Brazil in 2010 with the Fry Street Quartet, performing at the Oficina de Musica de Curitiba. More recently, he played as guest principal violist with the St. Louis Symphony under their music director David Robertson.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Braithwaite abraithwaite@alpinedistrict.org, (Festival Chairman) or Dave Faires (UMEA Junior High Vice President).




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