American Classic Festival Information
Frequently Asked Questions – Festivals
BriAnne Woodward Becky Byers
Cancellation of additional items such as, but not limited to meals, additional entertainment and attractions, transportation etc. may be governed by the terms and conditions of separate agreements for those services. Cancellations and number changes will be handled according to the individual attraction or meal contracts. Requested add-on services are subject to availability and may, in some cases, be non-refundable.
Accounts which are not paid in full may place the festival performance and add-on services (when applicable) in jeopardy.
Six Flags Admission Tickets – Please keep all park and attraction tickets secure upon receipt. American Classic is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets once they are received by the director (or the person appointed by the director). Unused tickets may be used any day the park is open through the end of June.
Bring three (3) sets of original copies of music with measures numbered.
Music selections may come from any source.
The Premier Option – Critiques are offered from a substantial level of expectation appropriate to the age of performers and type of performing group. The standards for this option include refinement and mastery as determined by three qualified adjudicators with established expertise. Groups competing in the Premier classification are eligible for Best in Festival Award. Each group will perform three selections chosen by the director (may come from any source). Concert attire is appropriate and recommended, but not required.
Directors have the opportunity to select the performance level (Encore or Premier) during the registration process.
All participating groups in the Encore and Premier categories will receive a Division Trophy.
Entrants in the Premier Category may be eligible for the following awards:
Outstanding Performance Trophy if the group earns First Division ratings from all three (3) judges
Outstanding Soloist Awards (awarded at the adjudicators’ discretion)
Best In Class Trophy if the group earns first division ratings from all three judges (Provided there are two (2) or more groups in the category.)
A Vocal and an Instrumental Best in Festival winner can be selected from entrants in the Premier Category who have earned first division ratings from all three (3) judges.
The type and number of Best in Festival Awards is determined by the judges based on the overall quality of the performance.
At the completion of the festival, winners will receive any additional trophies by mail or by delivery to the school by American Classic Tours & Music Festivals staff.
Name & Address of Festival Site
Required forms to submit at the festival (Stage Set-Up Form & Performance Selection Announcement Form)
Loading/Unloading and building entrance Instructions
If your arrangements include additional service items beyond your festival, you will receive a separate email containing information specific to your add-ons.
Stage Set-Up forms can be emailed to us in advance (preferred) or delivered on-site during registration:
A Stage Set-Up Form for Instrumental Groups
Set-Up Form indicating location of piano for Choral Groups
Stage Set-Up for Show Choirs
A Performance Selection Announcement form (can also be sent in advance via email)
Please allow extra time prior to your warm-up for any clothing changes needed.
There will be signs posted indicating the American Classic registration area.
Director should proceed to the registration area to deliver the following items for the check-in process:
Original scores-Three (3) copies of three (3) selections w/numbered measures)
Stage set-up form(s)
Student guides will be assigned to each performing group. The guides will remain with each group until after the performance is completed. The guides have specific instructions as to behavior, time constraints, movement of groups from warm up to stage, etc. Please follow all instructions. Ask to see the American Classic site coordinator if there are issues or questions.
At the appropriate time, the guide will escort the performance group to the warm-up area.
All sites run on a very precise schedule that must be strictly followed. Please have students move quickly and quietly when it’s time to move to the stage.
The stage crew should have the stage arranged according to your stage setup form. Please make any necessary adjustments as quickly as possible.
After the performance, the guide(s) will escort the group off stage and will then leave to support another group.
DIRECTORS, please return to the registration desk before departing the site. Performance result packets, trophies, scores, and a professional recording of the performance will be ready for pick up. Please check the result packet to make sure that it is complete before leaving the registration area.
Solo Performance Awards, Division trophies, and Outstanding Performance trophies will be given at the registration table upon completion of the group’s stage performance.
Any Premier awards (Best in Class and/or Best in Festival) are delivered to the group during their trip or shipped to their school.
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Music stands, chairs, and a director’s podium in both stage and warm-up areas (there may not be one stand per chair nor director’s podium in the warm-up room).
Chimes, xylophone, marimba, four timpani, and concert bass drum will be available on the stage area only.
Directors must assume responsibility for bringing all necessary sticks, mallets, and any other needed equipment not specifically listed above. Tuners are not provided.
Jazz Bands: In addition to all equipment listed above, American Classic will provide electrical receptacles as needed. All other equipment needs of the group (complete sound systems, amplifiers, etc.) must be provided by the group. Platform risers may not be provided.
Choral Groups: American Classic will provide a piano and 5 choral risers on stage unless the site has a different type of levels for performance. Any choral group needing a sound system must bring their own equipment (such as microphones, amplification system, or accompaniment equipment)
Becky Byers 210-963-7174
Kyle Friesenhahn 210-313-7910
Mark Buley 210-421-0770