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Big “D” Classic

Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Big “D” Classic music festival is no exception. Enjoy world-class performance sites like the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and a beautifully restored historic Majestic Theatre. From taking a tour of AT&T Stadium to experiencing the larger-than-life thrill rides at Six Flags Over Texas, your experience in Dallas will be epic!

Why American Classic Festivals:

  • Outstanding Venues provide a memorable performance experience.
  • Professional recordings of each performance are provided.
  • Competitive or Motivational Platform is offered.
  • Experienced Adjudicators and Clinicians provide quality feedback.
  • All groups receive a recognition trophy and will have the opportunity to earn Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Soloist awards.  Premiere entrants will also be eligible for Best In Class and Best In Festival Awards.

Performance venues for the Big “D” Classic music festival include:

  • Carpenter Performing Hall, Irving Arts Center
  • Fossil Ridge High School Auditorium
  • Majestic Theatre
  • Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

The superb acoustics of these quality venues will provide high quality recordings for archives and performance auditions.

Travel & Lodging

  • Overnight packages include a 3+ star hotel with a full American breakfast and a full day admission to Six Flags Over Texas for each participant.
  • For every 25 paid participants, receive one complimentary package (Director – Single Occupancy, additional comps – Double Occupancy).
  • Motor Coaches take care of all of your transportation needs.
  • Trips will be customized according to budget and interests.

Entertainment Options

  • April 3 & 4 Morton H. Meyerson Symphony CenterPremium
  • April 17 & 18 Majestic TheatrePremium
  • April 24 & 25 Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts CenterPremium
  • May 1 & 2 Majestic TheatrePremium
  • May 8 & 9 Fossil Ridge High School
  • April 9 & 10 TBD
  • April 16 & 17 Majestic TheatrePremium
  • April 23 & 24 Morton H. Meyerson Symphony CenterPremium
  • April 23 & 24 Irving Arts CenterPremium
  • April 30, May 1 TBD
  • May 7 & 8 TBD
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April 5 & 6 – Majestic Theatre

Best in Festival – Choral 

  • Magnolia High School Varsity Mixed Choir 
    Jennifer Franz-Melady, Director
    Magnolia, TX

Best In Festival – Instrumental

  • Regents School of Austin Varsity String Orchestra
    B. Sterling Archer, Director
    Austin, TX

Best In Festival – Band

  • Rock Bridge High School Varsity Concert Band
    Patrick Sullivan, Director
    Columbia, MO

April 12 & 13 – Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts Center

Best in Festival – Choral

  • Keller Independent School District 5th and 6th Grade Honor Choir 
    Stephen Hawthorne-Hill and Theresa Prichard, Directors
    Keller, TX

Best in Festival – Instrumental

  • McCallum High School Varsity Concert Band
    Carol Nelson, Director
    Austin,TX

Best In Class 

  • Keller Independent School District 5th and 6th Grade Honor Choir 
    Stephen Hawthorne-Hill and Theresa Prichard, Directors
    Keller, TX
  • McCallum High School Varsity Concert Band (5A) 
    Carol Nelson, Director
    Austin, TX
  • Howard Junior High School Varsity Concert Band (2C)
    Courtney Davis, Director
    Waxahachie, TX
  • Elkins High School Varsity Concert Band (6A)
    Chad Collins, Director
    Missouri City, TX
  • Pike Middle School Varsity Treble Choir (2C) 
    Suzanne Hughes, Director

    Fort Worth, TX
  • San Marcos Baptist Academy Varsity Concert Band
    Randy Leifeste, Director
    San Marcos, TX
  • Keller Central High School Varsity Treble Choir (6A)
    Leigh Ann McClure, Director

    Keller, TX
  • Whitehouse Junior High School Treble Choir (3C)
    Joy Brooks, Director

    Whitehouse, TX
  • Norman North High School Varsity String Orchestra
    Brenda Wagner, Director

    Norman, OK

April 26 & 27 – DeSoto

Best in Festival – Choral 

  • Burleson High School Varsity Show Choir
    Frank Conklin, Director
    Burleson, TX

Best In Festival – Instrumental

  • Cinco Ranch Varsity String Orchestra
    Brett Nelson, Director
    Katy, TX

Best In Class 

  • Burleson High School Varsity Show Choir
    Frank Conklin, Director
    Burleson, TX
  • Cinco Ranch Varsity String Orchestra
    Brett Nelson, Director
    Katy, TX
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy String Orchestra
    Patrick Sunga, Director
    Grand Prairie, TX

April 26 – Granville

Best in Festival – Choral

  • Aledo High School Varsity Treble Choir
    Karen Paul, Director
    Aledo, TX

Best in Class

  • Aledo High School Varsity Treble Choir
    Karen Paul, Director
    Aledo, TX
  • Granbury Varsity Mixed Choir
    Kendra Fisher, Director
    Granbury, TX
  • Rogers Middle School Varsity Treble Choir
    Natalie Joyner, Director
    Prosper, TX

May 3 & 4- Keller Central

Best in Festival

  • TA Howard Middle School Varsity Concert Band
    Nathaniel Neugent, Director
    Arlington, TX
  • Flower Mound High School Non-Varsity Tenor Bass Choir
    Mark Rohwer, Director
    Flower Mound, TX

Best in Class

  • TA Howard Middle School Varsity Concert Band
    Nathaniel Neugent, Director
    Arlington, TX
  • Flower Mound High School Non-Varsity Tenor Bass Choir
    Mark Rohwer, Director
    Flower Mound, TX
  • Flower Mound High School Non-Varsity Treble Choir
    Lindsay Swartwood, Director
    Flower Mound, TX
  • Crownover Middle School Varsity Treble Choir
    Kaela Vance, Director
    Corinth, TX

May 10- Meyerson

Best in Class & Best in Festival

  • Timberview High School Concert Band
    Eric Mullins, Director
    Arlington, TX

May 10 & 11- Majestic

Best in Class & Best in Festival

  • Winnsboro High School Varsity Concert Band
    Jim Best, Director
    Winnsboro, TX
  • Burleson Centennial High School Non-Varsity Treble Choir
    Eric Cooley, Director
    Burleson, TX

April 6-7 – Majestic Theater

Best in Festival Sachse HS Varsity Mixed Choir, Joshua McGuire, Director Ponca City (OK) HS Varsity String Orchestra, Dan Larson, Director Owasso (OK) HS Varsity Concert Band, Chris Harris, Director

April 13 – Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts Center

Best in Festival Dulles HS Varsity Orchestra, Michael Isadore, Director Clear Falls, HS Varsity Mixed Choir, Jill Fetty, Director

April 20 & 21 – Truett Auditorium, Southwest Baptist Seminary

Best in Festival Trautman MS Varsity Band, Jorge Garcia, Director Siloam Springs (AR) HS Varsity Mixed Choir, Julianna Tufts, Director

April 27 & 28 – JJ Pearce HS

Best in Festival Tomball HS String Varsity Orchestra, Kade Schmalz, Director Austin MS Varsity Treble Choir, Rod Zeman, Director

May 4th – Moody Performance Hall, Dallas Arts District

Best in Festival Checotah (OK) HS Varsity Jazz Band, Jim Davis, Director Goessel (KS) HS Varsity Concert Band, Scott Taylor, Director Austin Academy Varsity String Orchestra, Jane Samford Director Bush MS Varsity Treble Choir, Audrey De La Cruz/Feliziti Landin, Directors

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