Frequently Asked Questions

How are students chosen for the Festival Band or the Symphonic Band? 

Students accepted to the festival will be divided into a select, 75-piece Symphonic Band and two 250-piece festival ensembles. 

Students who want to be considered for the Symphonic Band must submit a video recording in addition to the nomination form that is submitted by the teacher. Video auditions are due Friday, December 3 at 11:59 pm. Email videos to Kayla Scholl at [email protected] The audition requirements are:

  1. A 90 second – 2 minute recording of a solo or etude that showcases both lyrical and technical ability of the student. The passage can be no longer than two minutes.
  2. A chromatic scale featuring the student’s full range on his/her instrument
  3. Percussionists: Please submit two recordings, each one 90 seconds – 2 minutes. One should feature a solo or etude on a keyboard instrument, and the other a solo or etude on a battery instrument. No scales are necessary.

Video recordings must not be edited.

If students are not accepted into Symphonic Band, they will be selected for one of the other Festival Bands.

Students in the larger groups will be given a chair assignment and copies of their music before they come to the Festival. Those selected for the Symphonic Band will each be given a copy of the 1st-part music for their section, then audition on that music for chair placement once they arrive at the Festival. The expectation is that all students will be very familiar with their music before they arrive.

How many students can be nominated from one school?

We do not set a limit on how many students you can nominate, but based on numbers that we have been able to accept in previous years, we suggest nominating between 4 and 12 students from one school.

What is the optional solo/mini-lesson?

  • Student plays one piece for a Luther voice faculty member in a 15-20-minute private session.
  • Luther student accompanist can be hired ($15.00 fee) if requested ahead of time and if music is provided well in advance. Lessons are not required to be accompanied.
  • One or two soloists might be chosen to perform as part of the Sunday night festival concert.
  • Solo session cost is only $10.00 per student.
  • Session can also be used as an official Luther Music Scholarship audition by seniors who are prospective Luther students.v

Where do directors and students stay during the festival?

  • On-campus, student housing may be requested by schools farther than 50 miles from Decorah.
  • Students will be housed in residence hall rooms with current Luther student hosts or in residence hall lounges.  Students should plan to bring along sleeping bags, pillows, etc. as well as towels and toiletries for their overnight stays.
  • The college is not able to offer housing to teachers and/or chaperones.
  • Commercial, off campus housing is available to directors and students.  In town, we have Country Inn and Suites, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Hotel Winneshiek, Comfort Inn and Suites, and Super 8.  Teachers have also had good luck with local Bed and Breakfasts and with airbnb.    

What are the fees associated with the festival?

The fees for the 2022 festival will be available in the fall.

Are tickets required for the Festival Grand Concert?

No tickets are required for the Festival Grand Concert on Monday, February 28. The concert is free and open to the public.

Is the Festival Grand Concert live-streamed?

The festival grand concert is live-streamed at the following link:

What is concert attire?

  • Concert attire is all black or black bottoms with white tops.

    Option A: A collared shirt with nice dress pants. Ties are encouraged.

    Option B: A nice blouse with dress pants/skirt or a dress.