Northern Ohio String Festival

Thank you for your interest in the Northern Ohio String Festival. This event will occur on Friday, November 4th at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. It is non-competitive, and participating ensembles will not receive a rating. Instead, each ensemble will receive comments from two adjudicators and a 25-minute clinic with a string clinician after their performance. All adjudicators (Lisa Goldman - newly retired from the Beachwood City Schools / Stacy Lemke - newly retired from the Delaware City Schools) and clinicians (Stephen Benham - Duquesne University / Doug Droste - Baldwin Wallace University) are string specialists. Below is basic information about the event and the event registration form. If registering more than one ensemble, you must register each group separately. However, you may pay with a single check.

  • Who: High School Orchestras (limited to the first 12 ensembles who register)
  • Registration Cost: $175.00 per ensemble (includes a 2022 NOSF Participation Award plaque)
  • Repertoire: There is no list to choose from. Instead, directors will select repertoire based on the ensemble’s ability level. You know your ensemble’s needs and where they are at in their development. Directors may choose for their group to perform 2 or 3 pieces. While no minimum amount of performance time is required, groups are limited to a total of 25 minutes on stage (so we can stay on schedule). That time includes tuning, stage changes (if needed), the performance, and an introduction by the NOSF emcee.
  • Other Activities: Participating groups have the option to listen to other schools perform and attend an abbreviated or full concert performance by the BW Symphony Orchestra. We will also have other on-campus activities available if you are interested. Information about these opportunities will be sent out by late September.
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