Tennessee Valley Music Festival – 2021

The Huntsville Youth Orchestra presents

Tennessee Valley Music Festival 2021!

June 6-12, 2021

Theme: Viva Italia!

On behalf of the artistic staff, administrative staff, and the Board of Directors, we are thrilled to announce that the Huntsville Youth Orchestra will be holding an in-person Tennessee Valley Music Festival this June!

TVMF is a premiere music day festival for all levels of string students as well as intermediate and advanced woodwinds, brass, and percussion students.  You do not need to be a member of HYO to participate!

SKILL BUILDING

Work with professional instructors and other students to build new skills, improve on your already existing strengths, and learn through new experiences in highly interactive sessions!

INSTRUCTION AT ALL LEVELS

Welcoming all levels of strings, intermediate and advanced levels of woodwinds, brass, and percussion, as well as an adult track this year!

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

TVMF faculty are professional musicians from all over the U.S. that come to Rocket City to inspire and train our young musicians!

TVMF Virtual Orchestra Video from 2020

Location

All activities (except the Picnic/Camp meeting) will take place at Trinity UMC, 607 Airport Rd., Huntsville AL.

Schedule

June 6, All – Camp picnic, meeting, and meet the faculty. Bring your own refreshments. Green Mountain Nature preserve, 4:00 pm. Feel free to come early and enjoy the park.

June 7-11, Camp activities (see Tracks below for details).

June 12, Grand Finale Concerts. Details TBA.

Additional activities, including “Meet the Composer” and “Faculty Concert” will take place in the evenings on Zoom. 

Tracks

Track II, 9:00 am-12:15 pm, Intermezzo and Concert Orchestra.  Students will participate in chamber orchestra, master class, music fundamentals, and more. 

  • Track II auditions: Students should submit a prepared piece (3 minutes or less) that shows off their musical and technical skills and ability, plus a one octave major scale. Cost: $195 ($210 after May 20)

Track III, 9:00 am-12:15 pm, Philharmonia and Sinfonia. Includes master class, chamber music, string or wind ensemble, and full orchestra. 

  • Philharmonia and Sinfonia auditions: Students should submit a prepared piece (3 minutes or less) that shows off their musical and technical skills and ability, plus a 2 octave major scale. Cost: $195 ($210 after May 20)

Track IV, 1:30 pm-4:45 pm, Huntsville Youth Symphony. Includes master class, chamber music, string or wind ensemble, and full orchestra.

  • Huntsville Youth Symphony auditions: Students should submit a prepared piece (3 minutes or less) that shows off their musical and technical skills and ability, plus a 3 octave major scale. Cost: $195 ($210 after May 20)

Track V, Enterprise– For adult string students who love to play recreationally. Rehearses 5:30 pm-6:30 pm. No audition necessary but registration is required. Cost: $95 ($110 after May 20)

COVID Safety Provisions

Your child’s safety and the safety of HYO staff is important to all of us. The HYO provides the following guidelines based on CDC requirements and requirements of the venues we are using (these guidelines are subject to change as guidelines are revised).

If your child has a fever, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, or any symptoms of illness, please keep him or her at home.  If a family or household member has tested positive or is showing symptoms for COVID 19 or are waiting on a test result, please follow CDC guidelines and keep your student home until everyone is clear.  

String students are required to wear masks before entering, and must wear them the entire time they are at TVMF rehearsals.  Wind musicians and instruments should also be masked as possible. Masks for wind musicians and instruments are available online.

All students must bring their own music stands. Chairs will be placed, based on CDC guidelines for distancing. Students should keep spacing between themselves and other students while unpacking instruments. Small cases should be kept beside the student’s chair.   Only participating TVMF students and designated chaperones will be allowed to enter the building.  A sign up list will be sent out ahead of time.  We will have a limited number of designated chaperones.  

No food or drinks will be allowed in rehearsals.  Students may bring water to drink between rehearsals. 

Students must bring the following to rehearsal, as there will be no sharing or borrowing:

  • Instrument
  • Music and any other music literature needed and pencil
  • Music stand (students will need to have their own stands rather than sharing since they will be distanced)
  • Facial mask
  • Masks for wind instruments as possible
  • All necessary items needed for instruments (rosin, shoulder rest, end pin stop/strap, as applicable)

If a student in attendance at a rehearsal tests positive for COVID 19, parents must notify Deborah Brown immediately so that we may let other parents know. Her email is hyo.exdir@gmail.com  

Audition Information

All auditions are virtual. Students shall submit a recording on an unlisted YouTube link by June 1. Links should be emailed to hyoassistance@gmail.com and hyo.exdir@gmail.com. Please see specific information by orchestra (see above). Ensemble placement is based on audition. 

Registration

Apply for Tracks II, III, or IV (Student Tracks) and then Pay Here!

Apply for Track V (Adult Track) and then Pay Here!

A limited number of need based scholarships are available. For information on those, or for more information, please contact Deborah Brown at hyo.exdir@gmail.com or 256-880-0622.