High School Festival
DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVAL
The District 2 (Northeast) High School Music Festival is a three day festival which brings together music students from fourteen schools in the Northeast Kingdom. Students audition in the beginning of February at North Country Union High School in Newport, VT, for places in the Festival Band, Chorus or Wind Ensemble.
The Festival traditionally takes place on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday in late March or early April. Students arrive on Thursday morning, and rehearse throughout the day. On Thursday evening there is an "open mic" night where the students perform for each other in the auditorium.
Students are housed with local families through the efforts of the Newport Rotary Club (see P 3) After all day rehearsals on Friday, the Festival Band performs, along with small ensembles from the individual schools. Members of the Band will leave for home after the concert. On Saturday morning, the Chorus and Wind Ensemble have their dress rehearsals and their performance is at 1:30 in the afternoon.