Columbia College Chicago

String Fest

Saturday, February 20, 2016

String Fest is a positive opportunity for string students between the ages of 4-18, and of a variety of levels to perform publicly. Each participant will be assigned to a recital according to level. Each recital will be approximately one hour in length and family and friends are invited to attend. Adjudicators will present participant evaluations during the recital and each performer will receive a certificate of accomplishment.

String Fest will take place in the Recital Hall and selected teaching studios at Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL.

Saturday, February 20, 2016 1pm-5:30pm. The application deadline is January 20, 2016. No extensions to the deadline will be made.

Repertoire Requirements
Participants must perform two contrasting pieces. Movements from a multi-movement work (such as a sonata) should be counted as separate selections. Total performance time should not exceed 6 minutes for Groups I & II, and 10 minutes for Groups III & IV.

Division 1: Elementary (ages 4-12)
Division 2: High School (ages 13-18)

Festival Levels
Group I: 2 or fewer years of study
Group II: 3-5 years of study
Group III: 6-7 years of study
Group IV: 8 or more years of study

Students are required to secure their own accompanist if needed, Sherwood will not provide an accompanist for you. Performing with an accompanist is highly recommended but not required. All scheduling of rehearsals, communication, and payment for accompanists must be handled directly between the participant and the accompanist, not through Sherwood.

Solo Participant: $28
Chamber Ensemble (duo, trio, quartet): $40 for entire group

How To Register
1. Pay the application fee. Payment must be made online through our secure Online Registration Center (select the activity listed as 'String Fest' and then choose either 'Solo Participant' or 'Ensemble') Registration by phone or in person at Sherwood will NOT be accepted.

2. After the application deadline has passed, you will receive an email from us requesting additional information about the participant's pieces. It is REQUIRED that this information be provided to us by January 27, 2016. If we do not receive the information from you, the student will not be able to participate in the event.

* Special Note Regarding Ensemble Registration: When registering an ensemble for String Fest, please register and pay for just one student. When we send the emailed survey out after the close of registration, we will request the names of all ensemble members at that time.

 For questions about String Fest, please contact Martine Benmann at 312-369-3150 or at