COVID-19 Considerations– For years the WPSMF Awards Ceremony & Street Dance have been a highlight of the festival week. With the COVID-19 pandemic, WPSMF staff are diligently working to restructure this portion of the festival week to best ensure the health and safety of attendees.
Awards Ceremony, Street Dance, & Director Reception
Each festival week concludes with an exciting and high energy outdoor award ceremony/street dance held at the Winter Park Resort Village. Fanfare music, special lighting, smoke effects, and the company of other student musicians- set the tone for an evening to be remembered. Attending groups are welcomed and recognized, followed by all ensembles receiving their divisional rating trophy. Classification runner-up and winner trophies are then awarded for each ensemble type, school size, and ensemble level.
To conclude the awards portion of the evening- the Overall Grand Champion is awarded to the judges’ choice of best Concert Band, Concert Choir, Orchestra, Instrumental Jazz Ensemble and Show/Pop/Jazz
The WPSMF DJ’d street dance, a festival tradition, will be remembered for a lifetime. Many directors share the awards ceremony and street dance revives an enthusiasm within their music program. Festival alumni claim the WPSMF awards and street dance as the highlight of their entire high school experience.
During the street dance, directors are invited to the Director’s Reception hosted by the festival staff. Here, directors will receive all adjudication critiques and comments, their original scores, performance recordings, a final thank you, and a chance to meet other attending directors from that week’s festival competition.
Imagine Your Group Here
Now offering seven different lodging options for your group to choose from. We offer cabins, lodge rooms, and condos in order to fit any travel budget and need.
Every package includes a choice between one recreation activity: skiing, snowboarding, downhill tubing, gondola rides, snowcat tours, or snowshoe tours.
Groups compete against same school size, ensemble type and level. Comments and ratings are provided by 3 recognized and experienced adjudicators.
Awards and Street Dance
Each festival week concludes with an exciting outdoors awards ceremony and DJ’d Street Dance at the base of Winter Park Resort.
Groups can choose to stay 2,3, or 4 nights with seven different lodging options. Plan to arrive and depart on days your travel schedule allows, providing you with the utmost amount of travel flexibility.
Participation in performance
Groups will compete each week with institutions of similar size and performance skill. A panel of three respected adjudicators will provide constructive feedback and score the competing groups. Each festival week ends with a highly energetic awards ceremony and DJ’d street dance.
Choice of ONE recreation activity
Every registered participant will choose between 4 days of skiing or snowboarding (including lift card, equipment rental & beginner lesson) or the ability to trade in vouchers to participate in one of our non-ski activities: downhill tubing, gondola rides, snowcat tours, and snowshoe tours.
Travel protection plan
WPSMF will purchase on behalf of every registered participant, a limited benefit, “Post Departure Travel Protection Plan.” Additional trip cancelation/protection insurance can be secured through a third-party supplier.
Resources for Registered Groups
Is a website dedicated specifically for the directors of our registered groups. This online resource contains all the festival information regarding their trip. For example, you can view trip information reports, adjust attendance counts and build group rooming lists. Ski Locker also allows Directors to monitor the progress of their student’s individual online registration in Start Gate.
Is the online portal for all students and adults registered to attend the festival. Participants can learn more about their recreation options, suggested clothing/items to pack and helpful information to prevent altitude sickness. All attending students and adults will be required to read WPSMF Start Gate topics and individually registering through this portal.
We have teamed up with guidebook to create an app accessible by all registered directors during their time with us at festival. The WPSMF App will allow directors to access all the pertinent information provided on Ski Locker via their smart phone while on the mountain and stay in the know. Important updates and notification to groups will be sent via the app during the festival.