Performances are held at the public high school for the Winter Park area, in nearby Granby, CO, about 20 miles from the Winter Park Resort.
Typical Ensemble Types
Concert Choirs (mixed, women & men’s) Full & String orchestras
Jazz Bands & Orchestras
Percussion ensemble Drumlines & Color Guards
Dance & Drill teams
Scheduling of performance times is done by the festival staff to best accommodate all group trip itineraries and created to provide an opportunity for your students to hear other similar ensembles for a total “music festival” experience.
Performing ensembles are provided with a warm-up prior to their performance in an amount of time equal to their stage time. Amount of stage time (includes equipment set-up, stage entrance, performance, stage exit and equipment removal) is:
Instrumental ensembles- 25 minutes
Choral ensembles- 20 minutes
Color guards, dance teams, drumlines- 15 minutes
A digital recording will be provided on a flash drive for each onstage performing ensemble.
Music Equipment Provided
Every director of every ensemble will be asked to request specific “equipment” online by Final Payment Due Date, so that your equipment will be readily available on stage, and to minimize stage setup time for all ensembles.
Instrumental Ensembles will be provided with acoustic sound shells, chairs, music stands, director podium, bass drum, four tympani (without tune gauges), chimes, gong, orchestra bells, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, congas, drum/trap set, guitar amp, bass/keyboard amp and grand piano on stage, if requested. However- a concert snare drum, mallets/drum sticks/beaters, cymbals and any other auxiliary percussion equipment (and their stands) must be brought by the music group. Jazz ensembles will also be provided with 6 amplified microphones and platform risers if requested.
Choral Ensembles will be provided with sound shells, 3 step choral risers, grand piano, 6 amplified microphones, audio playback and drum/trap set for your choral performance on stage, if requested. Show Choirs will be provided with platform risers if requested.
Guards, dance/drill team and auxiliary performances will be provided with audio playback only.
Performing ensembles can choose to “compete” against similar groups with same school size classification and ensemble level- or receive “comments only”.
Three adjudicators will provide positive, written and constructive comments for each ensemble’s performance. Adjudicators for instrumental ensembles will also provide recorded verbal comments. Formal concert attire is optional. The challenges of bringing concert uniforms while traveling are understandable. Performance attire is not an adjudicated component of your ensemble’s performance. Many ensembles wear non-formal but matching attire. Some ensembles may even perform in their ski clothing for convenience purposes.
Copyrighted Music Scores
Concert ensembles performing published musical selections must bring three original scores to the performance site for the adjudicators. Scores for non-published music used by instrumental jazz ensembles and show/pop/jazz choirs are not required. Contact the festival staff for questions about non-copied music scores long before arriving to the festival.
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.
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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.