A non-competitive festival designed for North American school wind ensembles, concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands, and choirs utilizing some basic tenets necessary to promote quality music education. These basic tenets include:
The Cantando Festival employs only adjudicators and clinicians of the highest stature, those that have achieved success in their fields and those that continue to have a major impact upon music education. The opportunity to work with these artists in an educational setting for long periods of time is a major facet of the festival.
A list of current adjudicators is found within each festival as well as a list of past adjudicators. We are proud to have utilized the talents of musicians and educators from throughout North America and beyond. We take their recommendations about the festival to heart and each year proves to be an improvement over the past.
In 2022 we hope to consider world events and their relationship to our art form. In the past, music performance and education have shared close relationships to world events. This continues into this decade and we hope to share the experiences the pandemic has created, as well as observe the many successes that individual artists and educators have obtained through non-traditional techniques. We also plan to involve indigenous artists as well as explore music from the many other countries that contribute refugees to our country. We encourage school ensembles to explore music from other cultures as well as those practiced by a variety of ethnic groups.
Our evening concerts feature a number of outstanding ensembles. Check out this tab under each festival to learn what is happening in 2022.