Medal of Distinction: Concert Division
Global Initiative for Talented Students (GIFTS) in collaboration with Perform America - TX, LLC is excited to offer a new educational opportunity for middle and high school band, choir, and orchestra programs. Introducing Medal of Distinction, a unique recording submission designed to celebrate excellence in performance while simultaneously offering practical and exciting opportunities of growth for both students and directors. All participants will have access to a wealth of knowledge from evaluators with a variety of musical backgrounds. Medal of Distinction serves as a means to bring together a community of musicians and educators striving to better themselves, their programs, and the art of music making.
Available to Non-Varsity and Varsity Ensembles:
- Non-Varsity Ensembles will be listened to and receive feedback from the Premier Performance Listening Evaluators and the top 25% Non-Varsity performing ensembles will be recognized as National Winners with the second 25% recognized as Performance of Distinction Winners
- Top Varsities will be eligible to advance to the Encore Listening and get double the feedback with an opportunity to have one of the Maestros clinic their ensembles and be named as Maestro Award National Winners
- $350 for All Non-Varsity ensemble except Choral Ensembles (Choral Non-Varsity will register as open class)
- $375 for all other ensembles (Varsity, University, Community, & International)
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Name of School/Organization:
Name of Ensemble:
Name of Director (publication purposes):
Preferred Email Address:
Best phone number to reach you:
School/Program Address (for shipping):
School/Organization Classification (1A-6A used for Band only):
A - Middle Schools with an enrollment of 599 and below in grades 7 and 8
AA - Middle Schools with an enrollment of 600 and above in grades 7 and 8
AAAA - High Schools with an enrollment of 1229 and below in grades 9-12
AAAAA - High Schools with an enrollment of 1230 to 2219 in grades 9-12
AAAAAA - High Schools with an enrollment of 2220 and above in grades 9-12
YOUTH / COMMUNITY ENSEMBLE
National Youth Wind Ensemble of Distinction
National Youth Choir of Distinction
National Youth Orchestra of Distinction
National Youth Chamber Wind Ensemble of Distinction
National Youth Jazz Ensemble of Distinction
National Youth Percussion Ensemble of Distinction
National Youth Mariachi of Distinction
Open Choir - any type of choral ensemble
Children's / Boy's Choir
Chamber Wind Ensemble (MS Not applicable)
1st Submission: Please provide downloadable link to your file (google, dropbox, etc) Include in file name: Title of Piece, Composer/Arranger and date of recording.
2nd Submission: Please provide a downloadable link to your file (google, dropbox, etc) Include in file name: Title of Piece, Composer/Arranger and date of recording.
3rd Submission - Choral ensembles only: Please provide a downloadable link to your file (google, dropbox, etc). Please include in file name: Title of Piece, Composer/Arranger and date of recording
March 1st - Entry registration opens
June 5th - $350 for all Non-Varsity Ensembles except choral (Choral Non-Varsity will register as open class) and $375 for all other ensembles (Varsity, University, Community, & International)
Application fee (Payable to: GIFTS / Medal of Distinction), copy of entry registration form, recordings (submitted electronically through form), and scores are due to the following addresses:
Medal of Distinction: Concert Division
Attn: Damian Gonzales
2316 Kristen Ln.
Cedar Park, TX 78613
CHECKS PAYABLE TO: GIFTS / Medal of Distinction
For International payments or if having difficulty submitting recording please e-mail:
*INTERNATIONAL Ensembles if participating can earn recognition in the Encore Circle or as a National Winner of the Maestro Award, but are not eligible for an in person clinic at this time.
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