Music for All National Festival Directors' Academy
Music for All National Festival Directors' Academy

Directors’ Academy at the 2020 Music for All National Festival

March 12-14, 2020, Indianapolis, Indiana, in collaboration with Butler University School of Music

It might be one of our best-kept secrets: the Directors’ Academy at the Music for All National Festival. Music for All is collaborating with Butler University music education faculty this year to offer band directors and music education majors an opportunity to join us for the Directors’ Academy at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. For three days, you can immerse yourself in classes, clinics, concerts, rehearsals, and social interactions with icons of the band world, in collaboration with Butler University’s world-class music education faculty. Choir and orchestra opportunities will follow in future years.

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The $100 experience will include:

  • Three-days observation of all National Festival performances, clinics, and Master Classes.
  • One hour “Master Class” with each of the Directors’ Academy clinicians where they will discuss their philosophy, professional experience, and offer guidance and advice.
  • Presenter and participant dialogue in the Master Class setting.
  • Social events, including “Meet the Masters” with the entire National Festival Evaluation and Clinician panel.
  • Friday lunch, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch included in the cost.*

*Housing is available at an additional cost and organized through Butler University. Butler University will reach out if additional housing is requested on the registration form.

2020 presenters include:

Professor Craig Kirchhoff – Director Emeritus, University of Minnesota
Dr. Stephen Peterson - Director of Bands, University of Illinois
Professor H. Robert Reynolds –  Director Emeritus, University of Michigan
Dr. Mallory Thompson – Director of Bands, Northwestern University
Richard Crain – President, Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic

What differentiates this from other opportunities?

The Music for All National Festival Directors’ Academy is an unparalleled opportunity for direct interaction with the icons of music education and observation of outstanding ensembles from across America.

Graduate Credit Available

For participants who are interested in obtaining college credit, they may apply for a 1-credit course offered and administered by Butler University at the current per credit hour rate of $595. This course will require attendance at all scheduled activities of the Directors’ Academy and the completion of a reflective response following the Directors’ Academy weekend.