its inaugural season. The Festival is an annual orchestral training workshop for college and graduate level musicians, who are known as apprentices. In addition to its apprentices, the Festival serves the local community and audiences from all over the world.
The apprentices, whose average age is 22, are highly trained in their respective instruments and are on the cusp of beginning their professional careers. They will come to Floyd for the two-week Festival on full scholarships to study with a corps of 22 mentors. The Festival’s co-founders, Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg and Executive Director Caitlin Patton will serve as the conducting mentor and arts administration mentor, respectively. Other mentors have been hand-picked from major orchestras, universities and conservatories.
The Festival exists to help its apprentices make the transition from being a student to being a professional. As students, they have the luxury of many rehearsals for one performance. As young professionals, they have to learn to function in an environment where they have few rehearsals, and often, many performances. To make this transition even more difficult, players are generally on probation for the first year of their orchestral jobs. The intense schedule of the National Music Festival – 24 performances in 14 days – mimics that of professional ensembles and gives apprentices the chance to learn from their mentors what the shortcuts are and how to survive in a professional atmosphere. Additionally, seminars will be offered dealing with the music business, stress injury prevention, being entrepreneurial in an increasingly competitive field and making career and life choices.
They can also support the Festival with in-kind and monetary gifts. All donations of $50 or more ($75 or more for families) will automatically grant the donor a membership in the Friends of the National Music Festival. Contact the Festival office for information about giving and volunteering, and ways to get involved and support the Festival.
Festival Passes for the 2011 season, which entitle the holder to attend all performances as well as pass-holder-only events, come with a souvenir program book and guarantee admission and preferred seating. They will be available in March to members of the Friends of the National Music Festival and in April to the general public, for $150 each. Single tickets to all performances will go on sale in April. They range from $5 to $15 (suggested donation), depending on the type of performance, with many events free of charge. Prior to the Festival, tickets will be available by mail and phone. During the Festival, any remaining tickets may also be purchased at the door and at the Festival’s downtown headquarters in the Floyd Professional Center, Suites 8 and 9 of the Village Green, 201 E. Main St. in Floyd.
For more information about the National Music Festival or to view the 2011 season schedule, visit www.nationalmusic.us. You can also reach the Festival by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 540.789.NOTE.
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This story was published in Floyd Magazine Spring/Summer 2011 ~Senior Editor Dee Wallace