Festival & Clinic


IMEA_Fest&Clinic_3cLogoSince spring of 1992, IMEA has offered the opportunity for schools to participate in our Non-Competitive Festivals.

What is IMEA Festival & Clinic?
The IMEA Festival & Clinic, provides groups with an opportunity to perform for a panel of clinicians and receive a masterclass with a master teacher.

Participating Ensembles will receive:

  • Performance opportunity
  • Recorded and Written feedback from 2 qualified clinicians
  • Masterclass opportunity with at least 1 clinician

Who can participate?

  • Elementary school groups 
  • Middle school groups
  • High school groups 
  • Concert bands 
  • Stage bands
  • Jazz bands 
  • Orchestras 
  • Choirs
  • Orff Ensembles

When and where are the festivals?
The dates for the 2017 Festivals are being updated as they are confirmed. Expect them to take place the last two weekends of February and the first two weekends of March. 

Why should I bring my group?
The focus of the Festival is on the experience of performing quality literature and education, not on a rating.  The clinicians assign no rankings to groups that perform. The power of the festival centers on the immediate feedback received by each group during the clinic session. Clinicians work with groups to reinforce what is taught in class, while providing positive feedback for the work that has been done. 

Each performing group receives a plaque that commemorates their experience at the festival.

2017 Clinicians

Andrew Crow, Director of Choral Activities, Ball State University

Amanda Cornet, Orchestra Director, Fishers Junior High

Stanley DeRusha, Professor of Music, Butler University

Ken Dye, Director of Bands, University of Notre Dame

Susan Finger, Instructor of Music, Ball State University

Kerry Glann, Associate Director of Choral Activities, Ball State University

Caroline Hand, Associate Director of Bands, Ball State University

Johanna Kitchell, Orchestra Director, Riverside Junior High

Jeramy Nichols, Assistant Professor of Music, Indiana University Southeast

Michelle Oyler, Director of Bands, Hamilton Southeastern Junior High

Michael Palmer, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Ball State University

Joshua Pedde, Assistant Artistic Director / Indianapolis Children’s Choir

John Perkins, Associate Director of Choral Activities, Butler University

Erik Rohde, Director of String Activities, Indiana State University

Eric Smedley, Associate Director of Bands/Indiana University

Kenneth Steinsultz, Director of Bands, University of Evansville

Susan Taylor, Director of Bands, Anderson University

Chris Taylor, Band Director, Pendleton Heights High School

Keith Ziolkowski, Orchestra Director, Avon CSC

Ben Yoder, Director of Orchestras, Hamilton Southeastern Jr. High School

Fee Schedule   


IMEA Member Director

Non-Member Director

Middle/High School



1st Group



2nd Group



3rd Group +









1st Group



2nd Group



3rd Group +



*Group discount applies only to groups from the same school or conducted by the same director

If you have any questions about the festival, please contact IMEA Festival Chair:

Amy Dedina: adedina@ndaviess.k12.in.us