Music Directors are free to choose the event level they believe most suits their ensemble. The SBF is aware that school ensembles may vary in their ability levels from year to year and MDs are free to alter the event entry level to reflect these changes.
As the SBF is a non-competitive and educational event, MDs are encouraged to select an event level which will challenge their ensemble and the individual musicians to continue developing their musical ability. It runs counter to the philosophy of the Festival for MDs to select an event level below the ability level of their ensemble in order to ensure a Gold award.
While we understand that parental and school executive pressure to achieve a Gold award is a real issue, we believe it is far better if these parties were educated as to the true purpose of performing at the Festival so as to enhance the educational experience of the event.
Please download the PDF below for the full list of event criteria. To assist you in your decision you may also wish to contact a member of the Advisory Board.