School of Fine and Performing Arts

Fall Strings Festival

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October 6-8, 2022
Wright State University

2022 Guest Conductor

Ann Smith photWe are excited to announce the guest conductor for the 2022 Fall Strings Festival will be Ann Smith. The recipient of the 2020 Wright State Alumni of The Year award, Smith teaches orchestra at Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas. Smith is also currently serving as the TMEA Orchestra Division Vice-President, a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, American String Teachers Association, and is currently serving on the TMAA Committee on Standards of Adjudication and Performance Practices.

In addition to conducting the Festival Orchestra, Ann Smith will also be one of the clinicians for the Fall Strings Festival Professional Development Clinic for area string teachers.

View Ann's full bio (PDF)

About the Festival

The Wright State University School of Fine and Performing Arts will be hosting its third annual Fall Strings Festival for high school students in October 2022. This event will showcase the wealth of young performing talent in the Dayton area.

Students will gather for three days of coachings and rehearsals, and they will perform in an Honor Orchestra alongside Wright State string majors. Wright State String Faculty members will coach students in sectionals and masterclass and our guest conductor will conduct the Chamber Orchestra rehearsals and concert.

Wright State Orchestra Faculty


The registration fee is $50 and is non-refundable. Fees are payable online.

For more information, contact Dr. Franklin Cox at or Bill Jobert at

Download and complete the Medical Release Form (PDF) and bring it with you to the festival.

Registration is online. Payment can be made by Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or webCheck.

Schedule for Fall Strings Festival 2022

Time Activity
Thursday, October 6
3:30 to 5 p.m. Check-In, Seating Auditions with Wright State faculty
5 to 6:30 p.m. Festival Orchestra rehearsal with Ann Smith and Wright State faculty
6:30 to 7:15 p.m.  Grilled Cheese break hosted by Phi Mu Alpha, music fraternity
7:15 to 8:45 p.m.  Festival Orchestra rehearsal with Ann Smith
Friday, October 7
9 to 10:45 a.m. Festival Orchestra rehearsal
11 a.m. to Noon Rhythm and Timing Fundamentals with Jerry Noble and the Wright State Percussion Ensemble
Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch at the Student Union
1:15 to 2:45 p.m. Sectionals with Wright State String Faculty
3 to 4 p.m. Wright State String Faculty Recital
4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Festival Orchestra rehearsal
Saturday, October 8
9 to 11 a.m. Festival Orchestra rehearsal
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Masterclasses with Wright State String Faculty
12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch at the Hangar
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsal
3 p.m. Festival Orchestra Concert


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