School of Fine and Performing Arts

2022 Fall Strings Festival and Concerto Competition

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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 the 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 host 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 coaching 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 masterclasses and our guest conductor will conduct the Chamber Orchestra rehearsals and concert.

Wright State Orchestra Faculty

Concerto Competition

Calling all festival students! The Wright State University String Faculty invite participation in a concerto competition for high school students registered for our 3rd Annual Fall Strings Festival. The competition will take place on the last day of the festival, Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Recital Hall. Wright State String Faculty will act as judges. The winner will be announced shortly after the competition and be invited to perform their concerto movement at the Saturday, October 8 afternoon final concert at 2 p.m.

Competition Guidelines

  1. The competition is open to all high school students registered for and participating in the 3rd Annual Wright State Fall Strings Festival.
  2. Competitors must register for and participate in all general festival activities including orchestra, sectionals, etc. (see the festival schedule for further details). Concerns? Let us know.
    1. Make sure you have selected participation in the competition on the registration page!
  3. One concerto movement will be selected for performance by the competitor (with consultation from the teacher/private instructor) and must be from the standard repertoire for orchestral stringed instruments and orchestra: violin, viola, cello, or bass. 
    1. Past winners have played repertoire such as Bruch's Violin Concerto in G minor mvt. 1 and "Summer" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. N.B. Each concerto from Vivaldi's Four Seasons will count as one "movement" given their short length and will be performed as such. Please email Dr. Jackson Leung for questions concerning repertoire at or Dr. Kevin Nordstrom at
  4. Each competitor must perform with piano accompaniment. The competitor is responsible for supplying their own accompanist and said accompanist must be available for the Saturday morning competition and final concert that afternoon. 
    1. While Wright State will not supply an accompanist for competitors, we are happy to make a recommendation with at least one week's advanced notice prior to the competition date. 
  5. Memory is strongly encouraged but not required.


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.

2022 Festival Schedule

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 a.m.

Sectionals with WSU String Faculty

10 a.m. to Noon

Festival Orchestra Rehearsal

Noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch at the Student Union
1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Festival Orchestra Rehearsal

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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