Junior Festival is the National Federation of Music Clubs’ annual performance event for students of all levels of talent and advancement. It is administered at the local level by each local club, under the auspices of the State and National organizations.
Junior Festival is not a competition, but rather an opportunity for the students to perform two memorized pieces of music for an adjudicator and an audience. The student’s performance is judged individually and is not compared to the performance of other students. Junior Festival performance covers all instrument families, both solo and ensemble, as well as vocal performance. Additional performance categories include Hymn Playing, Theory, Composition, and Improvisation.
By participating in Junior Festival each year students earn points towards receiving a National Gold Cup, or trophy. Each successive Gold Cup is a little bigger than the previous one. It takes a minimum of three years to earn each Gold Cup.