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High School Festival

Oct. 30–Nov. 2, 2016

The High School Festival provides challenge to Christian teenagers by recognizing their achievements and developing their talents through activities directed by university faculty.

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Music Competitions


  • Brass, String and Woodwind
  • Classical Guitar
  • Harp
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Classical Piano
  • Sacred Piano
  • Voice


  • Small Vocal Ensemble (2–6)
  • Large Vocal Ensemble (7–16)
  • Choir (17+)
  • Brass, String or Woodwind Ensemble (2–9)
  • Handbell Ensemble (4+)
  • Percussion Ensemble (4–12)
  • Piano Ensemble (2–4)

Communication Competitions


  • Original Oratory
  • Solo Performance


  • Group Acting (2+)
  • 24-Hour Playwriting Competition

Art & Design Competitions

Media Art

  • Video Competition

Two-Dimensional Art

  • Lettering (pen and ink, brush and ink)
  • Drawing (pencil, pen and ink, pastel)
  • Painting (oil, acrylic)
  • Painting (gouache, watercolor)
  • Printmaking (linoleum, woodcut, collagraph, etching, dry point, serigraphy)
  • Mixed Media (combinations of media)

Three-Dimensional Art

  • Ceramics (fired pottery)
  • Crafts (felting, book arts, macramé, weaving, applique, basketry, batik, etc.)
  • Sculpture (clay, wood, stone, etc.)


  • Single original color or black-and-white photograph

Participants will enjoy the following events:

  • Masterclasses and workshops presented by BJU faculty in music, communication and dramatic arts
  • A 24-hour playwriting event featuring high school festival participants
  • Tours of BJU theatre, film and mass communication facilities
  • BJU instrumental ensembles, vocal choirs and the BJU Theatre Department will put on special programs and performances just for Festival participants
  • A performance of Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced, produced by BJU Theatre, on Monday night, November 2 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Winners from each contest will be featured on one of three concerts
  • Exhibition of winning artwork and photography
  • Presentation of Festival awards


Please note school contest limitations.

  • Participants may enter a maximum of 3 individual/solo contests. Contestants may not compete against themselves in any group competition; therefore, they may not be a member of more than 1 group within any particular contest area (e.g., competing in 2 different small vocal ensembles).
  • Entry in up to 3 art categories will count as only 1 Festival contest.
  • Contestants (both individual and group) may win first place more than once in successive years performing different literature.
  • Any student who does not fulfill all of the contest requirements will forfeit his right to win but will receive judges’ written critiques.


To make arrangements for a BJU accompanist, please contact Mr. Tom Grimble by email or at (864) 242-5100, ext. 2782 by October 19. Include your name, email address and phone number, and which contest you’ll need an accompanist for.


To make arrangements for use of university percussion equipment, contact Rob Schoolfield by email or at (864) 242-5100, ext. 2752. For all other instrument rental, simply specify the needed instrument on your reservation form.

Large-Group Experience

Contestants will want to rehearse and perform in large groups hosted by members and directors of BJU performing organizations.


  • Festival Concert Band—Open to brass/woodwind/percussion players (with at least 3 years’ playing experience) participating in any area of the Festival who do not wish to audition or who are not selected for the Wind Ensemble.

String Orchestra

  • Enrollment is limited and early registration is encouraged.
  • Violin I must be able to play with confidence and ease in fifth position, Violin II & Viola in third position, Cello & Bass in fourth position

Festival Concert Chorus & World/Folk Music Chorus

  • Festival Concert Chorus—Open to SATB singers recommended by their director. Each school or homeschool group may select up to 3 balanced quartets of SATB for a total of 12 singers maximum. These singers will rehearse and perform concert choral literature with the Chorale, BJU’s premiere choir, under the direction of Dr. Beth Eubank. Enrollment is limited and participation is available only by your director’s recommendation and receipt of your Festival reservation before the deadline.
  • World/Folk Music Chorus—Open to SATB singers participating in any area of the Festival. This chorus will rehearse and perform world/folk music with BJU’s all-freshmen choir, University Singers, under the direction of Dr. Eli Yanson. Enrollment is limited and early registration is encouraged.
  • Each director must submit with his school’s reservations a list of the balanced SATB quartets under his direction that he desires to be included in the Festival Concert Chorus. Participation in the World/Folk Music Chorus does not need to be as part of a “balanced quartet”; individual entries are welcome.


Music, Communication, Media Art

1st Place individual/solo winners

  • Trophy
  • Paid program fee for the 1st semester of their freshman year should they enroll at BJU
  • Scholarship to attend a BJU summer camp

2nd Place individual/solo winners

  • Plaque
  • Scholarship to attend a BJU summer camp

3rd Place individual/solo winners

  • Plaque
  • One-half scholarship to attend a BJU summer camp

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place group winners

  • Trophy

Art & Design

Art: Best of Show (2-D and 3-D)

  • Trophy
  • Program fee for the 1st semester of their freshman year should they enroll at BJU
  • Scholarship to attend a BJU summer camp

1st Place

  • Trophy
  • Scholarship to attend a BJU summer camp

2nd Place

  • Plaque
  • Scholarship to attend a BJU summer camp

3rd Place

  • Plaque
  • One-half scholarship to attend a BJU summer camp