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Festival & Preaching Conference General Info



All participants may stay in university residence halls for the entire four-day competition. Because of limited space, we can accommodate room requests only for siblings.

Groups traveling great distances or those who do not wish to travel on Sunday may arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at no additional charge.

Please bring a pillow, linens for a single bed (or sleeping bag), bath linens, soap, umbrella, etc.


Festival ParticipantFee
On-campus participant
Includes lodging and all meals
On-campus, non-competing student attending with participating group*
Includes lodging and all meals
Off-campus participant
Includes lunch and dinner

* Non-competing student registration forms must arrive with participating group forms.

Instrument RentalFee
Standard band/orchestral instrument rental** $25
Large lever harp rental**$35
Pedal harp rental**$50

** Limited number of instruments will be available for rental during the festival week. Please call ahead for availability.

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.


Sponsors for groups of two or more will be our guests for residence hall accommodations and/or meals, based on the number of high school students in the group.

Visiting Students Sponsors
2-10 2 adults
11-20 4 adults
21-30 6 adults
31-40 8 adults
41-50 10 adults

Note: We cannot accommodate adults, other than sponsors, in the residence halls.


Registrations must be in the Welcome Center office no later than Sept. 26. Medical release forms must be signed in order for registration to be processed.

Each participant and sponsor must complete individual registration forms. Sponsors for groups (including homeschool groups) should send one check for full payment and all registration forms for their entire group (including non-competing prospective students) in one envelope.


Payment (less a $25 processing fee) will be refunded only if cancellation is received in the Welcome Center office no later than Sept. 26. There is no refund for cancellations made after this date.


All participants should check in on Monday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of Rodeheaver Auditorium. A required opening meeting for all participants and sponsors will be held at 6:45 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium. Preaching Conference participants will meet again at 8 p.m. in Levinson Hall in the Student Center.

While On Campus

What to Wear

Young women should wear modest clothing that is not revealing because of either fabric, cut or tightness. Skirts or dresses are required for all High School Festival competitions throughout the day. Skirt or dress length should come to the knees when seated. Knee length shorts are acceptable for any athletic event.

Young men should wear long pants (no jeans) and sport shirts. Their hair should be neat and well-trimmed. For the preaching competition young men should wear coats and ties, preferably dark suits or conservative sport coats and dress pants. For performance in the Wednesday and Thursday concerts, men should wear their concert attire or dress pants, shirt and tie. Knee length shorts are acceptable for any athletic event.

Those planning to participate in art workshops should bring a smock or an old shirt and old slacks.

Have a question? Email the Welcome Center.