I’d like to participate in the OWU Music Festival. How do I sign up?
Chat with your band or choir teacher to let them know you’re interested. Student participation is based on a combination of music teacher nominations and instrumentation/voicing needs. Only music teachers may submit the online nomination form.

My music teacher submitted nominations. What happens next?
Students, parents, and teachers will be notified of acceptance within one week of the nomination deadline. The next step is for the parent or guardian to complete a confirmation form including t-shirt size, media release, and medical concerns.A lot happens between the notification of acceptance and the festival. For a detailed timeline checklist, please go to the “Timeline and Schedule” subpage. This covers when and how to be ready including confirmation forms, practice parts, and payment of fees.

Where can I find housing while I’m attending the festival?
Out-of-town students, directors, and parent chaperones may arrange housing on their own in Delaware area hotels. Central Ohio residents typically commute. All housing arrangements are the responsibility of the student, parent, and/or music teacher. The following hotels are conveniently located less than 10 minutes from the OWU campus:

  • Pacer Inn – (740) 362-0050
    259 S Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015.
  • Quality Inn & Suites – (740) 363-8869
    1251 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015.
  • Baymont Inn – (740) 363-3510
    1720 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015.

What are the dining options?
A full OWU dining hall buffet lunch and dinner will be provided on Friday of the festival. We offer delicious options for all dietary restrictions including gluten free and vegan needs. On Saturday, students will be dismissed for approximately 2 hours to get lunch with their directors or families prior to the grand finale concert at any of the delightful restaurants in Downtown Delaware just a 5-minute walk from campus. If a family member or teacher is unavailable to escort a student to lunch on Saturday, they may sign up for their student to receive lunch from OWU for an additional charge.

Can I get a note to be excused from school?
Yes. All festival students will receive an official OWU letter describing our event and certifying their participation in the music festival to excuse them from regular classes.

I have other questions…
Please email MusicFestival@owu.edu with your questions, or call the festival director at (740) 368-3721. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!