Frequently Asked Questions
When will we know if we have been accepted?
The Director’s Choice Premier Performance Invitational selection committee meeting is scheduled as needed when applications are received. Your application packet will be reviewed at the selection committee meeting. All applicants that submit an application will be notified immediately following the meeting.
Is the Premier Performance Invitational at Symphony Center Chicago adjudicated?
No. The only adjudication portion of the Symphony Center Chicago concert is the application process. Once selected, ensembles are encouraged to focus on presenting the best possible musical performance without regard for the competitive element of musical selections.
What time will my ensemble perform?
Performance times will be assigned 60 days prior to performance.
Is transportation included in the package price?
The package price does not include any transportation.
What is the appropriate attire for the Premier Performance Invitational?
For the performance, groups must wear uniforms or concert dress.
Will we have an audience for our performance?
Directors’ Choice will arrange for each performing ensemble to listen to another performing ensemble. This ensures every group will perform for a knowledgeable and respectful audience.
Can we purchase CDs or photographs of our performance?
Due to the Symphony Center's strict licensing agreements, it is not possible to sell media of any type from the concert performance. Each ensemble will receive a master CD and a master photograph for archival purposes. Duplication of the archival media is prohibited.
Can we take our own photographs or video recording of our performance?
Due to the Symphony Center’s strict licensing agreements, it is not permissible to video or photograph inside the auditorium.
Can more than one ensemble “share” a performance slot?
No, the 40 minute window can only be utilized by one ensemble.
Are there any exceptions if we have more than 80 performers in one performance slot?
Having more than 80 performers on stage would limit the amount of room for the standard arrangement of percussion instruments.
Are we allowed to change clothes in our assigned backstage room?
No, the backstage room you will be assigned is a pre-concert gathering area for each ensemble, but is not set up nor large enough to utilize as a dressing room. Each ensemble needs to arrive at the Hall in concert dress.