Drury and Missouri State University are delighted to announce a new collaborative festival for high school orchestras to be held on the campus of Drury University on Thursday, February 15th.  Co-led by conducting faculty from both institutions (Chris Kelts [MSU] and Christopher Koch [Drury]), the Springfield Orchestra Festival is a non-competitive event focused on providing a meaningful clinic experience for both students and educators and including coaching from our featured guest artist as well as festival faculty.  Please see below for more information!

The Springfield Orchestra Festival is Sponsored By



Each participating ensemble receives:

  • Written comments

  • Onstage clinic time with our guest artist as well as coaching from Dr. Kelts and Dr. Koch

  • Opportunity for private conducting-related feedback



Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Location: Drury University

Eligibility: High School (9-12) String Orchestra

Festival Fee: $200



Registration: Please register HERE

Scheduling: Ensembles will be registered and scheduled as we receive applications

Length of Program: Not to exceed 20 minutes of performance time (no limit on # of selections)

Music/Scores: Please provide 3 sets of score copies for the adjudicators (copies are fine); score copies will be collected when you arrive on the 15th

Questions?  ckoch@drury.edu


Guest Artist

Dr. David Kováč maintains a varied career as a violist, artistic director, chamber musician, and instructor of violin and viola. He was appointed as assistant professor of violin and viola at East Tennessee State University in 2016. He has collaborated with members of the Miami String Quartet, the Rosamunde Trio, the Appalachia Piano Trio, New Ear Ensemble (a Kansas City based new music ensemble), and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and other orchestras around the United States and Europe. Other chamber music collaborations include performances with faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Stony Brook University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Park University’s International Center for Music, University of Tennessee, University of Kansas, and University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has performed as the featured soloist with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and has collaborated in opera productions with the renowned Mark Morris Dance Company.