for high school, middle SCHOOL,
AND elementary

The Smoky Mountain Music Festival continues its dedication to excellence by offering school musicians an opportunity to demonstrate their talents before prestigious adjudicators in a beautiful setting. For over 30 years the festival has drawn musical groups from over 29 states and Canada.

Festival Dates 2020

April 3, 2020
April 17, 2020
April 24, 2020

Festival Dates 2021

April 9, 2021
April 16, 2021
April 23, 2021

Festival Dates 2022

April 8, 2022
April 22, 2022
May 6, 2022

deadline dates

Application: Feb. 15

Deposit of $50 per participant: Feb. 15

Rooming List: 45 days prior to festival

Repertoire List: 30 days prior to festival

Final Payment: 30 days prior to festival


Adjudication of concert bands, jazz bands, orchestras, choral groups and winterguards, indoor drum line, and other auxiliaries at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Awards' Ceremony for all Friday events will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center immediately after last performance.​


Adjudication of Street Parade on downtown Gatlinburg "Strip." Awards' Ceremony at end of competition.

2020 Judges

April 3/4 Instrumental

Dr. Rick Good
Joe Hermann
Col. Michael Colburn

April 3/4 Choral

Dr. Kirby Shaw
Dr. Ken Fulton
Dr. Michael Schwartzkopf

April 17/18 Instrumental

Paula Crider
Tom Leslie
Col.  John Bourgeois

April 17/18 Choral

Dr. Angie Batey
Dr. Dee Romines
Dr. Eric Thorson

April 24/25 Instrumental

Dr. Stan Michalski
Dr. Terry Austin
Dr. Don Ryder

April 24/25 Choral

Dr. Kirby Shaw
Dr. Sonja Sepulveda
Dr. David Brunner


The Smoky Mountain Music Festival provides not only a beautiful venue in which to perform, but the trip is enhanced by the grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains, and by the many activities available for students to enjoy. Combine this with nationally recognized adjudicators, who provide positive feedback so that the participants may enjoy a memorable learning experience and this festival earns two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Dr. Paula A. Crider
Professor Emerita, The University of Texas

As a long-time Choral judge for the Smoky Mountain Music Festival, I happily suggest to any empowerer of young people through choral music to put this festival on your must-do list! You won’t find any cut-throat competition here…only positive feedback that will help your choir improve, and what festival do you know where you can take an exhilarating hike in the Smoky Mountains just a short distance from your hotel! Come join us!

Dr. Kirby Shaw