Event Overview for Schools

Echo fest is designed to inspire students, build confidence and create a safe environment for students to connect with like-minded people from around Australia. A weekend away can create such a positive memory during their education. It has been difficult for the past two years having limited face to face learning in music programs. Our passion is to reignite the flame, reconnect with live music and just enjoy a great festival weekend.

Keeping students engaged with their music not only provides a holistic approach to their overall wellness but a sense of creative expression that they can take with them into the next phase of their lives. Even if music is not their vocation or career choice, it is surprising the number of people I hear, saying they wish they had kept us with their music at school. We hope to encourage this at Echo Fest Inspiring young people with our concerts to trigger a connection with a genre that they can be passionate about.

2022 competition category standards and regulations

Review the category standards to assist with your competition entry or feel free to purchase the score anyway for your repertoire.

2022 select pieces for choral competition

The select pieces below are for small and large divisions within each choir category.

Click on the writer’s name to follow the links below to purchase directly from their website. click on the song title to listen to a sample of the music.

alpha and echo – experienced level – four part harmony

kia-orakate sadler

bravo – intermediate level – three or four part harmony

where everything is musickate sadler

charlie – beginner to intermediate level – two or three part harmony

how can you catch the winddan walker

delta – beginner – two part harmony

balloonsmark puddy

2022 select pieces for the ensemble competition

Orchestras and Instrumental ensembles of all year levels and sizes are welcome to perform in this section of the competition, we are researching the Charlie select piece and hope to provide this information to you soon.

Click on the writer’s name to follow the links below to purchase directly from their website. Click on the song title to listen to a sample of the music.

Click on the link below the title for pdf sample of the score.

alpha – established at an advanced level for grade 4.5-6.0

carmen vitaedr. katy abbott

carmen vitae sample score

bravo – intermediate to advanced level for grade 3.5-4.5

aerial view of the valleyStuart Greenbaum

aerial view of the valley sample score

charlie – intermediate level for grade 2.5-3.5

Blue Whale DreamingRichard Charlton

blue whale dreaming sample score

delta – beginner level for Grade 1.5-2.5

a convict dreams of englanddr katy abbott

a convict dreams of england sample score

2022 select pieces for the battle of the bands’ competition

Battle of the bands is for those school bands that don’t fit into the mould of an ensemble, they may be a jazz band, rock band or simply a mixture of vocal and instrumentalists.

The same regulations apply for each division of Battle of the bands. Have fun selecting your Australian written piece for this category in the competition.

Regulations for Battle of the Bands

2022 Registration for Schools

The registration fee for each Choir, Ensemble and Band is $265 incl. GST per entry. Entries open on 1 March 2022 and will close on 30 June 2022.

The additional price per person (including both Students and Supervisors) is $247.50 incl GST. this fee includes:

  • Dinner Friday and Saturday night in our wonderful dining hall.
  • Saturday Schools competition, Concerts on Friday and Saturday evening
  • Sunday Masterclasses with industry professionals teaching the finer points of their craft.
  • Sunday Awards Ceremony followed our farewell BBQ where you get a chance to mingle with your new friends and reflect on the weekend.

Lunch on Saturday is at your leisure with one of the food trucks on site or with your own arrangements. Breakfast can be part of your accommodation, or we can make arrangements on-site at the breakfast club for a continental breakfast at a small charge. We can provide an alternate accommodation for your bus drivers if required. (More information on this to come.) If a participant needs to bring their own food, we have a special kitchen planned for this purpose with refrigeration and heating facilities.

Pay now with PayPalregister here

Pay Later – request an invoice register here please allow 7 days from submission for the invoice to be sent to your nominated email account.

Registered schools will be sent the link to complete the entry process. The deadline for participant’s forms is 15 July 2022.

Your entry registration is our first priority for our planning purposes. Don’t forget to book your accommodation asap.

2022 Accommodation options

Bendigo has an abundance of accommodation options. We have listed a few to assist you with your choices. Online services can also be helpful, we suggest to book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Karly at the Bendigo Visitor Centre is assisting us with accommodation and is awaiting your enquiry.

There is a list of providers on the link below.

2022 Accommodation listing for schools

Battle of the Bands