How do I apply?
Applications can be found online here. Please submit your application online or print and mail the completed application to Fiesta-val, 8405 Wenton Circle, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.
How much is the application fee?
The Fiesta-val application fee is $75.
When is the application fee due?
The Fiesta-val application fee should be mailed with the application or mailed under separate cover shortly after submitting the application online or via fax. Please mail the application fee payable to Spectrum of Richmond to, 8405 Wenton Circle, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. Please list the school's name on the remittance.
When is the deposit due?
The non-refundable deposit is due approximately three weeks after receipt of the application in our office. If an application is received after a payment due date, the deposit is due with the application along with the past due payment.
What is the payment schedule?
A $75 application fee is due with the application, and a $1,000.00 non-refundable deposit is due three weeks after receipt of the application in our office. The 50% payment is due three months prior to the festival, and the final payment is due one month prior to the festival.
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Do you take credit cards?
We do! Payments via credit card can be made using the "Make a Payment" link in the secure area of our website. A 3% fee will be added by the processing center.
What is the application deadline?
There is no application deadline! However, if an application is received in our office after any payment due date, payments will be retroactive.
Do you provide transportation?
We do not provide transportation. ALL transportation is the responsibility of the group.
What is the deadline for adding/dropping participants?
For overnight packages,the participant count must be finalized by the housing list due date (approximately six weeks prior to the festival). For Festival Only, counts should be finalized 30 days prior to the festival. There are some exceptions. Please contact a festival coordinator for additional information.
When is my hotel assigned?
The group is assigned a hotel upon receipt of the $1,000 non-refundable deposit and signed Fiesta-val contract. Optional activities can also be pursued on the group's behalf once the deposit and contract are received.
Is there a limit on the number of performing groups?
Choral performances are limited to five competing groups. Any over five will be Festival Rating only. Instrumental performances are not limited.
How many judges do you use?
Fiesta-val provides three judges for choral, three for instrumental, and two for jazz band.
What day is the main competition day?
The main competition day is Friday, with parade and auxiliary performances on Saturday. Parade and auxiliary performances may be on Friday in select locations.
When will I find out the performance schedule?
A tentative performance schedule is released 30 days prior to the festival. A final performance schedule is released 10 days prior to the festival. For planning purposes, performance schedule information may be available earlier than 30 days, but specific times will not be released prior to 30 days.
What kind of performance facilities do you use?
We use performing arts centers, hotel ballrooms and middle and high school auditoriums.
How many directors are free?
Fiesta-val provides one free director per application.
How many chaperones are free?
For overnight packages, we offer one free adult package (based on double rate) per 25 paid students, based on a minimum group size of 50. For The Festival Package, the director is the only free package.
How can I get in touch with a festival coordinator?
Our Fiesta-val coordinator can be reached toll free at 1-800-222-6862, or e-mail Betsy Crowell at email@example.com.
What if I want to purchase separate travel insurance?
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Broadway performer enjoys judging Fiesta-val
Marc Dalio's route to Broadway took an interesting set of turns, some luck, and the support of his parents and mentors.
With a long list of professional theatrical credits, including starring roles in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Pippin, West Side Story, South Pacific and others, Dalio - a choral judge for Fiesta-val - wasn't very interested in singing or theater growing up.
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- Kathy Ryan, Trip Coordinator, Annandale High School
"The facilities and especially the auditorium are about as good as it gets, and the Fiesta-val staff did an outstanding job as usual."
- Otis Kitchen, Director of Bands-Emeritus, Elizabethtown College
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- Nathan Hines, Band Director, Morehead High School