Take advantage of Carowinds' Youth Performance Opportunities during Festival of Music!

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Festival of Music

Carowinds’ Festival of Music is returning in the Spring of 2022! We have missed our instrumental and choral groups so much the last 2 years and are excited to bring Festival of Music back to our stages next Spring!

And, we have extended our schedule to offer more dates so we can welcome even more talented band, orchestra and choral students to the park! We are working hard to get the registration site ready to launch and will post that information as soon as we have it. Please check back soon for the announcement of our registration launch date.

If you have any questions about Festival of Music, please contact us at music@carowinds.com or 704-587-9057. Don't miss this chance to be part of the fun and excitement of performing at Carowinds in 2022! Sessions fill up quickly and are only available on a first come, first served basis.

2022 Festival of Music Dates:

  • March 24, 25, 26, 31 
  • April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
  • May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26

Registration Instructions

Carowinds’ Festival of Music is one of the most anticipated and celebrated student performance events in the Carolinas. Middle, junior, and senior high school concert bands, jazz ensembles, orchestras, and choral ensembles are invited to showcase their skills in one of our unique onsite venues.

In addition to a desirable performance opportunity, the Festival of Music is also a valuable chance to learn from the masters. Under the guidance of retired Winthrop University Director of Bands Dr. William F. Malambri and Choirmaster Dr. Robert Holquist, nationally known adjudicators will evaluate and critique your ensemble’s performance. All groups will receive a Certificate of Participation and plaques will be awarded for Superior and Excellent ratings.

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How the Festival Works

Register Your Ensembles

Complete the Online Registration, with a $100 registration fee per performing group, to reserve your 2022 Carowinds Festival of Music performance time. The registration fee is non-refundable/non-transferable and must be received prior to your scheduled performance time being finalized. The $100 fee is for registration purposes only and does NOT apply to your ticket purchase. If paying by check, a copy of the invoice MUST be mailed with payment to ensure proper credit to the correct ensemble.

Order Your Tickets

Every person entering Carowinds will need to present an admission ticket or Season Pass to gain access to the Festival of Music and the park. This includes all students, directors, accompanists, chaperones, group members, family, and friends.

 Ticket Prices 

Performer Observer/Chaperone
$44 $35
($5 With Season Pass) Admission included with Season Pass

Perform and Have Fun at the Park

All selections of music will be adjudicated (3 selections for instrumental and 2 selections for choral). Scores and packets will be available fifteen (15) minutes after your performance at the festival check in table outside the theatre.  “Superior” and “Excellent” ratings will receive a plaque; all groups will receive a certificate of participation.