The University of Delaware Department of Music
and Community Music School

are pleased to announce the

Fourth Annual High School Orchestra Festival

Friday, March 23, 2018
8:00am - 2:30pm with Instrumental Clinics
or 8:00am - 1:30pm without Instrumental Clinics


Guest Clinician Jacob Dakon
The University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra
James Allen Anderson, music director and conductor

Festival Offerings include:
  • A 20-minute performance slot and 20-minute individual clinic with Dr. Dakon for each participating orchestra. It is our goal to provide constructive criticism in a non-competitive and supportive environment designed to benefit ensembles of all ability levels
  • Opportunity to watch other performing orchestras and their clinics with Dr. Dakon
  • Performance by UD Symphony Orchestra
  • Lunch for students; Participating Orchestra Directors are invited to dine with Dr. Dakon
  • Instrument Clinics with UD personnel


Jacob M. Dakon is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Kansas, Division of Music Education and Music Therapy. Dr. Dakon teaches string techniques, string methods, rehearsal techniques, instrumental conducting, music administration, and an introductory course in music education. As a member of the string education field, he serves as a member of the American String Teacher Association Collegiate Committee and the editor of the Kansas American String Teachers Association Newsletter. Dr. Dakon’s research interests include heterogeneous string instruction, community music, memorization and music practice. His published works can be found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, British Journal of Music Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, String Research Journal, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the American String Teacher


Space is limited: Orchestras will be chosen on a first come/ first serve basis. Please complete the reservation form below and return by, Friday, February 3. The cost for participating orchestras is $50.00 per school. Please direct any questions about the festival to Professor Anderson at or by phone (302) 831-2480