Music Department

Showalter Music Festival


46th Annual Showalter Festival

Held on the Northwest College Campus
February 8, 2020


Northwest College is sponsoring the annual Showalter Music Festival. This esteemed event is open to Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Guitar, Vocal, and Piano students grades 5 - 8.  This festival is named in memory of Dr. Victor Showalter, former Professor of Music at Northwest College, who started the festival in 1975.


Registration is now open!



For more information, view our Festival Letter or peruse the info below.  

Adjudicators for 2020:



  • Apply and register your students by January 17, 2020. We accept registration forms only from teachers – please do not have students register themselves.
  • Directors: please check to make sure pianists are not entered by both your school and a private teacher.
  • Please mark the student’s experience (1 year, 2 year, 3 year, etc.) This will help the adjudicator make a fair and accurate evaluation of the student’s performance.
  • If you and/or your students plan on eating lunch, the day of the festival, in the NWC cafeteria, please include confirmation and total numbers with your online registration. The cost for lunch is $7.00/person. Payment MUST be made by cash, school voucher/check, or credit card AT the cafeteria on festival day. Please do not send us payment in advance for your meals.
  • Include the accompanists' names on the forms to help avoid schedule conflicts.
  • Send Payment of $12 per entry following your online registration. After completing the online registration, you will be sent an invoice for the total registered entries. Please send prompt payment with a copy of the invoice. Be sure to include the invoice number on the check or school voucher. Checks or school vouchers should be made payable to NWC Music Festival.
  • Make copies for adjudicators. Adjudicators will need a legible copy of the solo or score of the ensemble selection with measures numbered. The name of the school and the student’s name should be printed on the adjudicator’s copy.The adjudicator’s rating sheet and your copy of the music will be placed in the Director’s packet after posting at the Festival Office; this means that two or more soloists cannot use the same Judge’s copy of a solo.
  • Be sure Piano and Vocal solos are memorized.
  • All other solos do not have to be memorized.
  • Watch for more information and the schedule to be sent prior to the Festival. 
  • Come to the Showalter Festival on February 8, 2020. 


Performance times must be six minutes or less in length. If you supply all the information requested on the Registration Form, we will generally schedule your students in blocks so that each school or piano studio may be scheduled in a center during that time. Please encourage your students to listen to other performances throughout the day.

FESTIVAL POLICY: Students MUST perform in the center to which they are assigned. Any changes to the schedule must be handled in the Festival Office. Thank you!


If a student cannot perform please report it to the Festival Office as soon as you can. 


Adjudicators will rate all completed performances as Superior, Good, or Fair. Please familiarize your students with the rating system. Superior ratings will receive a blue ribbon and a certificate. Ratings of Good and Fair will receive certificates only. Each adjudicator will select the best performance at their center and a Musicianship Award will be presented at the recital by the recipients in the Auditorium at approximately 4:00 p.m. Ratings will be posted in the lobby near the Festival Office and in the Yellowstone Building lobby.  


All warm-up and last minute practice must be done before entering the performance center. Performers should go to the performance center at least 15 minutes before they are scheduled to perform. Practice rooms are available for warm-up. 


The College will have available a concert bass drum, a set of four timpani (E, F, Bb, and Eb), a snare drum, vibes, xylophone, and marimba. Bring all other percussion needs with you including mallets and sticks. Call the music office if you have special requests. 

Thank you for your prompt submission of the online registration form and mailing in of fees. If you have any questions, please call or email.   

Zach Paris
Festival Director
(307) 754-6427

(307) 272-6574


Cassie Loera
Festival Secretary

(307) 754-6425
(307) 754-6340 FAX

Northwest College
231 W 6th Street Bldg 2
Powell, WY 82435


Zach Paris
Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands/Instrumental Music