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Virtual WIBC FAQ (Directors)

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Will WIBC be held in person this year?
Unfortunately, due to restrictions caused by COVID, we will not have WIBC in Seattle this year. We are presenting Virtual WIBC online, via Zoom.

Schedule

When is Virtual WIBC?
February 20 and 21, 2021.
What does the Virtual WIBC schedule look like?
Visit our WIBC Schedule page for more information.
How will Virtual WIBC be presented?
Once you register for Virtual WIBC, you will be able to login and access all of the Zoom sessions. Some sessions will be offered as webinars and others will be presented in Zoom breakout rooms (sectionals, smaller group meetings, etc.).
If I miss a session, can I watch it later?
If you are register for Virtual WIBC, you can login to your account and access all Zoom sessions for 30 days after the convention is over.
Can band directors earn clock hours at Virtual WIBC?
Yes. Registered band directors can earn up to 25+ clock hours (Professional Development Units) over the two-day conference, at no extra cost. Attendance will be verified via Zoom. Contact Scott McKee for clock hour form.

Auditions & Fees

Do high school students audition this year?
Yes, we will have the same audition process as usual and the deadline is January 22. You can find the audition material on this page.
Can high school students attend Virtual WIBC without auditioning?
No. Only accepted honor band students can attend Virtual WIBC.
How much is the Virtual WIBC audition fee for high school students?
The audition fee is $20 which is due when submitting the audition.
How much is the Virtual WIBC registration fee for high school students?
The fee is $95 for the two-day online convention.
How much is the Virtual WIBC registration fee for band directors?
The fee is $50 for the two-day online convention.
I need to cancel my WIBC director registration. How do refunds work?
To cancel your WIBC director registration, login to your account and click on "Need to Cancel?" link on the menu bar (left side). There are no refunds beginning February 15.

Performances & Featured Composers / Artists

Will the honor band students perform music?
Yes. The honor band students will be placed into four different honor bands. The musicians from each band will practice and record one piece by one of our guest composers. The recorded videos will be combined by Christopher Bill and his team and students will receive a high-quality video performance of their piece.
Which guest composers will be featured at Virtual WIBC?
Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, Robert W. Smith, and Brian Balmages will be featured at Virtual WIBC this Feb. Honor band students will play the music of one of these composers and learn about the piece during a Zoom session with the composer.
When is the virtual video recording due for honor band students?
Once honor band students are accepted, they will be placed in one of the WIBC honor bands and will given a piece of music written by one of our guest composers. Students will have access to the music for three weeks to prepare their recording. The deadline for the video recording of their part is Sunday, Feb. 28.
Will students still be considered for the Australia trip (Pacific Honors Ensemble Program)?
Yes. WIBC will choose the top 20 auditions and will invite those honor band students to participate in the PHEP program/trip to Australia which takes place late September (2021).
Which guest artists/teachers will be featured at Virtual WIBC?
WIBC honor band students will attend two different sessions/master classes on their instrument. Visit our WIBC Educators/Artists page for more info.
What other sessions/events will be offered at Virtual WIBC for students?
Guest artists will perform solos at the end of each day. Students will receive sectional help on virtual music. Honor band students will team up during game night. Students will get virtual recording help from Christopher Bill and much more!
What other sessions/events will be offered at Virtual WIBC for band directors?
Guest artists will perform solos at the end of each day. Dr. Tim and Dr. Matthew Arau will present leadership and Upbeat rehearsal ideas. Christopher Bill will present a "how-to" on virtual music production, Patrick Sheridan will present a Breathing Gym session, and much more!
Can band directors attend the master classes?
Yes. Registered band directors can visit various master classes over the two-day conference. All master classes will be recorded and can be viewed at a later time (up to 30 days), with your WIBC account.