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The Pinnacle Music Festival celebrates excellence in both instrumental and choral performance. Highly established and successful adjudicators and clinicians look forward to working with all festival participants throughout the event during private sessions. The Pinnacle Music Festival is promised to encourage and and highlight the talent of students across the country through competition and education.

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Dr. Stephan Kerr (B.S., M.A., Ph. D)

Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Dr. Kerr has been a band director for 36 years, and is in his 30th year at Liberty University.


Dr. Tim Sharpe (BM, MCM, DMA)

Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the national professional association for choral conductors, educators, scholars, students, and choral music industry representatives in the United States.

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Music Road Resort Hotel & Convention Center  |  Pigeon Forge, TN

Located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, Music Road Road Hotel & Convention Center is one of the most popular venues throughout the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area.

This award-winning 163 room luxury hotel resort is complete with full amenities and a 10,000 sq. ft convention center. 

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Performance | Adjudication

Students will have the opportunity to showcase their talents through multiple music selections.
Highly qualified adjudicators will provide encouragement and expert council following each performance.

Festival championship performances will be held at the Smoky Mountain Opry.

Festival Inclusions

Festival competition with written and digitally recorded comments by 3 highly qualified adjudicators
45 minute master-class session with Dr. Tim Sharpe (Choral) or Dr. Stephan Kerr (Instrumental)
Grand Champion performance as pre-show for Smoky Mountain Opry
1st, 2nd, 3rd place trophy in each division
Participation award for each group
Awards ceremony and buffet dinner
3 nights stay in a select Pigeon Forge hotel* (breakfast included)
Admission to Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
Admission to Smoky Mountain Opry (variety show)
Admission to Titanic Museum
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One free director’s package per school (based on single occupancy)

* Hotel to be assigned closer to festival date.A