NOF Guidelines

NOF Guidelines and Requirements    

2023 Application Guidelines and Requirements

Applications have closed. Notifications will be sent no later than June 30, 2022.

Application Review

Applications will be reviewed by a national committee of ASTA members. The committee will provide detailed feedback to all applicants at the time of application notification.

Application Notification and Contract Timeline
Directors will be notified of the results by June 30, 2022. Directors will then need to submit a signed contract and a $1,000 non-refundable deposit by August 31, 2022. These materials will confirm participation in the festival. The deposit will be applied directly to the group's package fees. Directors who miss the contract deadline may forfeit their position in the festival to a waiting-list group. If you have specific questions regarding notification, payment, and group pricing, please contact us at or call (703) 279-2113.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
All cancellation requests must be received in writing by September 30, 2022, to No refunds will be given on any payments made prior to September 30, 2022, but upon written cancellation confirmation from the ASTA National Office, the remaining balance for your group will be waived.

ASTA is counting on your participation as indicated in your signed contract, and may have turned away other potential participating ensembles. Groups cannot cancel their participation after September 30, 2022. Groups not wishing to participate after this date are still liable for the full amount due and no refunds will be given on any payments already made. NO EXCEPTIONS. This cancellation policy also applies to all circumstances beyond the attendee’s and/or ASTA’s control, including, but not limited to, acts of God, war, terrorism, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder, or curtailment of transportation. If you have a special circumstance preventing your group from participating and would like it to be reviewed for special consideration, please send, in writing, an explanation of your circumstance and include any appropriate documentation. Your request will be reviewed within 30 days, and you will be notified subsequently of the outcome.

The minimum number of student participants is 16. Groups may increase and decrease their total participant number until December 15, 2022. After December 15, 2022, groups are responsible for the last confirmed total number of participants received by ASTA.