Palo Duro Canyon 1000 S. Polk
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806.373.5093
Fax: 806.373.5656
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The Greater Southwest Music Festival, Inc. was founded as a non-profit organization in 1969 by a group of local businessmen, musicians, educators, and other professional men and women. The purpose was to promote the educational and cultural aspects of fine arts among young people in middle and high schools in the northwest Texas area and surrounding states. The first festival was held in 1971 and has been ongoing annually since that time except in 2009 when the festival was cancelled due to the H1N1 flu pandemic. The festival continues to operate as an incentive for public interest and encouragement of music excellence in education.

The Festival annually welcomes students from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas. In recent years students from 60 schools in 40 cities have resulted in average entries of 64 choirs, 105 bands and orchestras, 18 show choirs and jazz bands and 1,250 solos and ensembles. These entries account for student participation of 8,832 annually.

While in Amarillo, students, directors and sponsors have an opportunity to visit the Wonderland Amusement Park, Palo Duro Canyon, The American Quarter Horse Association and other area attractions.

We welcome you to Amarillo and hope you have a pleasant and successful experience. Please contact us if we can do anything to make your visit more enjoyable.

2017 Greater Southwest Music Festival Best in Class Winners


Solo/Ensemble Winners                                 

Vocal Soloist – Matthew Turner                       

Vocal Soloist – Sean Reneau                          

String Soloist – Annabelle Barker                     

String Soloist – Kayla Richardson                     

Band Soloist – Emily Boschen            

Band Soloist – Kyle Boschen               

Piano Soloist – Eleisha Miller               

Piano Soloist – Lars Nelson                              

Piano Soloist – Grace Trakulwatanachai

Best Overall Soloist – Keslie Pharis

Best Ensemble – Emerson Recorder Ens.         

Best Ensemble – Panhandle Percussion Ens.


Choir Winners                                                             

Special Choir – Amarillo Youth Choir, Boy Prep         

Elementary Choir – Bivins Elem. Honor Choir           

6th Grade Choir – Frenship MS Girls                             

MS Non-Varsity Treble – Bonham MS                       

MS Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass – Travis MS                     

MS Varsity Treble – Alamo MS (Midland)                 

MS Varsity Tenor/Bass – Seminole MS                        

MS Varsity Mixed – Yucca MS (Clovis)                     

HS Non-Varsity Mixed – Amarillo HS                          

HS Varsity Treble – Canyon HS                                   

HS Varsity Tenor/Bass – Canyon HS                

HS Varsity Mixed – Canyon HS                                   

Show Choir – Talkington Jewel Tones


Band/Orchestra Winners                                            

Special Orchestra – Amarillo College Suzuki    

Beginning Orchestra – Travis MS                   

MS Non-Varsity Orchestra – Bowie MS Cantata         

MS Varsity Orchestra – Crockett MS              

HS Non-Varsity Orchestra – Caprock HS                   

HS Varsity Orchestra – Tascosa HS                              

Small School Beginning Band – Canyon MS              

Large School Beginning Band – Travis MS                   

Small MS Non-Varsity Band    - Shallowater MS        

Large MS Non-Varsity Band – Gattis MS (Clovis)      

Small MS Varsity Band – Littlefield MS                     

Large MS Varsity Band – Westover MS                      

Small HS Non-Varsity Band – Holy Cross                  

Large HS Non-Varsity Band – Tascosa HS                             

Small HS Varsity Band – Tulia HS                             

Large HS Varsity Band – Canyon HS               

Jazz Band – Amarillo HS                                            


Best Overall Awards                                                 

Best Choir – Canyon HS                                             

Best Orchestra – Crockett MS                         

Best Band – Canyon HS



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