Campus & Facilities
Historical VideosThe videos dated 1984 through 1994 have been digitalized from archived VHS tapes. Take a look at life at Round Top Festival Institute after it was first established.
The video, "Why Dream the Ordinary?", was formatted from a DVD made in 2008 and features students, faculty and trustees from 2006-2008. "Why Dream the Ordinary?" is an often-quoted quip by James Dick, Founder and Artistic Director of Round Top Festival Institute. Dick's vision to build a place where talented young music artists could come to study and perform in an inspirational environment as they advance their musical discipline began to materialize in 1971. The "dream" has been embraced by many friends and supporters, and continues to offer a world-class festival-institute for six weeks each summer.
The Festival Institute is often referred to by the name of its campus, Festival Hill. This was especially true in its earlier years.
Festival Hill featured on the NBC Today Show in 1984 (5:31)
PM Magazine 1983
Festival Hill featured on PM Magazine in 1983, followed by a public television pledge drive featuring James Dick, 1987 (4:00)
PM Magazine 1984
Festival Hill featured on PM Magazine in 1984 followed by a PBS pledge drive from 1987 (8:39)
Festival Hill 1985
Summer Festival; building on Festival Hill; Christmas Celebration (3:30)
The Edythe Bates Old Chapel being moved from La Grange, TX to Festival Hill in April 1994 (21:04)
Why Dream the Ordinary?
James Dick and friends talk about the Round Top Summer Music Program at Festival Hill (2008) (10:08)