"Self Governance on Mutual Trust" is the key to a well behaved community.
All meals are served in the Menke House Dining Room . The kitchen staff would be appreciative if you do not arrive just before closing time. There is no food service after closing time.
Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Monday-Saturday
Lunch is served from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Monday-Saturday
Dinner is served from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday and from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM on Saturday.
Brunch is served on Sunday at 11:00 am.
China dishes must not be removed from the Dining Room or the picnic areas around the Menke House. Trays are provided for those using the shaded back terrace dining area and disposable dishware will be available. Those trays and utensils must be returned to the dining room.
There is no table service in the dining room. Therefore, as soon as you have finished eating, please scrape food into the trash receptacle provided and place dishes in the provided tubs and utensils and glasses (upside down) in provided racks. Do not stack glasses.
Participants are welcome to remain in the dining room for conversation, as long as the staff is not cleaning. There are porches and outside areas for visiting as well.
Participants who have indicated special dietary needs in their agreement should contact the Director of Food Services, Mr. John Reynolds, upon arrival. A small self-help kitchen with a refrigerator, sink and microwave oven in the student center is available to all participants. Lacto-vegetarian choices will be available but participants must provide non-dairy substitutes, as they are not available in small local markets.
All mail should be addressed to: Your Name
c/o Festival Hill
PO Box 89
Round Top TX 78954-0089
Packages (UPS, Federal Express) should be Your Name
addressed to: c/o Festival Hill
248 Jaster Road
Round Top, TX 78954
Tel. (979) 249-3129
Incoming mail and phone messages are placed in the boxes provided at the entrance of the Student Center. Outgoing mail should be placed in the receptacle underneath. Mail will be picked up daily at 4:00 PM on weekdays and 2:00 PM on Saturday. If you have received a package, a slip will be placed in your box. Take this slip to the office to pick it up.
Festival Hill Wireless Internet Network
Welcome to Festival Hill! For your convenience, a complimentary wireless Internet network is available around the campus and in these select buildings:
> Artist Residence I (Yellow House)
> Artist Residence II(Blue House)
> Artist Residence III
> Great Shed
> Gate House
> Lentz House
> Tree House
> Menke House
> Log House
> Service Building
To log on to the network:
(1) Turn on your computer and open your Internet browser; you will automatically be directed to the LessNetworks log on page.
(2) Register with LessNetworks and create a username and password using your email address. (Your username, password and email address are confidential and will not be used by LessNetworks or The Festival-Institute, nor will they be shared with any other organization.)
(3) Once your registration has been confirmed via email by LessNetworks, return to the LessNetworks log on page and enter your username and password. A successful log on will redirect you to the LessNetworks homepage; from there you may freely browse the Internet. Network log on sessions last for 24 hours; however, if you close your browser, you will need to log on again in order to browse the Internet.
If you have difficulty logging on, or have other questions about the wireless network
please call the office at (979) 249-3129, Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.
Orchestra Concert Attire
White top and black bottom. (Ties for men.)
Season Concert Passes
Please, bring and show your season concert pass to each concert.
Rooms and Bedding
Participants are requested to bring their bedding (long one for twin beds) and pillow cases (pillows and blankets are supplied) as well as towels. Please, whenever possible, turn off lights and A/C units (or keep on low) while away to help us conserve energy. Furniture stays in the room. Please, do not remove any furniture for any reason.
Bring a flash light.
There are coin operated washing and drying machines at Festival Hill (Service Building and Artist Residence III), as well as in La Grange and Brenham. The Festival-Institute cleaning staff uses the machines on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Dry cleaning is available in downtown Round Top at the Mercantile. If clothes are left on Monday, they will be ready by Friday of the same week.
You are responsible for your own medical care and related expenses. The Festival-Institute maintains a list of doctors and hospitals in the area. In case of emergency, dial 911.
Please, bring your portable stands (They should be used for individual practice.)
Cellists and bassists should bring end pin anchors.
By mutual consent with your roommates, you may also practice in your rooms.
Seminars and Master Classes
Seminars and master classes are open to all participants of the session. Advance announcements regarding time and location of seminars and master classes will be posted.
Participants are invited to attend all public performances. Participants will not receive complimentary tickets to performances for their parents or friends.
Smoking & Open Flames
Smoking, candles or any other open flames are not permitted inside any of the buildings at Festival Hill. Smoking is permitted on the porches of the dormitories and service building. This is mandated by insurance regulations. Persons smoking in any room at Festival Hill are subject to immediate dismissal from the program. Those who smoke should extinguish and dispose of their smoking material in urns and cans and not leave them on the grounds.
In Texas you should be 21 years old to drink any alcoholic beverage.
Participants who bring cars should park in the areas closest to their rooms.
Participants are expected to maintain a good working schedule. Bedrooms should be quiet after 12:00 midnight.
No overnight guests are allowed in any room on the campus, including the dining hall. We are not legally responsible for guests.
Pets are not allowed on the campus at anytime. Please, do not feed stray animals or let them into any campus buildings.
Fireworks are not permitted at Festival Hill at any time.