The Shepherd University Department of Music is excited to announce its Fifteenth Annual Honor Music Festival to be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend: Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20, 2019. This year, we have added an Honor Choir to our festival. The weekend will provide meaningful music experiences for your students and will include meals at the dining hall and optional two nights of hotel lodging for participants.
The Shepherd Honor Music Festival weekend will give students opportunities to:
- Create great music with other serious high school musicians from the four-state area,
- Collaborate with Shepherd University conducting faculty and guest conductors,
- Perform in our Sunday concert ($5 general admission and open to the public),
- Benefit from master classes, performances, and clinics by our outstanding applied faculty,
- Enjoy performances by the Shepherd University Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Choral Ensembles, and faculty chamber ensembles.
In order to assure students the fantastic opportunity to represent their school in an experience that will allow them to make great music with other talented and serious musicians their age, students must be nominated by their Director via the Director Nomination Form. Ensemble Directors, please submit your nominations by October 5, 2018.
The Honor Music Festival Registration Form and Waiver for nominated students is available online here: Honor Music post-nomination 2019 Registration Form
Registration Forms should be mailed with payment to Shepherd University Music Department:
Honor Music Fesitval
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
The Honor Music Festival registration fee includes meals at the Shepherd University Dining Hall and an option of two nights of hotel lodging for participants. Acceptance is based on a first-come basis. Sections will not be overloaded.
The registration deadline is November 10, 2018.
Dr. Scott Hippensteel is Director of Bands at Shepherd University and conductor of the Shepherd Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony and Ram Band. Dr. Hippensteel completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University and earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Wind Conducting and Music Education from Ball State University.
Dr. Rachel Carlson is the Director of Choral Activities at Shepherd University and conductor of the Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Camerata Soprano/Alto Choir, and Masterworks Chorale. In addition to conducting, she teaches choral methods and conducting classes. She founded and serves as Artistic Director of Six Degree Singers, a community choir based in Silver Spring, MD, and serves as Assistant Conductor of the Washington Master Chorale. In 2014, Dr. Carlson was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for best Classical Conductor/ Director.
Dr. Kurtis Adams, Director of Jazz Studies at Shepherd University, completed his graduate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the 9th and Lincoln Orchestra.
Dr. Robert Tudor serves as Director of Vocal Activities, and Chair of the Department of Music at Shepherd University. He has performed opera, musical theatre, cabaret, and concert works throughout the United States. Robert is a regular guest artist with the Montana Early Music Festival, and artist and instructor at the annual Helena Choral Festival in Helena, Montana. Robert received a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park; a Master of Music from the University of Miami, and Bachelor of Music from Stetson University.