The Shepherd University Department of Music is excited to announce its Fourteenth Annual Honor Band program to be held during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend: Friday, January 12 through Sunday, January 14, 2018. This event provides meaningful music experiences for high school upper class students. The Honor Band Program continues to grow in popularity, and we anticipate another great turnout this year!
The Shepherd Honor Band weekend will give students opportunities to:
- Create great music with other serious high school musicians from the four-state area
- Perform in a culminating concert that is open to the public and always sold out
- Benefit from master classes, performances, and clinics by outstanding applied faculty
- Ask questions and learn from the fine musicians at Shepherd University
- Enjoy performances by the Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble, chamber ensembles, and Wind Ensemble.
We welcome Honor Band guest conductor/composer Mr. Michael Mogensen this year. A native and resident of Hagerstown, MD, composer, arranger, conductor and French horn player Michael A. Mogensen is an alumnus of the music schools of James Madison University and Ithaca College. He has been honored with multiple ASCAP Concert Music Awards as well as the prestigious Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel Composition Prize given by The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. We will be performing his compositions Evókatah and Sierra Dawn during Honor Band.
Returning for 2018 is the Shepherd University Honor Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Kurtis Adams, Director of Jazz Studies at Shepherd University.
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 Band Director via the Director Nomination form.
The Honor Band Registration Form and Waiver for nominated students is available online here:
2018 SU Honor Band Registration Form
Registration Forms should be mailed with payment to Shepherd University Music Department: Honor Band P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
The Honor Band 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, 2017.
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. 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.