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Honor Music Festival

The Shepherd University School of Music’s 19th Annual Honor Music Festival was held on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend – January 12-14, 2024. The festival included an honor jazz ensemble, choir, and wind ensemble, comprised of outstanding high school students who had been nominated by their music ensemble directors. Participating students rehearsed and performed with outstanding conductors and clinicians, participated in master classes with Shepherd faculty, heard performances from the SU ensembles, and benefited from an immersive musical experience. 

Our conductors for the Honor Music Festival were Dr. Scott Hippensteel (Wind Ensemble), Dr. Kurtis Adams (Jazz Ensemble), Dr. Steven Grives (Choir). Special guest conductor Dr. Thomas Caneva conducted the Honor Wind Ensemble, Kevin Woods conducted the Honor Jazz Ensemble, and Dr. Jeremy Mims conducted the Honor Choir.

The Shepherd University School of Music’s 20th Annual Honor Music Festival will be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend – January 17-19, 2025.

2023 HMF WE2023 HMF Choir2023 HMF Jazz

Recordings of Honor Jazz Repertoire:
Fly me to the moon – Nestico
The Groove Merchant – Thad Jones
Lullaby of the Leaves – Clarke/Boland
Moanin’ – Quincy Jones
Booze Brothers – Foster
cyan Thread – Jessika Smith
Duet – Hefti

Recordings of Honor Wind Ensemble Repertoire:
Brighton Beach – William Latham
Meditation – Dwayne Milburn
Variations on a Korean Folk Song – John Barnes Chance
Suite Provençale – Jan Van der Roost
Mount Everest – Rossano Galante
Foundry -John Mackey

Recordings of Honor Choir Repertoire:
O Sing My Soul – Jacob Narverud
O Love – Elaine Hagenberg
Thixo Onothando – arr. Michael Barrett
True Light – Keith Hampton