Honor Music Festival 2019
In an effort to avoid winter weather conflicts, beginning this fall we will start holding our annual Music Honor Festival in November instead of January. We’re excited to make this change and believe it will make our festival more enjoyable for the young musicians who want to participate!
Our 16th Annual Music Honor Festival will be November 8, 2019 through November 10, 2019. The concert will take place on Sunday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater. 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 University Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and faculty chamber ensembles.
2019 Honor Festival Listening Links
Honor Wind Ensemble Links
Honor Jazz Links
Honor Choir Links
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. 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. 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. 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.