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.
2019 Honor Festival Listening Links
Honor Choir Links
Sicut Cervus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina:
Sweet Day – Ralph Vaughan Williams:
Salmo 15 – Ernani Aguiar:
Der Aben – Johannes Brahms:
Spirit of the Winding Water (A Navajo Prayer) – Robert Cohen:
Hark I hear the harps eternal – arr. Alice Parker:
The Moon is Distant from the Sea – David N. Childs:
I Can Tell the World – arr. Moses Hogan:
Honor Wind Ensemble Links
Manhattan Beach – John Philip Sousa:
As One Listens To The Rain – Daniel French:
Third Suite – Robert Jager:
Melodious Thunk – David Biedenbender:
Flashing Winds – Jan Van der Roost:
An American Dream – James Beckel:
Honor Jazz Links
Georgia On My Mind:
I’m Glad There Is You:
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.