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Honor Music Festival 2019

The 2019 Music Honor Festival was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled for  March 22, 2019 through March 24, 2019. The concert will take place on Sunday, March 24th 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:

Click here to download the revised HONOR FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2019

2019 Honor Festival Listening Links

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
Basically Blues:
Gentle Rain:
Georgia On My Mind:
I’m Glad There Is You:
Swing State:

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.

Guest conductor for the Honor Wind Ensemble this year will be USMC Gunnery Sgt. Jerry Williams,Conductor for the Marine Bands and currently the Musician Placement Director for the 4th Marine Corps District, New Cumberland, PA. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy School of Music’s Senior Musician Course, where he concentrated primarily on wind ensemble and jazz ensemble conducting, composition, programming, and arranging. Williams began his Marine Corps Band career performing with Marine Band San Diego in San Diego, CA as Principal Trumpet and Section Leader as well as the Assistant Enlisted Conductor. He subsequently served as the Enlisted Conductor of the Marine Forces Pacific Band in Kaneohe Bay, HI. As Musician Placement Director, GySgt Williams responsibilities include conducting auditions for interested musicians, working with high school and college band students, guest conducting, presenting clinics on military music and band performance, and providing information on performance opportunities in the Marine Corps Music Program.

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.