WVU School of Music to host high school honor band event
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 23:02
West Virginia University is hosting high school students this weekend for its annual High School Honor Bands event.
More than 350 students will be visiting Morgantown this weekend, according to Christopher Nichter, assistant director of Athletic Bands.
Students come from all across the state and are recommended by the teachers from their individual schools.
The weekend offers an opportunity for students to learn about the University and what it has to offer.
Honor Bands gives students the opportunity to work with WVU faculty on their individual instruments in master classes. They will also have the chance to watch performances by a number of WVU musical ensembles this weekend, including the WVU Pep Band and Wind Symphony.
It also gives WVU the chance to show the students what the University has to offer.
The event began last night with registration and chair auditions. Students spend much of their time here rehearsing with the ensemble. The attending high school directors also have clinics, which gives them a chance to grow along with their students.
The weekend-long event culminates in a concert presented by the students. They have about a day and a half to prepare for it.
The guest conductors for this year’s concert are Stephen Pratt, Directory of Bands at Indiana University - Bloomington; Jonathan Waters, Director of the Marching and Athletic Bands at Ohio State University; and Michael Luley, Director of Bands at Lake Braddock High School in Virginia.
Come see the ending concert presented by the students participating in the 2013 WVU Invitational High School Honor Bands at 2 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre in the Creative Arts Center. As part of the event, there will also be a performance by WVU ensembles in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at 11:15 a.m. today and a Wind Symphony concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre tonight.
For more information about this event or future events presented by the College of Creative Arts, visit ccarts.wvu.edu.