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High Plains festival to bring over 200 to campus

January 6, 2014

Dr. Sid Shuler leads a past group of musicians at a previous year's High Plains Festival. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College) Dr. Sid Shuler leads a past group of musicians at a previous year's High Plains Festival. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)
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Dr. Michael Stephens, Chadron State College music faculty member, conducts a group of high school music teachers during an instrumental reading session sponsored by Hill Music of Casper, Wyo., during a past High Plains Band and Choir Festival at Chadron State College. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College) Dr. Michael Stephens, Chadron State College music faculty member, conducts a group of high school music teachers during an instrumental reading session sponsored by Hill Music of Casper, Wyo., during a past High Plains Band and Choir Festival at Chadron State College. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College music student Derek Phelps sings with a group of high school music teachers during a choral reading session at a past High Plains Band and Choir Festival. Dr. Jim Margetts (right), CSC music faculty, lead the session, which was sponsored by Hill Music of Casper, Wyo. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College) Chadron State College music student Derek Phelps sings with a group of high school music teachers during a choral reading session at a past High Plains Band and Choir Festival. Dr. Jim Margetts (right), CSC music faculty, lead the session, which was sponsored by Hill Music of Casper, Wyo. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)

This year, the High Plains Band and Choir Festival Feb. 3-4 will include students from 28 school districts in Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

The final concert will be 5 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Memorial Hall Auditorium. It will also be available via live streaming.

The honor band will be directed by Dr. Sidney Shuler, the festival band by Dr. Michael Stephens, the honor choir by Dr. Mark Simmons, and and the women's choir by Dr. Una Taylor.

Simmons is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, a position he has held since 2004.

In his current position, Simmons conducts the campus-wide University Singers as well as the auditioned touring choir, the New Pacer Singers. NPS has performed in 14 states over the past 8 years and this last summer toured the south island of New Zealand on a concert tour.

He also teaches advanced conducting, secondary methods, and aural skills. He holds degrees in music education and conducting from Ithaca College, the Eastman School of Music, and Arizona State University.

Previously, he served on the faculties of colleges in Iowa, Indiana, New York and Arizona. Prior to these appointments, he was the Director of Music at St. Mary’s School in Medford, Ore. where he taught vocal and instrumental music at the middle school and high school levels.

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