The CSC Music Department will host the 47th High Plains Band and Choir Honor Festival on February 4-5, 2019. Eligible participants are high school students who have an interest in music, would like to further their musical knowledge, and want to have FUN making music with other students who share the same interest.
Students selected for the High Plains Band and Choir Music Festival participate in two days of rehearsals and activities culminating in a concert at the end of the second day at Chadron State College located in beautiful northwest Nebraska. Ensembles include an Honor Band, Honor Choir (SATB), Guitar Ensemble, and Keyboard Ensemble. The concert will begin at 5:00pm MST on Tuesday, February 5 in Memorial Hall Auditorium.
While students are in rehearsal, directors have the opportunity of attending reading sessions and clinics that focus on their areas of teaching expertise.
The directors for the 2019 ensembles are:
Dr. John Wojcik, Honor Band
Dr. John Wojcik is the newly appointed Director of Bands and Instructor of Brass at Chadron State College. His duties include conducting the CSC Wind Symphony, Campus-Community Symphonic Band, co-directing the Eagle Pep Band, instructing the applied brass studio and teaching courses in music education. Wojcik received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Michigan State University, the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Oklahoma, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Kansas. He has had nine articles published by the The Instrumentalist magazine and has contributed a Teacher Resource Guide on Clifton Williams’s Caccia and Chorale to the 2nd edition of volume 1 in the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series. Wojcik has presented at music conferences including performing composer Allen Molineux’s Dysfunctional Dances for trumpet and piano at the 2018 College Music Society’s Southern Conference. He keeps an active schedule as a band clinician, guest conductor and trumpet performer. Wojcik’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, and the National Band Association.
Dr. Joel Schreuder, Honor Choir
Dr. Joel Schreuder is a professor of music at Chadron State College in Chadron Nebraska. His teaching duties at Chadron State include conducting the Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Schreuder is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in Nebraska and the High Plains region. Since his arrival at CSC in 2002, Dr. Schreuder has directed the High Plains Choir Festival as well as several district music festivals and honor choirs in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, and Colorado. His international conducting and performing experience includes concerts, tours, and conferences in China, Germany, and Ukraine. In addition to serving as the chair of vocal jazz repertoire and standards for the Nebraska Choral Directors’ Association board from 2002 to 2008, he was vice president of the Nebraska chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators. Dr. Schreuder, a native of Portland, Oregon, received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University, his Master of Arts in Conducting from Washington State University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University.
Dr. Mckay Tebbs, Guitar Ensemble
For almost 20 years, Dr. Mckay Tebbs has been active in both teaching and performing on the guitar. Professor Tebbs has played in rock bands, jazz ensembles, and pit orchestras. He has performed at festivals, orchestra halls, and opened for national touring artists. He has recorded his own albums and played on film soundtracks as both a guitarist and bassist. Dr. Tebbs has performed on the Nebraska Public Radio Friday live show and was selected as a jazz guitar semi-finalist in the Wilson International Guitar Competition. Some of the artists he has performed with include Kathy Kosins, Abraham Laboriel, Joe Bagg, Ndugu Chancler, Eric Dodge, Michael Vance, Nathan Pacheco and Jenny Oaks Baker. He has served as a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California and an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University.
Dr. Brooks Hafey, Keyboard Ensemble
Dr. Brooks Hafey has been dazzling audiences with his exceptional musicianship and refined technique since boyhood. He has performed in a wide range of venues in the United States including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Overseas performances include concerts in France, Italy, and Norway. In addition to his career as a soloist, Dr. Hafey is an active chamber musician, collaborative artist, and conductor. Dr. Hafey studied holds degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Florida State University and also studied at the Conservatoire Municipale de Mennecy in France under Juan Davila. Former teachers include Dr. Read Gainsford, Dr. Carolyn Bridger, and Dr. Janice Wenger. Dr. Hafey has held teaching positions at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Chadron State College in Nebraska.