The CSC Music Department will host the 46th High Plains Band and Choir Honor Festival on February 5-6, 2018. 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 and Honor Choir (SATB).
While students are in rehearsal, directors have the opportunity of attending reading sessions and clinics that focus on their areas of teaching expertise.
We are pleased to announce the guest conductor for the Honor Choir this year will be Dr. Benjamin Keller, retired choir director of the award-winning choirs at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington.
Benjamin T. Keller came to Lakes High School in the fall of 1987 as Director of Choral Activities and Music Department Coordinator, retiring in June of 2013. At Lakes he conducted over 180 students in six choral classes in a typical semester. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Music degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a major in Choral Conducting and a minor in Music Education from the University of Arizona. He has studied conducting with Maurice Skones, Jerry Kracht, Edward Harmic, John Bloom, Eric Ericson, Bruce Browne, Wilber Elliott, Weston Noble, Geoffrey Boers, and Richard Nace.
Dr. Keller has wide experience in all aspects of choral music, having directed church choirs and taught music on all levels for forty years. He directed the Gloriana Chamber Singers, a semi-professional choral group in Tacoma, for five seasons. At both Arizona and Pacific Lutheran Universities he directed choirs. His groups consistently received superior ratings at contests and festivals.
In 1999 Dr. Keller was selected as the certificated Employee of the Year for the Clover Park School District. In 2000 and again in 2006 he was selected as the Outstanding Music Educator for the Mountain Region of the Washington Music Educators Association. In 2004 he received the Roots and Wings award from the United Methodist Church of Lakewood, given annually for dedication to improving the lives of children and youth. In 2014 Dr. Keller was honored to receive the Outstanding Choral Director Award for the State of Washington from the American Choral Directors Association.
The conductor for the Honor Band will be our new Director of Bands at CSC, Dr. Michael Knight.
Dr. Michael Knight is the newly-appointed Director of Bands at Chadron State College. He previously taught at the University of Delaware where he conducted the UD Wind Ensemble. Dr. Knight has held teaching positions in St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and at the University of Missouri and is the former conductor of the St. Norbert Community Band and the Southeast Iowa Concert Band.
Honor Choir Practice Files
Choose the MP3 file with your part in the title. You will notice all the parts are present in the MP3 file, but your part is louder than the other parts. In addition, your part will be in the left speaker, while the other parts will all be in the right speaker. This way, you can adjust the balance on your speakers to the left so that you can isolate your part alone, or you can practice singing with the other voices and your part if you keep the balance equal. As you become more confident, try to practice holding your part by yourself by turning the balance to the right speaker. This will ensure you have learned your part well and can sing it confidently with the ensemble. This preparation is essential for the choir to have a successful and positive musical experience.
Schedule for 2018
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