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High Plains Band and Choir Festival

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. 


Audition Instructions - read this first!

Honor Band

Audition Etude - Brass

Audition Etude - Woodwind

Audition Etude - Percussion

Audition Etude - Score


Honor Choir

Scales and Arpeggios

Audition Piece - And the Glory of the Lord

Audition Accompaniment Audio File


Registration Forms

Online Registration Form - Band

Online Registration Form - Choir

Paper Form - Band - if you prefer! (Please send in with audition recordings)

Paper Form - Choir - if you prefer! (Please send in with audition recordings)

Due Date

As stated on the "Audition Instructions", audition recordings and registration forms are due (postmarked) by Monday, November 13

Sample Schedules

Student Schedule 2017

Directors Schedule 2017


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