175 High School Musicians from 55 Schools with PSU Symphonic Band
Plymouth, N.H.—The annual All New England Band Festival, featuring approximately 175 high school musicians, will culminate in a performance Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts on the Plymouth State University Campus.
The concert will conclude a daylong event involving honor band members representing 55 high schools from across New England. The students were chosen from more than 300 who were nominated. Selections were based on students’ individual musical achievements while attending the schools they are representing. More than two-thirds of those selected have been members of their respective all-state band or orchestra.
Guest conductors for the 2011 festival are Roger Cichy and Mark Camphouse.
Roger Cichy has diverse experience as both a composer/arranger and a music educator. He has been on faculty at Iowa State University and the University of Rhode Island, and currently composes full time. Cichy has more than 300 compositions and arrangements to his credit and holds numerous ASCAP awards. His music is performed regularly in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia, Russia and Mexico.
Mark Camphouseis professor and associate director of the school of music at George Mason University, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches courses in conducting and composition. His 25 published works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim
and are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. Camphouse has served as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician in 42 states, Canada and Europe. He has served as coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000.
The festival bands will share the concert with the Plymouth State University Symphonic Band, conducted by PSU Professor Mark Stickney. The university band will perform Semper Liberis, by Robert W. Smith; Bugs, by Roger Cichy; Albanian Dance, by Shelley Hanson; Canterbury Chorale, by Jan Van der Roost and Canzon, Fugato and Hymn, by Mark Camphouse.
The program is the recently hired Stickney’s first appearance as director of bands at Plymouth State University. He came to PSU from Southern Utah University, and has held conducting positions at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and the University of Rhode Island.
Stickney has served on the brass faculties of Salve Regina University and the Community College of Rhode Island. He has performed with the American Band, Fanfare Brass, the Narragansett Tuba Quartet and the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble. He has performed at the Newport Music Festival and throughout Southern New England as a soloist and chamber musician. Stickney holds a DMA from Rutgers, and MA from Montclair State University and a BA from Gettysburg College.
Tickets for the performance are $8 for adults and youth and $6 for seniors at the Silver Center for the Arts Box Office, 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
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