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  • Capital University Band Festival

    Featuring the
    Honor Band Showcase and the Band Director Retreat


    November 17-19, 2017

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      Event Overview

      Entering its 16th year, the Capital University Band Festival is a multi-faceted event designed to present unique opportunities for both directors and students. Formerly known as the “Reading Clinic,” the festival is held on the beautiful Capital University campus and will this year feature award-winning, internationally-known composer, Frank Ticheli.     

      Jeff Gershman
      Jim Swearingen
      Ryan Shaw

      Performances by: 
      Capital University Symphonic Winds 
      Capital University Wind Symphony 
      Capital University Chamber Ensembles
      Junior Winds 
      Gahanna Lincoln High School Gold Band

      Student Highlights
      • Participate in one of two honor bands conducted by Conservatory faculty 
      • Rehearsal sessions with Frank Ticheli
      • Question & Answer session with Frank Ticheli

      Director Highlights:
      • Exposure to musically significant repertoire at all grade levels through concerts and sessions 
      • Multiple sessions with Frank Ticheli 
      • Browse music at Stanton’s Sheet Music store in downtown Columbus 
      • Option of earning an hour of graduate credit


    • Student Nomination for the Honor Band Showcase

      Directors may nominate up to eight students to participate in the Honors Wind Ensemble and Honors Concert Band. To nominate students, please complete the online nomination form. So that we can complete the selection process in a timely manner, nominations must be submitted by no later than Friday, October 6 and no nominations will be accepted after this date. When nominating students, we ask that you list them according to ability, regardless of instrument, and that they are available and express an enthusiastic desire to participate in the event. Directors will be notified by e-mail regarding which students have been selected to participate in the Honor Band Showcase by Friday, October 13 and your selected students will be contacted soon after that.

      Director Registration for the Band Director Retreat

      Directors interested in attending the event must pre-register by completing the online registration form by no later than Monday, November 6. As a courtesy, there will be no registration fee for directors choosing to participate, with the exception of those who would like to earn an hour of graduate credit If you would like to stay in Columbus on Friday and/or Saturday night, there are several local hotels listed on our website that are convenient to campus. 

      Graduate Credit

      Directors may elect to take one-hour of graduate credit (MM 620) at a cost of $150. All monies must be paid at the time of registration (check is the preferred form of payment). Any person who has not previously attended Capital University will need to complete a Non-Degree Student Application Form and pay a one-time fee of $25 for administration purposes (forms available at registration).

      All participants will be expected to attend 15 hours of sessions (lectures, reading sessions, and concerts) in order to qualify for one hour of credit.

      » Download the tentative 2017 Band Director Retreat schedule

      Contact Information

      For more information about the Band Festival, please contact Jeff Gershman at

    • Frank Ticheli
      Guest Composer: Frank Ticheli

      Students and directors can participate in Rehearsal Sessions and Q and A with our guest composer.

      Photo by Charlie Grosso

      Frank Ticheli’s music has been described as being “optimistic and thoughtful” (Los Angeles Times), “lean and muscular” (The New York Times), “brilliantly effective” (Miami Herald) and “powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). Ticheli (b. 1958) joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony.

      Ticheli’s orchestral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe. Orchestral performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbruecken, and Austria, and the orchestras of Austin, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Colorado, Haddonfield, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Jacksonville, Lansing, Long Island, Louisville, Lubbock, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, San Antonio, San Jose, Wichita Falls, and others.

      Ticheli’s Flute concerto recently received its world premiere at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, with the composer conducting and Thornton colleague Jim Walker as soloist. In February, 2018, Ticheli’s third symphony, THE SHORE, will receive its East Coast premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall by NYChoral Society and Orchestra. 

      Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world, including Schladming (Austria), Beijing and Shanghai, London and Manchester, Singapore, Rome, Sydney, and numerous cities in Japan.

      He is the recipient of a 2012 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, his third award from that prestigious organization. His Symphony No. 2 was named winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. Other awards include the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music.

      Ticheli was awarded national honorary membership to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, “bestowed to individuals who have significantly contributed to the cause of music in America,” and the A. Austin Harding Award by the American School Band Directors Association, “given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the school band movement in America.” At USC, he has received the Virginia Ramo Award for excellence in teaching, and the Dean’s Award for Professional Achievement.

      Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Klavier, Koch International, Mark and Naxos.  

    • Comprised of some of the finest high school musicians in the Midwest, the Band Festival features the Honor Band Showcase, which is comprised of two director nominated student ensembles, the Honors Wind Ensemble and Honors Concert Band. Both ensembles will have the opportunity to work with Frank Ticheli on his own music and each will be conducted by members of the Capital University Conservatory of Music faculty.

      Jeffrey D. Gershman 

      GershmanDr. Jeffrey D. Gershman is the Director of Wind Ensembles and an Associate Professor of Music at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, and teaching advanced conducting. His past positions include serving as the Associate Director of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Director of Instrumental Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the Co-Director of Instrumental Music at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, New York. Dr. Gershman holds two degrees from Indiana University: a Bachelor of Music Education with High Distinction and the first Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree conferred by the institution. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree at The University of Texas at Austin. His principal conducting teachers include Jerry F. Junkin and Ray E. Cramer.

      Dr. Gershman maintains an active guest conducting schedule with both professional ensembles and high school honor bands throughout the country, including an annual series of concerts with the Dallas Winds (formally the Dallas Wind Symphony). He has presented lectures at many state and national conventions and is in high demand as adjudicator, having judged band festivals throughout the United States as well as in Singapore and Australia. In addition, Dr. Gershman has published articles on repertoire, programming, and score study which have been hailed as “groundbreaking.” As an arranger, his transcriptions of works by Frank Zappa, John Corigliano, and Eric Whitacre have received critical acclaim, with performances at Carnegie Hall as well as regional and national conventions.

      James Swearingen 

      SwearingenJames Swearingen is unquestionably one of the most performed composers of band music in the world today. A recipient of numerous ASCAP awards, his trend-setting compositions and arrangements have a style and energy that truly are exceptional. It should come as no surprise that year after year his music is received enthusiastically by student musicians and band directors from all parts of the world. His busy schedule includes many engagements as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe and the People’s Republic of China.

      Ryan Shaw

      ShawDr. Ryan Shaw is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at Capital University. At Capital, Dr. Shaw teaches introduction and methods courses and coordinates all aspects of the undergraduate music education and summer masters in music education programs. Before coming to Capital in the fall of 2015, Dr. Shaw was a Ph.D. student in music education at Michigan State University. As a graduate assistant, Dr. Shaw taught and assisted with numerous undergraduate music education courses, guest lectured for graduate classes, and worked as an arranger for the Spartan Marching Band and as the co-conductor for MSU Campus Band. Prior to Michigan State, Dr. Shaw taught middle and high school band in two Michigan communities: Berkley (Southeast Michigan) and Cedar Springs (West Michigan). As a public school educator, Dr. Shaw’s ensembles commissioned and premiered pieces and performed at a consistently high level, earning superior ratings at district and state festivals. In addition, his students had the opportunity to work with guest artists from the Detroit Symphony and Count Basie Orchestra.