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Entering its 17th year, the Capital University Band Festival is a multi-faceted event designed to present unique opportunities for students. Formerly known as the “Reading Clinic,” the festival is held on the beautiful Capital University campus. This year, we are honored to have Featured Guest Conductor, Craig Kirchhoff, in residence.
CONDUCTORS:Jeff GershmanJim Swearingen
Performances by: Capital University Symphonic Winds Capital University Wind Symphony Capital University Chamber EnsemblesHilliard Bradley High School Wind Ensemble
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 5 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 12 and your selected students will be contacted soon after that.
Craig Kirchhoff is Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota where he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and guest conducted in the University Opera Program. Professor Kirchhoff coordinated the graduate program in Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting and guided all aspects of the University of Minnesota wind band program since 1993. Born and educated in Wisconsin, Mr. Kirchhoff brings to his position a wide knowledge of both traditional and contemporary literature. He has won critical acclaim from composers Dominick Argento, Warren Benson, William Bolcom, Henry Brant, Susan Botti. Elliott Carter, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Carter Pann, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Puts, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, James Stephenson, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Frank Ticheli, Dana Wilson, Chen Yi, and others.Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Professor Kirchhoff served in a similar capacity as Director of Bands at The Ohio State University for fourteen years, as Director of Bands at Washington State University for two years, and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for one year. Mr. Kirchhoff was the recipient of The Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and The Ohio State University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Kirchhoff serves as an advisor to the BandQuest Series published by the American Composers Forum, he joined James Galway, Eddie Daniels, Donald Hunsberger, Wynton Marsalis, and Dawn Upshaw on the Advisory Board for SmartMusic produced by the MakeMusic Corporation, and he serves as the Artistic Advisor for the Windependence Wind Band Series published by Boosey & Hawkes.Professor Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Music Educators National Conference, and served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.Professor Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia. He enjoyed a long association with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra during Frederick Fennell’s tenure as Music Director and he has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label. Professor Kirchhoff serves as a Yamaha Master Educator.
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 Craig Kirchhoff, as well as be conducted by members of Capital Conservatory faculty.
Jeffrey D. Gershman
Dr. 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.
Directors are currently nominating students to participate in the Honor Band Showcase. Directors will be notified by e-mail regarding which students have been selected to participate in the Band Festival by Friday, October 12 and all selected students will be contacted soon after that.
Honor Band Audition ExcerptsWoodwindsBrass and String BassPercussion
2018 ScheduleHonor Band Showcase schedule