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Entering its 20th year, the Capital University Band Festival is a multi-faceted event designed to provide students the opportunity to work with internationally recognized composers and conductors. The festival is held annually on the beautiful Capital University campus and past guests have included Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, Michael Markowski, Craig Kirchhoff, Paula Crider, and Ray Cramer.
This year, we are honored to have as our Featured Guest Artist award-winning composer, Steven Bryant.
Honor Band ConductorsDr. Jeffrey D. GershmanDr. Jason NamProf. Tony Zilincik
Performances by Capital University Symphonic Winds Capital University Wind SymphonyCapital University Chamber EnsemblesWorthington Kilbourne High School Wind Ensemble 1
Directors may nominate up to eight students to participate in the Honors Wind Ensemble, Honors Symphonic Band, 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, September 17 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 Band Festival by Friday, September 24 and your selected students will be contacted soon after that.
Steven Bryant’s music is chiseled in its structure and intent, fusing lyricism, dissonance, silence, technology, and humor into lean, skillfully-crafted works that enthrall listeners and performers alike. His seminal work Ecstatic Waters, for wind ensemble and electronics, has become one of the most performed works of its kind in the world, receiving over 250 performances in its first five seasons. Recently, the orchestral version was premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra to unanimous, rapturous acclaim. The son of a professional trumpeter and music educator, he strongly values music education, and his creative output includes a number of works for young and developing musicians.
John Corigliano states Bryant’s “compositional virtuosity is evident in every bar” of his 34’ Concerto for Wind Ensemble. Bryant’s first orchestral work, Loose Id for Orchestra, hailed by composer Samuel Adler as “orchestrated like a virtuoso,” was premiered by The Juilliard Symphony and is featured on a CD release by the Bowling Green Philharmonia on Albany Records. Alchemy in Silent Spaces, commissioned by James DePreist and The Juilliard School, was premiered by the Juilliard Orchestra in May 2006. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series featured his brass quintet, Loose Id, conducted by Cliff Colnot, on its 2012-13 concert series.
Notable upcoming projects include an orchestral work for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (April, 2018), an evening-length dramatic work for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, a choral work for the BBC Singers (July, 2017), a work for FivE for Euphonium Quartet and wind ensemble (2019), and a large work to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University of Illinois Bands. Recent works include a Concerto for Alto Saxophone for Joseph Lulloff and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony (winner of the 2014 American Bandmasters Sousa Ostwald Award), and a Concerto for Trombone for Joseph Alessi and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Other commissions have come from the Gaudete Brass Quintet (Chicago), cellist Caroline Stinson (Lark Quartet), pianist Pamela Mia Paul, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet (funded by the American Composers Jerome Composers Commissioning Program), the University of Texas – Austin Wind Ensemble, the US Air Force Band of Mid-America, the Japanese Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference, and the Calgary Stampede Band, as well as many others.
Steven studied composition with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School, Cindy McTee at the University of North Texas, and Francis McBeth at Ouachita University, trained for one summer in the mid-1980s as a break-dancer (i.e. was forced into lessons by his mother), was the 1987 radio-controlled car racing Arkansas state champion, has a Bacon Number of 1, and has played saxophone with Branford Marsalis on Sleigh Ride. He resides in Durham, NC with his wife, conductor Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant (Duke University).
Dr. Jeffrey D. Gershman is the Director of Wind Ensembles and a Professor of Music at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, and teaching advanced conducting and instrumental pedagogy. 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.
Jason H. Nam is Assistant Professor of Music in bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs the Concert Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental conducting, administration of school bands, and wind literature.
Nam earned a Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting degree from the Jacobs School, where he studied with Stephen W. Pratt. Nam also earned an M.M. in Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where he studied with Eddie R. Smith.
Prior to his graduate degree work, Nam served as a lecturer in the Department of Music at California State University, San Bernardino and as director of bands at La Colina Junior High School and San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. More recently, he has served as a faculty member, ensemble conductor, and director of the IU Summer Music Clinic.
Nam keeps a busy schedule as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician across the United States and North America. He was named a national finalist for The American Prize in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble division) in 2017.
His IU Concert Band was invited to perform at the 2020 College Band Directors National Association North Central Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Nam served as resident music director of the Bloomington-based Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble from 2016 to 2021, performing widely throughout Indiana and as an invited ensemble at the Ohio Music Educators Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2020.
He has been published in the Journal of the National Band Association and the American Bandmasters Association’s Journal of Band Research. Nam’s research interests include the music of William Bolcom, the wind chamber music of Igor Stravinsky, the historical development of the wind band repertoire in the twentieth century, and effective rehearsal methodologies for conductors.
Nam currently serves on the national selection committee for the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest and holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Conductors Guild, Indiana Music Education Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. He is also a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity of America.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I am interested in participating in the Band Festival, what is my next step?Talk with your band director. Participation is based on director nominations and instrumentation needs. Nominations are now open, but must be submitted by no later than Friday, September 17.
2. What do I wear? Attire for the weekend is casual. Saturday, students should bring a change of clothes for the concert. Concert dress should be the typical concert attire for your high school.
3. Where can I find the music for seating auditions?The information and music for seating auditions will be sent out approximately two weeks prior to the start of BandFest. The list of audition times will be sent out a few days afterwards. Once the links to the music are sent out, we will upload them to our BandFest page: www.capital.edu/bandfest.
4. What will I be required to play for my seating audition?Auditions will consist of audition excerpts (provided), scales, and sight reading. There is no need to bring a prepared solo work.
5. Are there housing options available on campus for students traveling from far away?Unfortunately, this year there is no University provided housing in order to comply with Capital’s COVID-19 protocols.
6. Where can I find housing?The city of Columbus has a wide range of hotel options available. A list of hotels that offer a discounted Capital University rate is listed on our website at www.capital.edu/Planning-Your-Visit. Your own source of transportation will be needed to get to and from the hotel.
7. Will I be given a note to be excused from school?Yes. We will email you a letter that you can turn in to your school, which explains our event, and that asks your school to excuse you from class that day.
8. Where do I pay for BandFest?For those students accepted to BandFest, a link to pay will be provided when you register for the event. If your school or band booster organization is paying, please send checks to the following address:
Capital UniversityAttn: Mindy Hamel1 College & Main StBexley, OH 43209
9. How do I order a BandFest T-shirt?For those students accepted to BandFest, a link to purchase a T-shirt will be provided when you register for the event.
10. Any other questions? Please email email@example.com or text 614.916.9185. These are the most efficient ways to get in contact with us, so we can respond back quickly!