District 1 OMEA Honors Festival

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Stranahan Theater and Great Hall - Toledo, Ohio

Festival Concert Information

District 1 OMEA hosts the Honors Music Festival to highlight the talents of our Junior High, Middle, and High School Band, Choir, and Orchestra students throughout the District. More specific information for each group can be found below.

The festival co-chairs are
Kristen Woodard ([email protected]) and Eric West ([email protected]) of Defiance High School.

IMPORTANT FESTIVAL DEADLINES

• October 1 - Online applications open
• November 10 - Online application deadline / recorded audition submission deadline
• December 5 - Notification of selected students
• December 12 (or next school day) - Last day to withdraw accepted students without financial penalty
• 3 weeks prior to the festival (January 1) - Participating directors submit student acceptance forms, fees and emergency medical forms to ensemble chairs


High School Honors Band

HS BAND ONLY - In order to be guaranteed representation in the HS OMEA D1 Honors Band, schools must submit a minimum of two individual students, each on a different instrument. Schools sending only one audition will not be guaranteed representation. HS Band chairpersons will work to create audition preparation support, through videos and masterclasses.

The High School Honors Band is chaired by Emily Hage ([email protected]) of Sylvania CIty Schools & Justin Kelley ([email protected]) of Rossford Local Schools.


Auditions

1. Directors must fill out the Director's Form & Dropbox Form.
2. Directors must fill out the Student Application Form.
3. Students must record the selected musical excerpt(s) for their instrument.
4. Directors must upload student recordings via Dropbox.
CHECK CURRENT FESTIVAL DEADLINE DATES ABOVE.
Directors must submit proof of OMEA membership, student medical forms, and the required participation fee of $40 per participant.
Students will not be allowed to participate if the fee is not received by the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals and Guest Director Information

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFO
Wednesday, January 22 6pm-8:30pm @ Northview HS
Saturday, January 25 9am-4pm @ Northview HS
Sunday, January 26 7pm performance @ Stranahan Theatre, Toledo

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Dr. John Cody Birdwell is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky, where his duties include conducting the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony, directing graduate studies program in wind-band conducting, teaching graduate courses in instrumental conducting, history and literature, and supervising the administration of the comprehensive University of Kentucky Bands program in the School of Music. Prior to his appointment at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Birdwell served as Director of Bands at Texas Tech University, Director of Bands at Utah State University, Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, and Director of Bands at Northern Michigan University.

Dr. Birdwell's ensembles have toured extensively throughout the United States, China, and Great Britain, and have performed at the 2013 and 2001 National Conferences of the College Band Directors National Association and the 83rd National Convention of the American Bandmasters Association in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2008 the UK Wind Symphony successfully conducted a performance tour of the People’s Republic of China, and in 2019 the UKWS celebrated the University of Kentucky School of Music 100th Anniversary with a gala performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Birdwell holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas and the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from West Texas A&M University. Dr. Birdwell serves as Past President of the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division, and is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

High School Honors Choir

The High School Honors Choir is chaired by Jeremy Davis ([email protected]) of Sylvania Northview High School.


Auditions

1. Directors must fill out the Director's Form & Dropbox Form.
2. Directors must fill out the Student Application Form.
3. Students must record the following requirements:
   a.) Sing an 8 note descending scale showing the lowest pitch a student can comfortably sing.
   b.) Sing an 8 note ascending scale the highest pitch a student can comfortably sing.
   c.) Sing “My Country Tis of Thee" performed at the following pitch levels:
        Soprano I and Tenor I – B-flat major
        Soprano II and Tenor II – A-flat major
        Alto I and Bass I – E-flat major
        Alto II and Bass II – C major
4. Directors must upload student recordings via Dropbox.
CHECK CURRENT FESTIVAL DEADLINE DATES ABOVE.
Directors must submit proof of OMEA membership, student medical forms, and the required participation fee of $40 per participant.

Students will not be allowed to participate if the fee is not received by the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals and Guest Director Information

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFO
Thursday, January 23 6pm-8:30 pm Wauseon HS
Saturday, January 25 9am-4pm Wauseon HS
Sunday, January 26 7pm Performance @ Stranahan Theater, Toledo

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William Skoog serves as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he served as Chair of the Department of Music from 2009-2018. At Rhodes, he conducts the Rhodes Singers, Chamber Singers, and the MasterSingers Chorale, a semi-professional ensemble he conducts often with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Premiers of major works he has conducted include Ruminations (regional premier) and The Singing Rooms, by Jennifer Higdon (European premier in Paris), Sonnets, by Burton Beerman (world premier), and The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, by Jocelyn Hagen (regional premier). Other works he has conducted include Requiems by Brahms, Faure, Verdi, Mozart, and DeMars, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Britten’s War Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation, Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Ernst Bloch’s Sacred Service, and Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt. He is the founding Artistic Director for BealeCanto, professional Men’s Chamber Ensemble. Dr. Skoog previously served as Director of Choral Activities at Bowling Green State University, Indiana/Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Southwestern Michigan College. His choirs have performed with distinction at numerous ADCA, MENC and IMC conferences. His credits include administrating and conducting the 2016 Brubeck Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, the President’s Day Festival at the Kennedy Center, and had his Carnegie Hall debut in 2017 conducting Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass with the New England Symphony Orchestra and festival chorus. He will return to Carnegie Hall in Spring, 2019 to conduct Memorial, by Rene Clausen and Agnus Dei of Samuel Barter. Skoog was accepted via audition to perform in the Robert Shaw Chorale for the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and was accepted to record with Mr. Shaw in Provo, Utah, in 1997.

Dr. Skoog is frequently invited to conduct regional, national and international choral festivals, and has conducted honor choirs in several states. He has served as Guest Conductor for International Choral Festivals including an International Youth Choir Choral Festival called Voices without Borders in Traverse City, Michigan, a festival that included singers from Thailand, China, Mexico, Ireland, and several states. International Festivals he has conducted include festivals in Dublin, Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Lucerne, and Prague in the prestigious Dvorak Festival. He has conducted the Dom Orchestra in Salzburg, the Tuscan Chamber Orchestra (Florence, Italy), the Santa Maria Orchestra (Switzerland), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Symphony Orchestra, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra (Ireland), an the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Skoog is known particularly as an expert in the choral music of Dave Brubeck and Jennifer Higdon, writing articles on both, and presenting their music at various conferences, including Chorus America and the International Conference on Arts and Humanities In Hawaii, for which he will serve as Keynote Speaker on the Music of Dave Brubeck in January, 2020. He has recently been contracted to write a book on the Choral Music of Jennifer Higdon through Cambridge Scholars Press, schedule for publication in 2020. His publishing credits include several articles in Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and the Cambridge Scholars Press. Skoog holds a Doctor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Northern Colorado, Master of Arts degrees in Conducting and Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from the Lamont School of Music, Denver University (CO), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theatre from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota.

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2020 Repertoire

Veni Sancte Spiritus - Mozart (CPDL) - (PDF will be provided)
Izar Ederrak - Josu Elberdin, WJMS 1148/HL00151956
Rivers of Light - Eriks Esenvalds, Musica Baltica, 2013, MB1415
Great God Almighty - Stacey V. Gibbs JG2448
Hands - Jocelyn Hagen, Graphite Publishing

High School Honors Orchestra

The High School Honors Orchestra is chaired by Michael Smith ([email protected]) of Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools.


Auditions

1. Directors must fill out the Director's Form & Dropbox Form.
2. Directors must fill out the Student Application Form.
3. Students must record the selected musical excerpt(s) for their instrument.
4. Directors must upload student recordings via Dropbox.
CHECK CURRENT FESTIVAL DEADLINE DATES ABOVE.
Directors must submit proof of OMEA membership, student medical forms, and the required participation fee of $40 per participant.

Students will not be allowed to participate if the fee is not received by the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals and Guest Director Information

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFO
HS Honors Orchestra
Rehearsal 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
January 23, 2020
Perrysburg High School
13385 Roachton Road
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

HS Honors Orchestra
Rehearsal 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
January 25, 2020
Perrysburg High School
13385 Roachton Road
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

Soo Han

Soo Han is the Director of Orchestral Studies at The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, program director and faculty member with Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer YOLA program, and the former Director of Orchestras & Department Chair of the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High in Carmel, IN.

As an active conductor, he has appeared with Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State Opera Theatre, Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, Valparaiso University, and Butler University Symphony Orchestra. He is an active conductor for All-State, regional, and honor orchestras appearing in over 30 states and has conducted internationally in Austria, China, Thailand, and Australia. He has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors such as Lynn Harrell, David Kim, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has produced multiple recordings of complete symphonies and has premiered several commissioned works for strings and full orchestras. He has presented workshops and clinics internationally and for nearly every major national and state music conference including, Australian String Teacher Conference, Maryborough National Australia Conference, Midwest Clinic, ASTA National Conference, NAfME National Conference, and Ohio University Summer String Teacher Workshop.

Orchestras under his leadership experienced a great deal of success including 9 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Championship and being named Grand Champions at the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. As a passionate supporter of public school music programs, he continues to remain active in instrumental classrooms throughout the country.

He is the past-president of the Indiana American String Teachers Association and the chapter was awarded the ‘Most Improved Chapter’ during his time as president and recently served as the National American String Teachers Association’s K-12 Committee Chair. He received his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Master of Science in Education from Indiana University School of Education, and received his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the Michigan State University College of Music.

Middle School Honors Band

The MIddle School Honors Band is chaired by Amy Bostwick ([email protected]) of Pike-Delta-York Local Schools & Beth Voll ([email protected]) of Archbold Local Schools.


Auditions

1. Directors must fill out the Director's Form & Dropbox Form.
2. Directors must fill out the Student Application Form.
3. Students must record the selected musical excerpt(s) for their instrument.
4. Directors must upload student recordings via Dropbox.
CHECK CURRENT FESTIVAL DEADLINE DATES ABOVE.
Directors must submit proof of OMEA membership, student medical forms, and the required participation fee of $40 per participant.
Students will not be allowed to participate if the fee is not received by the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals and Guest Director Information

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFO
Wednesday, January 22 6pm-8:30pm @ Northview HS
Saturday, January 25 9am-4pm @ Northview HS
Sunday, January 26 2:30pm Performance @ Stranahan Theater, Toledo

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Kathleen A. McGrady is currently honored to represent over 6,000 music educators for the state of Ohio as President for the Ohio Music Education Association. She has taught instrumental music education courses at Eastern Michigan University along with coordinating the “Music For All” EMU Great Lake Concert Band Festival.

In 2015 she retired after 34 years of public school teaching, 17 years of instrumental music with the Springfield Local Schools in Holland, Ohio where she was the Director of Bands from 1999-2015 and Northwood Local School District for 17 years, where she was honored as “Teacher of the Year”. Ms. McGrady is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Ill.

An avid participant in OMEA competition, her high school and middle school bands consistently earned superior ratings at District and State adjudicated events. Additionally, she has served OMEA in numerous capacities, including District President, NW Region Secretary/Treasurer, State Secretary, Co-Chair of Performances for the 2007 State Conference, Band Chair for the 2012 State Conference, and the All-State Ensemble Coordinator for the 2016 OMEA State Conference. She currently serves on the Bowling Green State University Band Alumni Board.

Among her honors, Ms. McGrady was the recipient of the Ohio Music Education Association 2015 Outstanding Music Educator of the year and recently was inducted into the Oregon Clay High School Hall of Fame as one of their 2017 Distinguished Alumni. She was chosen as Springfield High School’s “You Made A Difference Award” and was one of ten Band Directors from the United States selected to be on Staff for the All-American Marching Band that performed for the Grand Opening of the Euro Disney Park in Paris, France.
Ms. McGrady has been recognized twice with the "Outstanding State Chair Award" by the American School Band Directors Association and was selected as the 2015 Buckeye Cable Sports Network “Teacher of the Year” resulting in the “Kathy McGrady Fine Arts Scholarship” and the “Kathleen McGrady Legacy Scholarship” both given every year to a deserving senior from Springfield High School administered by the Toledo Community Foundation.

In addition to being a conductor and scholarship representative with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Ms. McGrady maintains an active schedule throughout the year as guest conductor, clinician, and music education consultant. For twenty years she was on staff for the College of Wooster Music Camp and since 2011 has been on staff with the Ohio Ambassadors of Music traveling every other summer performing concerts throughout seven countries in Europe.

Ms. McGrady maintains professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, National Band Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, American School Band Directors Association, the International Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu, and is a lifetime member of Tau Beta Sigma.

Middle School Honors Choir

The Middle School Honors Choir is chaired by Emily Meyerson ([email protected]) of North Baltimore Local Schools.


Auditions

1. Directors must fill out the Director's Form.
2. Directors must fill out the Student Application Form.
CHECK CURRENT FESTIVAL DEADLINE DATES ABOVE.
Directors must submit proof of OMEA membership, student medical forms, and the required participation fee of $40 per participant.
Students will not be allowed to participate if the fee is not received by the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals and Guest Director Information

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFO
Thursday, January 23 6pm-8:30 pm Wauseon HS
Saturday, January 25 9am-4pm Wauseon HS
Sunday, January 26 2:30pm Performance @ Stranahan Theater, Toledo

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Janine Baughman has been fully immersed in the choral music world since receiving her BA in Voice and Piano at Bowling Green State University in 1983. In her 32 years as Vocal Music Director at Otsego JH and HS, she nurtured award-winning choirs as well as an incredibly successful musical theatre program. Now retired, she still accompanies choirs at several local schools in NW Ohio, serves as guest director for honors choral festivals around the state of Ohio, teaches private voice and piano, and is the go-to music director for area community theater productions. Janine has directed over 100 shows with her school and local community theatres; 3B Productions, Black Swamp Community Theatre, Waterville Playshop and FUMC Dinner Theatre. Janine is a member of OMEA, NAFME, has been awarded Who’s Who in American Woman (2010 to present), is a recipient of The Bob Rodgers Mr. Holland’s Opus Award (2015), The Otsego Hall of Fame Award (2018-2019) and numerous OCTA Regional and State awards for musical theater directing. She has worked closely with OMEA on State and Solo Ensemble competition music lists as well as presiding as Vocal Chair the 1995 OMEA Convention.
Janine is married to Randy Baughman, choral director at Whitmer JH/HS in Toledo, OH, and their son William Baughman is a choral director as well at Van Buren JH/HS in Van Buren, Ohio.

Middle School Honors Orchestra

The Middle School Honors Orchestra is co-chaired by Betsy Cranston ([email protected]) and Kathleen Schnerer ([email protected]) of Perrysburg Local Schools.


Auditions

1. Directors must fill out the Director's Form & Dropbox Form.
2. Directors must fill out the Student Application Form.
3. Students must record the selected musical excerpt(s) for their instrument.
4. Directors must upload student recordings via Dropbox.
CHECK CURRENT FESTIVAL DEADLINE DATES ABOVE.
Directors must submit proof of OMEA membership, student medical forms, and the required participation fee of $40 per participant.
Students will not be allowed to participate if the fee is not received by the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals and Guest Director Information

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Hull Prairie Intermediate School 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Hull Prairie Intermediate School 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Stranahan Theater
1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
2:30 pm - Concert

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Abigail Alwin has a rich career as multi-faceted musician and educator. As a ‘Michigan String Teacher of the Year’ recipient as well as a ‘Yale Distinguished Music Educator’, Ms. Alwin has been recognized for her passion, leadership, and innovation as a music educator and pedagogue. As Director of Orchestras at Clague Middle School in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ms. Alwin’s orchestras have been honored to perform at the Michigan Music Conference, and her young orchestras have consistently earned division one ratings at the MSBOA Festival, receiving the highest praise for their precision, energy and musicianship. She has guest conducted All-State and regional orchestras nationally and throughout the state of Michigan. Abby is deeply committed to helping all children have equal access to music education, and has presented at conferences on topics ranging from teacher wellness, string pedagogy, and composing with young musicians. As a cellist and performer her musicianship casts a large net with depth in western European classical traditions, music of the Balkans, free improvisation, and a keen interest in how music expresses culture and connection. Ms. Alwin earned both her Bachelors in cello performance and Masters in Music Education from the University of Michigan, and has taught in the Ann Arbor Public Schools for nearly 20 years.

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