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Nov. 18, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University’s Wind Symphony, under the direction of artist-in-residence John Bell, will perform at the Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference Friday, Nov. 21, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lied Center for the Performing Arts.
This marks the second time the Northwest Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at the NMEA conference.
Additionally, several Northwest music faculty members will join the Wind Symphony. Professor Dr. William Richardson will be a featured trumpet soloist. Dr. Charles Badami, instructor of music and collaborative pianist, and Dr. Chris Gibson, professor of music and woodwind instructor, also will be play with the symphony.
Dr. Katy Strickland, director of athletic bands and assistant professor of percussion, and Dr. Kendall Prinz, conductor of the Northwest Symphonic Band and assistant professor of low brass will guest conduct for the performance.
The Wind Symphony was selected through competitive application and audition processes from among scores of applications submitted for performance consideration at this year's NMEA Conference. Each application was vetted by a committee of music educators who reviewed the recordings and recommended performing ensembles to appear at the conference.
Bell said the Wind Symphony’s selection is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform in front of an audience that will listen with “critical ears.” The performance also serves as a valuable recruitment opportunity.
“Having been selected for this performance through a competitive audition process is a great honor and very humbling,” Bell said. “Our focus will be on presenting a program that demonstrates the success Northwest students experience in our department¹s ensembles, as well as showcasing the talents of several of our faculty members.”
Northwest's Tower Choir, under the direction of Professor of Music Dr. Stephen Town, also was selected to appear at the conference and will perform Thursday.
For more information about the Northwest Wind Symphony and other music ensembles at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/finearts/music/.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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