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Four-State Honor Music Festival

2022 Four-State Honor Music Festival
October 8, 2022

The Four-State Honor Music Festival provides an outstanding learning experience for area students. While all students will benefit from the opportunity, those with strong musical backgrounds will find it especially rewarding. 


We are pleased to announce that both of this year’s clinicians are Northwest faculty members!

Dr. Adam Zrust Honor Choir
Conductor of Madraliers, Celebration and University Chorale

Dr. Kathryn Strickland – Honor Wind Ensemble
Director of Symphonic Band and Athletic Bands
Department of Fine and Performing Arts Chair

Mr. John Bell – Honor Symphonic Band
Director of Wind Symphony
Band Coordinator - Four-State Honor Bands

Information and Forms


Honor Band Coordinator
Mr. John Bell

Honor Choir Coordinator
Dr. Adam Zrust

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline for nominating students?

Friday, November 11, 2022

What grade levels are eligible to participate in the Honor Festival?

Grades 9 – 12

Can students participate in both the Honor Band and the Honor Choir?

Unfortunately, no. The overlapping rehearsal schedule does not allow for students’ participation in both ensembles.

How are students selected for participation?

Band and choir directors are requested to nominate their respective programs’ most deserving students for participation in the Four-State Honor Festival. Students’ previous accomplishments (level of successful participation at the regional and state level), balance of instrumentation or voice parts, and the priority ratings of directors are all factors that are considered.

What if a student has a known conflict on the date of the event?

Students with known conflicts should not be nominated by their respective directors.

Is there a fee to nominate students for the Honor Festival?


Is there a fee to participate in the Honor Festival?

Yes. There will be a fee of $10.00 for each student selected for one of the Honor Festival Ensembles. This non-refundable fee will be due (CHECKS ONLY) as soon as possible after selection notification.

How can payment for selected Honor Festival participants be submitted?

Checks should be payable to Northwest Four-State Honor Festival 2022, and be sent to the following address:

Four-State Honor Festival 2022
Fine Arts Building
800 University Avenue
Maryville, MO 64468

Please be sure to specify BAND or CHOIR in the memo section of the check.

Can parents and others attend the performance(s)?

ABSOLUTELY, in fact they are encouraged to do so! There is no charge for audience members…this is a FREE concert, open to the general public!