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Wind symphony to take to Frank Center stage

By Staff | Nov 10, 2011

The Shepherd University Wind Symphony will present an evening of wind band classics led by student conductors on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater of Shepherd University.

The program will feature a wide range of works including “In Flight” by Samuel Hazo, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Banes Chance, “Caccia and Chorale” by Cliffton Williams and “Rolling Thunder March” by Henry Fillmore. Also on the program are selections to be conducted by Scott Hippensteel: “An Original Suite” by Gordon Jacob, “Colonial Song” by Percy Grainger, Variations on “America” by Charles Ives, “Strange Humors” by John Mackey and “Havendance” by David Holsinger.

The Wind Symphony will present a variety of quality wind band literature as interpreted by a new generation of conductors. Student conductors for this performance include Matthew Fowle from Frederick, Md.; Christina Schirf from Altoona, Pa.; Laura Sterner from Hanover, Pa.; and Amy Sultner from York, Pa. After completing two semesters of conducting, they carefully selected music, studied the scores, wrote program notes, developed rehearsal strategies and rehearsed the 80-member ensemble.

Hippensteel was appointed visiting assistant professor of music/director of bands for the Shepherd University Department of Music. Hippensteel received a bachelor of music education degree majoring in K-12 instrumental music, with trombone emphasis from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.; a master of arts degree in music and a doctor of arts degree in music with wind conducting and music education emphasis from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. Prior to coming to Shepherd, Hippensteel was wind conducting associate and graduate assistant in music education and music theory at Ball State University and an instructor of instrumental music and an adjunct instructor of music at Huntington University in Indiana.

The Wind Symphony concert is $10 for general admission; $5 for students, faculty and staff; and free to Shepherd students and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders.

Admission and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations are not taken.

The box office opens one hour prior to the performance. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.