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High School Students in Grades 9-12 are Eligible to Apply!

Friday,  January 11 - Sunday,  January 13, 2019
University of South Alabama Campus

 

We welcome students in grades 9-12 to apply for the University of South Alabama Concert Honor Wind Ensemble to be held January 11-13, 2019 on the campus of the University of South Alabama!  Hosted in the state-of-the-art Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, students will experience a rewarding weekend of music-making with nationally recognized conductor and music educator, Dr. Tony Marinello, Director of Bands at Illinois State University.  Students can apply online beginning on November 6, 2018.

Clinician and Conductor: Dr. Tony Marinello, 
                                             Director of Bands, Illinois State University

 

Dr. Tony MarinelloAnthony C. Marinello, III serves as Director of Bands at Illinois State University where he is the conductor and music director of the Illinois State University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, he leads the graduate wind conducting program and teaches courses in instrumental conducting. He joined the faculty at Illinois State University in 2017 from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting. Before pursuing his graduate studies at The University of Texas, Marinello served on the faculty of the Butler School of Music as Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band, Director of the Longhorn Pep Band, and Assistant to the Director of Bands. Prior to his appointment at The University of Texas, Marinello served on the faculty of Virginia Tech as Assistant Director of Athletic Bands.

Marinello has previously taught in the public schools of Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas. Marinello received invitations to the National Band Association’s 2006 Young Conductor Mentor Project and 2008 International Conductors Symposium in Rome, Italy where he conducted La Banda dell’Esercito (Italian Army Band). In 2011, he received an invitation to the West Point Conducting Workshop where he conducted the West Point Band. Marinello holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University and the Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Audition Process

Students currently in grades 9-12 can apply online beginning November 6, 2018 through a registration link on the Department of Music website. All students must provide a web link to their audition etude excerpt performed on video/audio through Dropbox, YouTube, or Google Drive.  

The audition material for wind instrumentalists will be the Alabama 2019 All-State Senior High Lyrical or Technical Etude (Series C HSL or Series C HST) for your particular instrument (Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Bb Clarinet, Low Clarinet, Saxophones, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium (TC/BC), Tuba,  and String Bass).  A minimum 30 second excerpt from the selected etude is required (please state measure numbers in your recording).

Percussionists should prepare two minimum 30 second excerpts from two of the three 2019 Alabama All State HS Exercises for Percussion (any combination of Snare, Mallet, and Timpani).  A minimum 30 second excerpt of each selected etude is required (please state measure numbers in your recording).

You can find the Alabama All-State exercises online here.  

  •  In your recording, you should clearly state  the following 1) Your Name 2) Your High School 3) Your Instrument
  •  Applications will be accepted through Monday, December 17 , 2018. 
  •  Students will be notified of their status on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  

Students auditioning are encouraged to make use of the 2019 Alabama All-State Preparation Podcasts provided by the USA Music faculty, which will be available here.

Concert Honor Wind Ensemble Features

• Instruction by nationally recognized clinician and masterclasses by USA faculty

• Honor Wind Ensemble Medal

• Honor Wind Ensemble T-shirt

• Saturday Night Dinner Provided

• Host Concert provided by the University of South Alabama Wind Ensemble and more!

• Honor Wind Ensemble Finale Concert

Costs

There is no cost to apply for the University of South Alabama Concert Honor Wind Ensemble.  Students who are selected for this event will pay a $40.00 registration fee.  This registration fee covers the costs of all features and activities.

 

APPLY FOR THE 2019 CONCERT HONOR WIND ENSEMBLE HERE!

 

Tentative Schedule

  • Friday, January 11, 2019
    • 3:00 PM-4:00PM - Registration Open (Lobby of the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center)
      • Accepted students will be assigned a part placement audition time
      • Placement auditions will consist of scales and sight reading
      • Warm-up areas will be available
    • 6:30 PM - Welcome and orientation meeting (Laidlaw Recital Hall)
    • 6:50 PM - Seating Placement audition results posted.
      • Honor Wind Ensemble - Laidlaw Recital Hall Stage
    • 7:15 PM - Rehearsal for Honor Wind Ensemble on Stage
    • 9:30 PM - Rehearsal complete.
      • Students must depart for hotels or local residences.
      • Chaperones and band directors in attendance are responsible for students.
      • Secure areas will be made available for storage of instruments.

  • Saturday, January 12, 2019
    • 7:15 AM - Laidlaw open for students wishing to warm-up or practice
    • 7:55 AM - All student participants should be seated in their ensemble, warming up
    • 8:00 AM - Rehearsal
      • Honor Wind Ensemble - Laidlaw Recital Hall Stage
    • 11:45 AM - Lunch Break (on your own)
    • 1:30 PM - Masterclasses with University of South Alabama faculty
    • 2:45 PM - Snack Break (provided)
    • 3:00 PM - Rehearsal
      • Honor Wind Ensemble - Laidlaw Rehearsal Hall
    • 5:30 PM - Banquet Dinner with Department of Music Faculty (provided, in Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Rehearsal Hall)
    • 7:30 PM - Host Concert by the University of South Alabama Wind Ensemble (Laidlaw Recital Hall)
    • 9:15 PM - Concert complete.
      • Students must depart for hotels or local residences.
      • Chaperones and band directors in attendance are responsible for students.
      • Secure areas will be made available for storage of instruments.

  • Sunday, January 13, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - Laidlaw open for students wishing to warm-up or practice
    • 8:55 AM - All Honor Wind Ensemble participants must be seated on Recital Hall stage, warming up
    • 9:00 AM - Honor Wind Ensemble dress rehearsal on stage
    • 11:00 AM - Honor Wind Ensemble dismissed
    • 11:00 PM - Lunch Break (on your own)
    • 12:30 PM - Report Time for Finale Concert
    • 1:00 PM - Finale Concert (Laidlaw Recital Hall)