Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SBU students chosen for Small College Intercollegiate Band

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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SBU students chosen for Small College Intercollegiate Band

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Four students from Southwest Baptist University traveled to the University of North Carolina in Greensboro to perform with The 2013 Small College Intercollegiate Band March 23.

The group included more than 80 auditioned musicians representing 46 schools from across the nation. More than 260 students representing 53 schools applied for admission into the ensemble. SBU was one of two small colleges representing Missouri. The concert on March 23 was part of the biennial convention of the College Band Directors National Association attended by their Wind Symphony conductor, Dr. Brian Hopwood.

Students participating were Lauren Asbery playing clarinet, a senior Music Education major from Bentonville, Ark.; Morgan Katz playing trumpet, a junior Music major from Hampton, Iowa; Lucas McLaughlin playing trombone, a senior Music and Math major from St. Joseph; and Matt Hopwood playing percussion, a junior Music Education major from Bolivar.

“It was an honor and a very rewarding experience,” McLaughlin said. “I've participated in a lot of honor bands, but I've never played in a group this good. Excellent musicians from small colleges around the country gathered together to make this band, and it was a great-sounding group.” 

The group was under the direction of Craig Kirchoff, Professor of Conducting and Director of University Bands at the University of Minnesota where he conducts the University Wind Ensemble and guest conducts in the University Opera Program.

The students were impressed with Kirchoff’s ability.
“It was an amazing experience to play with so many extraordinary players,” Asbery said. “I learned so much from working with Professor Kirchoff.”
Matt Hopwood added, “I've never played under a conductor with as much presence and expressivity as Professor Kirchoff. The music that he could summon from the ensemble with his facial expressions alone was astonishingly profound!”
Musical selections included “Armenian Folk Song and Dance” by Aram Khachaturian, “Olympic Fireworks” by David Stanhope, “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey, “Danzón No. 2” by Arturo Márquez, “My Jesus! Oh, What Anguish” by J.S. Bach, and “First Suite in Eb, Op. 28 No. 1” by Gustav Holst.

Morgan Katz agreed that SCIB was “a wonderful experience. I learned a lot from Professor Kirchoff's direction, and I enjoyed attending the evening concerts put on by bands from other colleges.”
A video of the performance will be archived at http://www.banddirector.com/article/pg-concert-band/cbdna-2013-national-conference-/productguide/534 and will be available sometime in early May.

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