7 Represent Clarion at 2013 Intercollegiate Band Festival

Seven Clarion University students will represent the Department of Music at the 66th Annual Pennsylvania Collegiate Band Festival this year:

Sarah Butler, Clarinet
Jennifer Grenus, Clarinet
Katie Kohlenburg, Clarinet
Rachel Lohr, Percussion
Amanda Pries, Alto Saxophone
Justin Salada, Tuba
Sherri Woland, E-Flat Clarinet

These students will join outstanding musicians from Pennsylvania’s other colleges and universities March 15-17 in rehearsals and a performance at Mansfield University led by Col. Alan Bonner, USAF, Ret., Executive Director of Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma.


Alumna Named PA Outstanding Young Educator

Clarion University Department of Music alumna Christina (Trout) Myers (B.S. Ed ’07) was recently named the Pennsylvania Outstanding Young Educator by the Pennsylvania Association for Curriculum and Development (PACD). Christina teaches K-6 elementary music at Brockway Elementary School in the Brockway School District, Brockway, PA. Christina was chosen for her region, then was selected Outstanding Young Educator  from the nine PACD regional winners.

The focus of the award is to recognize the next generation of educators who “exemplify a passion for excellence in educating the whole child; demonstrating leadership; improving student engagement, achievement, and learning; and contributing to the education profession.” As the Award recipient, Christina will serve as an ex-officio officer on the PACD Executive Board for 2012-13.


Read the full article from the Courier Express

8th-Annual CU High School Choral Festival

The 8th-Annual Clarion University High School Choral Festival will be held on Thursday, October 18th, 9:30am-noon. Since its beginning in 2005 by CU Director of Choirs, Dr. Henry Alviani, the Festival has attracted hundreds of choral students to Clarion University’s campus each fall to perform and to learn from CU music faculty.

Participating high schools and their directors for this year’s Festival  include:

A-C Valley (Kathy Larimer)
Brookville (Deanna Owens)
Clarion Area (Zachary Covington)
Keystone (Fran Nesta)
Mercer (Michelee Christy)
Redbank Valley (Carrie McIntire)
Rocky Grove (Jodi Hoover)
Union (David Gibson)

The event will be held in Marwick-Boyd Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Band Day 2012

Do you play a wind, brass, or percussion instrument? Are you a member of a high school band, or an alumni of the Golden Eagle Marching Band? Do you like to have fun? Then Band Day 2012 is for you!

On Saturday, October 13, Clarion University will host its annual Band Day, bringing together high school instrumentalists and Golden Eagle Marching Band alumni from far and wide to enjoy a special day of activities at Memorial Stadium with the Golden Eagle Marching Band during the CU football game. Participants will be served lunch, and perform with the GEMB at the game.

For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/site/cupmarching/Home/band-day, or contact the Band Office at 814-393-BAND (2263), htoney@clarion.edu.


Clarion Hosts Music Ed. Advocacy Festival

Clarion University’s chapter of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association (PCMEA) will host a Music Education Advocacy Festival: A Festival of Small Ensembles on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in the Marwick Boyd Auditorium at 4pm. Chamber ensembles representing PCMEA Chapters from colleges and universities in PMEA Regions I, II, and III, encompasing all of western Pennsylvania, will perform to advocate for music education and demonstrate the importance of keeping music in our schools. The performances will feature a performance by professional chamber ensemble, The Easterly Chamber Players.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Office at 814-393-2287.

Toney Attends CBDNA Conference

On March 1-3, 2012, Dr. Hubert Toney, Jr., Director of Bands at Clarion University attended the College Band Directors national Association (CBDNA) Eastern Division Conference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The highlights of the conference included presentations on Electronics and the Wind Ensemble, and the Lost Band Music of Clifton Williams with Michelle Hanzlick, daughter of Clifton Williams, presenter.

Eight college/university wind bands and a professional chamber winds ensemble performed at the conference including: The University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble, Buffalo State College Wind Ensemble, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble, Towson University Symphonic Band, The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra, Montclair State University Wind Ensemble, Cornell University Wind Ensemble, and the Hudson Valley Chamber Winds. Additionally, trumpeter and jazz great, Marvin Stamm gave two performances, one with the IUP Wind Ensemble and another with a jazz combo.

The 2013 CBDNA National Convention will be hosted by The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, on March 20-23, 2013.

CUP Represented at Intercollegiate Band Festival

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival, and again, Clarion University and  the Department of Music will be well represented at the festival. Seven Clarion Music Education students will be delaying the start of their winter break to join instrumentalists from 23 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania at California University of PA March 9-11, 2012 for the festival.

Representing Clarion University are:

Brittany Howe, clarinet – sophomore (Pleasantville, PA)
Katie Kohlenburg, clarinet  – freshman (Knox, PA)
Brendan Holly, trumpet – sophomore (Dix Hills, NY)
Michael Guzik, horn – sophomore (Mckeesport, PA)
Zachary Ray, euphonium – freshman (Franklin, PA)
Daniel Conrad, euphonium – freshman (Morrisdale, PA)
Justin Salada, tuba – sophomore (Brockway, PA)

The Intercollegiate Band Festival concludes on March 11 with a performance at 2:30 p.m. in Steel Hall Mainstage Theater on the campus of California University, led by guest conductor Frank B. Wickes, former Carruth Alumni Professor and Director of Bands at Louisiana State University. Wickes has conducted more than 40 all-state bands and has led music clinics throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe and South America.

The band will perform:

  • The National Anthem, by Francis Scott Key, arranged by Edward J. Madden
  • Salute to the P.M.E.A., by Arthur D. Davenport
  • Chester (Overture), by William Schuman
  • The Diplomat (March), by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Frank Byrne
  • Festive Overture, by Dimitri Shostakovich, arranged by Donald Hunsberger
  • Italian Rhapsody, by Julie Giroux
  • Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff, arranged by John Krance



Jeffrey A. Wardlaw
Department of Music
Clarion University
Clarion, PA 16214

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