Susquehanna to Host Keyboard, Trombone Festivals for High School Students
Published on October 11, 2012
High school piano, organ and trombone players can advance their musical talents at Susquehanna University’s upcoming Keyboard Fest and the Fall Festival o’ Bones, learning from faculty and students in the university’s Department of Music.
Keyboard Fest, a one-day festival for piano and organ students and teachers, will be held on Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall—in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art—and in Weber Chapel Auditorium.
The event will include master classes, performances, demonstrations and information sessions about the piano, organ and harpsichord. Susquehanna keyboard faculty and students will be available to answer questions about majoring in music, piano and organ studies and performance at Susquehanna, and careers in music. A recital at 5 p.m. by Susquehanna students, free and open to the public, will wrap up the day’s events in Stretansky Concert Hall.
The registration fee is $50 per student, with an optional $10 fee to apply for a piano master class with Naomi Niskala, assistant professor of music, or an organ master class with Marcos Krieger, assistant professor of music and director of chapel music. Parents and teachers are encouraged to join their participating children or students free of charge; a $10 meal ticket is optional. More information and registration forms are available at www.susqu.edu/facstaff/n/niskala/keyboardfest.htm.
The Fall Festival o’ Bones, a free, one-day festival open to trombone players who are in 9th grade or beyond, will take place on Nov. 4 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.
Kevin Henry, Susquehanna trombone instructor, will host the festival along with members of Spencer and the T-Bones, a funk, soul, rock and R&B group whose horn section consists of three trombones and a baritone saxophone. Events include a master class with the band and a clinic on the PMEA District 8 audition solo piece for high school players.
The day will end with a free, public performance at 5 p.m. by festival participants in Stretansky Concert Hall. For more information about the Fall Festival o’ Bones, visit www.susqu.edu/academics/39121.asp, with registration at http://bit.ly/QJZAuz.
Karen M. Jones