The Department of Music regularly hosts programs for high school musicians and members of the community.
These events encourage students to strengthen musicianship and provide a great introduction to department programs. Programs and festivals topics rotate regularly. Information on current programs and festivals is below.
28th Annual Honors Band Festival
Feb. 21-23, 2020
Concert: Feb. 23, 2020, 3 p.m., Weber Chapel Auditorium
This unique event recognizes the achievements of exceptional high school musicians.
As always, we will offer two separate ensembles: an Honors Wind Ensemble and an Honors Band.
Last year's festival was an exciting time, and this year will also provide your students with a thrilling musical experience.
All applications should be submitted by Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. If you have questions, please contact Eric L. Hinton, associate professor of music and director of bands.
Information for Accepted Students and Their Band Directors
This is a June event for outstanding wind/brass/percussion players. Click here to get audition forms, sample schedules, and more information.
A week-long institute in July for high school singers, grades 9-12. Get more information.
New for summer 2019: an exciting summer program for high school musicians who play string and keyboard instruments.
Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland high school students currently in grades 9-12 are invited to enter our annual composition competition.
The composer of the winning piece will receive a $1,000 prize and an invitation to the premier of their piece at Susquehanna University in spring 2020.
Jan. 15, 2020, at 6 p.m.
Works must be for two to seven performers and three to 10 minutes in duration. Instrumentation is flexible, although standard classical instruments are preferred. (For example, a work for two singers, piano, flute, violin and percussion would be preferred over a work for four electric guitars and organ, although that work would still be eligible.)
Submissions must be made electronically here and should include a notated score (PDF) and a recording (mp3). The recording may be computer-generated or from a live performance or reading session.
Pieces will be evaluated based on musical quality, originality and appropriateness for performance by undergraduate music majors (student chamber ensemble).
Runners-up will receive feedback from the jury.
Please contact Patrick Long, professor of music, with any questions.