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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.
27th Annual Honors Band Festival
Feb. 15-17, 2019
Concert: Feb. 17, 2019, 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.
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.
Strings & Keyboard Institute
New for summer 2019: an exciting summer program for high school musicians who play string and keyboard instruments.
Pennsylvania high school students in grades 9-12 during the 2018-19 academic year are invited to enter our composition competition.
The composer of the winning piece will receive a $1,000 prize, plus a travel allowance to attend the performance of the piece at Susquehanna in fall 2018.
June 15, 2018
Works must be for one 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 music major undergraduates.
Runners-up will receive feedback from the jury.
Please contact Patrick Long, professor of music, with any questions.