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.
Honors 2021: Susquehanna University Virtual Music Festival
Join Susquehanna University ensemble directors and distinguished faculty for an interactive day of music-making. Collaborate, practice and learn from the comfort of your home! Open to all students currently in grades 9-12. Registration details below.
Virtual Festival Highlights
Masterclasses with SU Music Faculty | Composer Conversations | Audition Preparation Session | Sight Reading Tips | Music in the Real World/Careers | SU Student Performances | Lessons and Sectionals | Panels of Current SU Students and Faculty | Virtual Ensemble Rehearsals
BAND with Dr. Eric L. Hinton, Director of Bands
Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 9 a.m.—3 p.m. EST
CHORAL with Dr. Amy Voorhees, Director of Choral Activities
Saturday, March 6, 2021 | 9 a.m.—2 p.m. EST
ORCHESTRA with Jordan Randall Smith, Director of Orchestras
Saturday, March 13, 2021 | 9 a.m.—2 p.m. EST
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.