2015 Wesleyan Honors Festival

High school students involved in choir, orchestra or band are invited to audition for the Wesleyan Honors Festival, to be held on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus February 12, 13 and 14, 2015.

Selected students earn the opportunity to work alongside seasoned guest artists.

  • Band guest artist: Dr. Jermie Arnold was appointed to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach as the Associate Director of Bands in the fall of 2012. Doctor Arnold is the principal conductor of the Symphonic and Concert Bands. He teaches conducting courses and assists in the supervision of student teachers. In 2014 Doctor Arnold received the Most Inspirational Professor Award from the California State University, Long Beach Alumni Association. Doctor Arnold completed his DMA in 2014 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where his primary mentors were Mark Camphouse, Anthony Maiello and Dennis Layendecker. Doctor Arnold received his Master and Bachelor degrees in Music Education from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. As an undergraduate he was honored with the Theodore Presser Foundation Scholarship for music educators.
  • Orchestra guest artist: Dr. Mark Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he holds the Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship. He has been recognized with the WSU Excellence in Creative Activity Award (2012) and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (2007). He serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings. WSU Symphony Orchestra appearances under his direction include international tours to Spain and Canada, a May 2011 concert at Carnegie Hall, and multiple invited performances at Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshops. Dr. Laycock is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic; he serves as Chair of Orchestra Activities. His work as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator spans 24 states, and he has led all-state orchestras in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska, as well as multiple appearances in Maryland and Washington; recent engagements encompass Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. He was an adjudicator for the 2011 National Orchestra Festival and a clinician for the event in 2012. His appearances with professional ensembles include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, and Opera Kansas, as well as orchestras in Slovakia and Canada.
  • Choral guest artist: Dr. James Jordan is one of the country’s leading choral artists. He is Senior Conductor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, one of the leading centers in the world for the student and performance of choral music in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Jordan founded and conducts The Westminster Williamson Voices and The Westminster Schola Cantorum, and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting.

WHF 2015 Band Packet (PDF)

WHF 2015 Orchestra Packet (PDF)

WHF 2015  Choir Packet (PDF)