2022 Wesleyan Honors Festival

February 10-12, 2022

The Department of Music is excited to host the 2022 Wesleyan Honors Festival.

We have notified high school ensemble directors of the students selected for participation for this year's festival. 

Participants can use this form to pay their $40 participation fee.

Here is our current daily schedule, which may be subject to change.

NWU follows Lancaster County Department Health COVID-19 protocols. We anticipate that participants will be required to wear masks, with wind players wearing modified masks. The Department of Music will contact ensemble directors with details on protocols in advance. Visit NWU COVID-19 procedures for more information.

Please continue to check this page for any updates.

2022 Clinicians

Stacey V. Gibbs
Stacey Gibbs

Choir – Stacey V. Gibbs

Stacey V. Gibbs is a prolific and highly sought-after composer and arranger. Best known for arrangements of spirituals, he is highly acclaimed for his ability to infuse new energy into familiar works. His spirituals have been performed by many ensembles both domestically and internationally. His works also appear on J.W. Pepper's Editor's Choice lists, including Didn't It Rain: The Spirituals of Stacey V. Gibbs, recorded by the Sunday Night Singers of California, and his setting of Way Over in Beulah Lan' which was performed at the Inaugural Service for President Barack Obama.

Gibbs serves as a clinician for university, high school, professional and church choral organizations. He attended Kentucky State University where he served as student conductor. The Stacey V. Gibbs Chorale debuted in July 2016. A management professional with 20 years experience, Gibbs holds membership in American Choral Directors Association. He currently resides in Detroit, Michigan.

Kirt Mosier
Kirt Mosier

Orchestra – Kirt Mosier

Internationally known artist Kirt Mosier brings the unique perspective of being both a conductor and a composer. Mosier’s engaging personality and sense of humor spread joy to orchestras and audiences worldwide. He has conducted performances with international orchestras at venues which include New York’s Carnegie Hall, Reykjavik Iceland’s Harpa Hall, Vienna’s MuTH Concert Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Singapore, Jakarta, South Korea, Thailand and Australia’s famed Sydney Opera House.

Currently, Mosier is the artistic director for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and is also the associate conductor of the Lee’s Summit Symphony. He was an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory where he taught orchestration and he also had a distinguished career as Director of Orchestras with the Raytown and Lee’s Summit School Districts in Missouri.

Robert Sheldon
Robert Sheldon

Band – Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon has taught instrumental music in the Florida and Illinois public schools and has served on the faculty at Florida State University where he taught instrumental music education classes, conducting, and directed the university bands. An internationally recognized clinician, his music is performed around the world and frequently appears on many international concert and contest lists. Sheldon has conducted Regional and All-State Honor Bands throughout the United States and abroad. 

Sheldon received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami and the Master of Fine Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida. In 2020, VanderCook College of Music presented him with an honorary Doctorate in Music Education. Following 17 years as Director of Concert Band Publications for Alfred Music, he now maintains an active composition and conducting schedule, regularly accepting commissions for new works.