2018 Wesleyan Honors Festival

High school band, choral, and orchestra students are invited to audition for the Wesleyan Honors Festival Band, to be held on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus February 8, 9 and 10, 2018.

Band Clinician

Russell Gavin
Russell Gavin is director of bands at Stanford University and director of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Dr. Gavin holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University, a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the International Journal of Music Education, Psychology of Music, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Southwestern Musician, and the Florida Music Director. He has presented educational clinics at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, as well as the state music education/band conferences of Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, and Texas. Dr. Gavin is an educational artist/clinician for Jupiter Band Instruments.


Choral Clinician

Dr. Martha Shaw
Dr. Martha Shaw is the Director of Choirs at Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA where she directs the select Chamber Singers, the 100-voice Concert Choir, and also serves as professor of music. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in choral literature, choral methods, and conducting. A frequently sought-after choral clinician, she is the founding director of the world-renowned Spivey Hall Children's Choir & Tour Choir in Atlanta.  She previously held the Lester Harbin Chair of Conducting at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where she was professor of music, director of choral activities, and conductor of the Shorter College Chorale.


Orchestra Clinician

Kirt Mosier
Internationally known composer and conductor, Kirt Mosier, is director of orchestras at Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He has also taught orchestration and arranging as an adjunct professor at UMKC Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Missouri. Mosier has twice won national composition awards. In 1993, his original work, “Baltic Dance”, won  the National School Orchestra Association Composition Contest and in 2004, “American Reel”,  won the 2004 Merle J. Isaac national composition contest. Mr. Mosier was also a quarterfinalist for the 2016 Grammy Music Educator of the year award.  In 2016 Mr. Mosier conducted the National High School Honors Orchestra as well as the National Junior Honors Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  He also had two world premiere performances at the 2017 Midwest International Clinic in Chicago.


Contact or visit us

Music Department
Kathy Benischek, Staff Assistant
Rogers Fine Arts, Room 182
Lincoln, NE 68504
(402) 465-2269
kmb [at] nebrwesleyan.edu