2017 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 9, 10 and 11, 2017.
Johan de Meij (Conductor, Composer)
Johan de Meij (1953) studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music at The Hague, Netherlands. He has earned international fame as a composer and arranger. De Meij’s Symphony No.1 The Lord of the Rings was his first substantial composition and received the prestigious Sudler Composition Award in 1989. Other major works such as Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple, Symphony no. 3 Planet Earth, T-Bone Concerto (trombone concerto) and Casanova (cello concerto) and shorter works such as Extreme Makeover and Extreme Beethoven have also gained worldwide recognition.
Besides composing and arranging, Johan de Meij is active as a performer, conductor, adjudicator and lecturer. As a trombone and euphonium player he has performed with the major orchestras and ensembles in The Netherlands, such as the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Dutch Brass Sextet, the Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam Wind Orchestra and Orkest ‘De Volharding’. He has conducted some of the leading wind orchestras of Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America and has led master classes around the world. In 2010, he was appointed regular guest conductor of the renowned Simón Bolívar Youth Wind Orchestra from Caracas, Venezuela.
One of North America's most sought after choral conductors, Professor Jing Ling-Tam, Director of Choral Studies and Coordinator of Vocal Arts at UT Arlington has garnered international recognition in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. A compelling musician, Prof. Ling-Tam has conducted over thirty All-State and ACDA national and divisional honors choirs throughout the US. Her appearances as clinician at the American Choral Directors Association's national and regional conventions have to captivated educators, conductors and students in the past decade. Under her direction, the UTArlington Chambers Singers have performed at TMEA, ACDA and international concert tours to Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Austria. Prof. Ling-Tam served sixteen seasons as Associate Conductor/Chorus Master for the Ft. Worth. Opera Association.. She was on the faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies(Austria) for eleven summers. Some of her recent appearances include concerts with the Taipei Symphony, the Coro de Madrigalistas(Mexico City.) and workshops/lectures for Children's' Palaces of NingBo, Xiamen and GuangZho, China, Festival 500(Newfoundland, Canada) Ontario Vocal Festival & Choral Conductors' Symposium,(Toronto,) Southwestern ACDA Convention(St. Louis), Disney Honors National Choral Invitational(Orlando),International Youth Choral Festival(Hong Kong,)2006 Missouri ACDA, 2005 Salzburg Pedagogical Institute Winter Workshop and 2007 Third World Children's Choral Festival.
Tobin Stewart is the Symphony Orchestra Director and Assistant Professor of Music at Montana State University where he leads the orchestral studies program and teaches conducting and music education courses. Tobin’s love for music and music education began as a student growing up in Montana. His education and teaching experience then developed in the Midwest at Saint Olaf College and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, with teaching positions ranging from middle school to college in Omaha, Bellevue and Lincoln, Nebraska. Tobin now thoroughly enjoys helping new music educators find their groove in the teaching field. Before returning to his home state, Tobin ventured to the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University as the Orchestra Director. Tobin remains active as a guest conductor with groups ranging from Middle School to Professional. This year conducting engagements include college and professional ensembles in China and Bulgaria. Under his direction, the MSU Symphony has been invited to perform at a Regional NAfME conference and a National College Orchestra Directors Association conference.