CSU Honor Band Festival
Join Us for the CSU Honor Band Festival
The annual CSU Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians in the Rocky Mountain Region, selected from hundreds of applicants throughout the western region; the three-day festival takes place at the University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Guest clinicians and conductors enhance the student’s experience, providing invaluable insight and expertise. In addition to rehearsals, students enjoy several concerts given by CSU faculty and student ensembles. The experience is capped off with a performance by the Honor Wind Symphony and the Festival Concert Band in the beautiful, world-class Griffin Concert Hall.
For 2023, Dr. Arris Golden will conduct the Honor Wind Symphony. and Dr. Brandon Houghtalen will conduct the Festival Concert Band.
Dr. Arris Golden is the Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of the Spartan Marching Band at Michigan State University. In this capacity, Dr. Golden teaches courses in conducting, marching band techniques, conducts the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, is coordinator of the MSU Performing Arts Camps, and assists with all aspects of the athletic band program. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University, Dr. Golden was a member of the conducting faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Brandon Houghtalen is the associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at The University of Texas at El Paso. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Band, teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting, and overseeing the athletic band program. He previously held conducting positions at Abilene Christian University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of New Mexico. In 2018 he founded the On the List Project, a group of teachers that assists states as they work to make their required music lists more inclusive.
Dr. Corey Spurlin, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Auburn University. cla.auburn.edu
Dr. Matthew McCutchen, University of South Florida, Director of Bands since 2018. usf.edu/arts/music
Dr. Jayme Taylor is director of Athletic Bands at Colorado State University and serves as associate director of bands and assistant professor in the School of Music, Theater, and Dance. music.colostate.edu
Dr. James Spinazzola, Cornell University, Director of the Wind Ensemble Program. music.cornell.edu/james-spinazzola
Dr. Linda Moorehouse, Professor of Music and Associate Director of the School of Music, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. music.illinois.edu
Dr. Scott Tobias, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at West Virginia University. music.wvu.edu
DATES AND DEADLINES
- Friday, October 27: Results of the audition posted online and emailed to all applicants and band directors
- Friday, November 17: Electronic commitment forms due from successful applicants
- Thursday, December 7 — Saturday, December 9: CSU High School Honor Band Festival
FESTIVAL DATES AND DETAILS: Dec. 7-9, 2023
- Thursday — Saturday: CSU Honor Band Festival, including CSU Symphonic Band Concert, CSU Wind Symphony Concert, and CSU Honor Band Festival Concert
- Saturday: Final Concert at 2 p.m. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to curtain. Concert tickets will be distributed to students and directors.