NKU Selects 6 for Tri-state Band Symposium

Six CJ performing arts students were selected to participate in the 6th annual Tri-state Band Symposium hosted by Northern Kentucky University.

Seniors Maddie Brown (alto sax), Kathryn Marshall (french horn), and Annemarie Krug (trumpet) along with juniors Abby Lisjak (flute), William Howard (percussion) and sophomore David Marshall (euphonium) joined 150 fellow musicians from various Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky high schools Jan. 18-19. The weekend included performances, special college help sessions for students and a professional development in-service for teachers.

Performing Arts Department Chair Debi Schutt said being selected to participate in the exclusive two-day event -- held on campus at Greaves Concert Hall -- is a reflection of each student’s overall musicianship, ability level, dedication and leadership. The unique experience allowed students to broaden their musical horizons.

“This is a wonderful enrichment opportunity for CJ students. They have the chance to play in a large wind ensemble of 60-90 players from other schools, which is an experience they do not have on a regular basis here at CJ,” she said. It was the CJ music program's first year of participation in the annual event.

According to Schutt, two of CJ’s participants made the top Honor Wind Ensemble through an audition process, while the remaining four placed in the top half of their sections in the Symphonic Band.

“The students had a fantastic time and what a learning experience for us all,” she said. High school directors in attendance were able to share rehearsal techniques, best practices and strategies with one another, and observe other well-known professionals in the field.

The symposium was led by Dr. Brant Karrick, NKU director of bands. Karrick has been teaching music at several Ohio and Kentucky high schools and colleges since 1984. He continues to be active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, composer, and music arranger.

Northern Kentucky University is located in Highland Heights, Ky. about 10 minutes south of downtown Cincinnati.