Hastings College Music will hold its annual honor band and choir for high school students on Sunday and Monday, January 22 and 23, 2023 on campus, with the graduation performance at First Presbyterian Church on Monday at 5:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.
Students can submit their auditions and more information is available at hastings.edu/hhbc. The deadline for submitting an audition is Sunday 27th November and all audition materials must be submitted through the Music Fees Application Portal using a separate account for each student. The audition submitted may also be used as an audition for a Hastings College scholarship if the student so desires.
This is the 59th Annual Chapel of Honor and 51st Annual Choir of Honor. They are the longest running high school honorary music ensembles sponsored by a Nebraska college. The honorary choir clinician is Brett Epperson, who started this fall as director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at Hastings College. The Honor Band Clinician is dr Louie EckhardtLeader of Bands at Hastings College.
The Honors Choir and Band Check-in event begins at 3:00pm on Sunday 22 January 2023 on the Hastings College campus. Further details will be announced once the students have been selected for the honor band and choir.
About the clinicians
Brett Epperson most recently was a graduate assistant at Florida State University’s College of Music, where he prepared opera chorus, mentored undergraduate choral conductors, and served as assistant conductor for the Tallahassee Community Chorus, Choral Union, Levana (SSAA), Collegians (TTBB). and university singers. Prior to his PhD, he was the Vocal Music Director at East High School in Lincoln, Nebraska from 2013-2019 and the Associate Director of Vocal Music at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the 2012-13 school year. Epperson has also served as an adjunct professor of singing at Doane University.
As a performer, Epperson has maintained an active professional career as a baritone soloist, keyboardist, and chorister with choral, operatic, and orchestral organizations throughout the Midwest and South. He has performed with Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, Résonance (Omaha), South Dakota Chorale, Orchestra Iowa, Theater Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, Abendmusik (Lincoln, Nebraska), Omaha Consort, Sounding Light (Michigan), the Omaha Symphonic Chorus , the Orchestra Omaha and the Festival Singers of Florida. Epperson has served as a church musician in Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Congregational, and Catholic congregations.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Music Education-Choral Conducting from Florida State University.
dr Louie Eckhardt, in addition to leading the Hastings College Band and the Marching Bronco Band, teaches Music History and High Brass and is Chairman of the Department of Music and Drama. He is Principal Trumpet of the Hastings Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trumpet of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Brass Quintet and La Follia Austin Baroque. He has also performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra and Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed at the Victoria Bach Festival in Victoria, Texas and the Vail International Dance Festival in Vail, Colorado. He was a guest of the Fundación Sinfonía Concertante de Panamá and gave master classes at the Universidad de Panamá, the Instituto Nacional de Música de Panamá and the Casa de Cultura de Panamá. In addition, he is an active recitalist and a sought-after artist and clinician throughout Nebraska, Texas, Louisiana and beyond. A baroque trumpeter and student of the historically informed performance movement, Eckhardt has performed with La Follia Austin Baroque, the American Bach Soloists, Mercury, and the Bach Society Houston.
He holds a Bachelor of Music in music education and trumpet playing from Hastings College, a Master of Music in trumpet playing from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in musical arts in trumpet playing from Louisiana State University. He studied trumpet with Daniel Schmidt, Langston J. Fitzgerald III and Brian Shaw. He has also studied with Denny Schneider, Keith Benjamin, John Thiessen, Charles Lirette and Vance Woolf.
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