Arts briefs

November 23, 2008

High school musicians needed for honor-band program

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Department of Music will sponsor its fifth annual honor band program Friday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 11.

The classes and clinics will end with a 3 p.m. concert Sunday in the Frank Center Theater, which is open to the public.

Area high school band directors are invited to nominate students to represent their schools.

Each participant will have the chance to create music with other high school musicians from the four-state area.

Students will learn from musicians at Shepherd University in master classes and clinics and from guest conductor Chris Allen, director of bands and orchestra at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md. A workshop, "How to Apply for College," also will be offered.

The application deadline for students to register is Friday, Nov. 28.

Band directors can download a recommendation form at and mail it to Shepherd University Music Department Honor Band, c/o Esperanza Alonza, operations manager, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, e-mail to or fax to 304-876-0955.


For information, call 304-876-5711 or go to

HCC's Continuing Education offers National Cathedral trip

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a one-day motor coach trip to the Washington National Cathedral. The "Washington National Cathedral Angels Tour and Tea" is from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The tour will focus on the angels that are depicted throughout the National Cathedral in a variety of forms, including stained glass, needlepoint, woodcarving and stone carving.

The tour will also feature selected areas of the National Cathedral that are not typically open to the public. Following the tour, participants

Participants will be invited to take part in a full tea service in the St. Paul Room of the Pilgrim's Observation Gallery. Tea service includes an array of scones, sweets, and finger sandwiches.

The tour will end with a visit to the Cathedral Museum Bookstore and the Herb Cottage Gift Shop.

The cost is $75, which includes fully equipped motor coach transportation and gratuity, all entrance fees, full-service tea and a private, guided tour of the National Cathedral. For information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

Shepherd University student composes music for film

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University music composition major Thom Huenger composed the award-winning music for Elephant Graveyard Productions in the recent Frederick 72 Film Festival. The event ended Oct. 11 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md.

The festival gives filmmakers 72 hours to complete a film. Within those hours the entire production must be written, filmed, edited, and scored.

During the festival's second evening, awards were given out, and the music that Huenger wrote for the Elephant Graveyard Productions team's entry won for best music.

Huenger, the son of Scottie and Steve Burdette of Frederick, is a fourth-year music composition major at Shepherd.

He has performed with the Shepherd University Ram Band, Men's Choir, Masterworks Chorale and one of the jazz ensembles. Huenger is also an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.

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