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High School Honor Band 2022: "A John Zdechlik Celebration" 

January 28-30, 2022

The annual University of Minnesota High School Honor Band Weekend will be held on the Twin Cities campus Friday, January 28 through Sunday, January 30, 2022. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Upper Midwest’s finest high school wind and percussion instrumentalists in grades 10, 11, and 12 to study music with UMN music faculty on the stage of Ted Mann Concert Hall.

The livestream concert at 3:00pm on Sunday, January 30, 2022 will be "A John Zdechlik Celebration" recognizing the life and music of the Minnesota composer who passed away in May 2020. Music and remarks will pay homage to the composer and his influences. Featuring the UMN Honor Band, UMN Brass Ensemble, UMN Jazz Ensemble I, and Century College Concert Band.

Access the livestream at z.umn.edu/musicstream and click on Ted Mann Concert Hall events. Note: This is a livestream-only event.

Conducted by Craig Kirchhoff, Emily Threinen, Betsy McCann, John Leonard, Dean Sorenson, and Charles R. Preis.

Anticipated Time Commitment

Friday - 4pm - 9pm
Saturday - 9am - 9pm
Sunday - 9am - 5pm
*Note: Exact timing subject to change, this is provided as a general guideline for general planning purposes.

UMN Honor Band Program

Festival Prelude by Alfred Reed / John Leonard, conductor
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535 by J.S. Bach/Roland Moehlmann / Craig Kirchhoff, conductor
Psalm 46 by John Zdechlik / Emily Threinen, conductor
Dance 1 from Jazz Suite No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich/Johan de Meij / Betsy McCann, conductor

Eligibility and Audition Requirements

High school students in grades 10–12 are eligible to apply. Each student must be recommended by a music instructor and should be an outstanding instrumentalist capable of performing class A literature. Each applicant must submit an online application and that includes a recording containing three to five total minutes of playing. The audio file must be submitted via the online application portal. Selections should include a slow legato work and a contrasting etude or movement of a technical nature. Percussionists should perform on at least two different instruments of their choice. Applicants who wish to audition for more than one instrument must submit a separate music file for each instrument.

  • Applicants must submit a complete online application via the SlideRoom portal. An application is considered complete when the application, recording(s), and reference (current band director) are all properly submitted through the portal.
  • Evaluation Rubric

  • Deadline: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 11:59 pm.

Honor Band Fees

Collected after confirmation of attendance

  • $110 for commuters
  • $200 for those that require housing

Fees Cover: Housing (if applicable), meals, snacks, masterclass with applied instrumental faculty, supplies, and access to a world-class music performance facility.

If the fee could pose a barrier to your participation, please contact us at ubands@umn.edu. Submitting an application to the UMN Honor Band is free.