6th Annual UIC Honors Band Festival

November 10-12
Join talented high school musicians from across Chicago to work with UIC faculty and guest conductors - an intensive weekend with like-minded students, mastering core band repertoire.

Band Directors: Nominate your student here!

About the Guest Conductor  

Festival Timeline

Attendance: Upon arrival to the festival, students will perform a placement audition. More info on auditions is forthcoming. A sample weekend timeline is provided below. 

Friday, November 10
3:30pm - 6:30pm: Placement Auditions
6:30pm - 7:15pm: Dinner Break
7:15pm - Seating Results Posted
7:30pm - 9:00pm: Rehearsal I

Saturday, November 11

9:00am - 10:30am: Rehearsal II
10:30am - 11:30am: UIC Faculty Master Classes
11:30am - 12:30pm: UIC Ensembles Concert
12:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch Break
2:00pm - 4:30pm: Rehearsal III
4:30pm - 6:30pm: Dinner Break
6:30pm - 8:00pm: Rehearsal IV

Sunday, November 12
10:30am - 12:00pm: Rehearsal V
12:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch Break
1:30pm: Concert Call Time
2:00pm: UIC Sixth Annual Honors Band Festival Concert featuring the UIC Wind Ensemble and the UIC High School Honors Band
4:00pm: Concert Concludes

Guest Conductor Information:

2017: Dr. John Climer

John Climer is Director of University Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. At UW-Milwaukee, John oversees all aspects of the band program, guides the graduate wind conducting area, and serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble, the University’s premiere wind band. Before his appointment in Milwaukee, he served for fourteen years as Director of Bands at Ohio University, where he served as conductor of the Wind Ensemble and New Music Ensemble. As a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Climer has led performances at festivals, universities, and concert venues nationally and internationally including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Eastman School of Music, and the Conservatorio di Musica in Salerno, Italy. Ensembles under his direction have performed for four conferences of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), including the 2013 National Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, the North Dakota Music Educators Association, the Ohio Music Educators Association (1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008), the Wisconsin State Music Conference, and the Society of Composers Inc. In July of 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble performed for the 16th International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in San Jose, CA.

An avid supporter of new music, Climer has participated in numerous commissioning projects culminating in works by composers Roberto Sierra, Chen Yi, Walter Mays, John Orfe, Robert Rodriguez, Andre Previn, Warren Benson and Akira Miyoshi. In addition, he has hosted numerous guest artist residencies with composers such as Joseph Schwantner, Michael Colgrass, John Mackey, Michael Markowski, Mark Camphouse, Jack Stamp, Aaron Perrine, and Mark Phillips.

John is the recipient of three university teaching awards including the Ohio University College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award, the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Music Educator Alumni Award from the University of Akron. He is Past-President of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association and the former Editor of the CBDNA Report. He is a contributing author for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and his professional memberships include Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, the College Band Directors National Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His biography is published in the third edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Dr. Climer earned degrees from the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Gary W. Hill and Terence Milligan, and trombone with Edward Zadrozny, Tony Chipurn, and John Leisenring. He has held teaching appointments at Ohio University, the University of North Dakota, Ohio Northern University, and Emory University (Atlanta, GA) where he also served as the conductor of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.

Previous Guest Conductors:

2016: Dr. Caroline Beatty is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Texas State University.   Her responsibilities include providing administration and oversight of the university band program, conducting the Wind Symphony, and teaching conducting and band literature courses.  During the 2014-2015 academic year, she also served as Interim Conductor of the Texas State Symphony Orchestra. Performances under her direction garner consistent accolades from audience members, composers, and fellow performers for their artistry, excitement, beauty, and craft.   While honoring the standard repertoire, Dr. Beatty actively invests in the commissioning and performance of new works.   Recent commissioning projects and premiere performances have included compositions by Robert Beaser, Carter Pann, Michael Ippolito, DJ Sparr, Margaret Brouwer, David Maslanka, Ryan Chase, and Andrew Rindfleisch.

Dr. Beatty maintains a vibrant conducting and teaching schedule outside of the university.  She has been engaged as a conductor with the Austin Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival, for various composers’ recording projects, and for honor bands throughout the country.   Her diverse teaching engagements have included serving as a conducting workshop clinician and providing presentations on a variety of educational and historical topics ranging from 19th century harmoniemusik, to music in American history, and conducting pedagogy.  Additionally, she is a sought-after rehearsal clinician for high school and middle school bands.
 
Prior to her current position, Dr. Beatty held the position of Associate Director of Bands at Texas State University and Northwestern State University Louisiana.  Her secondary school teaching experience includes thirteen years as a high school band director.  She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan and holds both a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Beatty is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Phi Beta Mu.

2015: Brian Balmages is an active composer, conductor, producer, and performer. His wind, brass, and orchestral music is in high demand throughout the world and has been performed at conferences including the College Band Directors National and Regional Conferences, the Midwest Clinic, the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the International Trombone Festival, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

His work has been premiered by ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, James Madison University's School of Music, Boston Brass, members of the United States Marine Band, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble.

Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, College Band Directors Eastern Regional Conference, Mid-Atlantic Wind Conductors Conference, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra Brass Ensemble, and an appearance at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

 

 

2014: Scott Stewart is on the Instrumental Music faculty at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as the Director of Wind Studies at Emory University from 1999-2013, where he conducted the Emory Wind Ensemble and taught courses in conducting, wind band literature and history, and film music.  He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.

A native of Cicero, Indiana, Stewart holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Music in Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a Master of Music from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Stewart's instructors include Ray Cramer, Stephen Pratt, David Woodley, Eugene Rousseau, Robert Duke, and Jerry Junkin.

A passionate advocate for new music and living composers, he has commissioned and recorded wind band/ensemble premieres, including music by Jennifer Higdon, Bruce Broughton, John Mackey, Stephen Paulus, Steven Bryant, Jonathan Newman, Libby Larsen, Carolyn Bremer, Kevin Kaska, Todd Stalter, Jim Bonney, Roger Cichy, Kevin Walcyzk, William Pitts, Jonathan Hoffmann, Peter Child, and others. In 2012, NAXOS released CD of Christmas music by the Emory Symphonic Winds ("In the World of Spirits") for wind band/ensemble on the “Wind Band Classics” label. He is an active guest conductor, teacher, clinician, author, speaker, and saxophonist.

2012-13: Thomas Dvorak is Emeritus Professor of Music/Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, a position he held for 29 years, beginning in 1979, until his retirement in 2007. He is currently Music Director of Wind Ensembles for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he directs the various levels of wind ensemble performances and works extensively with their chamber music program.

He has appeared as guest conductor/guest lecturer in 29 states in the United States as well as the countries of Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Japan and Australia. In January of 1994, he became the first American College Conductor to conduct at the University of Launceston’s summerMusic School in Launceston, Tasmania; during that same period of time, he also served as the conducting teacher/mentor for the Conducting Symposium for the Australian Band and Orchestra Association Workshop held in Melbourne, Australia. Following his initial appearance in Australia, Professor Dvorak led the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Bands in 1996, on a concert tour of Australia, concluding with a performance for the Ninth Annual Conference of the Australian Band and Orchestra Association held in Melbourne. Following the Australian tour, he conducted a concert with his university wind ensemble/symphony band at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
 
Professor Dvorak began his teaching career public schools of Dodgeville and McFarland, Wisconsin. The McFarland Band Program, under his guidance, became a nationally recognized instrumental program with performances and clinics at two National MENC conferences (Milwaukee and Cincinnati, grand prize winner of the Red River Valley Festival in Winnipeg, Canada;, and for various performances at the Wisconsin Music Educator’s Conference held annually in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1973, he was awarded a graduate fellowship for Doctoral Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 1974, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor as an Assistant Professor of Music, where one of his primary responsibilities was the con- ducting and directorship of the University Youth Wind Ensemble. In 1978, he led the University of Michigan Youth Wind Ensemble in a performance at the Music Educator’s National Conference in Chicago, IL. During the summer of 1978,and prior to his appointment as Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, he was appointed conductor of the Summer Wind Ensemble and teacher of conducting at his Alma Mater, the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
 
Thomas Dvorak has received numerous awards during his career, including an “Outstanding Secondary Educator of America” award for his distinguished achievements with the McFarland High School Band Program. He has six times been presented the “Citation of Excellence” by the National Band Association for his contributions to bands. In the summer of 2010, he was invited by the National Band Association to serve as one of the Conducting Mentors for their annual symposium for Young Composers and Young Conductors held at Illinois State University in Blooming- ton, IL. His former students now hold prominent positions in our nation’s middle and high schools, college and professional, youth orchestra positions and with the United States Army Band. His biography is listed in the International “Who’s Who in Music” and in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He is also the author of many articles concerning repertoire,composers and conduct- ing. He is the senior author of a repertoire series for school bands published by Manhattan Beach Music, New York, and is the co-editor/author of “Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band” published by GIA Publications, Chicago, IL.