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Mount Vernon Nazarene University hosts honors band day of education

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University is proud to host the 2018 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 10 middle school and high school honors bands for a day of education and performance on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The event will feature over 200 young musicians from more than 60 schools from Ashland, Coshocton, Delaware, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Morrow and Richland counties. To be eligible for the OMEA Honors Band, students must be nominated by their director. High school students must also submit an audition featuring scales and an etude excerpt. Those chosen also take part in a rehearsal a week prior to the performance.

The day will feature a morning of instruction for both bands, and will culminate with a final concert at 3:30 p.m. in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium on the MVNU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

This year’s District 10 Honor Bands event will feature guest conductor and composer Randall Standridge directing the high school band. A highlight of this year’s concert will be the premiere of a new commissioned work for band, “Havana Nights,” written by Standridge. Dr. Scott E. Woodard will serve as the middle school clinician. Dr. Woodard is the Director of Instrumental Music, and Interim Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at West Virginia State University.

For more information, please contact Tressa Daley at

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.