Festivals and Workshops Overview

The NEW Mad River Vocal Arts Festival - October 5 & 6, 2014

The Wright State University School of Music is proud to host THE NEW MAD RIVER VOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL on October 5 and 6, 2014! This two-day event features a highly select honor choir composed of high school singers from all over the state and region!  Students will gather for two days of rehearsal, concerts, and fun, and will have an opportunity to perform in Wright State University's newly renovated Schuster Hall.

If you’ve been to Mad River before, here’s some exciting changes!

View the schedule for the 2014 NEW Mad River Vocal Arts Festival!

View the repertoire list for the 2014 NEW Mad River Vocal Arts Festival!

The student fee for Mad River Vocal Arts Festival is $35 and directors and/or chaperones are free. Three types of online registration are available:

Questions? Contact Dr. Hank Dahlman at hank.dahlman@wright.edu

Reeds Festival - November 22, 2014

The Wright State Reeds Festival is comprised of three concurrent festivals:

  • Clarinet Festival
  • Double Reed Festival
  • Saxophone Festival

The Clarinet Festival

The Wright State University Clarinet Festival brings together clarinetists from all over Ohio and beyond for master-classes, clinics, and to provide a unique performance opportunity for all participating clarinetists to work closely with our special guest clinicians and the WSU Clarinet Studio! Open to all High School, College, Amateur and Professional Clarinetists (recommended that participants have a minimum 3-4 years experience on clarinet)

HOST:  John Kurokawa

Questions? Contact John Kurokawa at john.kurokawa@wright.edu

The Double Reed Festival

The event brings together double reed players from throughout Southwestern and Central Ohio. The conference is a full day of new ideas and exchanges of knowledge geared towards the needs and interests of high  school students, private studio teachers, and amateur double reed players. The day will include:

  • Classes covering concepts of performing, reed adjustment, the English horn and contrabassoon, and literature with separate offerings for students and adults.
  • The WSU Double Reed Festival is for high school and college students, amateur and professional players, and private studio teachers
  • Cost of the event is $35 This covers all masterclasses, recitals, and events of the day.
  • Everyone should bring an instrument and participate in the clinics and workshops.
  • All festival events will take place on the campus of Wright State University at the Creative Arts Center.

Questions? Contact Bill Jobert at william.jobert@wright.edu

The Saxophone Festival

Chamber rehearsals, master-classes and clinics provide a unique performance opportunity for all participating saxophonists to work closely with the WSU Saxophone Studio and invited guest clinicians.

  • HOST: Dr. Shelley Jagow
  • Master Classes and performances by guest artists and students
  • Ensemble Experience in an assigned Festival Saxophone Quartet
  • Vendors will be on site with instruments to try, and music and supplies to purchase
  • Cost of the event is $35  This covers registration fee; all master classes, recitals, and events; and festival t-shirt
  • Everyone should bring an instrument
  • All festival events will take place on the campus of Wright State University at the Creative Arts Center.
  • All parents and friends are invited to join us at 4:30 pm to hear the student Festival Recital
  • Food trucks will be on site for participants to purchase lunch

Questions? Contact Shellet Jagow at shelley.jagow@wright.edu

Horn & Trombone Festivals - January 19, 2015

We are excited to host the WSU Horn and Trombone Festivals again this year. We bring to you world-renowned guest artists and clinicians for a day of music making, master classes and performances. There will also be industry vendors on site with instruments to try and supplies to purchase. The cost to attend is FREE, but all participants need to register! The festival is open to high school and college students, amateurs and professionals. 

The festivals will also be host to several performance competitions including Student and Young Artists Divisions for both, Solo Trombone and Solo Horn, as well as a Composition Contest for Horn. Competition applicants should submit their application fee by selecting to enter one of the competitions at the bottom of the festival registration. Applicants will then be assessed a $25 fee to be entered to compete in any of the three competitions.

Questions? Contact Jonas Thoms at jonas.thoms@wright.edu or Gretchen McNamara at gretchen.mcnamara@wright.edu

Tri-State Honor Band - February 19-21, 2015

For more information, contact Dr. David Booth at david.booth@wright.edu