Northwest High School Honor Band

January 4-5, 2019
Pacific Lutheran University
253-535-7602

The Northwest High School Honor Bands will feature music performed by approximately 250 of the finest high school musicians from Idaho, Oregon and Washington. These outstanding high school students are recommended for participation in the event by their high school band directors and the concert is a culmination of two days of intense rehearsals with guest clinicians.

Honor Band is hosted by Pacific Lutheran University under the direction of Dr. Ed Powell and Dr. Ron Gerhardstein.

Honor Band Schedule

Dr. Donald McKinney

Donald J. McKinney is Director of Bands and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He conducts the CU Wind Symphony, guides the graduate wind-conducting program and oversees the university band program. Prior to his appointment at CU Boulder, McKinney was the Director of Wind Ensembles and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. While teaching at LSU, the Wind Ensemble performed for the South Central Regional Music Conference and was invited to perform for the 2013 College Band Directors National Association Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.

He has held faculty positions at Interlochen Arts Academy and Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music. From 2010-2015, he was the Coordinator of Bands for Interlochen Arts Camp. In this capacity, he conducted the World Youth Wind Symphony and administered the summer band program. As a guest conductor he has appeared with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Concordia Santa Fe, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra and numerous honor ensembles. On numerous occasions, his performances with the Dallas Wind Symphony have been featured on National Public Radio Performance Today.

His recording credits include projects with the Dallas Wind Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Band, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Keystone Wind Ensemble and the Duquesne University Wind Symphony. In 2015-16, he is the guest conductor for the Texas All-State 5A Symphonic Band as well as concerts in Canada, Costa Rica, Washington, Missouri, New York and Texas.

McKinney has published articles in five volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Band. For the same project, he has performed for three recordings with the North Texas Wind Symphony. He has also authored a chapter about composer Jennifer Higdon for the book Women of Influence in Contemporary Music published by Scarecrow Press. After participating in the Second Frederick Fennell Conducting Masterclass, he was named a finalist for the Thelma A. Robinson Award by the Conductors Guild. He has been nominated for a LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Dr. McKinney holds degrees from Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Michigan. His primary conducting teachers include Michael Haithcock, Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Robert Cameron and additional study with H. Robert Reynolds and Frank Battisti.

Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger

Jaclyn Hartenberger serves as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Georgia where she conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate conducting. Dr. Hartenberger received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of Jerry F. Junkin. While serving as a graduate conducting associate, she conducted various ensembles, wrote transcriptions and arranged and charted for the Longhorn Band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, where she performed and recorded with the prestigious UNT Wind Symphony. Dr. Hartenberger’s teaching experiences in developing successful award winning band programs at the secondary education levels include serving as Associate Director of Bands at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, TX and Associate Director of Bands at Centennial High School in Frisco, TX.
As an accomplished clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Hartenberger has served as a visiting conductor in concert with the West Point Band in New York; the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble in St. Louis, Missouri; and most recently traveled to Zlin, Czech Republic to work with Larry Rachleff and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic. Dr. Hartenberger has presented professional workshops/clinics that focused on ensemble concepts for the developing performer at the Missouri State Music Educator’s Annual conference; at the Texas Independent School District In-Services, and at the National Association for Music Education – Southwest Division Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Her professional affiliations are the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

High school directors please use this link to our on-line nomination form to recommend students you would like to participate in the Northwest High School Honor Band. The nomination deadline is October 19, 2018. We ask that before nominating a student, please check with each student concerning his or her availability. There is participant fee of $110 for each student participating in the Honor Band.

Link to the Honor Band information letter, schedule.

Nominations for January 2019 are now closed.

Northwest High School Honor Band
Pacific Lutheran University / Department of Music
Tacoma, WA 98447

Fax Number: 253/535-8669
e-mail: honrband@plu.edu

High school students who are accepted to participate in the Northwest High School Honor Band will receive confirmation around November 6 through their high school director.

Honor Band Registration Form

Confirmation: Please complete the order form above, print it, and mail it with your remittance to PLU by December 14th. Thank you.

  • Participant fees: $110 (non-refundable) / Deadline: December 14, 2018.
  • Concert CD: $20

Audition Materials for Chair Placement

After participant’s check in on January 4th, chair placement auditions will be held in various rooms in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center. Please open and print the PDF version of your part for your instrument and practice prior to the January 4th check in.

Flute, Oboes, Clarinet (B-Flat), Clarinet (Bass), Clarinet (Contra Bass), Bassoon, Sax (Alto), Sax (Bari), Sax (Tenor), Trumpet/Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium TC, Euphonium BC, Tuba, Mallets, Snare Drum, Timpani, Double Bass

JANUARY 5, 2019

5:00pm Performance
Northwest High School
Concert Band

and

6:30pm Performance
Northwest High School
Symphonic Band

The concerts are held in Lagerquist Concert Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center. Free Admission / No Tickets.

General information regarding your time at PLU for Honor Band

ATTIRE: For the performances, students should plan on wearing standard concert attire that they would normally wear for school performances.  Aside from the concerts, casual dress is appropriate.