Honor Ensemble

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2020 WVMEA

HONOR ENSEMBLE

WVMEA Honor Ensemble Applications are now CLOSED for the 2020 WVMEA Annual In-Service Conference to be held MARCH 5-7, 2020 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in Charleston, WV. To apply, music director must be a current, active member of NAfME at the time of submission and at the time of the conference;  the total number of members in ensemble must be 19 or more; ensembles may not appear on the WVMEA Conference program in successive programs; ensembles may submit recordings for either traditional honor ensemble or X honor ensemble, but not both; and middle and high school ensembles are encouraged to submit a recording.

A completed honor ensemble application must include all of the following components:
  1. A completed application. (click link below)
  2. Three mp3 recordings. (uploaded on application form)
  3. A copy of a recent concert program and a list of potential repertoire to be performed if selected. Repertoire for the honor ensemble performance at the conference must be approved by the executive board. (uploaded on application form)
  4. A 50 word professional biography and an electronic head shot on behalf of the director to be included in the conference program if selected. (submitted on application form)
  5. A $50 application, payable by credit card. The application fee is used to supplement the WVMEA scholarship fund. A receipt will be sent via email upon submission of this form.

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 9 PM. This window of time ensures that selected directors/ensembles will have time to make logistical arrangements associated with traveling to the conference.  The Honors Ensemble Selection Chair will notify the directors via phone or email of the judge's decisions five weeks before the conference.  Questions may be submitted via email to Honor Ensemble Chair Neil Randolph at ranfam101@comcast.net.


Please read the full listing of application information thoroughly at the link below before submitting an application.

2020 Honor Ensembles

MS Band / MS Choir

MS Band / MS Choir

Blennerhassett MS Band
William Cosby is an active performer and educator in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Mr. Cosby is in his 11th year of teaching and his 5th year as the Director of Bands at Blennerhassett. He also serves as the State S&E Chair as well as the Music Coordinator for Arts Alive.
High School Band

High School Band

George Washington High School
Mark Hardman is in his twenty third year as Director of Bands at George Washington High School, where he conducts the concert band, directs the marching band, and teaches private lessons and chamber ensembles. He also teaches AP music theory and music appreciation. In addition he serves as lead teacher of instrumental music for Kanawha County Schools.

Mr. Hardman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and a Master of Music degree in applied conducting from West Virginia University. Under his leadership, GW concert bands and jazz ensembles have made numerous appearances at WVMEA Conferences as Honor Finalist ensembles.
High School Choir

High School Choir

Parkersburg High School
Joshua Dubs is the vocal music teacher at Parkersburg High School where he directs a freshman choir, Chamber Choir, and the A Cappella Choir. Joshua earned his B.S. in Music Education at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA where he sang with The Genevans, a choir specializing in a cappella music. Joshua has assisted with several ensembles at the Smoot Theatre and served as musical director for the Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s production of “Sister Act”. In addition, he serves as the Worship Leader at Tri-City Baptist Church in Parkersburg, WV. Most recently, Joshua had the pleasure of taking his Chamber Choir to Washington D.C. to perform in the White House—an honor that will not be forgotten.
HS / MS Orchestra

HS / MS Orchestra

University High School
The University High School Symphony Orchestra is in its first year of existence as a standalone group. The strings program was started in 2003 by previous director Joel Cotter. Under Mr. Cotter, University High School students earned WVMEA Honor Ensemble recognition in 2009, 2015, and 2017 as part of the combined University High School/Morgantown High School Orchestra. Corey Orban is the Orchestra Director at University High School.
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