UND and area high school students to collaborate at annual music festival


Kate Menzies

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College of Arts & Sciences


The University of North Dakota's Department of Music will host its 29th Annual Honor Band & Choir Festival Jan. 24-26, featuring more than 325 high school students from throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.

These musicians were selected from more than 750 students who auditioned in the fall. While these students are on campus, they will participate in rehearsals, master classes and performances.

A number of performances will be held as part of the festival in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, on the UND campus.

Friday, Jan. 24, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium:

  • 3:45 p.m., The 1:00 Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of UND's Robert Brooks; and The Steel Pan Band, directed by UND Professor Michael Blake.
  • 4 p.m., Festival Showcase Concert.

Featured on the festival concert program will be the UND Varsity Bards Men's Choir and Concert Choir, conducted by Joshua Bronfman; the Allegro Women's Choir and Vivo Chamber Choir, conducted by Melanie Popejoy; the UND Chamber Orchestra, directed by Alejandro Drago; and the UND Wind Ensemble, with James Popejoy as conductor. In addition, the Showcase Concert will feature selected soloists and chamber ensembles. There concert is free and open to the public.

Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium:

  • 1:30 p.m., the UND Honor Band, Women's Honor Choir and Mixed Honor Choir.

The groups will be led by UND music faculty members Joshua Bronfman, James Popejoy and Melanie Popejoy. The three groups also will combine to perform Carmen Dragon's arrangement of America, the Beautiful, as part of the event.

Tickets for this performance are $6 for adults, $3 for students/senior citizens, or $12 per family (two adults, two children), and are available at the door.