PORTSMOUTH — Music teachers and students from Clay, East, Green, Minford, New Boston, Northwest, Oak Hill, Portsmouth, South Webster, Valley, West and Wheelersburg will be participating in this year’s 74th Annual Scioto County Honors Music Festival.
The Scioto County Junior High Honors Band, and High School Honors Band and Honors Choir, will perform at the mustic festival on March 8, at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts in Portsmouth.
Dr. Scott Woodard, of West Virginia State University, will be conducting the Honors Band with 66 members.
Woodard’s bands have consistently been rated “Superior” at state, regional and national festivals of music, and his WVSU Jazz Ensemble performed by invitation in Vienna, Graz and Salzburg, Austria in November of 2007. His study of conducting has taken him all over the world as a contestant in workshops and competitions.
In 2005 and 2011, Woodard conducted orchestras of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society and the Mariinsky Theatre in concerts throughout the former Russian capitol.
In 2006, he was named First Prize winner of the International Conductor’s Workshop Competition and served as Guest Conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra in Macon, Georgia.
In the summer of 2011, Woodard was awarded the First Prize at the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in St. Petersburg and is now a full faculty member of the academy.
Dr. Stanley Workman, of Shawnee State University, will be conducting the Honors Choir with 83 members. Workman received his bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Kent State University and a Master of Music from Memphis State University.
He received additional training at Indiana University where he was a student of the late Margaret Harshaw. He has appeared in leading and supporting roles with the Kent Opera Theatre, Cleveland Opera Theatre, Memphis, and Indiana University Opera Theatre.
The evening starts at 6:45 p.m. with the 52-member Junior High Honors Band performing musical selections prior to the High School Festival.
Guest Conductor Joshua Boyer will lead them in their performance. Boyer is in his first year as Assistant Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at Ohio University. In addition to his duties with the Marching 110, he also conducts the University Concert Band and assists with courses in Music Education.
The High School Honors Band and Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m.
During the Music Festival two students will be awarded scholarships to attend a college or university at which they wish to study music.
Admission will be $5.00, and tickets will be sold in the lobby on the evening of the event, with all proceeds benefiting future Honors Music Festivals. One ticket will admit audience members to both performances.