Honors Band Festival

Honors Band

Stay tuned for more information regarding how we will be holding these festivals safely in May 2021

Join us for a weekend of high-level music making. The best high school band students from all over New York are invited to participate. Similar to the NYSSMA conference, students spend a weekend in rehearsals and sectionals preparing for their Sunday concert. We make sure there is time for lots of food and fun as well!

Meet the Director

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Dr. Paul Shewan

Paul Shewan, Director of the Honors Band Festival, is Professor of Instrumental Music at Roberts Wesleyan College where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. He is also Professor of trumpet and conducting. He earned a BS in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, and both his MM in Trumpet Performance and DMA in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. Shewan is guest conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous festival ensembles throughout the United States. He is a member of the trumpet section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and performs chamber music extensively throughout the Northeast. He has recorded as soloist and conductor on the Albany Record label.

Teacher Recommendation

Attention band teachers! We are looking for your exceptional and hard working students to participate in our honors festival. Using our Google drive form, please submit recommendations for all of your students who choose to apply. You will need to submit one recommendation per student. Your feedback is weighed heavily in the acceptance process. A recommendation for each student is required. Students without a recommendation will not be considered. To submit your recommendations, visit TEACHER RECOMMENDATION. You can also email your recommendations to Katie O'Donnell at Odonnell_Katie@roberts.edu if that is more convenient.

How Students Apply

Our application process is all online! Visit: HONORS BAND STUDENT REGISTRATION to submit your application. Please make sure to fill out all of the information accurately.

Teacher Recommendations are required for all applying students. See information above for more information.

Participation Fee:
Registration information must be submitted by Wednesday, September 11, 2019 (this is an extension of the previous deadline). A $120 participation fee will be due upon notification of acceptance. The fee covers all accommodations, meals, music and other expenses. You can now pay online! Visit www.roberts.edu/festivalpayment.

Discount available!

If you submit your information by Monday, June 24, 2019, the participation fee will be reduced to $95 if you are accepted.

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