Events & Special Events

Bill Watrous Jazz Festival | Concert Band Festival

Contemporary Music Festival | International Composition Competition

Marching Band Festival | Piano Festival

Fall 2015

Festival of Strings

October 2-5, 2015

The yearly Festival of Strings encompasses four days of string related activities and events including faculty and guest artist recitals, master classes and orchestra concerts. Recent guests have included renowned artists Mike Bloch (cello), Darol Anger (violin), Ferenc Illenyi (violin), Pamela Frame (cello), and Dylana Jenson (violin).

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Marching Band Festival

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The SHSU Marching Band Festival is held in Bowers Stadium on the Sam Houston State University campus in Huntsville, Texas. Payment and registration info can be accessed through the links provided below.

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Bassoon Day

October 18, 2015

The SHSU Bassoon Day is a free event for young bassoonists in grades 7-12 where they can spend an afternoon immersed in chamber music, masterclasses, and performances. Additionally, high school participants receive tailored instruction on their TMEA all-state audition music. The event culminates in a large ensemble performance for family and friends featuring a side-by-side concert with SHSU faculty and students.

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Spring 2016

Bill Watrous Jazz Festival

April 1-2, 2016

The SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival is a competitive, educational event. High school and college jazz bands perform every 30 minutes throughout the day and receive critique sheets from each of the nationally known jazz educators and for the educational benefits that result from hearing other groups perform. Awards will be announced and presented during the SHSU Jazz Ensemble closing performances with Bill Watrous and featured guests. This adds an element of excitement to the festivities and recognizes superior individual achievement.

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