Events & Special Events

Area Workshop (TMEA/Voice) | Bassoon Day | Bill Watrous Jazz Festival 

Choir Invitational | Concert Band Festival | Contemporary Music Festival 

Festival of Strings | International Composition Competition | Marching Band Festival



Fall 2014


Festival of Strings

October 3-7, 2014

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), and Scott Holhauser (piano).

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Marching Band Festival

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The SHSU Marching Band Festival is held in Bowers Stadium on the Sam Houston State University campus in Huntsville, Texas. Directors may complete the Entry and Payment Forms through the links provided below. Your entry will not be complete until both forms have been successfully submitted.

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Bassoon Day

October 19, 2014

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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Choir Invitational

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Having begun with an inaugural concert in 2010, the annual SHSU Choir Invitational features Houston area high school choirs in a festive concert setting. Students and directors are afforded a wonderful performance opportunity in the newly opened James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center. This year's invited choirs are Cinco Ranch HS, Conroe HS, Jersey Village HS and Klein Collins HS.

Area Workshop (TMEA/Voice)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The choral program at SHSU is hosting the 4th annual Area Workshop for high school students. SHSU choral and voice faculty, as well as guest clinicians from around the state, will help students put the finishing touches on their All-State Choir music. Guest clinicians include Amy Allibon (Birdville HS) and Danny Detrick (Birdville ISD). The final step to the All-State Choir begins here!



Spring 2015


International Composition Competition

March 1, 2015

Over the past four years in July, nearly 200 Bolivian musicians have gathered in the city of La Paz to create the Bolivian Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus (Encuentro de Jóvenes Músicos Bolivianos) to have master classes with distinguished guest professors and participate in performance, conducting and composition competitions. In anticipation of 2015, representatives of the Bolivian Music Festival and Sam Houston State University have made plans for new and dynamic musical collaborations, part of which involve the creation of the 2015 SHSU/BMF International Composition Competition.

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Bill Watrous Jazz Festival

March 26-28, 2015

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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Contemporary Music Festival

April 9-11, 2015

The SHSU Contemporary Music Festival holds a rich tradition of performing the best of new music on campus. Each year, one of America's top composers is brought in to share their music and special insights with the SHSU and surrounding communities. Past guests include Carter Pann, Michael Byron, Stefan Weisman, David Dzubay, Kyle Gann, Peter Garland, Donald Grantham, and Dan Welcher.

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Concert Band Festival

May 15-16, 2015
The SHSU Concert Band Festival provides an opportunity for young ensembles to perform and record in our acoustically customized concert hall in an inviting, professional environment. We are delighted to welcome performers to the Gaertner Performing Arts Center and the SHSU campus.

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Summer 2015







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1751 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1360


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