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2017-18 Bethel College Honor Band and Orchestra Festival

Now in its fifth year, the Bethel College Honor Band and Orchestra Festival provides rewarding musical experiences for high school wind and percussion students and their directors. Working with nationally renowned guest conductors and composers, students rehearse and perform high-caliber repertoire with others from across the region.

The event is hosted by Dr. Adam V. Fontana, Bethel College Director of Instrumental Music.

Nominate your student-musicians by November 17, 2017

To be considered for the festival, all students must first be nominated by their school band or orchestra director (private instructors may nominate if a student does not have a school band or orchestra program).

We ask that directors nominate the students that are most deserving of participating in an honor ensemble (good players, hard workers, etc).  Directors may nominate up to 15 students per school. We accept students to the festival based on several factors, including the number of nominations we receive, the instrumentation that we need in our ensembles, and the information provided in director nominations.  At least one student from each nominating school will be accepted.

Please note: We do not collect student contact information during the nomination period, so we ask directors to make sure that all accepted students know they have been accepted.  With the acceptance email, we will send a letter with information about how to register. This should be distributed to accepted students by their directors.

Cost: $50 per student, which includes lunch, dinner and a Bethel t-shirt

Festival Date: February 3, 2018

Location: Bethel College Campus, North Newton, KS

Nominations open: October 1, 2017

Nomination Deadline: November 17, 2017

Acceptance list posted: November 27, 2017

Registration Opens: November 27, 2017

Registration Deadline: January 5, 2018

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.