Junior High Bands
July 12-18, 2020
Jr. Bands Instrument Closings:
Designed for junior high students who play wind, brass and percussion instruments, the primary focus of this program is developing individual musicianship through a large ensemble setting. During the audition process tudents who express an interest in orchestra will be considered for placement in the Junior Orchestra instead of band. Classes include full ensemble and sectional rehearsals, master classes, and elective courses.
On opening Sunday, students will have a brief audition to determine placement within large ensembles. The week of July 7, some wind players will also be placed in the Junior Orchestra based on this audition. Audition material varies by program and may include sight-reading.
Typical Junior Bands Schedule:
- 8:15- 10:30 am: Full Band Rehearsal
- 10:45- 11:45 am: Sectionals
- Noon- 1:15 pm: Lunch
- 1:15- 2:15 pm: Full Band Rehearsal
- 2:30-3:30 pm: Technique Class
- 3:45- 4:45 pm: Electives
- 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
- 10:30: Lights out
Conductors for 2020
Junior Symphonic Band
Kimberly Farris, Robert Morris University
Kimberly Farris serves as Director of Performing Arts at Robert Morris University-Illinois. Farris — who holds a Masters in Music Education from the University of Ilinois in Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Administrative Leadership from Concordia University in River Forest — oversees the Eagles choir, instrumental music, and theatre programs. Prior to her arrival at Robert Morris, Farris spent four years directing the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band at Wilmette Junior High School and Marie Murphy Middle School in Wilmette, Illinois. Farris also served 17 years as a teacher at Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard, Illinois and four years in New Lenox School District 122 where she was responsible for conducting the concert band, jazz band, and marching band for all students in grades five through eight.
Farris has directed the summer music program for Maine Township High School District 207 and instructed flute methods coursework at Northwestern University. Competition bands under the direction of Farris have consistently received Division I Superior ratings by the Illinois Grade School Music Association. The Westlake Band made numerous appearances at the University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival and was named the 2008 Junior Division Honor Band. In addition, her performers were invited to serve as a clinic band for the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference held in Chicago.
Junior Concert Band
Myra Rhoden, Fayette County High School, Georgia
Dr. Myra Rhoden serves as the Band Director and Fine Arts Department Chairperson at Fayette County High School (GA). A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, she holds degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Rhoden was named the NAFME 2018 National Band Director of the Year, has been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence on four occasions, has been named STAR Teacher and Teacher of the Year, and was presented the 1995 Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award, a national award given to one teacher in each state for an outstanding first year of teaching.
Dr. Rhoden has been selected for presentations at The Midwest Clinic, Music for All Summer Symposium, VanderCook College of Music MECA Continuing Education Program, the Youth Orchestra of LA at the Heart of Los Angeles, the Wyoming and Georgia Music Educators Association Conferences, and various schools and camps throughout the country. She has had the distinct pleasure of being a guest conductor for The United States Army Field Band of Washington, D. C. and the Tara Winds of Atlanta, Georgia. She is the founder of the Athena Music and Leadership Camp (athenacamp.com), an all-girls band/orchestra summer camp that was created to promote musical excellence while emphasizing leadership and team-building skills. She is also honored to be a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician and a member of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. She resides in Fayetteville, Georgia with her husband, Errol Jr., and son, Errol III.