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SLU’S HEMBERGER TO CONDUCT
HAMMOND -- Glen Hemberger, director
of bands at Southeastern Louisiana University, will travel to the Netherlands
March 13-15 to conduct an international honor band composed of students
from 48 countries.
Hemberger was invited to serve
as guest conductor for the 20th annual Association for Music in International
Schools (AMIS) Festival at the American School of the Hague. He will conduct
the festival’s International Honor Band, and will also direct the festival
finale on March 15.
Performed by the combined band
and honor chorus, the finale will be the world premiere of “Hymn for Nations
United,” which was composed by former Southeastern music faculty member
Richard Prior, now a member of the faculty at Oklahoma State University.
Prior’s composition, commissioned by AMIS, is based on the United Nations
Hymn with text by W. H. Auden.
“This is truly a special event
of global outreach,” Hemberger said. Students audition for the AMIS festival
from far flung locations such as Amman, New Delhi, Dhaka, Israel, Dubai,
Japan, Warsaw, Prague, and Thailand. The selected ensembles of musicians
and singers present a concert after two days of rehearsals with guest conductors.
Hemberger will share guest conducting duties with Bruce Rogers of Mt. San
Antonio College, who will direct the International Honor Choir. .
At Southeastern, Hemberger directs
the university’s acclaimed Wind Symphony. As director of bands, he guides
all aspects of Southeastern’s band program and coordinates the Department
of Music and Dramatic Arts’ instrumental performance division.
Locally, he will conduct
the Wind Symphony in two concerts this spring. At the Slidell High School
Auditorium on April 10, the Wind Symphony will present a 3 p.m. concert
for area schools and a 7:30 p.m. concert for the general public. On May
5, the symphony will present “Come Memory,” a concert featuring guest clarinetist
John Bruce Yeh, and the Southeastern Concert Choir, University Chorus and
Northshore Chorale. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Southeastern’s
Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
Before joining the Southeastern
faculty, Hemberger served as associate director of bands at Oklahoma State
University, where he was selected the music department's outstanding faculty
member in 1977. He also taught at the University of Rhode Island and was
director of bands at Thornton High School in Colorado.
Hemberger is a graduate of University
of Colorado at Boulder and the University of North Texas. He has appeared
extensively as a conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the United
States, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. He was the first American to conduct
the Chinese Military Armed Police Band housed at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
He was selected as the only American clinician and adjudicator for the
1999 Yamaha European Open International Band Festival and the Norwegian
School Band Championships held in Hamar, Norway, and the 2000 Norwegian
National Wind Band Championships in Trondheim.
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