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Marietta wind ensemble member chosen for Honor Concert Band

  • September 2013

Angela Sipes ’14

"When I heard I was chosen, the whole picture of what this meant was laid out in front of me — a national band for students from small colleges — it’s like being selected for a U.S. national team. I was floored and bashful. I play the clarinet for fun. This is going to be a challenge as much as it is an opportunity. The things I will learn and the talent I will see is going to leave me speechless; performing WITH these people is going to leave everyone in the audience the same."

Marietta College’s Angela Sipes ’14(Wexford, Pa.) has been chosen to perform in the College Band Directors National Conference’s Small College Intercollegiate Honor Concert Band.

“When I heard I was chosen, the whole picture of what this meant was laid out in front of me — a national band for students from small colleges — it’s like being selected for a U.S. national team. I was floored and bashful,” Sipes said. “I play the clarinet for fun. This is going to be a challenge as much as it is an opportunity. The things I will learn and the talent I will see is going to leave me speechless; performing WITH these people is going to leave everyone in the audience the same.”

The 85-member ensemble represents 60 small colleges and universities from across the United States. Sipes, a clarinetist, is a Biochemistry and Spanish double major with a minor in Leadership Studies.

The National Conference and Honor Concert Band will meet March 20-23, at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Sipes serves as the principal clarinet in the Marietta College’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. She has also been featured clarinet soloist with the Jazz Ensemble.

“Angela will have an unforgettable music experience performing with the Honors Band,” said Marshall Kimball, Associate Professor and Director of Bands. “We are proud to have her represent Marietta College.”

The Small College Intercollegiate Honor Concert Band (SCIB) is formed biannually to recognize the talent of instrumental students in small college and university settings. The general spirit and mission of the SCIB is to provide students the opportunity to perform high quality literature at the National Conference under a renowned conductor.

This year conductor is Dr. Craig Kirchhoff, professor of conducting and director of university bands at the University of Minnesota. Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Europe and Scandinavia.

College band members perform in OPCICA Honor Bands

  • September 2013

Nine Marietta College students were selected and performed for the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) Honor Band during a three-day festival at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.

Patrick Specht ’16 (Glenview,  Ill.) was on the baritone saxophone and he was Marietta’s representative in the OPCICA Honor Jazz Ensemble.

Performing with the OPCICA Honor Band were Jane Thomson ’13 (Marietta, Ohio), French horn; Tara Wise ’15 (Waynesburg, Pa.), French horn; Alexis Steiner ’16 (Wooster, Ohio), bassoon; Angela Sipes ’14 (Wexford, Pa.), clarinet; Jenna Skoglund ’15 (Westerville, Ohio); trombone, Hannah Tumolo ’14 (Zelienople, Pa.), trombone; Jack McKarns ’16 (Ann Arbor, Mich.), trombone; and Elidee Pecina ’15 (Houston, Texas), flute.

The honors festival weekend concluded with a concert on Sunday afternoon by both Bands in Secrest Auditorium in Zanesville, Ohio.

Students were accompanied by Marshall C. Kimball, President of OPCICA and Associate Professor in the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music and Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Marietta College.

Founded in 1987 by Dr. Ken Kleszynski (Otterbein College), and Dr. William Schlacks (Muskingum College), OPCICA is comprised of more than 20 private colleges and universities in the state of Ohio. The primary purpose of the organization is to develop a closer network of communication and resource sharing among the instrumental departments, divisions, or conservatories of the various privately funded member institutions of higher education.

An additional purpose of the organization is to sponsor an annual honors festival featuring an Honors Concert Band and an Honors Jazz Ensemble, each comprised of students from the participating schools. The first honors band festival was held on Jan. 24, 1988, at Capital University. Festivals have been held every year since with the location rotating between the various member schools. These festivals have enriched the lives of hundreds of college instrumentalists as well as the conductors from many of the state's private institutions.

Music Education Majors Receive Student Teaching Scholarships

  • September 2013

The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music of Marietta College is proud to announce that senior music education majors, Nicholas Giebel ’11, and Mary Rizzardi ’11, both from Pittsburgh, PA, were each awarded scholarships from the Ohio Foundation for Music Education, a division of the Ohio Music Education Association. Scholarships are awarded annually to assist music education students during their student teaching semester. Recipients were chosen through an application and essay competition. This year, four scholarships were awarded.

Giebel, an instrumental music education major, is student teaching at Marietta High School and Marietta Middle School under band directors, Ernie Cornell and Nick Marzola. Rizzardi, a vocal music education major, is student teaching with Elizabeth Thacker, choir director at Marietta High School and Marietta Middle School and with J. D. Benson, music teacher at Phillips Elementary School.

Marshall Kimball, advisor for the local chapter of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference and also the state advisor for the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators National Conference, commented, “We are very pleased that two of our music education majors received these scholarships. Both individuals are very deserving and will represent the OFME well during their student teaching experience.”

“That two of the four scholarships for the state of Ohio went to Marietta College Music Education students speaks highly not only of the quality of our music education program, but of the students and faculty working in it,” says Dr. Daniel Monek, chairman of the Department of Music. “Both of these students are to be commended for the many years of hard work that these awards represent.”