The West Virginia University Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Creative Arts Center.
The concert in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre will be the symphonys first under the direction of John Hendricks, who became the new conductor of the group after succeeding Don Wilcox as director of bands at WVU last spring.
The concert will feature Dearl J. Drury, assistant conductor, and Jonathan Neiderhiser, graduate student conductor.
The program will include the overture toColas Breugnonby Dmitri Kabalevsky;O Magnum Mysteriumby Morten Lauridsen;Suite Francaiseby Darius Milhaud;Hill-Song No. 2by Percy Grainger;Postcardby Frank Ticheli;Galactic Empiresby David Gillingham; andFlightby Claude T. Smith.
As the premier concert group of the seven University bands, the WVU Wind Symphony is made up of the finest wind and percussion performers in the College of Creative Arts. It has performed in more than 20 states and in Europe, as well as for national conferences of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association and the Music Educators National Conference. The group performed at the Kennedy Center in 1988 and in 2002.
Hendricks was WVU s assistant director of bands for 12 years and was also director of the Mountaineer Marching Band for seven years before becoming WVU director of bands. He also conducts the WVU Concert Band, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses, and oversees undergraduate academic advising for the Division of Music.
His past duties at WVU also include directing the WVU Pep Band, as well as instructing several music education courses. He served as assistant chair of the Division of Music, coordinator of Mountaineer Music Camp and conductor of the Studio Orchestra. Prior to his appointments at WVU , Hendricks was the assistant director of bands at Rutgers University and served for five years as the band director at Spencer High School.
In 2003, Hendricks was selected as the West Virginia Band Director of the Year, presented by the Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the international bandmasters fraternity. He is a highly sought-after arranger for university and high school bands, as well as a coordinator for various events and conferences.
A native of Shepherdstown, W.Va., and a graduate of Jefferson High School, Hendricks has had a long affiliation with the WVU band program. He received his masters degree in conducting and his bachelors degree in music education from WVU . While working toward his masters degree, he was actively involved with the WVU Bands as a graduate assistant. He is also a past drum major for the WVU Marching Band.
In addition to his current teaching duties, Hendricks is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the eastern United States. He is a member of several professional music affiliations, including the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Beta Mu. He is currently state chair for the College Band Directors National Association, treasurer for the WVU Music Alumni Association and co-adviser for the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. He also served several years as the public relations chair for the West Virginia Music Educators Association. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Golden Key National Honor Society and the WVU Mountain Honorary.
Tickets for the Wind Symphony Concert are available by calling the WVU Office at (304) 293-SHOW.