Four State Band Festival

May 2, 2019

Information for 2019 Festival Coming Soon

2018 Guest Conductors

Caroline Beatty

Caroline Beatty is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Texas State University. Her responsibilities include providing administration and oversight of the university band program, conducting the Wind Symphony, and teaching conducting and band literature courses. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she also served as Interim Conductor of the Texas State Symphony Orchestra. Performances under her direction garner consistent accolades from audience members, composers, and fellow performers for their artistry, excitement, beauty, and craft. While honoring the standard repertoire, Dr. Beatty actively invests in the commissioning and performance of new works. Recent commissioning projects and premiere performances have included compositions by Robert Beaser, Carter Pann, Michael Ippolito, DJ Sparr, Margaret Brouwer, David Maslanka, Ryan Chase, and Andrew Rindfleisch.

Dr. Beatty maintains a vibrant conducting and teaching schedule outside of the university. She has been engaged as a conductor with the Austin Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival, for various composers’ recording projects, and for honor bands throughout the country. Her diverse teaching engagements have included serving as a conducting workshop clinician and providing presentations on a variety of educational and historical topics ranging from 19th century harmoniemusik, to music in American history, and conducting pedagogy. Additionally, she is a sought-after rehearsal clinician for high school and middle school bands.


Joni Greene

Joni Greene’s music is described as “rich, colorful, and expressive.” Her music is regularly performed throughout the United States and Canada and has received a number of international premieres. Her diverse catalog includes works for band, choir, orchestra, chamber ensemble, and chamber opera. Recent and notable awarded prizes include the 2nd and 3rd Frank Ticheli competition, ASCAP/Lotte Lehman “Damien Top” Prize, and the ACC Band Directors Association Emerging Artist Grant. Her work, The Moon Glistens, will be released on the 2016 Kansas University Wind Ensemble recording by Klavier Music Productions.

Ms. Greene is frequently performed and commissioned by consortiums, universities, school districts and chamber ensembles. Notable and upcoming commissions include works for opera and wind ensemble, soprano voice and chamber ensemble, concert band, and a harp concerto. Featured festival performances include the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference in Taiwan, the Las Americas en Concierto/Composers in New York, and the Albert Roussel International Festival in France.


Jason H. Nam

Dr. Nam is Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs the Concert Band and teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental conducting, administration of school bands, and wind band repertoire. Nam keeps a very busy schedule as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician across the United States. He has served as a faculty member and assistant director of the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic, and serves as resident music director of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble—a selective, Bloomington-based community wind band. In addition, he was recently honored to be named a national finalist for The American Prize in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble division) in 2017. Nam earned a Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting degree from the Jacobs School, where he studied with Stephen W. Pratt, as well as an M.M. in Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where he studied with Eddie R. Smith.

Application Information

Information for 2019 Festival Coming Soon

DATE:  Thursday, May 2, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, March 1, 2019

ELIGIBILITY:  High School musicians (grades 9-12) recommended by their high school band directors.


TBA - Information for the 2019 Festival is coming soon!!

FOUR STATE BANDS:  These bands will provide an excellent musical and educational experience for the proficient music student and will afford an opportunity to combine the talents of students from the four-state region.  The ensembles will rehearse with the guest clinicians and perform on the Festival Concert. 

FEE:  The cost for each student participant is $20.00, which includes the day's activities and a lunch.  The registration fee is payable at the time of notification of selection and acceptance by the student.

BAND PERSONNEL:  Participants for the bands will be chosen and placed on the basis of 1) musical honors achieved (all-state, all-district, etc.)  2) director's recommendation 3) instrumentation needs 4) seniority in school and 5) promptness of application. Directors are asked to be as informative and as accurate as they can be in their recommendations. We hope that students will regard it as a privilege to play in the Four State Festival Bands and will accept their seating as assigned.

FORMAL CONCERT:  The Festival Concert will be at 7:00pm on the evening of May 2nd.  The Festival Honor Bands will perform on the concert with the PSU Wind Ensemble. All of the participants are asked to wear their respective concert attire. If there is any question, coats and ties for men and dresses for women would be appropriate.

SCHEDULE, MUSIC, INSTRUCTIONS:  A complete schedule, the assigned music, and a set of instructions will be sent to each student via the school when selected.

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Mail your Four State Band Festival applications to:
Dr. Andrew Chybowski
Department of Music
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Fax them to: 620-235-4468

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