Release Date: January 22, 2007
Music students selected for national intercollegiate band
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(Above) Theresa Stephens
(Below) Cole McDonald
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 22, 2007)—Three Kennesaw State University music majors have been selected for the 2007 College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Band. They are Theresa Stephens of Kennesaw, who plays clarinet; Cole McDonald of Kennesaw, who plays horn; and Melissa Fultz of Gainesville, who also plays horn.
More than 275 students from across the nation were nominated for this elite group, but only 85 were selected. The CBDNA Intercollegiate Band will perform at the University of Michigan during the CBDNA conference in March 2007 under the direction of Frank Ticheli, a member and composer at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.
Theresa Stephens has participated in the southeastern division of this national band twice before. She has also performed with the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall for the last three years; she will return to that ensemble again in May 2007.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to play with other talented people from around the nation. It is always a good experience to play under other conductors and learn what you can from them,” Stephens said.
Like Stephens, Cole McDonald also has performed with National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and the CBDNA southeastern band. Additionally, he has participated in the Honor Band of America.
“It is a great honor to be selected to participate in the CBDNA Intercollegiate Band,” McDonald said. “I look forward to getting to work with Frank Ticheli.”
This is Melissa Fultz’s first national band experience. “I was so excited to be nominated and selected for this,” she said. “To be able to play for Frank Ticheli is nothing short of amazing! He writes amazing music for horns, so I can’t wait.”
The repertoire for the 2007 CBDNA Intercollegiate Band includes three pieces composed by Ticheli as well as works by Percy Grainger and Donald Grantham.
The KSU Department of Music will cover the students’ transportation and housing costs.
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