Wilkes University


Civic Band Invited to Perform at State Conference

Dr. Philip Simon, Director of Bands, and Dr. Steven Thomas, Chair of the Division of Performing Arts, are delighted to announce that the Wilkes University Civic Band is invited to perform for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Spring Inservice Conference in Hershey, PA on March 31, 2016.  The band was selected from a field of 130 auditioned groups to present a concert as the featured college/community ensemble.  Two other University level groups, the Duquesne University Wind Ensemble, and the Mansfield University Wind Symphony were also selected to perform at the Conference.

Professor Bruce Yurko, eminent American composer and conductor and graduate of Wilkes (69), has accepted Dr. Simon’s invitation to guest conduct one of his pieces on the concert.  This is the first time in the history of Wilkes Music Program that an ensemble of Wilkes musicians has performed for a State conference.  More information on this performance, including auditions for the Civic Band for spring semester are available from Dr. Simon at philip.simon@wilkes.edu, or 570-408-4437.