NORFOLK, NE – A new music festival at Northeast Community College will draw a number of area high school musicians and singers to campus soon.
HAWKFEST will be held Monday, October 22. It will feature over 80 students, approximately 40 each in band and choir, from 17 area high schools.
The honor band will be under the direction of Kevin McLouth, director of instrumental studies at Northeast, while the honor choir will be led by Stewart Cramer, Northeast’s director of vocal activities.
McLouth said the students earned entrance to HAWKFEST through an audition process.
They will rehearse throughout the day and give a public performance of their work at 5:30 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on Northeast’s Norfolk campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
Participating high schools include Battle Creek, Columbus Lakeview, Elkhorn Valley, Neligh-Oakdale, Norfolk, O’Neill, Osmond, Orchard, Pender, Pierce, Plainview, Randolph, St. Edward, Shelby-Rising City, Wakefield and Winside.
HAWKFEST is a joint effort between the College and the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble (NAJE). A performing ensemble and nonprofit organization, NAJE was formed by the late Dr. Jim Boullion to help promote music in northeast Nebraska.
For more information, contact Kevin McLouth, director of instrumental studies, at (402) 844-7355.