Rowan University WindFest

Rowan University WindFest

Rowan University WindFest 2023

Tuesday, Decemeber 12, 2023  

rehearsal photo
Honor Band musicians in rehearsal with Dr. Higgins at WindFest 2019

Rowan University Bands present the WindFest Honor Band & Masterclasses for Outstanding High School Musicians

The Rowan University WindFest Honor Band is an intensive event for select high school musicians from throughout NJ, PA, DE & NY. Participants will enjoy challenging repertoire and exciting rehearsals, working alongside Rowan's world-class faculty and exceptional university students in performance and masterclass settings.The event concludes with a concert in beautiful Pfleeger Concert Hall featuring the WindFest Honor Band alongside the Rowan University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band.

This year, we are thrilled to feature the music of composer-in-residence Katahj Copley.

Katahj Copley

Payment: The cost for WindFest 2023 is $25 per student, which includes a t-shirt and two meals. Payment in cash or check (made out to "Rowan University") should be mailed upon acceptance or simply brought to campus on December 12th. Directors may ask their students to pay individually on-site, or directors may choose to pay with cash/check for all of their students.


Event Schedule:
Tuesday, December 12

9:00am     Registration Begins
9:30am     Ensemble Rehearsal #1
11:00am   Masterclasses with Rowan Faculty
12:30pm   Lunch
1:30pm     Composer Q&A with Katahj Copley
2:00pm     Rehearsal #2 (Combined with RU Wind Ensemble)
3:30pm     Break
4:00pm     Final Run-Through
5:00pm     Open Rehearsal with RU Concert Band
6:00pm     Dinner & Concert Attire
7:30pm     CONCERT in Pfleeger Concert Hall

WindFest Honor Band Program
Katahj Copley – Halcyon Hearts
Morten Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium
Roger Zare – Breathless

HOW TO REGISTER: High school band directors are invited to nominate their students for the 2023 WindFest Honor Band event. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 14th; WindFest acceptance letters will be shared with directors and students by Friday, November 17th. Parts (digital folders) will be sent via email to all selected students before the event. Directors may nominate as many as 10 students per school. While we will do our best to accommodate all students who you think are deserving, we can guarantee that the first 4 students on your list will be accepted. As you complete the form below, please list students in the order you believe they should be accepted. The form requires directors to input each student’s name, email address, grade level, tshirt size, and instrument.

2023 WindFest Director Registration Form

Please do not hesitate to reach out anytime with questions to Dr. Joseph Higgins, Director of Bands ( We look forward to seeing you soon.