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Holy Family College students performed with the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Honors Band

Posted On February 18, 2019

MANITOWOC, Wis. – Three instrumental majors from the Music Department at Holy Family College were accepted to play in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Honors Band during the National Band Association’s Wisconsin Chapter Convention held Jan. 17-19, 2019 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Holy Family College students Benjamin Karnitz, Michael Stearns and Allyson Wasmer rehearsed and performed under the baton of the distinguished conductor Mark Camphouse, playing alongside their peers from other institutions around the state.

Benjamin Karnitz_HeadshotTrombonist Benjamin Karnitz is a junior working toward a degree in Performance & Pedagogy. Percussionist Michael Stearns, a junior, and trumpeter Allyson Wasmer, a sophomore, are both pursuing degrees in Music Education. 

“This was the first time in the history of the Music Department that three instrumental majors were accepted,” said Dr. Diana Shapiro, associate professor of Piano and Undergraduate Music department chair. “The opportunity to be a part of the 65-plus member band, to enjoy the sound and learn great repertoire is an invaluable learning experience for any young musician. It is something that, undoubtedly, opened up a whole new level of music possibilities for them.”

Michael Stearns_HeadshotDr. Shapiro adds, “This is the biggest representation for an important instrumental event the music department has ever had and it demonstrates the quality of our students and the education they receive.”

According to the organization’s website, the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association “sponsors professional development events, an annual state conference and honor bands at the middle school, high school, and university levels.”

Ally Wasmer_ HeadshotFor more information about the undergraduate music programs at Holy Family College, contact Dr. Diana Shapiro at diana.shapiro@holyfamilycollege.edu or 920-686-6172.

PHOTOS: Benjamin Karnitz (top). Michael Sterns (center). Allyson Wasmer (bottom). Submitted