Music festivals celebrate art and culture and are a platform for musicians to showcase their talents and connect with fellow music enthusiasts. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music takes pride in hosting diverse music festivals throughout the year, providing valuable opportunities for students and the wider community to immerse themselves in the world of music.
Our festivals showcase the diversity of musical expressions, promote artistic growth, and facilitate connections among musicians and music enthusiasts. Whether you are a student looking to expand your musical horizons, an aspiring artist seeking a platform to showcase your talent, or a music lover eager to immerse yourself in a vibrant musical atmosphere, our college’s music festivals offer something for everyone. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming festivals, guest artists and clinician announcements, and join us in celebrating the power and beauty of music!
Participants of all ages and performance levels are invited to join Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music for Double Reed Day! The University of Memphis oboe and bassoon professors Michelle Vigneau and Daryn Zubke invite you to attend a day of master classes, workshops and a double reed choir.Participants will enjoy a day full of master classes, artist recitals and the Double Reed Ensemble. A separate reed-making masterclass will offer multiple stations showing guests how to make reeds step-by-step. The final reed station will be with our guest artists, where they will show how to finish a reed.
The 2023 University of Memphis Community Clarinet Festival is a free, fun, unique musical experience sponsored by the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music.
Open to clarinetists of all ages are invited to enjoy a day full of:
- Classes for all levels of All-West Clarinet Audition Music (middle and high school)
- Performance by Dr. Robyn Jones and guest teachers
- “A Day in the Life”: members of the University of Memphis clarinet studio will perform and talk about what it’s like to pursue music in college
- Breakout sessions on various topics such as: reed care, mindfulness for musicians and auxiliary instruments (e-flat, bass clarinet)
- Clarinet choir reading session and informal performance, followed by a reception
Experience the magic of music at the 34th Annual Honor Band Festival hosted by the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. This prestigious three-day event brings together talented high school musicians from across the region for a memorable musical experience.
The festival begins with rehearsals led by esteemed conductors, allowing participants to enhance their musical skills and collaborate with their peers. The two Honor Bands, carefully selected from the top high school musicians, will showcase their talent and dedication through inspiring performances.
One of the highlights of the Honor Band is an exceptional performance by the Univeristy Wind Ensemble and Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra for the Honor Band participants, parents and directors.
The 5th Annual Percussion Ensemble Festival presents an exciting and enriching event for high school percussionists and enthusiasts. Bringing together talented individuals and esteemed professionals to celebrate percussion music and provide educational opportunities, the festival features high school solo and ensemble performances.
During the Percussion Ensemble Festival, the participating percussion ensembles can work closely with guest clinicians in a masterclass setting. This format allows the ensembles to receive personalized feedback, guidance and instruction from these experienced percussionists. In addition, the clinicians and Dr. Bill Shaltis, assistant professor of percussion, will share their expertise, offer tips and advice, and discuss important topics related to percussion performance.