Southeast Wind Symphony Selected to Perform at MMEA State Conference

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 24, 2011 – The Southeast Missouri State University Wind Symphony has been selected to play for the Missouri Music Educators Association state convention in January. “This is quite an honor,” said Dr. Chris Goeke, chair of the Southeast Department of Music. “Groups were selected through a blind audition and only three university bands were selected.” Dr. Martin Reynolds, director of the Southeast Wind Symphony, selected recordings from the wind symphony’s 2010-2011 season, and he submitted the performance application in late May. A wide cross -section of materials was presented on the recordings, including a traditional march, an award-winning composition composed by Los Angeles composer John Carnohan, a work taken from the vocal literature by noted German composer Franz Biebl and a work by noted composer John Mackey. Reynolds said 142 ensembles submitted recordings to be considered for performance at the state meeting, and only three university groups were selected to perform. Comments from those who judged the submissions said the Southeast Wind Symphony offered a “beautiful blend and tone,” “nice stylistic qualities” and “great energy.” “It has been almost a decade since the last Southeast ensemble presented at the MMEA conference,” Reynolds said. “The Southeast Wind Symphony is honored to be selected to perform for our colleagues and friends from around Missouri. We are looking forward to the opportunity to present the hard work done by our students. I am honored to lead such a fine ensemble and to conduct them in this upcoming performance. We are striving to build the Wind Symphony to a level of performance acceptable to state, regional and national conference.” The Wind Symphony, comprised of 40-45 Southeast students, will perform a 25-minute program consisting of literature selected specifically for this venue, Goeke said. The Missouri Music Educators Association is a federated association of the National Association for Music Education which includes nearly 80,000 music educators. Kindergarten through college-level music teachers from across Missouri will participate in the conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo. “It’s a privilege to perform at this conference,” Goeke said. “It is a great way to show the rest of the state what we are doing at Southeast. And it is an excellent performance experience for our students.”