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2021 Western States Honor Orchestra Festival

November 5-6, 2021
Free virtual event

Each year, the University of Northern Colorado hosts the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival in Greeley, Colorado. Due to the rising local and regional numbers of COVID infections, we have made the decision to move this year's festival to an online platform. 

We are thrilled to offer a virtual experience to allow students the opportunity to engage with our faculty. We will be sharing live-streamed concerts, learning sessions, and Q&A forums. 

We hope to see you on Zoom for this music event that is sure to give inspiration to you for the entire year! 


Although this event is free, we ask that you register your attendance with the link below. Registration will ensure you will receive the Zoom link for the event and will also help us maintain e-mail communication with participants regarding any necessary updates. 


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Here is a list of what to expect at the 2021 Western States Honor Orchestra Festival Virtual Experience. For the full program please visit the webpage below.

Program Information

Friday, Nov 5, 7:30pm

Livestream: "Quarantine Vibes: Meditative Music to Counteract the Chaos of Pandemic Life"

UNC Professor of Violin Jubal Fulks performs a meditative program of works for violin, electronics, keyboard, and piano. Featuring works by Kaija Saariaho, John Cage, Toru Takemitsu, and Joseph DiPonio, this event will be presented without pause or applause, allowing the listener to be fully immersed in musically guided reflection.

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Saturday, Nov 6, 10am-12:30pm

Educational Sessions

Join UNC's String faculty for a series of educational sessions. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes with a Q&A opportunity at the end. Times are approximate as Q&A sessions may run long to ensure all questions are answered. 


“How Far is Too Far???? Ideas for including baroque style on modern instruments”  
Jubal Fulks wades into the controversial waters of incorporating baroque performance practice in modern string playing. Learn ideas on how to differentiate your solo Bach playing from your concerto playing for auditions. Interpretational concepts will range from the from the conservative to the bold!  


“So You Can Play….Now What? Entrepreneurial Skills to Help Build Your Music Career” 
Sarah Off explores strategies to create visibility and opportunity through marketing, networking, and collaboration. We will talk about booking performances, Do-It-Yourself album releases, social media and marketing, and ways to build a solid music network. It isn’t as scary as you might think!   


"Extended Techniques for Strings” 
Sally Murphy surveys extended techniques for strings through the cello, introducing a number of unconventional methods of playing your instrument. Explore the inexhaustible array of unique sounds and timbres that can created on a string instrument! Broaden your technical and musical horizons and discover new and fun ways of conceiving and generating sound. 


“Classical to Pop Improvisation” 
UNC doctoral candidate violinist Edward W. Hardy teaches you to develop deeper improvisational skills, ranging from classical cadenzas to creating your own groove in pop music. Learn how to improvise with this critically-acclaimed artist, and discover your limitless possibilities. Mr. Hardy will conclude with a performance of his original composition, Evolution – Inspired by the Evolution of Black Music. 


“String Instrument Upkeep” 
Chris Luther of Denver-based Luther Strings will present a workshop on instrument maintenance. Learn tips from the pros on how to keep your instrument sounding its best! Anyone watching will receive a special offer of 25% off any repair at Luther Strings! 

Saturday, Nov 6, 2pm

Performance Showcase

Join us for a pre-recorded collection of performances by faculty and graduate students, featuring an amazing mix of music from Bach to brand-new, including a string quartet arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody!


Saturday, Nov 6, 7pm

Performance Showcase, Rerun

Couldn't make the 2pm broadcast of our showcase? No problem, we are playing it again! Join us for a pre-recorded collection of performances by faculty and graduate students, featuring an amazing mix of music from Bach to brand-new, including a string quartet arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody!

Join the Livestream!