St. Olaf Festival of Bands
Saturday, November 13
We are eager to resume this tradition, and the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors remains our top priority. At this point, we anticipate the participants will be able to rehearse together as a full ensemble (without distancing requirements), while masked. As with everything related to COVID-19, this is subject to change as circumstances change. College policy currently states that all students must be vaccinated prior to returning to campus. In addition to that standard and the above protocols, our ensemble members are required to be vaccinated prior to their first rehearsal. Because of the more significant risk of transmission involved with unvaccinated wind players, this policy will extend to guest participants of the Festival of Bands. If you have students with exemptions due to disability, we encourage you to reach out to us ASAP to determine what may be possible.
In accordance with the CDC’s recent guidance, face coverings will be required for all indoor events on campus. These safety measures apply to all on-campus guests for all campus events, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Masking is considered one of the most effective ways to reduce transmission. If you are not masked upon arrival, you will not be allowed entrance to the event. All participating students must use a face covering that can be worn while playing.
By participating in this event at St. Olaf College, you confirm that you have been vaccinated, will wear a mask when required (including when playing), will comply with all campus standards related to COVID-19 at the time, and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
The St. Olaf Festival of Bands Concert will take place on November 13 at 4:00 p.m. CT in Skoglund Auditorium at St. Olaf College. General Admission (no tickets required).
This event will be streamed live at the following link: https://www.stolaf.edu/multimedia/play/?e=3551
In accordance with the CDC’s recent guidance, face coverings will be required for all indoor events on campus. These safety measures apply to all on-campus guests for all campus events, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Masking is considered one of the most effective ways to reduce transmission. If you are not masked upon arrival, you will not be allowed entrance to the event.
Students should wear nice clothes of their choice (no jeans, tennis shoes, or band uniforms please). We strongly urge participants to choose an outfit comfortable enough to wear all day. There simply isn’t enough time or space for changing before the concert.
All participating students must use a face covering that can be worn while playing.
The college wants to assure the safety of minors who visit our campus. Below is the link to the form we ask directors to complete for their student(s). Only one form is required per school. This form should be submitted to Sarah Gingerich (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to arriving on campus.
We strive to make our programs accessible to individuals with disabilities, and invite anyone who may need an accommodation to contact us by e-mailing Sarah Gingerich (email@example.com).
Timothy Mahr holds a B.M. degree in composition and a B.A. degree in music education from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in trombone performance and a D.M.A. in instrumental conducting from the University of Iowa.
An internationally acclaimed composer, Dr. Mahr received the 1991 Ostwald Award in the ABA Band Composition Contest for his composition The Soaring Hawk. He was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1993. Formerly director of bands at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and founding conductor of the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble, Dr. Mahr is the principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds and is active as a clinician and guest conductor nationally and internationally. Recent commissions have come from the United States Air Force Band, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Bandmasters Association. Twenty-five of his works have been published, with many released on compact disc recordings and included on state contest lists.
Dr. Mahr is a past-president of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association (1999-2001), has served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association (1996-98) and was a founding board member of the Minnesota Band Directors Association.
We are very excited to have conductor/composer Jayce Ogren return to campus to lead the Festival of Bands on November 13th, when he will also premiere a commissioned work with the St. Olaf Band. A 2001 graduate from St. Olaf College, he has established himself over the past twenty years as “one of the most innovative and versatile conductors of his generation.”
We are excited to engage a conductor to lead our Festival Band who has made music with many of the world’s most prominent orchestras. We’re proud, too! Ogren has appeared with the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Additionally he led the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Symphony for three years, was appointed director of the New York City Opera, and he’s a longtime collaborator with singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainwright. Ogren conducted the premiere of Wainwright’s opera Prima Donna at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and led its recording with the BBC Symphony on Deutsche Grammaphon in 2016.
When Jayce was a senior, he led the St. Olaf Band throughout its annual tour in performances of his Symphonies of Gaia. He was offered a contract to publish the work before the tour was over, the composition was featured at The Midwest Clinic, and it’s the title track of a Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra CD recording. He has band in his heart.
We offer this link to his full BIO here, as it is an extensive and impressive listing of his work as an internationally renowned conductor and composer.