Catholic high schools in diocese gather for third annual band festival


WINSTED - For the third consecutive year the Catholic high schools from within the Diocese of New Ulm held a joint band workshop and concert on Wednesday, Nov. 7. This year, band students were hosted by Holy Trinity Catholic School of Winsted.

Participating schools included Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, Cathedral High School in New Ulm, and Saint Mary’s High School in Sleepy Eye. Band students spent the day in workshops and rehearsed for a combined afternoon band performance in the Holy Trinity school gym. The performance was open to the public.

Guest instructor was Dr. Janet Heukeshoven Dr. Heukeshoven serves as conductor of the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Music Education Program Director, Department Chairperson and Applied Flute Instructor at SMU.

She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (D.M.A. in Instrumental Conducting), the Boston Conservatory (M.M. in Flute Performance), and the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis (B.S. in Music Education). Heukeshoven also teaches Artscore (An experiential arts appreciation course), and coaches small chamber ensembles.

Ed Wendt, Holy Trinity's band and choir director was pleased with the performance of all the students during the festival. “They had a great time meeting new people, performing new pieces of music, and to sharing the joy that music brings into their lives,” said Wendt.

Wendt was also joined by Tom Bierer, Cathedral high school band director and Rachel Moldan, band director of St. Mary's high school band.