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Six musicians earn honors at 20th annual OPCICA Festival

Six Muskingum College student-musicians were selected for inclusion in the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) Honors Concert Band and Honors Jazz Ensemble, at OPCICA’s 20th annual festival, held January 19-21 on the campus of Ashland University.

The following students were named to the Honors Concert Band:
Julie Watts '07, flutist
Laura Nichols '09, clarinetist
Nick Hess '07, saxophonist
Sarah Postlethwait '07, hornist
Drew Wichterman '08, euphoniumist

Named to the Honors Jazz Ensemble was Steven Spangler '07.

Nominations for the Honors Band and the Jazz Ensemble were submitted by conductors at each of the OPCICA-member institutions, and those nominations were evaluated by the association’s president and president elect. This year, 94 of the approximately 150 nominees were selected for the concert band and 18 of the 42 nominations for the Jazz Ensemble were selected.

OPCICA was founded in 1987 and today has more than 20 member colleges and universities in Ohio, including Muskingum College. Its primary purpose is to develop a closer network of communication and resource-sharing among the instrumental departments, divisions or conservatories of its member institutions.