Music Showcase Celebrates 30th Year

by Victoria Stearns, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s annual Music Showcase provides a unique opportunity for high school musicians to hone their skills during a weekend of instruction and performances. From February 11-13, more than 200 students will study and perform with Cedarville’s exceptional music faculty.

The three-day event culminates with a matinee Honor Concert on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel. The concert, which will be performed by all students attending Music Showcase, is free and open to the public.

“This year we will celebrate the 30th year of Music Showcase with another wonderful event for talented high school musicians,” said Mike DiCuirci, M.M., senior professor of music and director of the University’s jazz and symphonic bands. “We look forward to working with this new group of young musicians and future leaders. It is as much an honor for us as it is for them.” 

Each student attending Music Showcase was nominated by their band, choir or orchestra director, or by a private music teacher. Students then went through an extensive selection process in November. 

During Music Showcase, these exceptional students will be challenged to develop their musical talents amidst their peers, all while experiencing the rehearsal rooms, recital halls and extensive music facilities available to Cedarville University musicians. 

Music Showcase features three different facets of music: Honor Band, Honor Choir and Honor Strings. DiCuirci will conduct the Honor Band while Carlos Elias, M.M., professor of music and director of the University orchestra, will lead the Honor Orchestra. Lyle Anderson, Ph.D., senior professor of music and director of the University’s concert chorale and men’s glee club, will direct the Honor Choir.

In addition to playing in their own concert, the high school musicians at Music Showcase will be treated to a performance from the Cedarville jazz band on Thursday and the University’s ensembles on Friday.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.