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Guest conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft directs the DODEA-Europe Honor Band through a rehearsal on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual Honors Music Festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools.

Guest conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft directs the DODEA-Europe Honor Band through a rehearsal on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual Honors Music Festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Guest conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft directs the DODEA-Europe Honor Band through a rehearsal on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual Honors Music Festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools.

Guest conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft directs the DODEA-Europe Honor Band through a rehearsal on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual Honors Music Festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Guest conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft directs the DODEA-Europe Honor Band through a rehearsal on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, during the annual Honors Music Festival.

Guest conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft directs the DODEA-Europe Honor Band through a rehearsal on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, during the annual Honors Music Festival. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Bitburg's Baileigh McFall bows the upright bass as the Honor Band rehearses ''Mt. Everest'' at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Bitburg's Baileigh McFall bows the upright bass as the Honor Band rehearses ''Mt. Everest'' at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Stuttgart's Chesney Walters, Sigonella's Miriam Stewart, Ramstein's Aaron Young and Stuttgart's Thomas Bernard, from left, sing Brahms' ''Der Gang zum Liebchen'' during rehearsals at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Stuttgart's Chesney Walters, Sigonella's Miriam Stewart, Ramstein's Aaron Young and Stuttgart's Thomas Bernard, from left, sing Brahms' ''Der Gang zum Liebchen'' during rehearsals at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Guest conductor Jo-Michael Scheibe directs the Honor Choir during a rehearsal at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Guest conductor Jo-Michael Scheibe directs the Honor Choir during a rehearsal at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Samuel Bassett is reflected twice in his tuba as he rehearses with the Honor Band at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Ramstein's Samuel Bassett is reflected twice in his tuba as he rehearses with the Honor Band at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the Honor Choir rehearse during the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools.

Members of the Honor Choir rehearse during the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Guest conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft directs the DODEA-Europe Honor Band through a rehearsal Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual Honors Music Festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools.

Guest conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft directs the DODEA-Europe Honor Band through a rehearsal Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual Honors Music Festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Vilseck trombonist Josh Simmons makes some adjustments to his notes as he and the band rehearse ''Celebration of Life'' at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Vilseck trombonist Josh Simmons makes some adjustments to his notes as he and the band rehearse ''Celebration of Life'' at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The DODEA-Europe Honor Choir practice ''Skip to My Lou'' during rehearsals  at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

The DODEA-Europe Honor Choir practice ''Skip to My Lou'' during rehearsals at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Vicenza's Nicole McCollaum watches conductor Jo-Michael Scheibe as she rehearses a song with the choir at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Vicenza's Nicole McCollaum watches conductor Jo-Michael Scheibe as she rehearses a song with the choir at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the Honor Choir rehearse a song at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools.

Members of the Honor Choir rehearse a song at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The annual festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Guest conductor Jo-Michael Scheibe listens to a group of tenors during rehearsals at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Guest conductor Jo-Michael Scheibe listens to a group of tenors during rehearsals at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Vicenza's Angel Pax, right, and Donovan Compton play the bassoon during band rehearsals at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The weeklong annual festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools.

Vicenza's Angel Pax, right, and Donovan Compton play the bassoon during band rehearsals at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The weeklong annual festival featured 147 musicians and vocalists from 19 DODEA-Europe high schools. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Rota's Yohei Sparks follows conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft as he plays the piccolo during a band rehearsal at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Rota's Yohei Sparks follows conductor Peter Loel Boonshaft as he plays the piccolo during a band rehearsal at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

SHAPE's Mathilda Silverstein, Vilseck's Josh Simmons and Ramstein's Alexander Mench, from right, rehearse ''Celebration of Life'' at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

SHAPE's Mathilda Silverstein, Vilseck's Josh Simmons and Ramstein's Alexander Mench, from right, rehearse ''Celebration of Life'' at the 2016 DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Even the most talented musician can’t get every note right all of the time.

That was one of the lessons learned this week at the DODEA-Europe Honors Music Festival.

The annual weeklong event brings together some of the best high school instrumentalists and vocalists throughout the Department of Defense Education Activity school system in Europe.

This year, 147 of them — 79 in the choir and 68 in the band — rehearsed hours a day for the Thursday night concert.

The students were tutored by two professional conductors, the band by Peter Loel Boonshaft, professor of music and director of bands at Hofstra University, and the choir by Jo-Michael Scheibe, chair of the Thornton School of Music’s department of choral and sacred music at the University of Southern California.

The band rehearsed, among other things, an arrangement of “Sweet Land of Liberty,” by James Sochinski, John Philip Sousa’s “Manhattan Beach” and soaring “Mt. Everest” by Rossano Galante.

For the choir, the songs ranged from the classical “Der Gang zum Liebchen” by Johannes Brahms to Eric Whitacre’s “Little Birds” and the traditional “Shenandoah.”

Both conductors were taskmasters, interrupting the music to point out mistakes, missed notes or out-of-key voices.

When a band member missed a note, Boonshaft remarked “One cockroach ruins a beef stew. Don’t be the cockroach in this stew.”

But not all was bad. As the percussionists hit the right beats in the climax of “Mt. Everest,” he called it, “shockingly tasteful! I expected to look up (from the score) and see seasoned professionals.”

Tickets for the Thursday night concert are free, but must be reserved at goo.gl/KsQTEu.

If you can’t make it, the concert will be live-streamed at: sites.google.com/a/student.dodea.edu/honorsmusic/

abrams.mike@stripes.com


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