Yokota to host Far East Honors Music Festival
April 19, 2005
TORII STATION, Okinawa — Students throughout the Pacific will descend on Yokota Air Base April 25-April 29 to participate in the 26th Far East Honors Music Festival.
The event, sponsored by Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific, features about 170 DODDS students from 13 schools in Japan, Okinawa, South Korea and Guam, according to DODDS spokesman Chip Steitz.
“The students began qualifying for the festival during a stringent audition process that began last November with preparation of an audio recording by each instrumentalist and vocalist,” Steitz said.
“The judging of the instrumental recordings was performed by members of the United States Air Force Band, while vocal judging was completed by elementary and middle school music educators,” he said.
The students will spend four days completely immersed in the music, rehearsing for a free concert April 29 at Yokota’s Taiyo Community Center. The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Dr. Nancy Bresell, director of DODDS-Pacific/Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools-Guam, thanked the teachers and parents of the students for making the event possible.
“Their dedication to the arts and music serves as an inspiration and supports our commitment to providing our students with opportunities to enjoy and participate in performing arts,” she said.
For more information, contact Mark Bruschuk, Yokota High School Music director, at DSN 225-7018.