Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductor's Association - Honors Band
The Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) is comprised of more than twenty private colleges and universities in the state of Ohio. The primary purpose of the organization is to develop a closer network of communication and resource sharing among the instrumental departments, divisions, or conservatories of the various privately funded member institutions of higher education.
An additional purpose of the organization is to sponsor an annual honors festival featuring an Honors Concert Band and an Honors Jazz Ensemble, each comprised of students from the participating schools. This year's festival will take place on the Muskingham College campus.
A special 25th anniversary year program will feature a selection of works for Symphonic Band that have been commissioned by OPCICA over the years. In addition, the festival will feature the world premiere of "Flashbax" by Ohio composer Jesse Ayers. This piece has been commissioned in memory of Bill Schlacks of Muskingum College, a co-founder of OPCICA, who recently passed away unexpectedly.
Heidelberg students will be well represented in both the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, along with other talented players from OPCICA schools.