Music Festivals at Adams State

The Adams State University Department of Music hosts several major events throughout the academic year.

"Top of the Nation" High School Honor Band

The Adams State University "Top of the Nation" Honor Band is one of the longest running honor bands in Colorado, with a tradition dating back over 40 years. The "Top of the Nation" Honor Band selects students from the Southwestern United States and consists of some of the finest high school instrumental musicians in the region with members coming from Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Graduate credit (1 credit/15 contact hours) is available for participating high school band directors through a series of clinics, master classes and discussions.

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“Top of the Nation” High School Honor Choirs

Adams State University “Top of the Nation” Honor Choirs Festival is an annual event at ASU offered to high school students chosen from all over the state. The festival consists of both a mixed and a women’s choir and these choirs are limited to 50-60 singers allowing for a more intimate setting. Audition information is distributed by the end of August to Colorado high schools and is also available on line. This opportunity is open to all high school students via recorded auditions.

Graduate credit (1 credit/15 contact hours) is available for participating high school choir directors through a series of clinics, master classes and discussions.

Invitational Jazz Festival

The ASU Invitational Jazz Festival is an annual event hosted by James Doyle. The invitational provides an opportunity for middle school and high school ensembles to perform for top professional clinicians from throughout the country.

In addition, each ensemble member will have the opportunity to attend numerous masterclasses, clinics, and performances by guest artists and the ASU faculty (including members of the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble from the USAF Academy Band).