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The Department of Music offers exciting music festivals throughout the year, bringing to campus hundreds of talented high school students and their directors to work with the world’s leading composers, conductors, ensembles, performers and scholars. These festivals are listed below in order of their appearance on the academic calendar.

Other Festivals

The Marching Captains invite one to three outstanding high school marching bands to campus to join us in POMOCO Stadium, present their field show and perform in the stands.

In collaboration with the Ferguson Center for the Arts, two to three outstanding high school choirs spend a day at Christopher Newport, including performing in a masterclass with the director of a world-renowned choral ensemble, dining that evening at CNU and attending the evening concert by that ensemble.

This festival is a three-day event, including a concert by the featured guest composer, a concert featuring outstanding works for faculty soloists and ensembles, a concert of works by Christopher Newport student composers, and lectures and individual composition lessons by the guest composer. A special feature of the festival is a competition for high school student composers, including a performance of the winning work.

The winning composition is performed as part of the Christopher Newport Contemporary Music Festival.

The Christopher Newport University and Newport News Public Schools Guitar Festival is a performance and educational opportunity for high school guitar students to work with world-renowned guitarists and composers. The event features clinical feedback from guest clinicians, masterclass opportunities, collaborative performance experiences and the opportunity to see performances from other high school guitar ensembles and master guitarists. The event has become an annual tradition, demonstrating the University’s commitment to the musical arts and the community.

An all-day event including concerts, recitals and masterclasses for flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone and horn. Features CNU woodwind faculty and guest artists.

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