The 22nd Annual OPCICA (Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association) Festival will be January 24 - 25, 2009, at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road in Cincinnati. Xavier’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform with Mount St. Joseph's Concert Band in a free concert Sunday, January 25th at 1:30 p.m. in the College Theatre on the campus of Mount St. Joseph. Xavier band director Matthew Westgate will conduct two pieces and Richard Elliot of Mount St. Joseph will conduct one.
Six Xavier students are in the OPCICA All-Star band: Nina Bertaux-Skeirik, Lucas Duderstadt, William Washington, Ann Fiegen, Kurt Westfall, and Brian Flick.
Festival Jazz Ensemble will feature conductors from Bluffton University and Muskingum College. Festival Concert Band conductors are from Ohio Dominican University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, Kenyon College, University of Findlay, and Otterbein College.
The OPCICA is comprised of 20 member colleges and universities. Founded in 1987, its primary purpose is to develop a network of communication and resource sharing among the instrumental departments of the various privately-funded institutions of higher education in Ohio. It sponsors an annual honors festival featuring an Honors Concert Band and an Honors Jazz Ensemble of instrumental students from participating schools, nominated by their home college conductor. These students are together for two days. In three rehearsals, their program is rehearsed and prepared for the concert. Guest conductors are chosen from the participating institutions, giving students an eclectic experience with conductors of different style, background, and technique.