2023 All-State Junior Band

Guest Conductor: Katheryn Fenske

Katheryn Fenske has more than 30 years of experience in the field of music education, teaching instrumental music, composing and arranging works for concert band, and conducting clinics throughout the United States. She grew up in Oconomowoc, WI and received a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude from Luther College in Decorah, IA and a Master of Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she was a student of John Paynter.

Her many years of teaching band students of all levels have proven very helpful for writing music that is both interesting and attainable for young musicians. Her works for concert band have been featured at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and appear on state music festival lists around the U.S.

Making the joy of music accessible to all is one of Katheryn’s greatest passions. She has helped people with disabilities experience the arts through her work with Access the Arts at Stages St. Louis and her many years teaching music at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf.

Katheryn is currently teaching middle school band in suburban St. Louis where she resides with her husband, three children, and springer spaniel. In addition to teaching band, she maintains an active clarinet studio. She is a member of the American School Band Directors Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri Bandmasters Association, NAfME, Phi Betta Kappa Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda Society. Recently, she received the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Crystal Apple Award and was named an Independent Schools of Saint Louis Teacher of Distinction and the Midrivers Magazine Teacher of the Year.


We are so excited to be back with the 2023 NBA-WC All-State Junior Band! NBA-WC members have consistently nominated their best students for this ensemble and we invite you to do the same again this year.  You can nominate students at the link below.

The participation fee for this year will be $45 per student.   

Now through October 14: directors enter nominations via website 
November 1: rosters posted and directors notified via email 
November 15: music and forms available to directors 
December 1: payments and forms due to me via US Mail 
January 21: All-State Junior Band at UW-Oshkosh 

Fanfare for the 16th Empire            Randall Standridge  
Nottingham Castle                           Larry Daehn
A Prehistoric Suite                            Paul Jennings   
Cowbell Lullaby                                 Katheryn Fenske
Byzantine Dances                             Carol Britten Chambers  

If you have questions please get in touch with me at katherineprihoda@tomah.educationor by phone at (608) 374-7931. See you in January! 

– Katie Prihoda, All-State Junior Band Chair 


 Please download the certificate for your students below.

WCBA Honors Certificate