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Building Winning Orchestras

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  • What are the musical characteristics that distinguish the finest orchestras? Using examples from the standard string literature, this session will explore the advanced techniques that elevate an orchestra to the upper echelon of peer ensembles. The clinic will also provide practical suggestions on avoiding the most common performance pitfalls.
  • Mark Laycock (mark.laycock@wichita.edu)
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  • Dr. Mark Laycock is an Associate Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he holds the Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship. In 2007, he was recognized with the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. He serves as Director of Orchestras, and Coordinator of Strings and Instrumental Conducting. Under his direction, the WSU Symphony Orchestra performed at the 2008 International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Zaragoza, Spain. His work as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator spans 16 states, including the leadership of all-state orchestras in Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, and Washington; upcoming engagements include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Maryland All-State Orchestra, and Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. He served on the faculties of Chapman University and Iowa State University, and was a string teacher for the Clark County (NV) schools.
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