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The 2018 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$125 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$155 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$90 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 
$125 First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th 

College Student Rate
Through Dec. 13th

NOTE:  Anyone registered as a spouse or exhibitor will be ineligible to receive a professional development certificate/credit hours for the events attended during the conference.  

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Recipes for Success: In the Classroom, on the Concert Stage and at Contest

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  • Our clinic will examine the performance progression using tried and true methods that will lead to maximized teaching and learning. We will give you the ingredients and step by step instructions for creating a musical culinary masterpiece while bringing sanity to the table.
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  • Deborah Perkins, Ph. D., nationally known as a clinician and conductor, teaches at SMU and is known for building outstanding school orchestra programs in SC, FL and TX. Her contributions to the “Recipes for Success” have come from learning how to work smarter, to juggle many string-ed projects with family life. Driven by the desire to help students reach their musical potentials, working more efficiently became her only option. Ruth Kurtis is a thirty year veteran of public school teaching who has recently retired from the McKinney ISD in Texas where she built the orchestra program from 72 to 650 students district-wide in only three years. In the process of developing outstanding programs, effective organization became essential to Ruth’s sanity. Showcasing her students on the stage and developing team-oriented musicians has been a hallmark of her student’s exceptional success.