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Ramona Wis

Ramona Wis

It's Not About Me: The Conductor as Servant-Leader

Clinic Synopsis:

Beyond technique, management, great repertoire, and aggressive recruiting lies leadership - the ability to shape the lives of musicians in your ensemble in a way that leads to remarkable performances and adds value to your own life as well. This session will address how servant-leadership applies to life on the podium and how "It's not about me" can unleash everyone's potential.

Ramona Wis - Biographical Information

Dr. Ramona Wis is Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in Fine Arts at North Central College, Naperville, IL, where she is Founder/Conductor of the Women’s Chorale and Chamber Singers, and Chair of the Department of Music. She holds degrees from University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, and Northwestern University (Ph.D.), and has sung under Robert Shaw, James Levine, and Margaret Hillis. An active conductor, clinician, writer, and public speaker, she is a specialist in rehearsal techniques and teaching, gesture as metaphor, and leadership. She has conducted and performed in professional, theatrical, community, and academic settings for 30 years. She has served as president of ACDA in Illinois and on ACDA and IMEA executive boards. Her book, The Conductor as Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium, was recently released by GIA.