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Bring on the Winds! What you Need to Know to Successfully Incorporate Woodwinds and Brass With Your Strings for a Full Orchestra

Clinic Synopsis:

The session will focus on effectively incorporating winds—woodwinds, brass and percussion—into the orchestra rehearsal and concert. Such integration offers numerous educational benefits for both the strings and the winds/percussion. Topics such as response time differences, intonation and tone issues, transposition issues, balancing and blending of winds, rehearsal time allocation adjustments, and incorporating brass and woodwinds in the orchestra culture, will be addressed.

Daniel Sommerville - Biographical Information

Daniel Sommerville is Associate Professor of Orchestral Music and Conducting at the Wheaton Conservatory of Music, and holds the Master of Music degree in conducting and the Doctor of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University. His Bachelor of Music Education degree is from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. In addition to conducting the eighty-five-member Symphony Orchestra at Wheaton College, he teaches conducting and orchestration. With his experience of eight years of band conducting, fifteen years of playing trumpet in bands and orchestras, and over twenty-seven years of orchestral conducting, Dr. Sommerville has a rich perspective on how winds fit into the orchestra and interact with strings. He is active as a guest conductor and clinician in the Midwest, and is the president of the North Central division of CODA, the College Orchestra Directors Association.