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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

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Preparing Your Ensemble for Expressive Performance

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  • Preparing Your Ensemble for Expressive Performance presents a variety of teaching tools to assist the conductor in the development of total musicianship among the members of the ensemble. Topics covered include selection of literature, rehearsal planning, conducting, phrasing, balance, blend, analysis of the expressive elements in a performance piece, and ways to bring about a unified interpretation within the ensemble leading to a convincing musical statement.
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  • Robert Sheldon has taught in the Florida and Illinois public schools, and served on the faculty at Florida State University where he taught conducting, music education, and directed the university bands. As Concert Band Editor for the Alfred Publishing Company, he maintains an active composition and conducting schedule. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida.

    With over 150 published works for band and orchestra, Sheldon is a frequent guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad, is Conductor of the Prairie Wind Ensemble, and teaches Composition at Bradley University. He has received the Volkwein Award and the Stanbury Award from the ASBDA, the International Outstanding Bandmaster Award from Phi Beta Mu, and is a twenty-time recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award.