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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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Retention Through a Success-Full Career: When Strengths Become Weaknesses

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  • Learn the advantages, problems, symptoms, and solutions to each stage of a conductor's career. Anticipate and avoid common pitfalls linked to burnout. Spark a new sense of direction for continued growth and development. A self-assessment tool is provided.
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  • Alan Gumm is professor of music education at Central Michigan University. He is author of Music Teaching Style: Moving Beyond Tradition, contributor to The Music Director’s Cookbook, and editor/contributor to The Choral Director’s Cookbook, all published by Meredith Music. His research and writing are found in the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Choral Journal, Visions of Research in Music Education, and the Southeastern Journal of Music Education. Gumm taught in public schools in Kansas and in higher education at the University of Utah, Ithaca College, and McPherson College where he led many U.S. and European tours and was founding conductor of the McPherson Chamber Orchestra. He holds a PhD from the University of Utah, a MM from Fort Hays State University, and a BA from McPherson College.