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Online Registration Fees
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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Improving Your Clarinet Section, Top to Bottom

  • Improving your band or orchestra clarinet section. A discussion of Posture, Hand position, Embouchure, Air flow, Articulation, Auxiliary instruments, Equipment, and Rotation, and how small changes in these areas can greatly enhance the performance of your band or orchestra clarinet section. Easy exercises to improve players concepts and efficiency in these critical areas of performance. Presented by an acknowledged premier performer and educator.
  • J. Lawrie Bloom (
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  • J. Lawrie Bloom has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1980, when he joined at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti in the position of Clarinet and Solo Bass Clarinet. He has been a Senior Lecturer at the School of Music at Northwestern University for the past 16 years. Before that he taught at DePaul University and the American Conservatory. In addition to his duties with the CSO and Northwestern Lawrie is Artistic Co-Director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, which he founded, and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. He is also the clarinetist with the Rembrandt Chamber Players in Chicago. Before joining the CSO Lawrie played with the Phoenix, Vancouver, and Cincinnati orchestras, and the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Each year Lawrie presents masterclasses the world over, as well as performing in recital, concerto, and chamber ensembles.