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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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Fired Up for Orchestra

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  • We all know how difficult it is to hold on to our string students. Thousands of string players are lost to other "cooler" activities as they enter high school. We have the secret to holding on to them! Along with our demo group from the Clear Lake ISD, we will share our experiences of over 10 years working in the string education field by integrating improvisation, computer technology, electric instruments, and arrangements of rock music that keep students excited about coming to orchestra!
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  • Mark Wood, award winning composer, recording artist, and electric violinist, is widely acknowledged as the premier electric rock violinist of his generation. He was a member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra for 13 years and has toured and performed with Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Dee Snider’s Van Helsing’s Curse, Lenny Kravitz, Steve Vai, Roger Daltry and Jewel. In 2008, he was elected to serve on the board of the American String Teacher Association and brought his knowledge and expertise in the field of progressive string education to a much wider audience in the US.

    As a violinist, Bridgid Bibbens has performed with major artists in rock, pop and jazz, such as Christina Aguilera, Mary J Blige, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Prior to joining forces with Wood, she was a public school educator in upstate NY and Boston for over 10 years.