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December, 16, 2015
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM




Paul Rudy

Paul Rudy

JoDee Davis

JoDee Davis

Improving Your Ensemble by Improv(e)sation

Clinic Synopsis:

Improvisation is a rewarding and effective way to open your students up to self-expression, creativity, confidence, and improved technical abilities. And it's fun! In this clinic we will address the benefits of improvisation, demonstrate the process, and work with Chicago area students as they improvise. While the playing level is aimed at the high school level and up, music teachers of all levels will come away with ideas about how to approach improvisation with their students.

Paul Rudy - Biographical Information

Paul Rudy's music moves broadly from free improvisation and film scoring, to chamber and orchestral, to sonic alchemy and healing. He is a Rome Prize (2010), Guggenheim (2008), Fulbright (1997) and Wurlitzer Foundation (2007 and 2009) Fellow. His music has won Global Music Awards (2012 for Innovation in Sound and Mixing/Editing), the Sounds Electric ’07 Competition (Dublin), EMS Prize (Sweden), Citta di Udine (Prize ex aequo, Italy), and has received recognition and commissions from IMEB, Bourges (2008 commission), CMMAS, SEAMUS, Meet the Composer, the American Composer’s Forum, SCI, and NMTA. He is a Curators’ Professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory. In 1994 he completed the Colorado Grand Slam after climbing all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 ft peaks. His CD’s are available at CDBaby and iTunes. Group and private performance meditations, journeys and healing sessions are available upon request at [email protected]. Please visit

JoDee Davis - Biographical Information

JoDee Davis is associate professor of trombone at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and second trombone of the Santa Fe Opera. She has served on the faculties of Kent State University and Eastern Washington University, was principal trombone of the Spokane Symphony, and a member of the renowned trombone quartet PRISMA. She is currently an extra trombonist with the Kansas City Symphony, and has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Davis has appeared throughout the United States, and in Germany and Italy (Spoleto Festival). She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Doctor of Music degree in Brass Literature and Performance from Indiana University. Her solo compact disc In the Moment appears on the Albany label.