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December, 22, 2017
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM


Meeting Room W186


Lawrence Stoffel

Lawrence Stoffel

Practical Score Study for the Busy Band Director

Clinic Synopsis:

Find the information in the score that you’re needing to make the most of rehearsal productivity! This session covers: a color code system, easy-to-understand instrument transpositions, making sense of form analysis, and valuable information from the score that is often overlooked. “The better you know the score, the less you look at the score. The less you look at the score, the more you look at your students. The more you look at your students, the more your students look and listen to you!”

Lawrence Stoffel - Biographical Information

Lawrence Stoffel, Professor of Music, is Director of Bands at California State University, Northridge (Los Angeles) where he is conductor of both the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony. He teaches courses in conducting and music education, as well as being the coordinator of wind studies. Under his leadership the CSUN Wind Ensemble is highly active and visible throughout the state and nationally providing CSUN students with extraordinary performance opportunities. In the past year the CSUN Wind Ensemble’s touring has taken students from Orchestra Hall in Chicago to one of California’s state prisons. The CSUN Wind Ensemble was also the first concert band invited to perform at the Los Angeles Bach Festival and most recently at the American Liszt Society Festival. The CSUN Wind Ensemble is one of only two university concert bands to be invited to perform in Walt Disney Concert Hall on a LA Philharmonic concert series. Known for his enthusiasm at rehearsals, concerts, and clinics alike, Dr. Stoffel has most recently conducted all-state bands in Virginia, Texas, and California. He is published and lectures on topics pertinent to the profession — from musical interpretation to band transcriptions, from the use of religious music in the public schools to teaching in urban schools, from copyright law to band discography. He is a regular clinician for the Australian Band & Orchestra Directors Association and has served as a Visiting Professor of Music Education at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. He has presented and conducted at The Midwest Clinic on five occasions, and has recently adjudicated at the Vic Lewis International Festival (Canada). For more than a decade he has written and produced annual “Discovery: Music!” concerts — innovative, interactive band concerts that have received international attention.