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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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Applications to perform or to propose a clinic at the 68th Annual Midwest Clinic are now available!

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Jazz Rehearsal Techniques and Strategies

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  • A workshop designed to provide a foundation and structure on which to build a successful jazz program using realistic approaches and practical solutions. The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble from Jacksonville, FL, Don Zentz, director will be the demonstration group. The session includes: • The art of listening • Learning the language • Jazz styles and articulations • Tips for each section • Layering techniques • Selecting the right music • How to groove • Jazz resources • Director’s checklist for rehearsal and performance.
  • J. Richard Dunscomb (
  • 12/20/2018 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Meeting Room W192
  • Dick Dunscomb is one of the leading authorities in the field of jazz music and music education. He has been recognized nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, author, adjudicator, clinician and consultant. Through his work with IAJE, Warner Bros. Music, Alfred/Belwin Music and other agencies he has presented more than 200 workshops including conducting and jazz clinics throughout the United States, as well as Australia, Europe, Canada, Sweden, Japan and South America. Throughout his career, Professor Dunscomb has been recognized with numerous honors and awards. The International Association of Jazz Educators elected Dunscomb to its Hall of Fame. The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra clinic, awarded Dunscomb the prestigious Medal of Honor. He also received numerous awards for his outstanding conducting, teaching and service from several universities. He was the North American Coordinator for the Montreux (Switzerland) International Jazz Festival for 18 years and has served as Executive Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. His most recent publications include, with Dr. Willie Hill, Jr. Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator’s Handbook and Resource Guide, a publication designed to provide a foundation and structure to plan and implement a successful jazz program, and About That Jazz – Big Bands, a beginning jazz method. Currently Professor Emeritus, Dunscomb was the former Chair of the Music Department at Columbia College Chicago, the nations premiere visual, and performing, media and communications arts’ college located in Chicago, Illinois. He is Vice President of the board of directors for The Midwest Clinic, the largest annual event for instrumental music in Chicago, Illinois with more than 17,000 participants. He is an educational clinician for Conn-Selmer.