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The 2019 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$130 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$160 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$95 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 

College Student Rate
Through Dec. 13th

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Success with Daily Ear Training and Singing in Orchestra

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  • Do you want to help your students play in tune? We will explore innovative ways to incorporate daily ear training and singing into the orchestra tuning sequence and warm-up. A productive warm-up equals a successful rehearsal.
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  • 12/21/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • A native of Saint Joseph, Michigan, Christopher R. Mustell is in his thirteenth year as a public school orchestra teacher.  Currently, he is a member of the fine arts faculty, serving as the Head Orchestra Director and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Cypress Ridge High School.  Cypress Ridge is located in northwest Houston, Texas and is a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.  In this position, he directs and oversees all aspects of the orchestra program.  The 2019-2020 school year marks his eleventh year building the program from approximately 50 students in one orchestra in 2009 to its current membership of over 195 students in five performing ensembles.
    During Mr. Mustell's tenure, his orchestras have consistently earned superior ratings (sweepstakes awards) at Texas' University Interscholastic Leagues (UIL) Contests.  During the 2015-2016 school year: The Cypress Ridge High School Symphony Orchestra was invited and performed at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

    Before his Texas appointment, Mr. Mustell held a similar position in Naples, Florida.  In the United States, Mr. Mustell has had the privilege to conduct in Carnegie Hall in New York, New York, and at the Moores Opera House in Houston, Texas.  While Mr. Mustell was a sophomore at St. Joseph High School, he was asked to student conduct the Saint Joseph Orchestra on their 1994 tour of Europe.

    Mr. Mustell earned both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education in Instrumental Conducting and String Pedagogy degrees from the Florida State University College of Music.  Mr. Mustell is a freelance percussionist and is a section member of the Cypress Philharmonic.  He also performs regularly with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Civic Symphony, the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, and the Energy Corridor Orchestra of Houston, Texas.

    Christopher Mustell is in demand as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in music programs throughout the United States.