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Leading Rehearsals That Inspire

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  • Teachers enter rehearsals with goals to accomplish. In addition to instrumental technique, there is repertoire to learn and performances to prepare. It is easy to lose sight of the reasons motivating our engagement with music as human beings. Rarely are these reasons cited as the primary motivation for rehearsal. We believe that every student should leave rehearsal a better musician, but more, they should leave every rehearsal inspired by their experience in ways that affect their entire lives.
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  • Jeffrey Grogan is an internationally-acclaimed conductor and teacher, currently serving as Director of Orchestral Activities at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. In 2018, he was invited by the LA Philharmonic to conduct alongside Gustavo Dudamel at Disney Hall, a part of the National Take A Stand Festival. Recent work includes conducting at the Sydney Opera House, Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, and venues in Bangkok and Singapore. Grogan serves as a Master Educator for the Yamaha Corporation of America and also on the Advisory Committees of the Midwest Clinic and Music for All. He previously served eleven seasons as Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and as Conductor and Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. Grogan taught for over a decade at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, and Baylor University. He is also the former Associate Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at the University of Michigan and Baylor University.
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  • Michael Raiber, Ph.D.
  • Michael Raiber was appointed as Professor of Music and the Busey Chair of Music Education at Oklahoma City University in 2013. His previous teaching positions include The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and Broken Arrow Public Schools. In addition to his university teaching, Mike also serves as the Director of Teacher Support and Conductor of Orquestra Esperanza for El Sistema Oklahoma, an instrumental music education and youth development program serving over 200 students in Northwest Oklahoma City Public Schools. He comes to these positions with 37 years teaching experience; 13 years in public schools and 24 years in music teacher education. He is the NAfME Southwest Division President and currently serves on the National Executive Board. He is a native Oklahoman with degrees from the University of Tulsa (BME, MME) and the University of Oklahoma (Ph.D.). His passion is educating and supporting high quality professional music educators who will inspire future generations. He has a special interest in culturally responsive music teaching and eliminating barriers that impede the diversification the American music teaching workforce.