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Reflections and strategies to increase creativity and musicianship in our rehearsals. (What makes them thought provoking and stimulating?)

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  • Our rehearsals are opportunities for personal and collective artistry and growth. By implementing some simple strategies we can foster personal reflection and the artistic growth of our ensemble members. The session will offer suggestions, guiding prompts, examples, and self-reflective opportunities to develop your own personal strategies and a philosophy that substantiates your personal motto and dedication to your craft and students.
  • Joseph Parisi (parisijo@umkc.edu)
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  • Joseph Parisi is a professor at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where he conducts the Conservatory Wind Ensemble and serves as a music education and conducting faculty member. Recognized as one of America’s outstanding brass conductors, Parisi is the principal conductor of Summit Brass at the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute (www.mendezbrassinstitute.com) and Fountain City Brass Band (www.fcbb.net). Both groups have a rich and distinguished history of outstanding brass playing, and under Parisi’s leadership, Fountain City Brass Band leads the United States as one of the world’s top brass bands. Parisi has been recognized numerous times with the Brass Band Conductor of the Year Award, and received the winning conductor award at the Scottish Open Championship. Fountain City returned to the U.K. in 2017 to perform at the Brass in Concert Championship in Gateshead and the Scottish Open Brass Band Championship in Perth winning numerous awards and becoming the highest ranked American Band in history (12th in the world). Fountain City Brass Band’s newest recording, Celtic Impressions, has received wide-spread praise for its ensemble precision, excitement, and musicality. Parisi completed a bachelor’s degree in music education at the State University of New York at Potsdam (Crane School of Music); a master’s degree in trumpet performance and a PhD in instrumental conducting/music education, both from Florida State University. While at the UMKC Conservatory, Parisi has won numerous awards including the Kauffman Outstanding Service Award, the Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Kauffman Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity.
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