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December, 18, 2019
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Meeting Room W187


Karen Fannin

Karen Fannin

Juggling Artistry and Strategy: Maximizing Time in Our Rehearsals, Days, and Years

Clinic Synopsis:

One of our greatest challenges is struggling with how we spend our time. How do we make time to fuel our artistry on a daily basis while juggling a myriad of logistical tasks? In this session, attendees will come away with ideas of how to prioritize our musical growth, strategies to conquer nonmusical roadblocks that can get in the way of our music making, and creative ways to maximize time in rehearsal.

Karen Fannin - Biographical Information

Karen Fannin is the Edward Clark Diamond Associate Professor of Music, Director of Bands, and Assistant Director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, instructs courses in music education, and provides leadership for all aspects of the UNO band program. Previously, Dr. Fannin served as Director of Bands and Department Chair at Hendrix College. While in Arkansas, Dr. Fannin also held the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Little Rock Wind Symphony. A native of Iowa, Dr. Fannin began her teaching career in the Lynnville-Sully Schools as Director of Bands and subsequently served as Director of Bands at Lockport Township High School in suburban Chicago. Dr. Fannin is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator around the country and abroad. Passionate about making interdisciplinary connections that impact a conductor’s work with an ensemble, Dr. Fannin has presented on topics such as pacing in rehearsals and performance, communication in music, parallels between the ensemble and business, and the lineage of Nadia Boulanger through wind repertoire. She is published in the Journal of Band Research and is a contributing author to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA. Dr. Fannin earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Colorado, a Master of Music in Conducting from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, where she was honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.