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Barbera Secrist-Schmedes

Barbera Secrist-Schmedes

I Have To Teach WHAT? Band Director's Guide to Teaching Beginning Strings

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic is intended for non-string players who find themselves in a situation where they are expected to teach beginning strings. You'll get all the basic information that what you'll need to know to get your string players off to a good start. Topic will include: equipment basics, correct instrument and hand positions, tuning, and bowing techniques you MUST be able to demonstrate, as well as several more advanced techniques and ideas to move them to the next playing level.

Barbera Secrist-Schmedes - Biographical Information

Barbera Secrist, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta (MYSO) since 2018, lived in Washington, DC and New York for a decade after completing a Bachelor of Music degree at GA State University. While living in the NE she performed with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Wolf Trap, National Symphony, Amato Opera, American Chamber Orchestra and was a featured performer at the White House for Pres. Jimmy Carter. Since returning to Atlanta in 1985, Ms. Secrist has performed with the Knoxville (TN), Greenville (SC), Columbus (GA), and Macon (GA) symphonies and was a member of the Augusta (GA) Symphony for 13 years. Ms. Secrist also holds degrees from Auburn University, Florida State and Kennesaw State. A published author of 2 books about chamber music, Ms. Secrist served on the GA Council for the Arts music panel for 12 years. Ms. Secrist frequently serves as an orchestra clinician, conductor and judge and is Principal Oboe with the Cobb Wind Symphony. Prior to joining the MYSO staff, Mrs. Secrist was Director of Orchestras at Lovinggood Middle School in Cobb County (GA) for 12 years. Noteworthy accomplishments during her tenure included consistent superior ratings for their performances at LGPE, performances at the 2013 and 2017 GMEA In-Service Conferences and in 2016 they were awarded GMEA's prestigious Exemplary Performance Award. For nearly 30 years, Ms. Secrist served as the Artistic Director and Oboist of the Pandean Players Chamber Ensemble, performing an average of 100 concerts per year throughout the SE United States.