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December, 20, 2022
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM




Jennifer Drake

Jennifer Drake

High School String Orchestra Rehearsal Lab

Clinic Synopsis:

In this rehearsal lab, Jennifer Drake will demonstrate rehearsal strategies and concepts with an emphasis on practical pedagogy that you can implement in your ensemble rehearsals as early as tomorrow. The shared strategies are as equally applicable to a group “firing on all pistons” as they are to an ensemble in a rebuilding situation, and while some ideas are “tried and true,” others may open new avenues on ways to help your students better understand their role in music-making. The rehearsal lab will feature the wonderful musicians of Kyle Weirich at Elkhart High School (Indiana).

Jennifer Drake - Biographical Information

Kyle Weirich - Biographical Information

Kyle Weirich is in his 30th year of teaching instrumental music in the public school system. He is currently the Music Coordinator for Elkhart Community Schools and Director of Orchestras at Elkhart High School in Elkhart, Indiana. Elkhart Community Schools was recently named a Best Community for Music Education for the third consecutive year. Since Mr. Weirich’s arrival in 2006, the Elkhart HS Symphony Orchestra has been an ISSMA state finalist nine times. The Symphony Orchestra has also performed at the IMEA Professional Development Conference and as a previous clinic ensemble at the Midwest Clinic. Kyle and his wife, Tracey, started a United Sound Program five years ago, which has given numerous performances and received local and national recognition. Kyle received the Teacher of the Year Award at Elkhart HS in 2015, and was named the 2019 High School Orchestra Teacher of the Year by the Indiana chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Mr. Weirich earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and the Master of Music Education Degree from VanderCook College of Music. He has also been chosen as a presenter at Indiana Music Educators Association Professional Development Conferences and the Conn-Selmer Institute.