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December, 21, 2022
04:15 PM - 05:15 PM




Michael Tompkins

Michael Tompkins
Matthew White

Matthew White

Middle School String Orchestra Rehearsal Lab

Clinic Synopsis:

In this rehearsal lab, Mr. Tompkins 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 Matthew White at Scullen Middle School (Naperville, IL).

Michael Tompkins - Biographical Information

Michael Tompkins is the Director of Orchestras at Hightower Trail Middle School in Marietta, Ga. (2014-Present). Under his leadership, notable performances include the 2018 ASTA National Orchestra Festival, the 2019 GMEA In-Service Conference in Athens Georgia, and performances at the Georgia State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion. The orchestra also received the GMEA Exemplary Performance Award in 2015 and 2022.  Prior to teaching at Hightower Trail, Mr. Tompkins taught for 11 years at Campbell Middle School in Smyrna, Ga.  While at Campbell, the orchestra program more than doubled in size and continues to be a thriving program in a Title I school.  Mr. Tompkins received his Bachelor of Science in Music degree from Southern Adventist University (2000), and his Master of Music Education degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2002).  He has worked with numerous string camps including the Shiloh String workshop, which he founded and directed in 2007.  Mr. Tompkins is currently on staff as director and cello clinician at the East Cobb Upbeat Strings! Camp and At First Sight (A chamber music sight-reading workshop) in Collegedale, TN.

Matthew White - Biographical Information

Mr. Matthew White, a native of Bourbonnais, IL, is currently in his eighth year teaching at Scullen Middle School in Naperville, Illinois. Mr. White graduated with his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Illinois State University where he studied viola with Dr. Kate Lewis and conducting with Dr. Glenn Block. Mr. White had the honor of serving as principal violist in the ISU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and served as the violist for the ISU Graduate String Quartet. Mr. White also has his Master’s Degree in Educational Technology.  In 2018, Mr. White was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Emerging Educator Award from the Illinois String Teachers Association. Mr. White has served as a presenter at three National ASTA Conferences and his Chamber Strings performed at the 2020 Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria, IL. Though he has attended many Midwest Conferences and also performed with the Chicagoland Educators Orchestra in 2017, this is the first time Mr. White has brought students to Midwest. He is excited to give his students the chance to share their talents and the product of their hard work over the past few months of preparations.  Mr. White is an active violinist, violist, guest clinician and judge in the Chicago area and across the state of Illinois. In his free time, Mr. White enjoys spending time with his wife and son, cheering on Chicago sports teams and traveling whenever he can!