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December, 20, 2023
06:00 PM - 06:30 PM




Michele Fernández

Michele Fernández

CHAT: Building Community Through Stylistic Authenticity, from Symphonic to Jazz

Clinic Synopsis:

The Midwest Clinic Chat Rooms provide an arena where teachers will learn from and dialogue with expert practitioners. These brief ‘chats’ allow directors a forum for collaboration in a relaxed, intimate environment. The Chat Rooms have limited seating so attendance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Michele Fernández - Biographical Information

Michele Fernández is an active clinician/guest conductor, composer and performer. Her original works for jazz and wind ensemble are available through Hal Leonard, Excelcia/Kendor, Doug Beach, JW Pepper, Print Music Source/Jazz Zone, and Michele Fernández Music. Her works have been performed (as well as clinics presented) at Midwest, CBDNA, JEN, IAJE, MEA’s All-State/Regional bands. Michele serves ensembles of all ages across the country through virtual or in-person clinics and Artist-in-Residence events. She recently retired from teaching after 30 years, where her Miami Senior High ensembles earned top honors and gained international acclaim despite being a Title One school with practically no resources. Her groups have been selected for appearances at the Midwest Clinic (Chicago ’93 & ’98), IAJE (Boston ’94, NY ’97), Montreux Jazz Fest (Switzerland ’96), FMEA and national publications. Michele has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning”, Band Director’s Guide and Downbeat Magazine. She has also taught SPED, ESOL, HS English and Chemistry. Before focusing on writing, she served as an oboist in the Miami area, and spent several years as a rhythm section member of a busy local Afro-Latin/Jazz ensemble. As a clinician/composer: Michele views writing and clinics as an opportunity to discuss important aspects of life while also focusing on the art form of performance, and in so doing, to help others gain more self-confidence and an increased awareness of compassion for others that will lead to success in all areas of life.