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December, 19, 2024
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM




Corey Seapy

Corey Seapy

Pitch is a B*$%!: Improving Ensemble Intonation

Clinic Synopsis:

Teaching bands and orchestras to play in tune is a challenge that all of us face. Pierre Boulez called this “the most difficult problem in conducting.” Specific strategies that foster better ensemble intonation can seem scarce when compared to techniques for teaching other musical elements. This clinic offers practical, versatile, efficient, and non-threatening ideas for improving pitch from the podium, with emphasis on directed listening skills and situational awareness.

Corey Seapy - Biographical Information

Corey Seapy is a dynamic conductor and educator who has spent the last sixteen years maximizing the artistic potential of a wide variety of ensembles. He serves as Director of Bands at the University of Central Missouri, where he leads the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and oversees the band program. Prior to arriving at UCM, he served as Director of Bands at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. He is an active guest conductor and clinician, a Third Place recipient of the American Prize in Conducting, and a new music advocate who has led many world premieres, including recent works by Juan Pablo Contreras and Derek Jenkins. Prior to living in the Midwest, Dr. Seapy conducted and taught in Massachusetts, where he served as Music Director of the Charles River Wind Ensemble and Director of Bands at Ipswich High School. He holds conducting degrees from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory (MO) and Ithaca College (NY), and a degree in Music Education from Gordon College (MA). Dr. Seapy lives in Lee’s Summit, MO, where he spends most of his free time chasing a toddler.