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December, 18, 2024
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM




Michelle Sorenson

Michelle Sorenson

S.H.O.P. Talk: The Little Band That Could - Using Small Ensembles and Chamber Music to Build Your Small School Band Program

Clinic Synopsis:

Remember the story of The Little Engine That Could? In a small school, a band director can often feel like the broken down train that is looking for a little help to get up the mountain of challenges they face. In this session we will explore how incorporating small ensemble and chamber music experiences into your curriculum can help build confidence in your students while solving some of the logistical nightmares that plague the small school director.

Michelle Sorenson - Biographical Information

Mrs. Michelle Sorenson earned both her Bachelor of Music Education (‘98) and Master of Science in Education (‘05) degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. She has spent the past 26 years as a band director in both the public and private schools in Oshkosh during which time she has taught band for grades 5-12 in addition to adaptive music. She is also currently on staff as a coach with the UW-Oshkosh Athletic Bands program. Currently the Director of Instrumental Music and Fine Arts Coordinator at Lourdes Academy where she has taught for the past 18 years, Mrs. Sorenson has been recognized for her teaching excellence in 2015 with a Herb Kohl Fellowship for Teacher Excellence in the state of Wisconsin and the Lourdes Academy Silver Sword Award, and in 2014 with the Ed & Belle Rudoy Award for Excellence in Education from the Oshkosh Community Foundation.