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John Clinton

Has Attended the Midwest Clinic:  Fifteen

Joined the Board of Directors in:  2001

A Life in Music: John Clinton is the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is also the conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. A graduate of East Central Oklahoma State University, he earned an MME from the University of Oklahoma and completed a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas with emphases in orchestral conducting, string pedagogy and sociology. He has conducted state and regional orchestras in Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington. He has presented papers and in-service workshops at the Music Educators National Conference, American String Teachers Association National Conference, Texas Music Educators' Association, the University of Oklahoma "Symposium '95: The Sociology of Music Education”, Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, as well as presentations in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vancouver, British Columbia on a variety of arts topics. He has also conducted the OYO on several tours including performances in Australia, Austria, Czech Republic England, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, New Zealand, Scotland, Switzerland and the Zoltán Kodály Memorial Festival in Budapest, Hungary. He has received numerous professional honors, including the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Music Educators Hall of Fame, University of Oklahoma School of Music Distinguished Alumni Fellow, Oklahoma String Teacher of the Year, Governor’s Arts Award for Arts and Education, National Federation of State High School Associations Outstanding Music Educator and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Administrator of the Year. He currently serves on the board of directors and advisory boards for The Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, Oklahoma Arts Institute, Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education, Children's Arts Network, Quartz Mountain Music Festival and the Respect Diversity Foundation.

Favorite Midwest Moments:  Performing at the Midwest with the Norman High School Orchestra. Clinics and interviews including those with Col. Arnold Gabriel, Jacquelyn Dillon, Harry Begian and Marvin Rabin. Presenting the Midwest Medal of Honor to Dan Long.

Hopes for Midwest Clinic Attendees: Enthusiasm for the teaching profession and for the positive effect teaching quality music with high standards has on the lives of everyone.

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