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Day One Initiative

Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly on their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success.

Presented by master teachers who have demonstrated proven success in providing sound pedagogical methods for teaching beginning students (or for assisting more advanced students who may have developed habits that are detrimental to producing characteristic tone, and/or facilitating technique sans the impediments concomitant with bad habits), Day One clinics will take place in intimate and personal space so that each attendee can see exactly what pedagogical techniques are being demonstrated.

For 2019, the Day One clinic sessions will focus solely on woodwind and percussion instruments.

 

Helen Blackburn - Flute

Helen Blackburn is the Artist Teacher of Flute at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX.  Ms. Blackburn is also principal flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, a core member of the nationally acclaimed modern chamber music ensemble “Voices of Change”, and the principal flutist of the Dallas Chamber Symphony for its 2012-2013 inaugural season. Ms. Blackburn has numerous credits with major performing arts organizations, both as a featured soloist and as a member, including the Breckenridge Music Festival (where she is currently principal flute), Aspen Music Festival, the South Bohemia Music Festival, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She appears frequently in recital across the country and in Europe as a soloist and also with her husband, Drew Lang, in their flute/marimba duo.A prize winner of the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, the Ft. Collins Young Artist Competition, and the Aspen Wind Concerto Competition, Ms. Blackburn has previously served on the faculties of Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University and McMurry University. Ms. Blackburn received her bachelor of music degree (summa cum laude) from West Texas State University and her master of music degree from Northwestern University.

Carol Zeisler -Oboe

Carol Zeisler is a well-known name in music education as a teacher, clinician, adjudicator, performer, camp coach and private instructor.  She is on call to fellow teachers as a mentor and a friend to those interested in working with young musicians. She is frequently invited to assist fellow teachers with the daunting task of starting or switching students to the oboe.  Carol Zeisler is currently an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she teaches Woodwind Methods and makes sure future instrumental teachers have some time and experience playing both the oboe and the bassoon.  She is also an active performer and the Principal Oboist for the Virginia Wind Symphony, a position she has held for 25 years.  She maintains a strong private oboe studio with young students from the southeastern region of Virginia.  Zeisler holds her Master of Music in Oboe Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Bachelor of Music Education from Old Dominion University, graduating with honors from both institutions.  She was a middle school band director in the Portsmouth City Schools and the Norfolk City Schools, teaching for 30 years and receiving both Teacher of the Year and Inspirational Teacher Award for music teachers in the Norfolk Public Schools.  She was a group leader for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Program in Twin Lake Michigan.  Carol comes from a family of musicians, as both her mother and grandfather were bandleaders.

Jason Worzbyt -Bassoon

Dr. Jason Worzbyt is Professor of Bassoon and Associate Director of Bands at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in bassoon performance from the University of North Texas. Dr. Worzbyt has studied bassoon with Kathleen Reynolds, principal bassoon of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and professor of bassoon at the University of North Texas; Kristen Wolfe Jensen, professor of bassoon at the University of Texas; David T. Borst, professor emeritus of bassoon at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and James Rodgers, principal contrabassoon of the Pittsburgh Symphony.  His conducting teachers include Jack Stamp, director of band studies emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Eugene Migliaro Corporon, director of wind studies at the University of North Texas.

Andrew Weak - Clarinet

Andrew Weak is in his eleventh year of teaching and his ninth year as Head Band Director at Apollo Junior High in Richardson, Texas.  Under Mr. Weak’s direction, the Apollo Band has earned consistent superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-reading contests and multiple “Best in Class” designations at other contests around the DFW area.  In 2015, the Apollo Band was named a Texas Music Educators Association CC State Honor Band Finalist.   Prior to teaching at Apollo, Mr. Weak taught for two years at Berkner High School.  His Symphonic Band III consistently received superior ratings at UIL contests, and in his first year of teaching, his band was named “Best in Class” at the South Coast Music Festival in Corpus Christi.   Mr. Weak received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  At Baylor, he studied clarinet with Richard Shanley and was a member of the Baylor Wind Ensemble under Eric Wilson.  Mr. Weak completed his student teaching with Frank Troyka and Lynne Jackson at Berkner High School.    Mr. Weak is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association, and he has presented a number of clinics for both organizations.  He has also presented at the Midwest Clinic, and for the Ministry of Education of Singapore. In 2016, Mr. Weak received one of ten STAR Teacher of the Year awards for the Richardson ISD and was further named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.  Andrew, his wife, Michelle, and their sons, Caleb (3) and Jonathan (1), live in Richardson.

Kimberly Hernandez - Saxophone

Kimberly Hernandez, a native of St. Marys, West Virginia, is currently in her twenty-fifth year of teaching at Robinson Middle School in Plano, Texas. She joined the staff at Robinson Middle School in 1995 as Associate Director of Bands and became Director of Bands and Music Department Chair in 2002. The music department is a thriving, collaborative department with over 750 students enrolled in band, choir, and orchestra. The band program includes seven beginning band classes, three concert bands, and a jazz band. Prior to teaching in Plano, Mrs. Hernandez taught one year in the Calallen Independent School District in Corpus Christi, Texas.Under her direction, the Robinson Wind Ensemble has consistently earned high praise for their outstanding musicianship and was a state finalist in the 2016 CCC Honor Band contest. Additionally the Wind Ensemble was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project in 2015 and 2016. Mrs. Hernandez also co-directs the Robinson Philharmonic (Full Orchestra). The Robinson Philharmonic was named the Middle School Honor Full Orchestra for the State of Texas in 2014 and 2016.Mrs. Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education (Summa Cum Laude) from Ohio University in 1992 where she studied piano with Gail Berenson, saxophone with Dr. Allyn Reilly, and conducting with the late Ronald P. Socciarelli. Upon graduating from Ohio University, Mrs. Hernandez continued her studies under Dr. Jack Delaney at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, earning a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting in 1994. She was named Robinson Middle School’s Teacher of the Year in 2005 and received the PTA Life Membership Award in 2016. Mrs. Hernandez’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association. She resides in Plano with her husband Michael and sixteen year-old son Anthony.

Flournoy Humphreys - Percussion 

Flournoy is a percussionist and newly retired band director. She taught 13 years in Arkansas, 1 year in Tennessee, and 19 years in Traverse City, Michigan. Over the years, her students have consistently made All-State bands in Arkansas and Michigan, have consistently received percussion scholarships to Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University and other universities across the country.  Flournoy has taught beginning percussion class for the past 28 years, marching drum lines for the past 38 years, and beginning band thru high school band for the past 33 years.  Her percussion ensembles have always received first division ratings at solo and ensemble festivals; has been selected to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival as the outstanding Percussion Ensemble three times, and has received multiple 1st place awards for best marching drum line.In 2007, the Traverse City West Middle School Symphony Band was selected to perform at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids. In addition, both the Concert and Symphony Bands have always received First (I) Division ratings at District and State Festivals. Flournoy has conducted clinics and/or adjudicated in the following states:  Alabama, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Illinois, and Michigan. Flournoy holds a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas (1986) and a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI (2005). Flournoy resides in Traverse City, Michigan with her wife, Patricia Brumbaugh, has seven dogs (6 Schnauzers, 1 Black Lab), and works at Mawby winery on the Leelanau Peninsula, in the summer.  Flournoy is honored to be invited by The Midwest Board of Directors to present this clinic.