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The 2016 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$120 Early Bird Director Rate
Through Sept. 23rd
$150 Pre-conference Director Rate
Through Dec. 2nd
$85 First Time Attendee Rate
Through Dec. 2nd
$50 College Student Rate
Through Dec. 2nd

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Midwest Clinic is now taking requests for event space at the Hyatt McCormick Place and Hilton Chicago.

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Applications to perform or to propose a clinic at the 68th Annual Midwest Clinic are now available!

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The 70th Annual Conference - December 14-17, 2016

So that our Staff may enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, our offices will close at 12:00PM (CST) Wednesday, November 23rd. We will reopen Monday, November 28th at 9:00AM. The Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and Staff wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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The Biggest Party for our 70th!

Live music from Tony Succar and his Band? Outstanding food? An evening of memories with your friends and the music education profession? There is only place that this and more can be had on the evening of Friday, December 16, 2016: The Midwest Clinic's 70th Anniversary Gala!  Don't Miss It!

What began in 1946 as 120 music directors meeting for six hours in a Chicago YWCA gym has now become the annual four-day music band and orchestra conference known as The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference. For the past 70 years, musicians, educators and people passionate about music education of all skill levels have gathered in Chicago for the largest music conference of its kind.

The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference offers guests interested in music education an array of clinics and exhibits, as well as access to music and teaching icons. The conference will also focus on industry trends and future topics in business and music education. With more than 17,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 30 countries, The Midwest Clinic offers music educators and musicians alike an unmatched networking opportunity.
   The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference each year displays top ensembles throughout the music conference to showcase the newest ideas and talent. From students to professionals, performers have a chance to exhibit their talents to a supportive and enthusiastic audience with an interest in furthering music education. Each band and orchestra conference is unique and offers attendees the most up-to-date music styles and education techniques.

Who Can Attend?

Guests of the music conference do not have to be part of an orchestra, band or any other group. From teachers to administrators, music enthusiast to professional musicians.  And EVERYONE in between! Register on your own or as part of a group. While offering world-class innovation, education and networking, The Midwest Clinic maintains competitive rates to ensure that musicians and music educators from all financial backgrounds can attend.

The Midwest Clinic is ideal for: 

  • Instrumental Music Teachers 
  • Fine Arts Administrators 
  • Professional and Amateur Musicians 
  • Military Musicians 
  • College and University Teachers, Students and Administrators 
  • Music Industry Representatives 
  • Composers and Arrangers 
  • Grade School and High School Music Students 
  • Conductors 

The Midwest Clinic seeks to help musicians of all skill levels and stages
 advance into the next level of their careers. 


"From the Beginning, Into the Future"




The Conference

December 17-20, 2014 at
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL


Download the show's official mobile app

Make sure and download the FREE ultimate show guide for the 2016 Midwest Clinic — the official mobile app. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, you can now take advantage of features designed to help you get the most out of attending the event, all from the convenience of your own mobile device.

How to download the app:

  • Visit the App Store or Google Play,and search the keyword MIDWEST.
  • Or you can scan the QR code on the right.

After downloading the app, you’ll need to login with your Last Name and Registration Number.


Identify the people at the conference who you would like to connect with and start chatting with them in the app.

The app contains the following:

  • a searchable directory of available sessions, plus your personal list of any sessions you selected
  • a viewable map to navigate the show floor with ease
  • Visit all participating exhibitors and scan the QR code at each booth to recieve a prize
  • a complete listing of all conductors & clinicians at the event
  • a searchable list of all exhibiting companies, plus a list of exhibiting companies you were automatically matched with during registration
  • Everything you need to know about the show at your fingertips
  • The app also includes information on food at the event, award winners, association meetings and so much more!