Midwest Welcomes New Board Members
The Midwest Clinic Board of Directors is comprised of the foremost instrumental music educators. In total they bring over 1,000 years of successful teaching experience- creating a conference designed by teachers, for teachers. The history of the Midwest board is legendary, truly a 'Who's Who' of icons in the profession. We add to that list Soo Han, Herman Knoll, and Mary Land whose expertise will continue to guide and shape Midwest as the premier instrumental music education conference in the world.
Soo Han is the Director of Orchestras, Department Chairman of the Performing Arts Department at Carmel High in Carmel, IN, contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, and a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist. Orchestras under his leadership experienced a great deal of success including seven Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Championship and being named Grand Champions at the 2009 National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In addition, in 2009 and 2013, Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra was also invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic.
While the director at Carmel, the orchestra has performed all throughout the United States and internationally. He has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors such as Lynn Harrell, David Kim, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has produced with Carmel multiple recordings of complete symphonies, has commissioned and premiered several works for string and full orchestras, and has grown the program to over 340 string players and over 60 wind and percussionists spread out over six orchestras.
He is a frequent guest conductor of all-state, regional, and festival orchestras throughout the country, and has presented string teacher sessions, workshop and conducted concerts at regional and state music educator conferences in California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, as well as at the ASTA National Convention and the Midwest International Music Clinic. He has also served as conductor for the New World Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (Indianapolis, IN), Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, and Sewanee Summer Festival and other summer music festivals. In the summer of 2015, he will travel to Australia for several weeks to conduct and work with Australian school orchestra directors.
He is the past-president of the Indiana American String Teachers Association and the chapter was awarded the ‘Most Improved Chapter’ during his time as president. He is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and holds his Master’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis.
is the recently retired Senor Vice President of Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest and most innovative music print publisher. He continues to serve the company as a consultant and represents the company as a clinician. As senior vice president he oversaw the development of band, orchestra and choir publications, and has been involved in the development of many acclaimed educational products and series.
Mr. Knoll attended Indiana University and received music education degrees from Indiana State University and the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. In 1994, he was the proud recipient of VanderCook’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 2007, Herman was awarded The Music Industry Award by The Midwest Clinic. The Music Industry Award honors individuals for their support of music education through their work in the music industry.
After graduation, he spent 12 years teaching instrumental music in Indiana public schools, in grades ranging from elementary through college. He also directed successful bands at Indiana State University; under his direction, the Greenwood Indiana High School Band received perfect scores in concert contests, and the marching band garnered championships in state and multi-state competitions.
Mr. Knoll joined Hal Leonard in 1979, and in 1985, he was part of an internal management team that purchased Hal Leonard from the original founders. Under this management, the company has enjoyed consistent and dramatic growth through its creative publishing, dynamic marketing, and frequent key acquisitions.
In recent years, Mr. Knoll has coordinated the creation and marketing of Essential Elements products. This flagship brand represents the most popular methods in the world for school bands, orchestras and choirs. He has served as a tireless spokesman for Essential Elements throughout the United States and on many other continents, using these clinics as opportunities to encourage fellow educators.
Mr. Knoll has served on many industry boards. In keeping with his passion for music education, he serves on the Music For All Board, and is a current member and former chairman of the VanderCook Board of Trustees.
Herman and his wife Sandy reside in Hartland, Wisconsin. They have three grown children and ten grandchildren. Herman and Sandy are involved with an orphanage outreach in Latvia through Mission: Hope. Two of their grandchildren are adopted from that orphanage
is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. She conducts the YHC Wind Ensemble, Athletic Bands, and oversees the college band program. Prior to her position at Young Harris, she was Director of Bands at Pickens County Middle School in Jasper, Georgia, for 29 years. Mary earned the Educational Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia, her Masters of Music Education degree from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, and her Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia. She has served the Georgia Music Educators Association in various state and local offices and is currently the immediate past president of the Georgia Music Educators Association as well as the Collegiate National Association for Music Education chair. She continues to make numerous appearances as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States. Her professional affiliations include: GMEA, MENC, IAJE, PAGE, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Professional Teacher Association. Dr. Land is a member of the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. She is a member of the National Band Association and has served as a Middle School representative on the NBA executive board of directors. Mary Land is also on the faculty of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp as the conductor of the Intermediate Division Wind Symphony.
Many professional awards and recognitions have been awarded Dr. Land during her career. She was featured in the April 2007 issue of the Instrumentalist magazine discussing her teaching techniques and her band program at Pickens County Middle School. She has been presented the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on ten separate occasions and has been presented the Women Band Directors International Scroll of Excellence four times. Dr. Land was awarded the GMEA Music Educator of the Year Award for 2002. She was presented with the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of honor Award at the 2002 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic for her contributions to music education. Mary Land was selected by the national publication School Band and Orchestra in their December 2003 issue as one of “50 Directors Who make a Difference”. Mary Land’s band program was the recipient of the Georgia Senate Resolution 212 commending the success of the Pickens County Middle School Band Program. Dr. Land and the Pickens County Middle School Band were the 2003 recipient of the Magna Cum Laude Award, a prestigious International Award for Middle School Bands.
Bands under Mary Land’s direction have received invitations to perform at many music conferences and clinics, including the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, the Southern Division MENC Convention, the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, the University of Southern Mississippi Conductors’ Conference, and the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival.
Mary is married to Rick Land, who is also a music educator. They have two sons who are active in college music programs.