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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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Pacifica Quartet

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Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was previously the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. In 2017, the Pacifica Quartet was appointed to lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Pacifica Quartet
Simin Ganatra, violin
Austin Hartman, violin
Mark Holloway, viola
Brandon Vamos, cello
Quartet in D major, Op. 44, No. 1
Felix Mendelssohn
   Molto allegro vivace
   Menuetto. Un poco Allegretto
   Andante espressivo ma con moto
   Finale. Presto con brio

String Quartet No. 4
Béla Bartók
   IV. Allegretto pizzicato
   V. Allegro molto

Pacifica’s performance will be followed by a reception. All Orchestral Directors and their guests are invited to attend.

Both the performance and reception are sponsored by D’Addario, as part of a commitment to providing enrichment to string education. The Pacifica Quartet is endorsed by D’Addario Orchestral and proudly uses their strings.


Here are additional D’Addario Orchestral activities taking place during the 2018 Midwest Clinic:

Strings 101: The Science, History, and Care of Strings

Ever wonder exactly how a musical instrument string is made? D’Addario & Co. has created a brand-neutral presentation that demystifies the strings on our instruments. By detailing the history and anatomy of strings, we hope that everyone will gain more understanding of what best suits their instrument, playing style, and playing level. We’ll discuss everything that goes into making and playing on a string, including materials, maintenance, longevity, rosin, and everything in between.

Join us on Friday, December 21st, at 8:30 AM in Meeting Room W181

Band & Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo

Come test some of the newest and greatest instruments and accessories for band and orchestra. Participants will receive a free percussion, woodwind, or orchestral string accessory.

Time and location TBD.

Join the D’Addario Education Collective!

The D’Addario Education Collective (DEC) provides music teachers with tools to support their role in education. Members receive access to exclusive videos and resources, as well as opportunities to beta-test new products and win gear and supplies!

Register with the DEC at booth #201 during Midwest 2018 and you’ll be eligible to win a limited edition Ascente Gift Box for your classroom.