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The art of conducting has been a lifelong passion of music educator and conductor H. Robert Reynolds. Through his commitment to the advancement of conducting he has inspired countless students around the globe to discover their own passion for the art form. The Midwest Clinic is committed to supporting the art of conducting by presenting an in depth conducting symposium for outstanding selected participants.


Taking place during the 74th annual conference, the Reynolds Conducting Institute will be held Thursday, December 17th through the noon Saturday, December 19th at McCormick Place West in Chicago. Clinicians for the 3rd annual Institute will be H. Robert Reynolds and Mallory Thompson

The Institute ensemble will include the finest musicians from the National Chamber Winds performing a variety of chamber repertoire appropriate for the highest levels of personal growth and professional learning. Eight to twelve Institute fellows will be selected through an application process, which will include a professional vita and conducting video. If selected as a conducting fellow, registration to attend The Midwest Clinic will be included with your participation fee. Midwest conference attendees are invited to attend the Institute as an observer.


Any Midwest Clinic attendee is welcome to sit in and observe the Reynolds Conducting Institute at no additional charge. 

Thursday, December 17
Meeting Room W178

Friday, December 18
1:30-3:00 pm (Open rehearsal with H. Robert Reynolds, Mallory Thompson, and the National Chamber Winds)
Meeting Room W178

Saturday, December 19
National Chamber Winds Concert
H. Robert Reynolds, Mallory Thompson, and Robert Ambrose Conductors
Ballroom W183


Serenade in Eb

Emil Hartmann/ edited Kearney


Sept Dances

Jean Francaix



Conducting Fellow: $330

Observer: Current Midwest Clinic conference registration rate


Who should apply? The Midwest Clinic encourages individuals from all levels and areas of the instrumental music education profession to apply. This includes educators teaching in K-12 settings, college students, university faculty, and professional conductors. If you are interested in becoming a fellow for the 2020 Reynolds Conducting Institute, you will need the following to submit an application:

1. One video (5-7 minutes) of the applicant's conducting that demonstrates a variety of styles. The camera view should be from the ensemble perspective (i.e. facing the conductor).

2. A resume or curriculum vitae in PDF format.

3. A high resolution (300 dpi) photo of yourself (at least 2”).

The application portal will open March 16, 2020.  Th deadline to apply is Friday, May 15th, 2020, 5:00PM CST. Applications will be reviewed by The Midwest Clinic Board of Directors, with official notification being distributed electronically in mid-June. Under no circumstances will late applications be accepted.

Click here to begin an application


The Midwest Clinic has reserved room blocks at our official conference hotels. Many of these properties are directly connected to the McCormick Place West convention center which eliminates the need for transportation.  The list of official Midwest conference hotels will be posted soon. 


Treasury regulation 1.162-5 permits an income tax deduction for educational expenses (including travel, meals, lodging) undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills.