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2018 High School Institute Schedule

See all that’s in store at THE premier music teaching clinic for high school music students

Leadership training session with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

The High School Institute was created by The Midwest Clinic as a special program for students who are currently serving as the leaders of their instrumental music programs. Students who attend this one-day program have the unique opportunity to focus on leadership skills, positive character attributes and personal motivation.  Students also get to visit the exhibit hall, participate in special programming designed for them, attend a concert and a clinic of their choice.  Finally, college music education majors from several different universities supervise and participate in the programming along with the high school students.  

High School Institute Schedule for December 20, 2018

8:15-9:00 a.m.: Check In!

9:00-9:40 a.m.: Welcome and introductions with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

9:45-11:45 a.m.: Exhibit hall* and conversations with music education icons Cynthia Johnston Turner, Steve Peterson, and Michael Markowski

*Insider tip: Before heading to the exhibit hall, download and print a Wish List so you keep track of your discoveries as you explore.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Lunch (provided by Neil A. Kjos Music Company)

12:20-12:50 p.m.: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

1:00-2:00 p.m.: Select from the following world-class concerts (Click on each listing to learn more):


Presidio Brass

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wind Symphony 

2:10-2:45 p.m.: Sasha Potiomkin, “Auditions: Demystifying the Experience”

3:00-4:00 p.m.: Select from the following clinic sessions and concerts (Click on each listing to learn more):


"The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Band Drum & Bugle Corps

Plano West High School Chamber Orchestra


Addressing the Critical Need to Develop Student Leaders in Challenging Times and Places

Jazz Rehearsal Techniques and Strategies

Breathing Life into Your Reed Section

Assess for Success: Efficient and Effective Assessment Practices for the High School Band

Excellence and the Inclusive Ensemble

David Maslanka: A Retrospective

4:15-5:00 p.m.: Wrap up and goodbye with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

College Night begins at 5:30 p.m. for students who wish to attend on their own.

Students who attend the High School Institute also are invited to stay (on their own) and attend evening concerts:


6:00-7:00 p.m.: Crosby High School Symphonic

7:30-8:45 p.m.: Musashino Academia Musicae - Wind Ensemble

7:30-8:45 p.m.: The Airmen of Note

Band and orchestra directors can register their high school students for this life-changing opportunity. Space is limited, so make sure to secure spots for your students soon!


If you have any questions about The Midwest Clinic’s High School Institute, please contact us via email at