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What's New in 2016 - Our 70th Anniversary Year

December 14-17, 2016, at McCormick Place West in downtown Chicago.

New clinics and rehearsal labs at the 2016 conference!!! Whether you’re a music educator that’s been in the business for decades or a college student who’s just getting started, these presentations offer a wealth of knowledge and insight that can’t be found at any other music conference in the world.

70th Anniversary Celebration & Gala
2016 marks the 70th anniversary of our very first clinic and conference back in 1947.  We are gearing up to celebrate the last seven decades of leading the music and music education industry forward. We begin by adding new performances, the largest exhibit hall in our history with over 75,000 sq. ft. to showcase the future of our business, and an array of new clinics and rehearsal labs.

Great friends, outstanding food, and live music: How else do you celebrate an anniversary in Chicago? Join your colleagues, The Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and Staff on the evening of Friday, December 16th at the Hilton Chicago for our 70th Anniversary Gala! The event will begin with a reception at 7:00PM followed by a spectacular dinner prepared by the renowned Hilton chefs. Culminating the evening will be music by Tony Succar and his Band, showcasing prominent artists in the Latin music genre. Tickets are $50.00 each (which includes 2 drink tickets). Attendees may also purchase a 2nd ticket for a guest (does not have to be a conference registrant). You simply don’t want to miss this spectacular event- the perfect way to cap off your final evening at Midwest!

Canadian Brass
In its 45th season, the game-changing Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of its approximately 100 albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Beyond their unparalleled musicality, each player possesses the creativity, good humor and love of performing that is the ensemble’s hallmark. In addition to a non-stop touring and recording schedule, Canadian Brass is continually innovating to expand the brass repertoire, satisfy and challenge a loyal fan base, and use new media to connect to audiences worldwide. Canadian Brass is sponsored in part by Conn-Selmer, Inc., the makers of Bach and Conn U.S.A. made professional brass instruments.

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. The 2016 Midwest Clinic will feature two performances by this world-class ensemble on the evening of Wednesday, December 14. Because we anticipate at-capacity audiences, attendees must select between either the 5:30PM or 7:30PM concert when they register for the conference. Tickets are limited to one per attendee and will be distributed upon conference check-in.

World-Class Pedagogues

No other music conference in the world brings together musicians from the finest orchestras and universities in the United States to provide pedagogical insights to educators. Join us as members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Northwestern University (Gail Williams), New York Philharmonic (Joe Alessi, Anthony McGill), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Jim Walker),  Eastman School of Music (John Beck), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Rice University (Marie Speziale), University of Michigan (Donald Sinta), University of Georgia (David Zerkel), University of Texas at Austin (Brian Lewis) and The Ohio State University (Juliet White-Smith) present clinic sessions to celebrate our 70th. You will not find a more star-studded and accomplished group of teacher-performers anywhere else!

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Small Schools & Title I
Introduced in 2015 our Small Schools and Title I tracks received such acclamation that we have not only brought them back for our 70th anniversary but expanded them as well! See what others are saying:  

“Thanks so much to you and the Board for providing so many opportunities to learn more about the differing strategies to address the concerns of Title 1 schools. As a Band Director of a Title 1 school, I truly appreciate The Midwest Clinic taking the "lead" in addressing this important issue. In our challenging environment, it is so easy to use the phrase "I can't because.....". Because of our daily struggles, it is easier to do less. But that would be a dis-service to the students we serve each day. Our students deserve the same opportunities for success as students with more_____ (fill in the blank) and it is our job to seek out those opportunities for our deserving students.”

“I grew up in small title one schools in the backwoods of Georgia and now I have taught in a Title 1 inner-city school for three years. If it had not been for the band and Title 1 programs to prepare students like myself, a child living in poverty, I’m sure I would not be so blessed to hold a bachelors and masters in music education and walk around confident every day in my ability to teach and perfect the system of teaching music.”

               View the entire list of Small School and Title I Sessions

Midwest Commissioning Project
There are so many ways to celebrate the largest international instrumental music education conference in the world, but the most apropos way is through music. Midwest has commissioned composers Donald Grantham and Mark Camphouse to write works for band and orchestra in honor of its 70th. World premieres of both compositions will take place during the four-day conference. Yet again another reason you cannot afford to miss the 2016 Midwest Clinic.

Focus on Latin Jazz
Ginga: The Brazilian Way to Groove
In Brazil, the subtlest way to play any groove is often known as “ginga”. The word refers to the way in which a dancer moves, to the way a beautiful person walks, and to the way that music incites inner and outer motion in the listeners. Jovino Santos Neto will provide rhythmic information about Brazilian grooves in a practical and concise way, leading to the individual and collective development of “ginga” in the performance of Brazilian-based music.

"Latinizing" Your School Jazz Ensemble: Practical Tips for Achieving an Authentic Latin Sound

Michele Fernandez Denlinger will provide an in-depth explanation of various Latin styles, explore their differences, and provide practical tips for incorporating latin rhythms in any novice school jazz ensemble using a live rhythm section. Audience will also participate in a hands-on "AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION" exercise to help internalize the material through actual audience performance. Directors will receive a handout booklet with detailed examples and rhythmic patterns compiled by the clinician.

Improvising in Clave: Soloing over Afro-Cuban Grooves
Michael Philip Mossman will work with rhythm and horn sections to expose them to the potentials of blowing not only over changes but several Latin grooves most likely to arise in band and combo charts.

The Midwest Jazz Interview with DownBeat Magazine Featuring Candido- the most recorded conga drummer in the history of jazz.

And a session with the award-winning Latin artist Tony Succar!!!
What's more, don't miss Tony and his Band performing at our 70th Anniversary Gala on Friday, December 16th at Hilton Chicago!