Go to Conferences!

Next week I am off to San Antonio, Texas to attend TMEA, the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Over the years, attending clarinet and other music conferences have made a real difference in my career. The networking, recitals, master classes, clinics, etc. have certainly been worth more than the money and time invested.

Here’s an excellent blog post written a few years ago by a noted librarian on why it is important to attend professional conferences:  WHY GO TO A PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE?. Her reasons all translate perfectly for us as musicians.

There’s a lot of excellent work going on with music conferences across the USA and abroad. Below are some upcoming 2013 conferences regional to me in Texas. (My apologies for leaving anyone out.  If you want to have a conference mentioned or listed below, please comment on the blog or email me.)

Friday, March 1-3, Texas Clarinet Colloquium, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Friday, April 12-14, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region 4 Conference, Texas Christian University [TCU], Fort Worth

Thursday, June  13-15, OU Clarinet Symposium, University of Oklahoma, Norman

Thursday, June 13-15, CLAR-Essentials Clarinet Workshop (for advanced high school students), University of North Texas, Denton

Monday, June 17-18, TCU Clarinet Workshop, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

FYI, the World Clarinet Alliance has a list of upcoming clarinet events: Click HERE.

ClarinetMike says: “Make yourself go a conference…AND take your students with you.”

NOTE: I found the above TMEA video on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqi1IOd2a60.

About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2017. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He's performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-read ClarinetMike Blog, clarinetmike.wordpress.com-viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents. He was recently a tenured Associate Professor of Clarinet for 11 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He returned to his native Texas in 2012 due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, Bob Ackerman, and Pam Youngblood. His web page, clarinetmike.com, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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