NACWPI National Conference 2015: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Beautiful Sommervold Hall in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Beautiful Sommervold Hall in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

NACWPI Rolls On!  As a former president and officer on the NACWPI National Board, I am proud to pass along the announcement below that was posted yesterday on the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors’ NACWPI Facebook Page.

ClarinetMike says, “APPLY!”

NACWPI National Conference 2015 at the
Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
October 11-12, 2015

 President’s Message:

We are very excited to announce that our conference this year will include performances and lectures at the beautiful Sommervold Hall and the Belbas Theater in downtown Sioux Falls, SD.  As a special addition to this year’s conference we will board a bus at 1 pm on Monday October 12 to tour the National Music Museum in Vermilion, SD.  There will be more info to come in the NACWPI journal, Facebook and LinkedIn pages as well as our web site:  Sioux Falls is a prime location offering many services and restaurants while also being close to the airport.

Please consider joining us this year and I would encourage you to check out the museum and Washington Pavilion web sites.


Michael Walsh, President, NACWPI

Application Procedures

Application must be electronically postmarked (email) by 11:59pm (cst) on May 2, 2015.

1.  Applicants should send a detailed outline of the proposed presentation along with a one-page curriculum vitae.  Professors and Graduate Students are welcome to apply.

2.  The outline should state the category of the presentation(s) being proposed:

A.  Lecture (25 minutes)

B.  Clinic (25 minutes)

C.  Recital performance (include performance times of works)

3.  Performers (faculty ensembles are strongly encouraged to apply) should send an mp3 recording of a performance commensurate with the one proposed.  While the works  proposed are not required on the CD, the recording should  provide a similar performance to that proposed.  The recording should be a maximum of 15 minutes.

4.  NACWPI is going green and the committee will only accept electronic submissions. These can be submitted as doc, rtf, or pdf formats (no docx, please), and recordings can be sent as mp3 files or links to websites.  Contact michael.walsh@sdstate.edufor more information.

5.  All materials will be adjudicated by a NACWPI committee.

6.  All participants in the proposal must be members of NACWPI.

7.  NACWPI is not responsible for financial arrangements to support any group’s or individual’s expenses.

8.  All performers and presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the nominal registration fee of 50 dollars plus 8 dollars for the National Music Museum entry fee.

9.  Selected proposals to present and perform will be announced by May 22, 2015.

 Send email submission to :

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 Canada, Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will again return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2019. 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. Dr. Dean has given more than 500 clinics, master classes and performances at high schools, universities, conferences and other venues. For 11 years he was a clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and he's also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-viewed ClarinetMike Blog, the Internet’s #1 clarinet blog read in 150 countries on 6 continents: After a successful 25 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas 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, and Bob Ackerman. His web page,, 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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