THE MIDWEST EXPERIENCE - EARN GRADUATE CREDIT
Make the most of your Midwest Clinic experience! Earn 1-2 semester hours of graduate credit attending clinic sessions and concerts at McCormick Place West, located at 2301 S. Indiana Ave. on December 18-21, 2013. Students must attend 12.5 clock hours of clinic sessions and concerts for one credit and 25 clock hours for two credits. A notebook summarizing and critiquing all sessions and concerts attended, including copies of all handouts, concert programs and other supporting materials, must be submitted no later than January 21, 2014. Sample notebooks will be available upon request at the VanderCook College of Music booth #754 in the exhibit area.
VISIT THE VANDERCOOK BOOTH
Stop by booth #754 and say hello. We only see some of you once a year, so don't forget to stop at the VanderCook booth to pick up your Alumni ribbon! If you're the slightest bit interested in VanderCook this is a great oppurtunity to talk to our admissions team and visit with ensemble directors and applied faculty. We can't wait to see you!
ATTEND THE SYMPHONIC BAND PERFORMANCE - Friday, December 20, 2013
Attend the 67th Annual performance of the VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band at the Midwest Clinic. Join us on Friday, December 20th, at 1:30 PM, at the Mc Cormick Place West Skyline Ballroom AB. This year, VanderCook welcomes guest conductors, Gary Green, Brian Ingelson, and William Owens (B.M.Ed. 1985). Gary Green will be conducting Raise The Roof by Michael Daughtery featuring soloist Svet Stoyanov on timpani. Keeping the tradition of having a family connection performance whenever possible, the father-son team of director Brian Ingelson and his son, senior trumpet player, Matt Ingelson will be performing Ode to Trumpet by Alfred Reed. VanderCook alumni who will be featured include: William Owens, conducting Tudor Sketches, and Mark Graurer's (M.E.Ed. 2004) arrangement of Hamillton Harty’s Fair Day. A very special appearance will be made by our percussion instructions Bret Kuhn and Kevin Lepper, who will be featured on the Douglas Richard arrangement of Field Ayres. In addition to our guests, the band will cover an array of classics and new music for a variety of levels. Tickets for this concert are available through VanderCook by contacting Cindy Tovar at firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTEND THE ANNUAL ALUMNI MEETING AND RECEPTION - Friday, December 20, 2013
Join us for the annual Alumni Meeting and Reception on Friday, December 20, 2013 from 3:30 p.m - 6:00 p.m. at Cafe Bionda, 1924 S. State Street. RSVP's are needed for this event and can be secured by contacting Clarmarie Keenan at email@example.com. You won't want to miss this event! This year we honor Ms. Connie Donnelly (M.M.Ed 2000), the 2013 recipient of the esteemed Distinguished Alumni Award given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and inspirational leadership in the field of music education. We also recognize the 2013 recipient of the Roseanne Rosenthal Excellence in Teaching Award, Heather Marshall (B.M.Ed. 2012). The Roseanne Rosenthal Excellnce in teaching Award honors an alumnus who has made outstanding contribution to music education in the first five years of their professional life. Also being presented are the Tom Drake Joliet Legion Band Scholarship to junior trombone major, Juan Osorio and the Eddie & Patty Oyer Scholarship to sophomore, percussionist Mark Killackey. You'll also be able to renew or begin your Alumni Association membership and vote to fill vacancies on the Alumni Association Board.
THE STUDENT STAFF - LOVINGLY KNOWN AS THE "BLUE VESTS"
VanderCook students hold true the tradition of working the Midwest Clinic as usher and set up crew staff. Anytime you see someone handing out programs or moving equipment, it will likely be a VanderCook student. They are ready to give you the best Midwest experience possible, so give them a nice pat on the back as you go by.
THE HISTORY OF VANDERCOOK COLLEGE AND THE MIDWEST CLINIC
VanderCook College of Music has been a part of the Midwest Clinic since the very beginning!
The Midwest Clinic began on December 7, 1946 at a YMCA gym on the west side of Chicago. 120 or so directors were on hand for a six -hour clinic and new music reading session. VanderCook College of Music, through the work of H.E. Nutt, was one of the founders of this clinic. Along with Howard Lyons and Neil Kjos Sr., H.E. Nutt, secretary of VanderCook and later President, pioneered the idea of a clinic and exposition for music educators. Over the years the Midwest Clinic has grown to be the most recognized instrumental music clinic in the world, attracting well over 12,000 directors each year. Only the finest ensembles are selected to perform at the Midwest Clinic. The VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band is the only ensemble in the history of the clinic to perform every year. In addition to performing at the clinic, the students of VanderCook serve as the “go to" clinic staff, lovingly know as the “blue vests”.