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VanderCook at The 76th Midwest Clinic


The Midwest Clinic began on December 7, 1946 at a YMCA gym on the west side of Chicago.  Approximately 120 directors attended this 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 College of Music 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 18,000 attendees including instrumental music teachers, musicians, and music industry exhibitors 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, VanderCook students serve as the “go to” clinic staff, lovingly known as the “Blue Vests”.


Stop by the VanderCook booth at Midwest this week and meet the VCM faculty and admissions team! 


Make the most of your experience at The Midwest Clinic!  As a co-founder of the Midwest Clinic, VanderCook College of Music is offering teachers an opportunity to earn one semester hour of graduate credit for attending clinic sessions and concerts at this year’s conference.  Following The Midwest Clinic, students will upload copies of all handouts, concert programs and other supporting materials to our online learning platform, Schoology.  In addition, students will submit written responses summarizing and critiquing all sessions and concerts attended.  All materials and discussions must be completed by January 20, 2023.  Sample materials will be available upon request at the VanderCook College of Music booth located in the exhibit area.

Register for The Midwest Clinic today:


Wednesday, December 21st
11:00 AM
Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Alexander Kaminsky
Stacey Larson Dolan (MMEd’98)
Guest Conductors:

Thomas Caneva, Director of Bands, Ball State University

Shelby Chipman, Director of Bands, Florida A & M University

Col. Don Schofield, Director of Bands, United States Air Force Band 

featured soloist:

Maxwell Briggs, Professor of Tuba, VanderCook College of Music

Midwest Program

Tickets to the concert are available by contacting Cindy Tovar at [email protected]

*Tickets are for the VCM concert only and will not give you access to other concerts or events.


Join us at 5:45 PM at VanderCook College of Music in Room 130, as we announce the 2022 Distinguished Alumni & Roseanne Rosenthal Excellence in Teaching Award recipients. We will then walk across the street to the 3125 building to join the Q&F Holiday Party!

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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