The Instrumentalist

Articles December 2022 January 2023

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Interview:
Composing Outside the Lines A Conversation with Kimberly Osberg
A project to write inexpensive short commissions during the pandemic produced creativity and new perspectives. “Those pieces reminded me how many people want high-quality music to play. They may not fill concert halls or record these pieces, but it was so fulfilling to work on them.
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Woodwind Clinic:
Catching Some Waves: Comparative Woodwind Vibrato
The execution of vibrato can be tricky for the non-woodwind director. This article explains what it is and how it works on each of the woodwinds.
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The Teacher's Studio:
A Fall Review
“Most flutists play the same instrument for marching band and concert band, and it may need some attention. It has been jiggled around while marching and traveling and been subjected to the elements including dust and rain.”
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Instrumentalist Classic:
Band Conducting as a Profession
“Growth is perhaps the most important element in the musicianship of a successful band conductor. The music world is changing at such a rapid rate that constant study, exploration, and open-mindedness are necessary if one is not to fall hopelessly behind.”
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Midwest Preview:
Dreams Come True, Three Directors Share Their Journeys to Midwest
Three directors navigate a busy fall as they prepare for performances at the Midwest Clinic. “In 1993, I was dreaming about bringing a group to perform and almost 30 years later, that dream has come true.”
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Personal Perspective:
Midwest Memories, 1984-2014
Long days of music, late nights catching up with friends, and a few stolen moments for shopping have long been staples of a trip to the Midwest. One director shares his favorite memories.
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Life of Reely:
Herding Cats: Lessons Learned from Elementary Music Classes

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