2015 National In-Service Conference

2015 National In-Service Conference

October 25-28, 2015

It’s our last year in Music City and we’re out to make it our best yet! Join us, one last time in Naf-ville, for more than 300 innovative professional development sessions, nightly entertainment, extraordinary performances from across the country, a wild time at the Give a Note Extravaganza, and tons of networking and in-depth learning.

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Breaking News: Frontrunner in House Speaker Race Drops Out

In a surprising turn of events on Capitol Hill today, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) rescinded his bid to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. McCarthy announced his withdrawal in a meeting of House Republicans, acknowledging that a recent challenge to his candidacy by the House’s conservative Freedom Caucus would make the election difficult, and stating that the party needs to achieve greater consensus prior to a vote. The Freedom Caucus is a closely-knit group of conservatives that threatened to unite against McCarthy during the House floor…

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Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft to Lead Exciting Band Directors’ Academy in Nashville

For Immediate Release Contact: Catherina Hurlburt at NAfME catherinah@nafme.org or (703) 860-4000, x.242 Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft to Lead Exciting Band Directors’ Academy in Nashville RESTON, VA (October 8, 2015)—In a two-part session taking place October 26-27 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, band directors from around the nation will be treated to an exciting, interactive Band Directors’ Academy led by conductor Dr. Peter Boonshaft. This is the second year Dr. Boonshaft has led this workshop that has been brought back by popular demand. The Band Directors’ Academy…

Using Circle Singing to Enliven Choral Creativity

Using Circle Singing to Enliven Choral Creativity By Stuart Chapman Hill and Joshua Palkki   Let’s play a quick game of word association: when you hear (or read) the word “improvisation,” what immediately comes to mind? Is it the members of an improv comedy troupe, building hilarious sketches from a single activating idea? Is it the saxophonist in a jazz combo taking her turn to “solo,” or the mandolin player in a bluegrass band stringing together “licks” during the break between the chorus and the next verse? A New Approach…