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Tech Musicians Take Chicago During Break

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Fifty-two music students at Arkansas Tech University invested a portion of their winter break attending the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

Founded in 1946, the Midwest Clinic states on its website that it exists to raise instrumental music education standards by advancing pedagogical methodologies, develop innovative teaching techniques, assist those interested in music education in their professional work, present the newest available repertoire for bands and orchestra and hold clinics to improve music education.

As part of the trip, 16 ATU students performed in chamber ensembles.

Arkansas Tech students who performed in Chicago are:

Flute Quartet

  • Sierra Klutts
  • Miranda Kraus
  • Meeka Smith
  • Ger Vang

Clarinet Quartet

  • Jessica Garrett
  • Shelby Horne
  • Anna Shelton
  • Piper Turner

Woodwind Quintet

  • Ger Vang, Flute
  • Hannah Cochran, Oboe
  • Kaela Thompson, Clarinet
  • Anna Bloodworth, Bassoon
  • Garrett Napier, Horn

Tuba/Euphonium Quartet

  • Michael Bays, Euphonium
  • Corey Nolan, Euphonium
  • Michael Barker, Tuba
  • Katie Rodriguez, Tuba

Learn more about the ATU Department of Music.