The Midwest Clinic

April 21, 2020

Ensemble: Cabin John Middle School Advanced Orchestra

Director: Scott Herman

Dear Scott,

On behalf of The Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and Staff, it is our pleasure to present your ensemble an invitation to perform at the 74th annual Midwest Clinic, held from December 16 – 19, 2020, at McCormick Place West in Chicago, Illinois. If you accept this invitation, with full support of your administration or governing board, please notify Kelly Bryan, Executive Director, no later than Monday, April 27, 2020 at kbryan@midwestclinic.org. Kelly will serve as your primary contact at the Midwest office leading up to your performance in December.

To perform at The Midwest Clinic, you are required to attend a conference call on Saturday, June 6, 2020. This is an important meeting to discuss procedures, meet the Board of Directors, and answer any questions you may have. It is extremely important that everyone follow the procedures in order to ensure a successful conference. Additionally, acceptance of this invitation signifies full agreement to the policies set forth within the performance application as well as your ensemble’s availability anytime from Wednesday, December 16 – Saturday, December 19. We will not honor any date or time preferences. (Please note: Ensembles invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic are required to reserve the music which they will program. All music reservations must be submitted online, using an interface accessed through The Midwest Clinic website- which will open in May. Instructions detailing the procedures will appear in the first memo you receive from our office. You will not be able to reserve repertoire until you are invited to do so).

Throughout the year we will work together to help you prepare for this special performance. Please let us know if you have questions at any time. Your first directors’ memo will be sent as soon as we receive written acceptance from each invitee. Please confirm once again with your administration or governing board that they support your performance at The Midwest Clinic. We know you will have many questions and most, if not all, of the information you seek will be covered in the memos that will follow your acceptance.

Your group will be required to stay in one of our conference hotels. These hotels offer a rate exclusive to Midwest invited performing ensembles. We will include information regarding hotel block reservations in the coming weeks. Please note there are several inauthentic companies who promote discount rooming for our event. Unless you have received something directly from Kelly Bryan, assume those communications are not legitimate.

Once we receive a confirmation from all invited ensembles, we will announce your performance on our website and include a hyperlink to the organizational website that you provided on your application. If you would like to edit any of the information (i.e. ensemble name, website, location, director(s) name(s)) that will be displayed on our website, please contact the office. Additionally, if you would like to change the email address of the individual that will be responsible for the ensemble now is the appropriate time to do so. Email will be the main communication method from the Midwest office so it is imperative that the recipient of any correspondence check email on a daily basis.

Social media is forum in which Midwest regularly shares information with its constituents. Our followers love to know what kind of progress the invited performing ensembles are making on their journey to Chicago, unique stories about the ensemble, etc. For example, if you make an official announcement to your ensemble regarding your Midwest acceptance, please capture that as we would love to share with our followers. Over the years we have had some incredibly magical moments that directors have recorded of their students receiving word that they have been accepted to perform at Midwest. If at any point during your preparations you have a highlight please email them to the office.

Congratulations to you and your ensemble for having been selected to perform at the 74th annual Midwest Clinic- THE source for instrumental music education since 1946. A wonderful opportunity awaits you and your musicians in Chicago! We look forward to a productive year and a superb concert this December.

Sincerely,

Richard C. Crain

President, Board of Directors

Mr. Taylor Awarded Outstanding Administrator

Congratulations to Mr. Taylor for receiving the Maryland Music Educators Association 2020 “School Administrator Award.” His support of the fine arts has been exemplary. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and supportive administrator leading this amazing school.

State and County Honors

Congratulations to the 29 Cabin John musicians accepted to perform in the MCPS Honors Band and Orchestra as part of the Annual Honors Gala. 15 of those musicians were selected to play in the Maryland All-State Band and Orchestra along with an additional 4 more who were names as alternates. Way to go!

Music in the Parks 2019

Congratulations to the Advanced Band and Orchestra for receiving 1st place in their divisions and winning the Overall Best Band and Orchestra Awards at the Busch Gardens Music in the Parks Competition. The average scores attained by Cabin John groups over the last 6 years is a 98 for band and a 98.5 for orchestra!

State and County Band Results

Congratulations to the 35 musicians accepted to perform in the MCPS Honors Band and Orchestra as part of the Annual Honors Gala. 24 of those musicians were selected to play in the Maryland All-State Band and Orchestra. This year’s results are a county and state best and represent an all-time best in the history of Cabin John Middle School. Way to go!

Band to Perform at Eastern Conference

Good Evening,

Congratulations! It is our pleasure to invite the Cabin John MS Advanced Band to perform during the 2019 PMEA/NAfME Eastern Division Conference, April 4-6 in Pittsburgh. Your group is officially scheduled to perform a 30 minute concert, inclusive of music and speaking, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5. It is a special honor to have been accepted, as more 170 entries were submitted for evaluation. An official invitation letter with more information will be emailed to you next week. Please confirm or decline this invitation by Monday, September 17.

A performing group contract is attached for you to complete, along with the conference performing group sticker policy. The contract can be typed into with electronic signatures in the designated spots, or you can print it out to handwrite the signatures. The completed contract can be scanned and emailed to Abi Young (abiyoung@pmea.net) or mailed to the PMEA Office, 56 S. Third St., Hamburg, PA 19526. Be sure to include a group picture and a short biography for publication purposes. The contract is due by Wednesday, September 26. Photos must be received by Friday, October 5.

Please convey our congratulations to the members of your ensemble. We are looking forward to hearing your ensemble in Pittsburgh!

Best Wishes for continued success!

Danielle M Cullen, Henry Pearlberg & Scott Sheehan
2019 PMEA/NAfME Eastern Division Conference Chairs

New York Trip 2018

It is with great enthusiasm that our Advanced Band, Orchestra and chorus will return to New York City May 4-5, 2018. We will be traveling for two exciting days of enrichment, performance, sight-seeing, and fun. New York offers a wonderful opportunity to hear one of the greatest orchestras in the world live at the Lincoln Center. The unique “Broadway Classroom Performance Workshops” give the musicians an opportunity to work with Broadway conductors on some of the musical scores being prepared for the Spring concerts. The classroom experience will be capped by seeing the actual shows live on Broadway.

2017 County & State Honors

The Fall of 2017 has yielded incredible achievements. First, a big congratulations goes to the 75 students who prepared and auditioned for the MCPS Junior Honors Band and Orchestra – a CJMS best. Their hard work and diligence have greatly bolstered the music program and helped sculpt an amazing advanced band and orchestra. Of that 34 made the county program with an extra 7 making alternates. Of that 15 made the Maryland All-State groups, with 3 alternates yet another school best! Way to go Cougars!

Williamsburg Competition 2017

Congratulations to the CJMS Advanced Band and Orchestra for winning “Best Overall Band” and “Best Overall Orchestra.” at the “Music in the Parks Competition” held in Williamsburg on the weekend of May 5 & 6. Both groups won their division for schools larger than 750 and also had the highest scores resulting in the overall awards. The Orchestra received a 95 average and the band a 98.5. Way to go!