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Southeastern hosts 2nd annual Invitational Band Clinic on March 1

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is pleased to present the second annual Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic on Saturday, March 1. The events will be held on the Southeastern campus.

This initiative invites select exemplary band programs from schools throughout the region to participate in a day of workshops and rehearsals with

Southeastern faculty and internationally renowned guest artists.

The clinic concludes on Saturday night with a Finale Concert featuring the invited ensembles and The Southeastern Symphonic Winds, the premier instrumental concert ensemble of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The featured guest artist for this year’s clinic is Dr. Sarah McKoin, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Texas Tech University. In her capacity at Texas Tech, McKoin oversees all aspects of a band program of more than  600 students in ensembles that include the Sudler Trophy-winning Goin’ Band From Raiderland, various athletic pep bands, and four concert ensembles. She also serves as music director of the acclaimed Texas Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

“Dr. McKoin is one of the most sought-after conductors and music educators in the country today,” said Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “She has outstanding musicianship, and a tremendous background of pedagogy and ensemble direction. We are very  fortunate to have her on campus — in part due to the generosity of Southeastern’s Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund. I am tremendously excited for our students to have the opportunity to work with such a phenomenal artist and teacher.”

This year’s clinic features the Denison High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Paul Onspaugh. This ensemble has a long tradition of excellence in performance throughout the year and represents some of the finest musicianship in the Texoma Region. The Denison Symphonic Band will spend two hours in a clinic with McKoin, working on music for its upcoming concerts, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. This clinic, presented in Montgomery Auditorium, is open to the public and there is no cost for admission.

The finale concert, which begins at 6 p.m.  in Montgomery Auditorium, will feature the Denison High School Symphonic Band as well as The Southeastern Symphonic Winds. McKoin will be featured as a guest conductor with The Southeastern Symphonic Winds on John Mackey’s Sheltering Sky and Gustav Holst’s First Suite for Military Band in E-flat. The concert will also feature Southeastern’s instructor of clarinet — Dr. Michael Scheuerman — as the clarinet soloist on Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. Also featured in the concert will be William Pitts’ Conniption, John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell March and Ron Nelson’s Sonoran Desert Holiday.

All of the events in association with the Southeastern Invitational Band Clinic are free and open to the public. The primary location for the workshops and concerts is Montgomery Auditorium.

This event is made possible in part with funding from Southeastern’s Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.

For more information concerning this event, please contact Dr. Jacob Wallace at (580) 745-2084 or For accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088.