District music teachers participate in Midwest Clinic in Chicago
Four music teachers from the North Syracuse Central School District Music Department recently returned from the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Ill. The teachers, Mark Adamski, Mark Hover, Jim Bamonte and Holly Bossert, help make up "Central Winds", a group of approximately 45 members, most of whom are music teachers from local school districts. Each year Central Winds performs in school districts throughout the state, under the direction of guest conductors from local colleges.
This year, the group was asked to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic, held from Dec. 15 through 19. The clinic's purpose is to bring together band and orchestra teachers to discuss matters regarding music education. Annually, more than fifteen thousand people attend this conference to share in clinics, discuss music literature, view computer software, listen to performing groups and visit a variety of vendors.
On the average, 80-100 ensembles submit recordings in order to be selected to perform for this conference. The Central Winds are one of only two adult groups selected to perform at the 2009 clinic. This was indeed an honor for not only the Central Winds, but for the North Syracuse School District.
"It is truly a great honor to be chosen to perform for this influential music educators' clinic. As a teacher, it is also a great opportunity to perform on the other side of the baton, under college conductors and be exposed to different teaching techniques and new musical literature," stated Holly Bossert, an original member of the Central Winds since 1984.
Pictured, from left, North Syracuse Central School District music teachers Mark Adamski, Mark Hover, Jim Bamonte and Holly Bossert rehearsing and discussing the music they will perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Ill.