MENC 58th National Biennial In-Service Conference (MENC2002)
Venue: Nashville Convention Center
|Event Date/Time: Apr 10, 2002||End Date/Time: Apr 12, 2002|
|Registration Date: Mar 06, 2002|
|Early Registration Date: Dec 15, 2001|
The conference will begin on Wednesday, April 10, with ten special focus three hour sessions including technology, early childhood, jazz education, Orff techniques, gospel singing, and assessment. Wednesday evening the opening ceremony will take place in Ryman Auditorium with entertainment covering country music, gospel singing and blues.
General sessions will occur each day. Featured speakers include Tom Batiuk, creator of the "Funky Winkerbean" comic strip and Sesame Street's Bob McGrath. Music groups performing at the general sessions include Dallas Brass, Fiddle Frenzy and the University of Idaho jazz choir.
The conference will be in full swing on Thursday thru Saturday with more than 200 educational sessions and 50 school group performances. Thursday's evening's concert will feature the Nashville Symphony. The highlight of this concert will be the world premiere of a commissioned piece by Bruce Saylor with a statewide children's chorus (200 voices) accompanied by Orff instruments. In addition, the Symphony will perform Brahms' final symphony and vanguard pianist Alan Feinberg will showcase his prodigious talents on the block buster Piano Concerto of American music icon Amy Beach. A late night jazz concert will end the music filled evening.
Highlights of Friday evening include a Community Drum Circle led by music therapist Christine Stevens and concert by the Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus. Plans for a "Get the World Singing Again" sing-along with a guest appearance by the king'singers are also underway.
Approximately 350 junior and senior high school students from around the world, who have been selected through an audition process, will participate in the first ever MENC/Tri-M International Honors Ensemble Performing Groups (band, orchestra and chorus). These groups will participate in open rehearsals under the tutelage of guest conductors Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Hofstra University; Donald Schleicher, Michigan University and Charlene Archibeque, San Jose State. They will perform at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening the king'singers, an English male vocal sextet known for its unique and entertaining style will perform at War Memorial Auditorium. The conference will end with exemplary jazz groups performing in a late night concert at the hotel.
More than 5,000 music educators are expected to attend the 58th Biennial National Conference. They will gather to attend the very best in band, choral, general music and string educational sessions and performances, spanning early childhood through higher education--all within a few days and all at one site.