Elkhart, IN — The Conn-Selmer Division of Education is pleased to announce a partnership with Western International Band Clinic (WIBC), Inc., the parent organization of the American Band College (ABC) of Sam Houston State University (SHSU). This partnership gives WIBC and ABC access to Conn-Selmer Educational Clinicians, Guest Artists, top-tier American made instruments, and scholarships toward Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI) – the preeminent annual conference focused on advancing music education across the nation.
“Max McKee, the visionary behind the WIBC and ABC initiatives, continues to provide an outlet for great music educators to advance their skills and surround themselves with top notch master-educators. With Scott McKee, Max’s son and last fall’s successor, recently being named CEO, we look forward to a great partnership where the synergies of our two organizations may create greater opportunities for all.” said Michael Kamphuis, Managing Director of Educational Services for Conn-Selmer, Inc.
“Here at the American Band College, we are so excited about our new partnership with Conn-Selmer, Inc.,” said Scott McKee, CEO. “This affiliation will give our students the privilege to experience the fine craftsmanship of Conn-Selmer instruments and the opportunity to enjoy the many resources that this fine company offers to music educators.”
To kick off the partnership this year, ABC recently selected Adam Hancock (Spokane, WA) and Joseph Coughlin (River Falls, WI) to each receive a scholarship to Conn-Selmer Institute in June of 2017.
About Western International Band Clinic
WIBC, a convention for directors and students held in Seattle, WA was founded in 1979. Every November this clinic features four 165-member high school honor bands under six world-renowned guest conductors and one guest soloist.
About American Band College
ABC originated in 1989 as a summer workshop program and in 1994, a group of six band directors became the first graduating class of its master’s program. In 2010, ABC realigned with Sam Houston State University and graduated 66 directors from 40 states and four countries. With over 200 active candidates now in the program, the NASM-sanctioned Master of Music degree is offered through the School of Music at SHSU. This long distance program, in collaboration with ABC of Ashland, OR, annually offers on-site classes between June 19 and July 5 with a 6-week follow-up period allowing candidates to utilize SHSU’s eCollege system for online course work.
About Sam Houston State University
Founded in 1879, SHSU is the third oldest public institution of higher learning in the State of Texas. It is one of the oldest purpose-built institutions for the instruction of teachers west of the Mississippi River and the first such institution of its type in Texas. SHSU is a member of the Texas State University System and has an enrollment of more than 20,000 students across over 80 undergraduate, 54 masters’ and 6 doctoral degree programs.