Educators Leave on a High Note at Conn-Selmer Institute 2013

For Immediate Release

Three hundred music educators, college music majors, and arts administrators from across the country chose to be a part of the 16th annual "SOLD OUT" CONN-SELMER INSTITUTE held at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.   When asked about this year’s event, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice-President for the Division of Education at Conn-Selmer stated, "It is always an honor and a privilege to be in the presence of music educators who are committed to excellence in every aspect of their school programs. Conn-Selmer Institute is a forum for all those who are dedicated to quality music learning and music making. CSI 2013 helped raise-the-bar for everyone...first class from beginning to end!"

During the opening ceremonies, John Stoner, President and CEO of Conn-Selmer Inc also showed his support for the 2013 event by saying, “The genesis of this program was SELMER UNIVERSITY, and its debut effort produced an audience of twenty-eight college students.  Through the years it has evolved to become one of the most recognized and relevant events of its kind, serving an enthusiastic group of today and tomorrow's music education leaders.  Conn-Selmer is thrilled to offer this one-of-a-kind program in support of music in our schools.”

A wide based curriculum offering accommodates four specific personnel areas:  college/university music education students, the young teacher track, veteran music educators, and fine arts/music administrators.  The faculty includes the most revered iconic master teachers in the field; an elite group in the music education community.

In addition to a jam packed schedule of relevant workshop topics, the participants had the opportunity to be a part of the JW Pepper Music/Hal Leonard Reading Band, visit the Bach and Woodwind production facilities, and enjoy an evening concert presented by the popular Canadian Brass.  

The following testimonials highlight the trademark signature synonymous with CSI:

“Thank you once again for the opportunity to attend this year’s CSI.  It was a packed filled three days and I had a chance to begin unpacking all of the things learned, discussed, etc. earlier in the week.  I look forward to our building a relationship for the good of the kids everywhere who are or want to be involved in music!” Thomas Bracy, Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL

“I can’t say enough how much the last few days helped me as a musician, teacher, and person.  I put Conn-Selmer 2013 in the top five of all professional development events I’ve experienced in my 20 years of teaching.” Kyle Weirich, Director of Bands, Elkhart Central High School, Elkhart, IN

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for such an amazing opportunity to attend the C.G. Conn Selmer Institute.  It was an awesome experience!  I had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with so many great leaders from around the country.  It was truly eye opening to hear about our common issues around the country as well as our not so common issues.” Dustin Winson, Assistant Director of Fine Arts, Pasadena ISD, Pasadena, TX

It was also announced that Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education is being expanded to bolster the ongoing support of music educators around the world. Michael Kamphuis has been appointed as Managing Director of the Division. “I’m excited for this great opportunity to help promote the mutual agenda of music education and the music industry; the possibilities are endless. Witnessing the great energy this week I began to recognize the immeasurable value of the networking benefits of everyone concerned. This is evidence of the possibilities that lie ahead. Working alongside Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice President of Education, and the visionary leader of the Division of Education, I’m proud to be a part of this great initiative supported by Conn-Selmer and I look forward to working closely with Tim and all the dedicated educators who continue to make a positive difference in countless ways,” Mike stated.

Corporate partners for Conn-Selmer Institute include: Fred J. Miller, Remo, Marching Show Concepts, Manhasset, JW Pepper, Educational Tours Inc., Charms, Wenger, National Association for Music Educators, Indiana Music Education Association, Vandercook College of Music, NAMM Foundation and

Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI) 2014 will be held June 8 – 11 at Bethel College; for further information, please send inquiries to, or you can visit the Conn-Selmer Institute website at: under the educators tab.

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