Using our site: Updating your Profile

Everyone has their own account. Your account is most likely the first letter of your first name followed by your full last name (no capitalizations, no special characters). If you share an identical name as is mentioned above, a numeral is put at the end according to alphabetical listing. For instance:

Jane Doe would have jdoe1
John Doe would have jdoe2

Everyone should have received an email last week with this information, including a randomly assigned password. If you did not receive that email, please let me know. One quick note about passwords: the randomly assigned password can easily be changed, but only after you login.

Along with your account is an online profile. You can click here to go straight to it. If that link is not working, here’s how to get to it:

  • Go to
  • Click on “Login”, found at the bottom right of your screen.
  • Login using your assigned username and password.
  • You should be immediately taken to your profile at this point. If you are not, look at the menu along the left-hand side and choose “Your Profile”.

I’m asking that you please update the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Web Site (if you have one)
  • Bio (labeled “General Information)
  • Avatar (this is your head shot)
  • Instrumentation (put a check next to the instrument[s] on which you perform)

All other fields are optional. However, if you want to include more information, please feel free to do so.

Once you’ve updated this information, I will be able to customize some more areas of the site.

If you have questions or issues with the above request, please let me know. I’m here to help and will gladly assist anyone who is feeling a bit lost.

Thanks again!
Sharon Murphy

Housing for Midwest

Most of you have already been in touch regarding your housing plans for Chicago in December. If you haven’t communicated this yet, please do so as soon as possible. Communicate your housing decision by filling in the form below.

All best,
Fred Speck

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Midwest Clinic

What began in a YMCA gymnasium on December 7, 1946 with 120 instrumental music directors from the Chicago area, has been transformed into The Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference. Today, this professional gathering boasts the largest and most geographically diverse attendance of any clinic of its kind in the world. Recent Midwest Clinics have been attracting more than 16,000 annual attendees. These participants, representing all 50 states and more than thirty countries, are made up of instrumental music teachers, fine arts administrators, professional musicians, composers and others interested in refining their skills as concert band, jazz band and orchestra musicians, directors and teachers. It’s no surprise that such a rich history has prompted, Richard Crain, President of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors to refer to the event as the “granddaddy” of all instrumental music conventions.

A hallmark of the Midwest Clinic has been the concert performances of fine ensembles from throughout the United States and abroad. These ensembles are selected to represent various categories, including public school ensembles, military bands and orchestras, adult groups and chamber ensembles. This year, the Louisville Concert Band has been selected to perform at this prestigious event. The concert will take place on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in Ballroom W375E of McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

Music Unwound: Copland and Mexico

On March 28, 2013, sixteen members of Chamber Winds Louisville performed on a special concert that featured live music intermingled with commentary by American-music scholar Joseph Horowitz, Carol A. Hess, an expert on the music of Spain and the Americas and Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus, an internationally-known authority on the music of Silvestre Revueltas. Other performers on the program included faculty artist Bruce Heim, horn (along with Jon Gustely, Diana Morgen and Steven Causey, all horn players in the Louisville Orchestra), faculty artist Paul York, cello and special guest performer, Grace Baugh-Bennett who performed the Copland Piano Variations (1930). The focus on the concert was to share not only Copland’s music, but selections by other composers who influenced Copland. Chamber Winds Louisville performed two works on the program, Ocho por Radio (1936) and Xochipilli: An Imagined Aztec Music (1940) by Carlos Chávez.

Louisville was the first of five host cities to participate in the “Music Unwound,” a project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Associated events included programs and exhibits by the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Visual Arts Association and the University of  Louisville School of Music.