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Midwestern Music Educators Retreat

Embark on a transformative journey at our Midwestern Music Educators Retreat, set against the picturesque backdrop of the University of Kansas.

June 14-15

Here, opportunity meets innovation as you immerse yourself in a plethora of networking opportunities, discover new and groundbreaking rehearsal techniques, and reimagine your approach to string program development. Sharpen your conducting toolkit with experts in the field, learn from master educators, and connect with a dynamic consortium of colleagues.

Join our engaging reading sessions and explore new music and gain invaluable strategies in our innovative rehearsal lab settings. Elevate your string education experience with us!


The conducting participant will conduct works for string orchestra in the rehearsal lab sessions and receive one-on-one mentoring from the clinicians. Only ten conductors will be accepted, and the positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the conductor positions have been filled, a waiting list will be established.

Auditors will not conduct during the rehearsal lab, but they are encouraged to attend all workshop sessions and participate in the orchestra. There are an unlimited number of positions available for auditors.


Day 1

8:30am - 9:00am - Breakfast/Welcome Session with Prof. Creston Herron

9:00am - 10:30am - Rehearsal Lab Session #1 with Dr. Evans / Dr. Dakon / Prof. Herron  /Dr. Burrell

10:30am - 11:30am - Kaplan in the Classroom presented by D'Addario with Nicole Melrose 

11:30am - 1:30pm - Lunch - the DeBruce Center

1:30pm - 2:30pm - Feldenkrais Session with Dr. Lisa Burrell

2:30pm - 4:00pm - Rehearsal Lab Session #2 with Dr. Evans / Dr. Dakon / Prof. Herron/Dr. Burrell

4:00pm - 5:00pm - String Education Advocacy Discussion with Anton Krutz / KC Strings

5:00 PM - Dinner - 23rd Street Brewery

Day 2

8:30am - 9:00am - Breakfast/Strategic Relationship Development with Prof. Creston Herron

9:00am - 10:30am - Rehearsal Lab Session #3 with Dr. Evans / Prof. Herron / Dr. Burrell

10:30am - 11:30am - Score Study Bootcamp Dr. Clif Evans

11:30am - 1:30pm - Lunch - the DeBruce Center

1:30pm - 2:30pm - Constraints Based Learning with Dr. Lisa Burrell 

2:30pm - 4:00pm - Rehearsal Lab Session #4 with Dr. Evans / Dr. Dakon / Prof. Herron / Dr. Burrell

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Reading Session sponsored by Luck's Music Library with Mrs. Judy Erpelding.

5:00 PM - Dinner - Biemer's BBQ


All participants are encouraged to arrange for their own housing, but dorm space will be available at the following rates in Stouffer Place, one of our newest housing facilities:

Housing Option: Private bed (full-size bed) and bath with a shared living-room/kitchen with other participants will be available for $45.00 per night. 

Linens: Linens will be provided for an additional $20 flat fee.  

Virtual Tour: https://housing.ku.edu/stouffer-place-virtual-tours


Breakfast is included in the tuition and will be provided for all participants for each day of the workshop.

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Jacob M. Dakon
  • Associate Professor of Music Education
  • Music Education & Music Therapy, Instrumental (Strings)
  • Music Education Area Coordinator
  • **KU Safe Zone Member