The NBHB District Music Clinic, hosted at Northwest College, brings together select musicians from high schools throughout the Big Horn Basin. For two days, students have the opportunity to work with outstanding guest conductors and fellow musicians.
High School students are recommended by participating Choir and Band Directors. Recommendations are submitted using the Online Form.
Band: We ask that you submit the top 15% of your high school concert band (or equivalent). When submitting be sure to include awards or honors these kids have received on their instrument. All schools will be allowed at least 5 students represented in the band regardless of their own high school band enrollment. Directors are asked to use discretion when submitting students for clinic. We want directors to select students who are capable and willing to put in the time and effort to learn the music PRIOR to coming to the event. This should be a great experience for all who come. Note, we will always include All-State and All-Northwest members.
Choir: We ask that you submit the top 25% of your high school choir numbers in balanced SATB quartets. When submitting be sure to include awards or honors these kids have received. All schools will be allowed at least 5 students represented in the choir regardless of their own high school choir enrollment. Directors are asked to use discretion when submitting students for clinic. We want directors to select students who are capable and willing to put in the time and effort to learn the music PRIOR to coming to the event. This should be a great experience for all who come. Note, we will always include All-State and All-Northwest members.
Jonathan Hinkle, Ph.D. was appointed to the music faculty at Colorado Mesa University in 2012. Dr. Hinkle serves as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, which included the responsibility of starting and directing the university's first marching band, the Maverick Stampede. Building from the ground-up, this group included over 155 members in only it’s 4th season. In 2016, Hinkle also started an elite 20-member ensemble called the Rowdy Brass Band, taking from his experience as a performing trumpeter at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and other professional experiences. This 21st Century mobile group is now in high demand. Dr. Hinkle is also responsible for coordinating and teaching instrumental music education courses at CMU and has developed a music major studio of 11 strong trumpeters. Hinkle also maintains an active schedule as a band clinician and adjudicator in the United States, and is now in his 15th year as a band director.
Before moving west, Dr. Hinkle was an active music educator, band director, composer/arranger, and trumpeter in the Southeastern United States. This experience includes five years as a high school band and orchestra director at Sebastian River High School (Sebastian, FL) and Melbourne High School (Melbourne, FL), leading marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles, and string orchestras to state and national recognition. Hinkle returned to the Florida State University College of Music for the Master of Music Education and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music Education degrees under the mentorship of Dr. Clifford Madsen, and was responsible for teaching and leading various courses as a graduate student and adjunct faculty. He also earned a University Fellowship for his work starting and directing the first jazz big-band specifically for music education majors, Seminole Swing Machine. Hinkle’s research interests include band director performance and teaching anxieties, and school band program development and curricular offerings.
As both an undergraduate and graduate student at FSU, Jonathan had a long tenure as principal and lead trumpet with many of the university's top performing ensembles including the Wind Orchestra under the direction of Richard Clary and Jazz Ensemble One, under the direction of Leon Anderson, performing on national stages with both groups. Hinkle's professional performing experience also includes being a lead trumpeter at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, a principal trumpeter with Orchestra Mia in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a member of the Colorado Mesa University Faculty Jazz Quintet and Faculty Brass Quintet, and numerous freelance opportunities in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Dr. Hinkle's professional and honorary affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, Phi Kappa Phi national academic honorary, Pi Kappa Lambda national music honorary, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.
Lynn Ryan has been the director of choirs at Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls, Montana, for six years. Born and raised 90 miles north of Great Falls in Shelby, Montana, she attended Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma) earning a degree in K-12 Choral Music Education. She studied choral methods and conducting with Dr. Richard Sparks, Dr. Richard Nance, Dr. Jim Holloway, and Kathryn Lehmann.
Mrs. Ryan began her teaching career in Bigfork, Montana, and later attended graduate school at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff) to study choral conducting. She earned her Master of Music in choral conducting alongside her husband, studying with Dr. Edith Copley and Dr. Gary Weidenaar. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan returned to northern Montana, where she taught K-12 music at a rural school, directed the MSU-Northern Chorale, and taught voice lessons.
Choirs under her direction have performed at the 2009 MENC Northwest conference, 2016 NW-ACDA Conference, and 2017 Northwest Nafme conference. She currently serves on the Northwest ACDA board as Youth Coordinator and is a frequent guest director throughout Montana. Her husband, Patrick, also teaches choir in Great Falls at Great Falls High School, and is a Montana State Official for basketball and football. They have three wonderful children, Kian (9), Kendall (6), and Kari (4).
COMING SOON: District Clinic Schedule.
A concert will be held at the close of District Music Clinic on Saturday, November 18 at 2:30 PM, in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium. Family, friends, and community members are invited to attend.
The College will have available a concert bass drum, a set of four timpani (E, F, Bb, and Eb), snare drums, chimes, vibes, xylophone, marimba, and assorted, basic percussion instruments. Bring all other percussion needs with you including mallets and sticks. Please call if you have special requests.
If you have any questions, please call or email.
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