High School Clinics

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Our high school clinics are educational, noncompetitive events. They give directors and students the chance to showcase their ensembles and share ideas with other musicians, directors and NIU faculty. When an onsite event is possible, high school music groups have the opportunity to perform on one of NIU's concert or recital hall stages. They are critiqued by NIU faculty and, for certain events, a guest clinician. Directors receive access to a recording of their ensemble's performance. All events are scheduled in the Music Building.

Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, spring 2021 events will be held online and the participation fee will be reduced.

Be sure to register by the deadline. Faculty will select groups from those received by the registration deadline. We will contact directors chosen to participate by the notification deadline. A registration fee is charged for each ensemble and is due two weeks before the event date.

Please note: Only one ensemble per school, unless space allows.

Event Date Registration Deadline Notification Deadline
Jazz Day Feb. 5, 2021 Jan. 8, 2021 Jan. 15, 2021
Choir Day Feb. 9, 2021 Jan. 8, 2021 Jan. 15, 2021
String Day Feb. 12, 2021 Jan. 8, 2021 Jan. 15, 2021

Other Events

We also offer Chamber Music Encounters, a two-day event for string chamber ensembles. In addition, we offer events for individual players:

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College of Visual and Performing Arts
Office of External Programs

Music Building 132

Kristin Sherman

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Online Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(lunch from noon – 1 p.m.)

To protect the safety of our staff, students and families, we will operate remotely until further notice. Our staff will be available at their remote offices during normal NIU business hours and can be contacted via phone or email.

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