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Archives of The Midwest Clinic, An International Band and Orchestra Conference

 Collection 0026-SCPA
Begun in December 1946, The Midwest Clinic, An International Band and Orchestra Conference (MWIBOC), is a multi-day band and orchestra international music conference held annually in Chicago, IL. The conference not only includes performances of featured ensembles, but also focuses "on bringing music directors into contact with not only the best published music, but also with new and established teaching techniques, and the latest products and services for the music educator." The Midwest Clinic Archives serves as a repository for print and recorded materials associated with the annual conference. The archives include audio and visual recordings in a variety of formats, photographs and scrapbooks, programs and publications, and administrative documents of the organization. Materials from the earliest years of the clinic's history comprise a very small portion of the collection, though the collection does include programs dating to the 1st Annual Clinic in 1947. The earliest recordings are from 1956, and extensive administrative documents begin in the late 1970s. More details about the organization of this collection can be found here.

Dates

  • 1947-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1997

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

84.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Midwest Clinic Archives serves as a repository for print and recorded materials associated with the annual conference. The archives include audio and visual recordings in a variety of formats, photographs and scrapbooks, programs and publications, and administrative documents of the organization. Materials from the earliest years of the clinic’s history comprise a very small portion of the collection, though the collection does include programs dating to the 1st Annual Clinic in 1947. The earliest recordings are from 1956, and extensive administrative documents begin in the late 1970s.

Administrative History

On December 7, 1946, approximately 120 band directors assembled in a YWCA gymnasium on Chicago's west side for a six-hour clinic and new music reading session. In 1947, the event was expanded to two days and moved to the Hotel Sherman to take advantage of the larger facilities and to provide accommodations for out-of-town directors. The second installment brought many new features, including a printed program, an additional band, and a new name: The Mid-West Band Clinic. The VanderCook School of Music, Neil A. Kjos Music Company and Lyons Band Instrument Company sponsored the event.

For the next 25 years, the Hotel Sherman was home to the Midwest Clinic. In the 1950s, orchestras and jazz ensembles were introduced, and in 1962, the Midwest Clinic held its first official Orchestra Day. In 1963, the clinic expanded to its present format of four-and-a-half days. Since 1973, the Midwest Clinic music industry conference has been held at the Hilton Chicago and, in 1995, the Blackstone Hotel was used in addition to the Hilton for hosting clinic events. With the addition of this facility, the Midwest Clinic was able to present more clinics than ever in its history. In 1999, the Congress Plaza replaced the Blackstone Hotel as the second site of conference events.

In the earliest years of the "Mid-West Band Clinic," the organizers - H.E. Nutt, Howard Lyons and Neil Kjos, Sr. - invited outstanding bands to perform, based upon the reputations of the organization and its director. In addition to giving a formal concert, the bands were also expected to provide a sight-reading session, with the selections being requested by audience members on the spur of the moment. Today, the Midwest Clinic continues to feature performances by outstanding organizations, but now every group that desires to perform must first apply to do so.

In 1996, The Midwest Clinic started commissioning works for bands and orchestras. The first year, two pieces were commissioned. Today, the Commission Committee selects a different ensemble to be featured and made available to middle school and high school performers. See all of The Midwest Clinic's Commissions on their website.

Over the years, the focus of the Midwest Clinic has remained on bringing music directors into contact with not only the best published music, but also with new and established teaching techniques, and the latest products and services for the music educator.

Each year, The Midwest Clinic provides three awards to those who have made major contributions to instrumental music education. The Medal of Honor award was introduced in 1962. The Music Industry Award was introduced in 1991. The final award to be created was after The Midwest Clinic established itself as an international music conference. The International Award was introduced in 1992. See the music award history on The Midwest Clinic's official website.

The name of the Midwest Clinic has changed a number of times throughout its history, as reflected below:
  1. 1946 Band Clinic
  2. 1947 Mid-West Band Clinic [1st Annual]
  3. 1951 Mid-West National Band Clinic
  4. 1968 Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic
  5. 1986 Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic
  6. 1996 The Midwest Clinic, An International Band and Orchestra Conference
For more information about the Midwest Clinic, visit these pages on the organization's website at:

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 10 series:
  1. Series 1: Collection Management Documents
  2. Series 2: Administrative Documents
  3. Series 3: Barbara Buehlman Correspondence
  4. Series 4: Publications
  5. Series 5: Programs
  6. Series 6: Scrapbooks
  7. Series 7: Photographs
  8. Series 8: Recordings
  9. Series 9: Scores
  10. Series 10: Memorabilia

Related Material

  1. H.E. Nutt Collection. H.E. Nutt Archives. Ruppell Library, VanderCook College of Music.
  2. Lyons Band Instrument Company Collection. Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland, College Park.
  3. North American Band Directors Coordinating Committee Collection. Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland, College Park.
  4. Victor Zajec Research Papers. Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland, College Park.
  5. Vic Zajec Collection. H.E. Nutt Archives. Ruppell Library, VanderCook College of Music.
For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Finding Aid to the Archives of The Midwest Clinic, An International Band and Orchestra Conference
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Bradley Mariska, with preliminary processing by Laura Lineberger and Jennifer A. Thomas, November 2003. Processed by Sarah Lindblom, February 2013.
Date
2013-02-05
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2008-06-19: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, June 2008.
  • 2010-04-27: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, April 2010.
  • 2013-02-05: EAD markup verified using Oxygen software by Amanda May, February 2013.
  • 2014-10-01: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, October 2014.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

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