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Northwest College hosts District Music Clinic Nov. 17-18

Posted November 3, 2017
By NWC News Desk

The Northwest College Music Department hosts more than 200 of the best high school music students from the Big Horn Basin for the 2017 North Big Horn Basin District Music Clinic.

Choir and band students spend two days preparing music, which is presented at a concert Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium.

This year’s guest clinicians are Jonathan Hinkle, associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in Grand Junction, Colorado, and Lynn Ryan, director of choirs at C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls, Montana.

Hinkle earned both his master’s and doctorate through the College of Music at Florida State University.

Throughout his comprehensive career as a musician, he has served as a music educator, band director, composer/arranger and trumpeter in the Southeastern U.S. His professional performing background includes experience as a lead trumpeter at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida; a principal trumpeter with Orchestra Mia in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and a member of the CMU Faculty Jazz and Brass Quintets.

Ryan has served as 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 in Tacoma, Washington, and earned a degree in K-12 choral music education.

After beginning her teaching career in Bigfork, Montana, she earned her master’s degree in choral conducting at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

She later 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.

For further information about the District Music Clinic, contact Craig Olson, instructor of music and director of bands, at or Brennan Baglio, instructor of music; director of choirs; and coordinator of music, at Admission to the concert is free.

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Northwest College hosts District Music Clinic Nov. 17-18
Northwest College hosts District Music Clinic Nov. 17-18