The Northwest College Music Department will host more than 200 of the best high school music students from the Big Horn Basin for the 2018 North Big Horn Basin District Music Clinic.
Choir and band students spend two days preparing music that will be presented at a concert Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium.
This year’s festival features two notable faculty members from the University of Wyoming. Guest clinicians include Dr. Robert Belser, director of bands, and Dr. Holly Dalrymple, assistant professor of choral music education.
A native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Belser earned his bachelor’s in music education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Illinois, where he earned a master’s in music education.
As former assistant director of bands at Eastern Kentucky University, Belser directed the concert band, athletic bands and taught music appreciation.
He earned a doctoral degree in conducting from The University of Iowa, where he was a student of Myron Welch.
Honored as a recipient of the prestigious John P. “Jack” Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom teaching in 2000, Belser served as a teaching excellence panelist for the UW Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning.
Additionally, he’s active as a clinician and conductor throughout the country and as an adjudicator for bands in the West and Midwest. Under his baton, the UW Wind Ensemble performed for the western/northwestern division conference of College Band Directors National Association, receiving acclaim for their sensitivity and musicality in performance.
Belser is in demand as both a conductor and clinician for his promotion of positive teaching techniques and advocacy for the arts.
Dalrymple earned a bachelor of music education from Texas State University, her master’s in choral conducting from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctoral degree in choral conducting with a related field in voice performance from the University of North Texas.
She currently conducts Bel Canto Women’s Chorus, Laramie Civic Chorus and teaches vocal and choral methods and pedagogy. Bel Canto has performed for the Wyoming Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association Northwest conference in Portland, Oregon.
She’s directed middle school and high school choral programs throughout Texas. Before joining the UW music faculty, she served as the artistic director of Tapestry Singers, the women’s chorus of Austin, and as associate conductor for the Denton Bach Society and the Dallas Arts District Chorale.
As a frequent festival clinician, Dalrymple focuses on sound production, teaching the young female voice and leading women’s choirs.
To learn more about District Music Clinic, visit https://nwc.edu/sites/music/festivals/district-music-clinic.html.
For more information, contact Senior Office Assistant for Visual and Performing Arts Kendle Dockham at Kendle.Dockham@nwc.edu or 307-754-6425.