Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Midland College Music Department receives prestigious Conn-Selmer designation

Midland College (MC) has joined a distinguished list of four-year universities to become the first community college in the world to be designated as a Conn-Selmer school.

Conn-Selmer is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories and includes a portfolio of individual companies and brands that represent innovation, entrepreneurship and a focus on musical excellence.  With a complete selection of band, orchestra and percussion instruments, Conn-Selmer is already the choice of music educators around the world.  The honor of being designated as a Conn-Selmer school carries special benefits designed to strengthen the music program of Conn-Selmer’s partner institutions.

Through private grants from the Rea Charitable Trust and the FMH Foundation, Midland College has obtained a complete line of orchestra and band instruments manufactured by Conn-Selmer.  Grant funds were also used to purchase instrument storage cabinets.

Grant Johnston, program administrator in Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education, said, “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Midland College as we develop programs that impact the school’s students and the local music community at large.  By having access to consistently high-quality musical instruments, Midland College students will learn superior skills and be better prepared for success in their careers, ensuring the stability and growth of music education and a long-term legacy for the school.”

Thanks to previous gifts from the Rea Charitable Trust, F. Marie Hall and various other generous donors, MC was able to become an All Steinway School in 2010.  The Conn-Selmer designation further strengthens the college’s outstanding music program.  Midland College is one of only four institutions worldwide to be granted both an All-Steinway and Conn-Selmer School status.

“Our goal is to educate our students in the art of musical accomplishments,” said MC Assistant Professor of Music Rabon Bewley.  “We want our students to perform with confidence, sensitivity and authenticity, whether they aspire to make music a career goal or want to enjoy a life-long hobby of playing a musical instrument.  Partnering with Conn-Selmer will impact our students’ personal and professional lives.  Thanks to the magnanimous support of the Rea Charitable Trust and the FMH Foundation, Midland College is now able to put the best American-made instruments in the hands of our students.”

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