The Music & Arts Clinic in DuPage County is commemorating its 40th professional development seminar for Music Educators. This music education specific event consists of clinics for band, orchestra, choir, and general music educators. Attendees experience a well-known motivational keynote speaker, reading sessions, practical skills, and inspiring sessions by well-known industry leaders in education.

Join your fellow music educators for content-rich sessions, developed and presented by renowned music industry experts. All sessions are held in person.

*PD credits will be tracked based on attendance and provided to attendees following the event. This event is hosted in partnership with ILMEA.

Attendance will be taken and reported to the DuPage County ROE.


Leo Park

Leo Park is in his 23rd year as a public school music educator. He currently teaches orchestra courses at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, after having taught multiple levels of orchestra, and a performance-based popular music course at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois for 22 years. In addition to teaching at the high school level, Leo has also served on faculty as an adjunct professor teaching strings methods and techniques at Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University, and secondary general music methods in the graduate studies program at VanderCook College of Music. Leo recently served as Arts Instruction Specialist for the Chicago Public Schools and District 1 Orchestra Representative for the Illinois Music Education Association. He currently serves as content editor for the Illinois American String Teachers Association's publication, The Scroll, and as member of the American String Teachers Association Eclectic Styles national committee. Leo is the recipient of the 2018 Illinois Asian Pacific American Commitment in Education Award and 2016 Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award.


Randy Greenwell

Randy Greenwell has been an Educational Support Manager with Conn-Selmer, (an American Musical Instrument Manufacturer) since January 2017. He is the former Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair, of the nationally recognized Lawrence Central High School Performing Arts Department, Indianapolis, Indiana. Randy’s tenure as Music Director with the Greenwood Community Band began in 2018.

During his time as a music educator, the Lawrence Central High School Marching Band was an eighteen-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist, and a two-time Grand National Champion. The Lawrence Central High School Marching Band was a “2001 Sudler Shield” award recipient and a four-time Class A Indiana State Champion. They participated in prestigious national events such as the Tournament of Roses and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades.His wind ensembles were consistent state finalists, being named ISSMA Concert Band State Champion on five separate occasions. In addition, the LC Jazz Ensembles were awarded honor band status at several jazz festivals throughout his tenure at Lawrence Central.

Randy was named a “Distinguished Citizen of Indianapolis” in 2001. He was inducted into the “Music for All/Bands of America Hall of Fame” as well as the “Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame” in 2018. In April of 2023, Randy was recognized by the National Federation of High Schools as their Regional Music Educator of the Year.

He actively judges for DCI, WGI, and Bands of America, guest conducts honor bands and does clinics on a variety of music education topics across the country. Randy continues to serve as music arranger and program coordinator for several competitive bands around the country and is part of the clinician team for the Conn-Selmer Institute Marching Arts Workshop. This summer, Randy will serve on staff with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corp as an ensemble specialist.

In 2019 and 2022, The Greenwood Community Band, for which he serves a Music Director, performed at the opening session of the Conn-Selmer Institute. Randy is still an active trumpet player in Indianapolis, performing exclusively on Vincent Bach Stradivarius instruments, manufactured by Conn-Selmer.


Kevin Buck

Kevin Buck is a saxophonist, educator, and music industry professional originally from Naperville, Illinois. He graduated from Elmhurst University with a bachelor’s degree in music performance – saxophone. While at Elmhurst, he studied under the direction of Mark Colby, Roger Birkeland, and Doug Beach, and had the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Randy Brecker, Doc Severinsen, Jiggs Whigham, Sean Jones, Mike Stern, and many more. Kevin has also toured throughout the USA and Europe, including performances at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, North Sea Jazz Festival, Bohemia Jazz Festival, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.

Kevin has been working at Conn Selmer since 2019 and is currently the Regional Sales Manager for the Midwestern USA.


Nicole Melrose

Nicole is the Founder & CEO of StringRise, a social entrepreneurship that works to close equity gaps in String Education. She is passionate about building string programs and equipping educators. Nicole regularly leads clinics at string education conferences, serves as visiting lecturer at universities, and performs in several regional orchestras. Nicole is passionate about her work at D’Addario, loves our products, and is proud to work for a company that works to do good in the world.


Patrick Rehker

Patrick Rehker, clarinet, teaches and performs in the Chicago area. He is a member of the Rockford Symphony and has performed with Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Elgin, Illinois, Elmhurst, Kalamazoo, South Bend, Quad City Symphonies and the Las Vegas, Illinois Philharmonics, and he has also performed with the Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Paramount, Drury Lane, Timeline, Porchlight, Marriott, Writer’s Royal George Court theatre Companies, and the American Girl Revue. As a teacher, Patrick holds studios at Moraine Valley Community College, The Chicago High School for the Arts, and Sistema Ravinia. Patrick did his precollege work at Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Music at Middle Tennessee University (Magnum Cum Laude), and Masters of Music from Northwestern University.


Pedagogy for band, orchestra, and choir

Band, orchestra, and choir reading sessions

Instrumental and choral technique

Instrument repair for ensemble directors

Creating successful habits for ensembles and music educators

Technology for music educators

Digital media effects on education

Recruitment and retention tools

Navigating educator burnout

Understanding acoustics in large, medium, and small spaces

Classroom management sessions

Live performances & more!


The Music & Arts Clinic in Illinois is a professional development seminar serving Music Educators in the area for 40 years. This music education-specific event consists of clinics for orchestral, band, and vocal/general music educators. Attendees experience a well-known motivational speaker, instructional clinics, reading sessions, practical skills, technology in the classroom, and inspiring sessions on social-emotional learning and rebuilding music programs by well-known industry leaders in education.


All Saints Catholic Academy (1155 Aurora Avenue Naperville, IL 60540 United States)

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March 4, 2024

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