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Retiring professor to direct final band concert at St. Norbert College

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From St. Norbert College, March 26, 2010
by Chelsey Gruetzmacher,, (920) 403-3089

Retiring St. Norbert College professor Frederick Schmidt will direct the St. Norbert Community Band for a final concert on Monday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Theatre, Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. The band will perform works by K.L. King, Tchaikovsky, Ginastera, Grainger, Brosse, Ticheli, Ward and Duble.

Schmidt, professor of music, will be retiring together with his wife, Heather Schmidt, adjunct professor of music education. They have a combined service of 58 years to the college.

Frederick Schmidt earned his master's degree in woodwind pedagogy and his doctorate in music education and clarinet performance from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He has been a principal clarinetist of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and American Promenade Orchestra, and prior to his appointment at St. Norbert College he taught in the Ohio school districts and as adjunct woodwind instructor at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He has conducted in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Schmidt is also the past president of the Wisconsin Bandmasters Association, and an active member of Music Educators National Conference, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Association of Concert Bands, International Clarinet Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Founded in 1991 by Schmidt, the St. Norbert College Community Band is made up of musicians from across Northeastern Wisconsin. Membership in the band is by invitation of the conductor and is composed of friends, alumni and faculty of St. Norbert College. The ensemble has been selected to perform at numerous conferences and national music conventions, and has hosted guest artists, distinguished musicians and conductors. The band, which will continue on after Schmidt's retirement with a new conductor, is supported through concert revenues, fund-raising efforts, grants, and donations from local businesses.

Admission to the performance is $6; a small facility fee also applies. The concert is open to the public. It is recommended that tickets be purchased online or by phone beforehand at or at 920-403-3950.

For more information, contact Holly Huntley at or at 920-403-3112.

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