Membership Requirement
For a student to participate in KMEA honor groups the sponsoring teacher must be an active member of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

High School Orchestra Clinician

2023-24

Keith Dodson
Bethany College
Keith Dodson is currently an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Additionally, he is the Music Director and Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Smoky Valley, a professional orchestra also based in Lindsborg. Dr. Dodson completed the PhD in Music Education with an emphasis in Orchestral Conducting at the Florida State University College of Music, where he concurrently completed the Specialized Study in Music Theory Pedagogy program.

‚ÄčAs a conductor, Dr. Dodson was selected to participate as a conducting fellow at the Conductor’s Institute in South Carolina under the direction of Dr. Donald Portnoy. He was a conducting participant in the College Orchestra Directors Association’s Conducting Masterclass with Bruce Hangen in Boston, Massachusetts. Since the summer of 2021, Dr. Dodson has served on the orchestral conducting faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. He was a finalist for the American Prize in Collegiate Orchestral Conducting for the 2021 to 2022 academic year, and is currently a finalist for the American Prize in Professional Orchestral Conducting for the 2023 to 2024 academic year. In the fall of 2022, Dr. Dodson served as a guest conductor for the University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. His conducting teachers include Alexander Jiménez, Michael J. Garasi, and Joseph Kreines. As a proponent of new music, Dr. Dodson has conducted works by Michael Gordon, Victoria Bond, James Primosch, Richard Maltz, Avner Dorman, Ash Stemke, Aaron Houston, Brian Junttila, and Eunseon Yu. Prior to his career in higher education, he held secondary instrumental positions at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School and Matanzas High School in Central Florida.

At Bethany College, Dr. Dodson serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Bethany College/Lindsborg Symphonic Orchestra. This ensemble blends Bethany students, all-district level local high school students, and community members who perform in local regional orchestras. He is the founding music director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Smoky Valley (COSV). COSV is comprised of faculty members from Kansas State University, the University of Oregon, Oklahoma City University, the University of Kansas, and also personnel from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Symphony. Dr. Dodson is a coordinator for the adjunct instrumental faculty and is an instructor of conducting and secondary instrumental methods and materials for middle school and high school bands and orchestras. As an active clinician, Dr. Dodson has conducted the Southwestern/Northwestern Kansas Music Educator's Association (KMEA) Orchestra, the East Central KMEA Blue Orchestra, the South Central KMEA Orchestra, the Kansas City Metro District #3 String Orchestra, the Wichita All City Orchestra, and numerous middle school and high school bands and orchestras throughout the state of Kansas.

Dr. Dodson earned Bachelor's degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Central Florida, Orlando. He completed a Master’s degree in Music Education from the Florida State University, Tallahassee. Dr. Dodson is an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), KMEA, the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and Pi Kappa Lambda.
 
Chairperson
Pamela Lawson
Goddard-Eisenhower HS
1230 S. 167th Street W.
Goddard, KS 67052
w: 316-794-4190
Important Dates - HS Orchestra
Aug. 26, 2023 - Sat
SCKMEA Teacher Kick-off
Augusta HS
9:30 AM - New teachers meeting
10:00 AM - All teachers meeting; breakout meetings
Oct. 9, 2023 - Mon
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Band, HS Orchestra
$8 per audition
Oct. 22, 2023 - Sun
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 — HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra
$33 per audition
Oct. 28, 2023 - Sat
Send to SCKMEA Executive Director Larry Brownlee
Nov. 3, 2023 - Fri
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 — HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra
$58 per audition
Nov. 4, 2023 - Sat
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 — HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra
$100 per audition
Nov. 4, 2023 - Sat
District Auditions — HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra
Goddard HS, 2500 S 199th St W
Dec. 2, 2023 - Sat
Clinics & Concerts — HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra
Band & Orchestra - Maize HS
Choir - Maize South HS
$12 participation fee per selected student

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