Instrumental Emphasis

(Strings, Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion)

Faculty | Guest Faculty | Schedule

Daily Festival Activities Include:

  • Festival Orchestra Rehearsal
  • Sectionals led by Faculty
  • Faculty / Student Chamber Groups Rehearsal
  • Private Lessons and Chamber Coaching
  • Evening Activities – Performances and Entertainment


Amber PetersonDr. Amber Dahlen Peterson is an assistant professor of music at Southwestern College, the Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for String Education, and the conductor of the South Kansas Symphony.  She oversees the Southwestern College Youth Symphony, coaches the Williams String Quartet, and teaches viola and violin, string methods, and music fundamentals. Amber holds music education degrees from Case Western Reserve University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She also completed Suzuki Violin teacher training at Cleveland Institute of Music.

Prior to coming to Winfield, Amber taught orchestra in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Iowa and played violin and viola in many regional symphonies. Her research has appeared in Contributions to Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, and American String Teacher. Amber has been an active presenter for numerous state and national conferences, including American String Teachers Association, American Educational Research Association, Symposium on Music Teacher Education, and the NAfME Research and Teacher Education National Conference. Her specializations and research interests include music teacher education, string education, and music cognition and psychology.

Instrumental (Strings, Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion) Emphasis Schedule 2020

Tentative Daily Schedule

7:30 am – 7:55 am Breakfast - Dining Hall
8:00 am – 10:20 am Instrumental Emphasis Rehearsal
10:25 am – 11:20 am Major Electives
11:30 am – 11:55 am Lunch
12:00 am – 1:30 pm Large Ensemble Band Rehearsal
1:35 pm – 3:05 pm Large Ensemble Orchestra Rehearsal
3:05 pm – 3:25 pm Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Minor Electives
5:05 pm - 6:35 pm Large Ensemble Choir Rehearsal
6:40 pm – 7:15 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Various All-Festival Events
8:35 pm - 10:00 pm Evening Activity
10:30 pm Lights Out!


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