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Schimek Conducts, Performs in Brazil, Poland
Professor John Schimek is performing, conducting, and presenting a master class in Brazil a convention of basists at the Federal University of Goias in Goiania, Oct. 1-5. He is professor of double bass and music education at Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music and a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. SEMCON IV, the National Week of Contrabass, is being hosted concurrently with VII EINCO, the Contrabassists International Meeting. "It is an honor to be invited to this conference and I look forward to the opportunity to teach with a more global perspective. I am also honored to be representing OCU and the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at this event,” Schimek said. Earlier this year, Schimek performed, lectured, gave masterclasses and conducted the Festival Ensemble at the 2008 International Double Bass Competition and World Double Bass Festival. The convention was held August 9-14 in Wroclaw, Poland. Schimeck, who is also a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, was the only American chosen to conduct the Festival Ensemble at the Rynek open-air stage. Earlier in the summer, Schimek conducted the Edmond Summer Orchestra and directed the OCU Summer Bass Camp, which drew 32 student bassists from five states and South Korea. Schimek was 2007 Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the American String Teachers Association. He has presented clinics and performances in 31 states and three continents and serves on education boards at the state and national levels. He has written for state music education magazines and is published in journals such as “Bass World,” “American String Teachers Association, and “Teaching Music.” An advocate of presenting music to children, he has composed several programs featuring the double bass in chamber music. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Society of Bassists. Through his efforts, Oklahoma City University hosted more than 1,000 bass players, teachers and composers from around the world for the 2007 ISB convention.