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Caryn Wiegand Neidhold

Caryn Wiegand Neidhold is a composer and arranger for student through professional ensembles. Her focus includes arrangements of hidden classical “gems” and composing music for eclectic styles, including fiddle, rock, and jazz. With an emphasis on learning technique through literature, her music always distributes musical challenges to all string sections - go violas!

Caryn’s background includes extensive work as a middle school educator, Suzuki teacher, and youth symphony conductor and coach. In addition, she has years of performance experience as a violist and violinist with orchestras, including the Reno Phil, Reno Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the Fairbanks Symphony. Having fun at fiddle camp, in rock bands, and in jazz bands fuels her love for bringing diverse music to young string orchestras. Ms. Neidhold enjoys composing commissioned works for all levels, writing articles for music education publications and presenting seminars for string educators.

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The 10 Re’s of Summer

As we all launch headfirst into the summer with Independence Day around the corner, I ask a simple question – what are you doing this summer to get yourself ready for school in the fall? Make sure to do these 10 things: Rest – Take time for yourself this summer, with some much needed mental and…
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Maximizing Student Engagement and Musicianship in Today’s Music Ensembles: Five Strategies for Success!

Russell L. Robinson, Ph.D., Composer/Arranger/Author/Musician Educator In my work with music programs and music teachers in on-site professional development, I have tried to assist educators (choral and instrumental) in “maximizing student engagement and musicianship” in their ensembles and music classrooms. These two areas (Engagement and Musicianship) go hand in hand. You can’t have one without…
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The (Live!) Music Goes On

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all.  In my 26 years in the music publishing industry, few things have impacted music in our schools more profoundly.  Many school ensembles have been unable to meet or have done so in small groups or virtually.  Composers and arrangers have struggled without commissions and guest appearances.  Many (myself…
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Five Keys to Unlocking Successful Rehearsals

Do you ever find yourself utterly exhausted at the end of a rehearsal, feeling like you lost a game of tug of war against your entire band?  The podium can feel like a very lonely place at times, leaving you frustrated and feeling like the “bad guy”; however, taking a step back and focusing on…
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