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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, March 17, 2008


The PMC Quick Note is a weekly service provided to all area directors.  It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest.  The weekly Quick Note contains helpful tips and suggestions from area directors, spotlights on area college and university band programs, calendars of upcoming events, advocacy articles promoting music education, links to helpful web resources, and much more.  Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


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In this issue:

PMC to GIVE AWAY a professional English Horn | Congratulations to Mark and Heather | Incredible deal on basses

PMC to GIVE AWAY a professional English Horn

Jean Cantwell, a professional musician and friend of Palen Music Center, is searching for a new home for her Cabart English horn. Jean jobbed in the Chicago area with members of the Chicago Symphony and sat in with them at Ravinia. Upon receiving her BME and MM from Northwestern University, she was band director in West Frankfort, Illinois for two years before taking a position on the faculty at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Playing oboe in the Burrell Symphony was enhanced by performing with many members of the St. Louis Symphony. Upon moving to Branson, MO, Jean played first oboe with the Springfield Symphony and taught private lessons at Missouri State University, Evangel College and College of the Ozarks. In addition to recitals, she played with the Jame Trio. A series of 26 stories, "Teaching Oboe Skills" appeared in Woodwind World - Brass and Percussion. She wrote the bok and lyrics for the musical, The Loves of Rose, which was performed at the Beacon Hill Theater. She received the Missouri Arts Award from the Missouri Arts Council and has been a member and involved participnt from the beginning of the organization.

Jean contacted us to assist her in finding a worthy school or organization to receive this generous donation. The instrument is a Cabaret English horn, SNDD@. The instrument is made of high quality African Blackwood with silver plated keys. The current apprasied value of the instrument is $5,540.00.

Any school or organization that would like an opportunity to receive this donated instrument must submit answers to the questions below. The applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 31st. The staff at PMC will choose three finalists and those finalist applications will be sent directly to Jean Cantwell to determine the winner. Any questions should be directed to Eric Matzat at (417) 234-2524 or Emailed applications are acceptable. You can also fax applications to (417) 882-7006 or mail them to Palen Music Center, Attn. Eric Matzat, 1560 E. Raynell Place, Springfield, MO 65804. Good luck!

Application questions:

1. Describe your instrumental music program. How many directors and students participate? What honors has the program received? What types of ensembles are available?

2. Please describe how the English horn would be utilized in your program.

3. How would the instrument be maintained?

4. Why would your program be a good recipient of this instrument?

Congratulations to Mark Schmedinghoff and Heather Jones

This past Friday, Mark Schmedinghoff, head repair technician at our Springfield South Palen Music Center location, married Heather Jones, orchestra director for Hickory Hills Middle School in Springfield. We wish you many years of happiness together.

Congratulations from all of your friends at PMC!!



Incredible Deals on High End Basses

We are offering some INCREDIBLE deals on some high end electric bass guitars. These specials are for serial-number specific instruments that were used as demo models. They are one-of-a-kind items that cannot be re-ordered at this blowout price. Take advantage of this special to put a professional instrument into your jazz band or basketball band, or buy it for yourself! Interested parties should contact Dave Coble at (417) 234-7129 or

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center

Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


(417) 882-7000
Bob Hopkins, Mike Brown, and Jeromy Pope
  Springfield North (417) 862-2700 Burl Williams
  Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts
  Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades and Zach Houser
  Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp and Dick Murdock
  Broken Arrow (918) 770-6827 Mackey Amos and Mark VanVranken
If you would like to submit material, make changes or corrections, give comments, or wish to be removed from this mailing list, please contact Eric Matzat.