musician, educator, clinician/conductor,
Michele will travel to your school to rehearse , guest conduct any of her compositions. Pictured: UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band premier of "La Luz En Ti", (2021 Midwest Clinic, Sponsored by Hal Leonard Publ.)
Inspiring and energetic Regional and All-State honor group experiences
Informative and interactive clinic sessions
for both educators and students
Encouraging and constructive evaluations in the areas of
Concert Band, Jazz Band, Combos and Solo/Ensemble events
Michele Fernández is an active guest clinician/conductor, adjudicator, instrumental music composer and performer. Her compositions have been premiered at Midwest, IAJE and Regional Honor/All-State venues. Her original works for jazz ensemble are published through Hal Leonard, Excelcia, JW Pepper, Print Music Source and “Jazz Zone” series (text authored by J. Richard Dunscomb).
Michele frequently serves as a guest clinician/conductor for Regional and All-state groups and honors Jazz/Symphonic groups. She has appeared as a Midwest Clinic lecturer on rehearsal techniques (’07 & ’16), JEN '22 (two separate clinic topics) FMEA Conference lecturer, clinician for Clark College Annual Festival (WA), and frequent clinician for FSU summer camps.
Michele is a sponsored Hal Leonard clinician, HAPCO Foundation staff clinician and in the past has also served as guest clinician/conductor/guest lecturer for various universities, including UNCo, UNT, UM Frost, UF and others. She is also a recent co-founder of “Your Jazz Education Connection” consulting, along with J. Richard Dunscomb, providing both in-person and virtual guidance for educators and their students on various topics.
Michele recently retired from teaching after 30 years, where her Miami Senior High ensembles earned top honors and gained international acclaim. Her groups have been selected for appearances at the Midwest Clinic (Chicago ’93 & ’98), IAJE (Boston ’94 & NYC ’97), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland ’96), FMEA Conference (Tampa ’94 & ’97) and national publications. Michele has been the subject of a documentary spot on “CBS Sunday Morning”, cover story in Band Director’s Guide and featured as an outstanding educator in Downbeat Magazine. Michele has also taught Exceptional Student Ed, HS English and tutored Chemistry . She is also an active oboist and percussionist in Miami and spent several years as a rhythm section member of a busy local Latin ensemble.
“Michele Fernández is an incredible and versatile clinician. I have been fortunate to have her clinic for several years at our Jazz Camp in the FSU Summer Music Camps. Her ability to connect with kids of all ages and abilities is outstanding. She is equally effective in either jazz or concert band settings, with wind instruments, or rhythm sections.
Michele’s caring, fun personality is special and students simply want to perform with her. Few clinicians match her musicianship, personality, and professionalism. I cannot recommend her strongly enough!”
Dr. Steve Kelly, Florida State University
Tennessee-Mid State High School Jazz Ens: My (director) friends also watched a great deal of Michele’s rehearsals and have been talking about the experience for about an hour now. She is an amazing teacher, an incredible emotional and musical leader. For the final performance, the kids played just as well (if not better in moments) than the more advanced group. They wished all of the students were there to hear the messages she spoke about life. Watching reminded so many of us about why we teach (for ALL of our kids)!!
Brianna Englebert Vogt, Band Director (Tennessee Mid-State Clinic)
Michele Fernandez recently gave a talk for our students at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. In this talk she wove stories of her teaching and her students, as a living example of her teaching philosophy and guiding principles for a music teaching life well lived. She is the consummate music educator who masterfully balances the highest of musical and educational standards with care for students. She continues to impact and inspire so many through her work as a clinician, conductor, composer, and presenter.
Carlos Abril, Ph.D. UM Frost School of Music
Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy, Associate Dean for Research
Chair, NAfME Society for Research in Music Education
For the past 30 years I have admired the work that Michele has accomplished in so many areas of music education. I have also observed many clinics she has presented not only in Florida, but nationally. I have served on several adjudication panels with her and in every instance she is “spot on” with her comments; was very professional and offered super constructive remedies that connected with the students. She is knowledgeable in every jazz style, but particularly with the intricacies of Latin music, her heritage. She is personable, outgoing, energetic, connects with her audiences and brings out the best in the students. I have observed her wonderful ensembles, symphonic and jazz, both in rehearsal and on stage, including two performances at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. If you could bring any clinician, I heartily recommend Michele.
R. Gary Langford, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida.
Most works below are available through Hal Leonard, Excelcia or Print Music Source. **All rhythm parts are notated in detail for ZERO guesswork and playable by 1-2 percussionists. Suggested solos in these MP3 demos are written out as a guide for newer soloists.
Upbeat, Salsa version of a timeless classic. I've loved this tune since my 20's, envisioned it as a Salsa and on a whim I asked Hal Leonard Publ. to give me a shot at it. Well, they liked it so here I am decades later getting my favorite standard published. Coming Spring 2022 on HL.
Emotive piano intro, to med tempo Son Montuno, to "on fire" Salsa. Gr 4. Don't panic; lead tpt 8ve at the end is optional. Orig written for 2021 FL Allstate HS Jazz Ens (Covid delayed). Not yet published. Avail now (email me). All rhythm written out. Re-named twice but finally settled on this title!
EASY Gr. 2 Authentic Cuban Cha-cha-chá scored for Jazz Ens AND Concert Band. Cheerfully bright with a suggested solo written. One scale gets 'em through it! The audience will sway side-to-side with this one! This is not with a publisher yet, so contact me directly if you'd like a copy.
Cuban-style ballad (Bolero) scored for Flugel /Strings/Rhythm. Inspired by past talks with my daughter about that mysterious, alluring inner light we all carry within and which gives us inspiration and resilience, enabling us to strengthen others.
Upbeat Salsa w Nostalgic Flute Intro. Gr 4 (newly scored). Orig version 2019 written for my daughter in gratitude for "lecturing" me, at age 6, to return to music after losing our son because, "music made you happy". "Iluminada" refers to her. Avail Exelcia Music spring (contact me to receive now).
The Full Jazz Ensemble Version of "La Luz En Ti" above was premiered at the 2021 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic by the University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band, Rob Parton, Director (who also commissioned the original strings/flugel version above). This big band version is a JWPepper's "Editor's Choice" chart and is now available through Hal Leonard Publ. Grade 4.
Authentic, upbeat Brazilian Samba featured in "Jazz Zone" Method Book Series ( J. Richard Dunscomb). "2021 Editor's Choice" in JW Pepper. Gr,3 Med Easy. Suggested solos written out. Rhythm section parts noted in detail. Available JW Pepper or Print Music Source, San Antonio, TX.
Written in the spirit of healing: This introspective Bossa Nova piece is shared in honor of my loving father, Jorge (Aug 15, 1926- Feb 18, 2003). Gr. 3 "big band" jazz ens. chart with a poignant, written-out piano solo and suggested solos written out. Available spring 2022 Hal Leonard Publishing.
Upbeat, authentic Samba for Full Jazz Ensemble. I actually wrote this in my head while tearing around Miami backstreets on my Vespa-style scooter recently. Gr 3. Solos and rhythm parts are written out. Cuica part can be played by agogo bells. Available Spring 2022 Excelcia Music.
Authentic Cuban Cha-Cha-Chá scored for Full Jazz Ens ("Big Band"). Level: Med Easy (Gr. 3). Avail Hal Leonard Spring 2022. All Rhythm parts clearly notated for zero guesswork. Sample solos written.
Cuban-bolero/ballad for Full Jazz Ens. featuring Alto Sax, "Paquito" style. This one is about gratitude for the sincere people the Universe has sent to encourage/inspire me throughout my life. Avail Hal Leonard and premiered at 2021 Midwest Clinic by Mundelein HS Jazz Ens, Andy Sturgeon, Director.
Not about me :) Funky, 60's-flavored Bossa Nova scored for Jazz Ens. has playful, intriguing moments that celebrate the inner mystery and charisma in each of us (especially meant to empower female students). Gr 3. Open solos. Rhythm parts notated in detail. Avail Spring 2022; Excelcia Music.
Authentic, Bluesy Cuban Cha-cha-cha for full Jazz Ens. Cuban-American slang term (gender-neutral). Grade 2-3. Open solos. All rhythm parts notated in detail. JW Pepper "Editor's Choice".
Cuban Son-Montuno (Salsa) written in 1998 for my (then unborn) son, Sean, and performed by my own students at the Midwest Clinic in '98. Easy solo changes are great for new soloists; also a great vehicle to feature your rhythm. Two-three percussion are ideal but , ONE intermediate drummer can handle it. The part has all the grooves into one kit. Grade 4. Avail late 2021 through Hal Leonard.
A Cuban Son-Montuno (Salsa) written in gratitude to my own Miami High students for their passionate devotion to our program, and premiered by those same kids at the 1993 Midwest Clinic. Nostalgic opening piano solo (written), kicks into high-gear salsa. Open solos and great vehicle to feature your rhythm section. Rhythm instrumentation is optional. One intermediate drummer can handle it all. Grade 4. Not yet offered to any publishers but will soon!
Written in 2019. This dreamy Samba-ballad opens with a single, very poignant guitar solo, morphing into a soothing, floating trombone solo (transition) and then brief contrasting sections and kicks into a high energy funk with high trumpets. The tune winds down to that poignant, single guitar again. This one is already available through Print Music Source and JW Pepper.
An easy grade 2-ish Salsa that I wrote in 1995 after walking into my band room at Miami Senior High (as a teacher) and stood there watching the absolute chaos right before boarding the buses for a football game. I loved it. My life was crazy in the best way, and it was the most fun anyone could witness 150 kids having in one, loud, explosively happy band room ...
Dreamy, emotive Brazilian samba-ballad based on Chopin's Prelude #4. This piece is written to celebrate the life of Maestro Rodester Brandon, a prolific educator and conductor in South Florida who served as a personal mentor to many of us. I combined his love of Chopin with his admiration for Antonio Carlos Jobim (two separate conversations we had 30 years apart). I started writing this for him the very morning we all heard he had passed. Still not quite done, but soon...
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