Regional Clinic - Greensboro, NC
November 5, 2016

Contact Information:
Melody Choplin
Phone:   336.334.4589
Location:   [ Map Link ]

University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNGC)
100 McIver St (Corner of W. Market & McIver St)
Greensboro, NC   27402

  • If you are planning to arrive Friday evening, contact Melody to arrange an informal gathering. Time and place TBA
  • Parking on Campus is $7.00 for the day.
  • Garage Sale: Bring parts, tools, instruments, whatever it is you want to sell to clear your shop. Seller is responsible to keep track of their items and transactions. NAPBIRT is not responsible nor liable for private sales.

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Clarinet Mouthpiece Refacing
Dr. Edwin Riley

This clinic is in two parts. The first part will present the overview of mouthpiece design and discuss how the table, chamber and facing inter-relate. It will also discuss how to reface a mouthpiece, the basic measurements, and what they mean for the playing feel of a mouthpiece.

The second part of the clinic is a hands-on session where each of the participants will be coached on how to put a basic facing on a mouthpiece.

Dr. Edwin Riley is a nationally known recitalist, soloist, and clinician. He received his B.M. and M.S. degrees from The Juilliard School and his D.M.A. degree from the University of Iowa. His teachers include Bernard Portnoy, Joseph Allard, George Silfies, and Himie Voxman.

Formerly, Dr. Riley played in the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski and was principal clarinet in the Cedar Rapids Symphony (Iowa). He also played clarinet in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and principal clarinet in the Columbus Symphony (GA) for 25 years.

Dr. Riley taught clarinet at UNC Greensboro from 2000-2009. Since 2009 he has taught clarinet at UNC Chapel Hill. He is the assistant principal/2nd clarinet in the Greensboro Symphony and has played regularly as a substitute for the North Carolina Symphony. Most recently he plays principal clarinet in the Carolina Ballet.

Dr. Riley plays Selmer (Paris) clarinets and has been a national clinician with the Selmer Company since 1979. He has performed clinics at Midwest in Chicago, MENC, Texas Bandmasters, and over 30 state and regional MENC conventions. Recently, he has given clinics, recitals and master classes at over 100 universities, colleges, and conservatories throughout the US as a part of a major educational project by the Conn-Selmer Co.

Various Tips & Tricks from NAPBIRT's Annual Conferences
Melody Choplin / Manda Hollifield

NAPBIRT's Annual Conference has had a long tradition of members sharing knowledge of our craft with each other. Formal clinics, hands-on sessions, and even conversations over dinner or drinks can yield a plethora of information. Members come from all over the world to learn, advance their skills and to network with other technicians. One weekend with so many craft brothers and sisters, gets the blood pumping and revives the excitement of being a tech. However, not every NAPBIRT member can attend the annual conference for many reasons.

This clinic is a mixture of tips and tricks learned over many years of attending annual conferences and one reason to consider taking the opportunity to glean the brains of so many fine technicians in our trade. Both brass and woodwind tips, tricks, tools and resources will be presented. Get ready for a mind blowing time!

Melody Choplin is a 1991 graduate of Red Wing Technical College and also holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Oboe. She has worked in the past as a technician and shop foreman for Pearson Music Company and Duncan Music Company. She is well known throughout North Carolina as a highly skilled technician in both woodwinds and brasses.

Currently, Melody is the repair specialist and instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her classes and clinics on instrument repair are designed to help music directors deal with day-to-day repair problems as well as maintenance, troubleshooting and how to work with repair technicians. She also works with students as apprentices. Many continue their repair training at the repair schools and are working in the field today.

In 2013, she published a book on repair called "Stuff Band Directors Need to Know" which is used as a text book as well as a resource for music educators. Melody is the current Region 2 Director of NAPBIRT. She owns and operates Carolina Wind and Brass Repair in Clemmons, NC where she lives with her son Elijah, husband Bruce and a rescue mutt or two.

Manda Hollifield is the shop manager at Draisen-Edwards Music in Anderson, South Carolina. She primarily works on woodwinds - particularly flutes and clarinets. Originally from Shelby, North Carolina, she attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to pursue a degree in Music with flute as her primary. While she was there, she studied with Melody Choplin before deciding to take on repair as a career.

After completing her BA in 2010, Manda immediately moved to Minnesota for a year to attend the repair program at Red Wing. She was hired by Draisen-Edwards after graduating and has worked there ever since. When not at work, she plays with a local woodwind quintet and enjoys a wide variety of crafty hobbies.

Practical Applications of 3D Printing in the Instrument Repair Shop
Enoch Robbins

This clinic will provide an introduction to the world of 3D printing in the field of instrument repair, including applications in the repair shop, the different types of printers that exist and the different types of materials that can be used to fill different needs. There will also be a walk-through of modeling software and techniques that are available for free use to the public and an introduction to several databases that contain measurements for unobtainable parts.

Software Demonstrated:

• Blender
• Sculptris
• MaketBot Desktop

Enoch Robbins is a music educator and repair apprentice, working out of Greensboro, North Carolina. As a technician, he specializes in single reed instruments with a focus on vintage saxophone repair and restoration. He is currently focused on the integration of modern technology into traditional repair techniques.

--------[ Schedule ]--------

Saturday:   November 5, 2016

  7:30 - Welcome - Meet & greet, *Garage Sale*, coffee and morning treats
  8:30 - Session 1: Tips & Tricks - Melody Choplin / Manda Hollifield
10:00 - Coffee Break - more treats!
10:30 - Session 2: Clarinet Mouthpiece Refacing - Part 1 - Dr. Edwin Riley
12:00 - Lunch: Courtesy of Carolina Brass & Woodwinds
  1:30 - Session 3: Clarinet Mouthpiece Refacing - Part 2 - Dr. Edwin Riley
  3:00 - Break
  3:30 - Session 4: 3D Printing in the Instrument Repair Shop - Enoch Robbins
  5:00 - Adjourn

--------[ Registration ]--------

Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

Early Bird Rate:  $80.00 (On or before Saturday, October 15, 2016)
Regular Rate:     $95.00 (Starting Sunday, October 16, 2016)
  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
       (We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.)
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You do not have to be a member of NAPBIRT to register. However, you will need to create an account with us in order to process your registration.
  • If you are a current member, make sure you are logged into the system. Otherwise, you will end up re-typing a lot of information that would automatically be inserted into the registration form.
  • If you are a previous member or you have attended a NAPBIRT clinic in the past, your name should already be in our database. Click Here to request your login information.

By registering for this event, I give my permission for NAPBIRT, Inc. to use, without limitation or obligations, photographs, film footage, or tape recordings which may include my image or voice for the purpose of promoting or interpreting NAPBIRT programs and services.

I waive all claims for damage and/or loss to my person or property which may be caused by an act, or failure to act of NAPBIRT, it's officers, directors, agents, or employees and the hosts and clinicians. I understand that there are inherent dangers in working with tools and repairing instruments and I assume the risk of all dangerous conditions in and about such clinics and waive any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions.

Online Registration Form

--------[ Lodging ]--------

(not part of registration fee)

LaQuinta Inn & Suites     336.316.0100
1201 Lanada Rd
Greensboro, NC   27407

$82.00 per night if booking early.