About the Clinician
Michele Fernández has developed a heart-warming reputation of being able to connect with students and audiences on deeply human level as a nationally recognized, highly engaging educator, guest clinician/conductor, adjudicator, guest speaker, and published instrumental music composer.
Her compositions have been premiered at Midwest, IAJE and Regional Honor/All-State venues and received national acclaim. Most recently she is publishing original works for jazz ensemble through Hal Leonard, Excelcia Publishing, JW Pepper, Print Music Source and also serves as a staff composer for the “Jazz Zone” book/music library series (authored by J. Richard Dunscomb).
Michele is a member of the JEN (Jazz Education Network) Education Committee, and 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 (’07 & ’16), JEN ’22, as well as being frequent FMEA Conference lecturer, clinician for Clark College Annual Festival (WA), 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 UNT, UNCo, 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. She has recently been selected to serve of the Education Committee for JEN (Jazz Education Network).
Michele recently retired from public school teaching after serving Florida’s education system full-time since 1989, where her Miami Senior High ensembles consistently 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 have been featured in several national publications. Michele has been the subject of a documentary spot on “CBS Sunday Morning”, was featured as the cover story in Band Director’s Guide and featured as an outstanding educator in Downbeat Magazine. In the past, Michele has also taught Special Ed, English and tutored Chemistry to ESL students. She is also an active oboist and percussionist in the Miami area and spent several years as a pianist and rhythm section member of a busy local Latin ensemble. During non-work hours, she and her husband Chad enjoy all things boating, motorbiking, and traveling.
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