That's a baton in Annette Kline's
hand, not a musical instrument, as she
leads on the conductor's stand for the North Oakland Concert Band.
...Kline has a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in instrumental conducting from Oakland University.
An Orion Township resident and mother of three, Kline helps shape music for people in their teens through retirement years.In addition to conducting the 80-plus member NOCB, she is band director at Waldon Middle School in Orion Township.She
also makes guest conductor appearances, the next coming at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in front of the Warren Symphony Orchestra.
"It's a big-time commitment," she
said of the balance between family and music.
With experience as a conductor of concert and symphony bands, Kline
must familiarize herself with many instruments.Concert band sounds come from the flute, clarinet, trumpets and saxophone; woodwind, brass and percussion instruments make up the set on the symphony concerts.
"To get the balance you have to understand the balance of instrumentation, who should be playing louder and softer," she
said."It's very intense."
Conducting is still a male-dominated field, Kline
said, but she
added, "more women are being acknowledged, accepted."
"Women always played, but that's it," she
said."A lot of women composers (at one time) were not even allowed to put their signature on their music."Kline
still plays the clarinet in a quartet, at weddings and other special events, so she
does still toot her
own horn.Tooting her
own horn, she's
finding, is also a good practice figuratively."I feel I have the knowledge to know how music should be, to shape music," she
...Annette Kline, an Orion Township resident who teaches band at Waldon Middle School, is the conductor for the North Oakland Concert Band.