High school orchestras from three Mennonite schools, Bethany Christian, Goshen, IN, Central Christian, Kidron, OH, and Iowa Mennonite, Kalona, IA, will convene on the Goshen College campus for the 16th annual Midwest MSC Orchestra Festival. E. Daniel Long, retired music educator from Ann Arbor, Michigan will guest conduct the event. The festival features works by Saint-Saëns, Brahms, Britten, and Whitacre.

The weekend event, hosted by Bethany Christian Schools, will culminate in a free public performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in Goshen College's Sauder Concert Hall. In addition to the performance by the 100-member festival orchestra, each ensemble will perform independently. The public is warmly invited.

E. Daniel Long is a public school teacher, clinician and conductor with over forty years of experience. He taught for thirty-five years in the Ann Arbor, Michigan Public Schools. He is the Founding Director of the School for the Performing Arts-Ann Arbor Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The Youth Symphony Orchestra has performed in Australia, Canada, and at the Midwest Clinic (Chicago). He is the recipient of the Elizabeth A. H. Green School Educator Award from the American String Teachers Association and has been inducted in the Chadron State College (Nebraska) Music Hall of Fame. His awards include Chadron State College's Distinguished Service Award and Teacher of the Year from Michigan American String Teachers Association and Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.

Mr. Long has appeared as a conductor/clinician at the Midwest Clinic, national and division conferences of MENC and ASTA and all-state orchestras throughout the United States. He has served as president of the Michigan chapter of ASTA and has been a member of the editorial board for Music Educators Journal and American String Journal. He has authored articles for the Instrumentalist and American String Journal.