Vice President, Division of Education
Michael Kamphuis is currently the Vice President, Division of Education at Conn-Selmer, Inc., an Elkhart, Indiana based musical instrument manufacturer. In this role, he leads a team with the mission to create opportunities for music industry and music education to work collaboratively in support of music education worldwide.
Born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Michael is a 2000 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance (Trumpet). Since entering the music industry in 2001 with G. Leblanc Corporation, Michael has held many different positions, primarily in sales/marketing and educational services including: Accessories Product Manager, Product Manager (Flutes), Director of Marketing (Brass), Sr. Director of Product Marketing (all band and orchestra categories) and Managing Director, Division of Education at Conn-Selmer, Inc.
Actively involved in music advocacy, Michael was appointed to the steering committee of the Indiana Arts Education Network in 2016. In addition, he is also a delegate for the National Association of Music Merchants, representing Indiana and Michigan to lobby in support of music education at the annual “Fly-In” in Washington D.C. The efforts of the NAMM Fly-In helped pass the Every Student Succeeds Act bill in December 2015. Michael is an Advisory Board Member for United Sound, a 501C3 supporting music education for students with special needs. In 2016, Michael also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Elkhart Jazz Festival and the Distinguished Service Award from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors Consortium. In 2018 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement from the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. In 2021 Michael was inducted as an honorary member to the Minority Band Directors National Association and the HBCU National Band and Orchestra Directors Consortium. In 2022, Michael received the President's Award at Conn-Selmer. Michael resides in Schoolcraft, Michigan with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Sadie and Norah.
Accessing Title IV Funding for Arts Education has proven to be a challenge in some districts. Moderators will share information and lead a discussion on federal funding guidelines. Attendees will gain knowledge and strategies to successfully access these recently approved funds.