Five Minute Interview: ICA Associate Audio Reviews Editor Jeff O’Flynn
The ICA is happy to welcome Jeff O’Flynn, who will be serving as our new associate audio reviews editor. Jeff took a few minutes to participate in a Five Minute Interview!
What is your current position?
Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Woodwind Coordinator at Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)
Who have been your biggest influences in clarinet?
My mentors and teachers: Ixi Chen, Ron Aufmann, Frank Kowalsky, Deborah Bish, Suzanne Tirk, and Rachelle Goter.
How long have you been a member of the ICA?
I joined when I was quite young. I attended two conferences when I was in high school, so that’s when I first got involved.
How long have you played the clarinet?
What do you love the most about the clarinet?
The flexibility and the repertoire
What is your current setup?
Buffet Crampon R13 (silver keys)
Vandoren BD5 Mouthpiece (13 Series)
Vandoren Traditional and V12 reeds
Why do you think every clarinetist should be a member of the ICA?
- You will connect with people from all over the world who care about our art.
- There’s always something new to explore.
- Everything the ICA offers—the journal, the online journal, the archives, ClarinetFest, etc.—helps you grow as an artist.
What is your favorite piece for clarinet?
I’m not picking just one, sorry! I currently have the Lindberg Concerto, Etezady’s Bright Angel, Higdon’s Autumn Music, and Clearing, Dawn, Dance by Greenstein on repeat.
What do you find the most challenging about the clarinet?
I remind myself every day to keep my internal monologue productive when I’m practicing.
What are your tips for clarinetists?
- Nothing’s impossible, just unfamiliar. Go slowly until you’re comfortable with what you’re playing.
- Create exciting performances by picking works you love and always telling a musical story.
- Listen to yourself honestly and constructively when practicing or recording yourself. Listen to other musicians to experience diverse points of view. Listen to your teacher when she says, “practice long tones.”
What is a clarinet recording that you recommend?