ClarinetFest 2017

Wednesday, July 26th through Sunday, July 30th, 2017







ClarinetFest® 2017 registration is only available to members of the International Clarinet Association. Visit our Membership Page in order to become a member today. If you are already a member of the ICA but do not have an email address, please fill out and return this Registration Form.


For the first time, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association will meet in the state of Florida in the United States. The program will feature five days of outstanding lectures, competitions, master classes, clarinet choirs, and solo and ensemble performances. Visitors can expect plenty of sunshine along with some summer showers. Convenient guest rooms and all conference events will be at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at the entrance to Universal Orlando Resort. The hotel is fully air conditioned for comfort. The conference will be held in partnership with the School of Performing Arts at the University of Central Florida. Artistic Director Kith Koons is assisted by the Artistic Leadership Team of Nikolay Blagov, Patrick Graham, Lynn Musco, and Peter Wright.

The final rounds of the ICA competitions will be heard at the conference, invluding the High School Solo Competition, Orchestral Audition Competition and the Young Artist Competition. The winning piece from the Composition Competition will be premiered by the ICA Professors Choir on Saturday evening. The finalists of the ICA Research Presentation Competition will present papers and be considered for prize recognition. In addition to the ICA research Presentations, a full slate of lectures will be presented on topics including how to choose a new clarinet, woodwind doubling on Broadway, klezmer music, the secrets of reeds and more. Three outstanding clarinetists will be recognized with the Honorary Member Award: Eddie Daniels, Luis Rossi and Richard Stoltzman.

Afternoon and evening concerts will spotlight featured artists such as Kinan Azmeh – the Syrian-born artist known for his appearances with the Silk road Ensemble and Yo-Yo-Ma – who will make his ClarinetFest® debut. Brian Moorhead and Peter wright, both of whom have long, distinguished orchestral careers in Florida, will be showcased in recitals. Works for clarinet and electronics will be heard on a featured afternoon recital on Saturday, including performances by Adam Ballif, Joshua Bennett, Saunas Jankauskas, Eric Mandat, Dawn McConkie and Phillip Paglialonga. For the first time at an ICA conference, a concert of clarinet soloists with percussion ensemble will be part of the program. Appearing with the UCF Percussion Ensemble (Thad Anderson, conductor) on Friday will be the Four New Brothers bass clarinet quartet, the Stark Quartet, Kliment Krylovskiy, Matthias Müller, Gregory Oakes, Alison Storochuk, and Kennen White.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present the first evening concert on Wednesday evening, with soloists Julian Bliss, Richie Hawley, Milan Rericha and Richard Stoltzman. The Ritz Chamber Players String Quartet will be heard on Thursday evening with soloists Nicola Bulfone, Eugene Kavadlo, Kimberly Cole Luevano and Catherine Wood. The Southern Winds Symphonic Band from Deland, Florida, conducted by Douglas Phillips, will present an exciting concert Friday Evening with soloists Nicolas Baldeyrou, Julie DeRoche, Alex Fiterstein and Anna Hashimoto. The UCF Jazz Professors, the distinguished faculty jazz combo at nearby University of Central Florida, will perform in concert on Saturday evening with featured soloists Allan Vaché and Ken Peplowski.

As usual, two special clarinet choirs will be formed during the conference for open participation – the Collegiate Clarinet Choir for college students, and the Festival Clarinet Choir, which is open to all attendees. There is a particular need for low clarinets; please indicate your interest on the registration form! Both choirs will rehearse daily beginning on Thursday and perform at the conclusion of the conference on Sunday.

Many exhibitors are expected for the conference. Attendees will have easy access to all exhibits, which will be displayed in a large ballroom at the hotel just a few steps from the guest room elevators. The DoubleTree Hotel underwent a full renovation in early 2017. A block of rooms has been reserved with favorable rates, with up to four people sharing a room. Reserve early to make sure you get a room!

Orlando is one of the top vacation destinations in the world. It is easy to combine the conference with other tourist attractions in the area – including the Kennedy Space Center and numerous beaches – letting families enjoy the many benefits of a visit to Orlando. a Variety of restaurants and opportunities for shopping are located nearby. For visitors arriving by air to Orlando International Airport, local transportation to the hotel can be arranged with a shuttle service, taxi or rental car. You won’t want to miss this exciting program at ClarinetFest® 2017!

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