by Rebecca Rischin On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Ohio University will host its 13th Clarinet Gala, a full day of clarinet events for all ages and interests, in collaboration with Flute Fest and Double-Reed Extravaganza. Featured will be the Honors Clarinet Choir, to be comprised of outstanding high school and college clarinetists selected via audition from throughout the region. Teachers, students, parents, amateurs and professionals are welcome to attend. The guest artist will be Dr. Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Artist/Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. All events will take place in Robert Glidden Hall, the School of Music, onRead More →

by Wendy Mazon “A dream come true! Each day more special than the one before!” -Frances Cohen, Festival Participant Margaret Thornhill’s Claremont Clarinet Festival was held this year from June 14 to 20 on the beautiful grounds of Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Participants came from across the United States and Canada to partake in the week-long event. The intense schedule consisted of a variety of performance and educational experiences, including private lessons from festival faculty Dr. Margaret Thornhill and Dr. Wendy Mazon, and guest artists Burt Hara and David Howard of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, everyone took part in rehearsals with theRead More →

by Thomas Josenhans The University of Evansville Clarinet Studio and Associate Professor of Clarinet Thomas Josenhans hosted two events in 2015: a Clarinet Workshop featuring Wonkak Kim (Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Tennessee Tech University), and the Harlaxton Chamber Music Festival at UE’s British Campus. The Clarinet Workshop, a one-day event on Sunday, January 25, 2015, brought over 40 participants – ranging from middle school students to adult professionals – to UE’s Krannert Fine Arts Center in Evansville, IN. Activities included a master class with Kim, a reed-making clinic by Kirsten Ahnell (principal clarinet of the Owensboro Symphony), a clinic on clarinet repair by JonathanRead More →

by Rachel Yoder In May 2015, nine winners of the annual Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition were announced, among them clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson. Johnson recently completed his Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance at The University of Texas at Austin, under the guidance of Dr. Nathan Williams. Recently, he has appeared in recital in Canada, Sweden, Spain, and throughout the state of Texas. Johnson spent the summer of 2014 performing and studying at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; and later in 2014 at the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Vänersborg, Sweden and the Murcia International Clarinet Seminar in Murcia, Spain, allRead More →

by Meghan Taylor The second annual Lift Clarinet Academy was held June 15-19, 2015, and featured a week of focused clarinet study and fellowship. Throughout the week, participants were invited to perform with chamber ensembles, in master classes, and during the final concert. In addition, participants attended presentations and private lessons taught by the Lift faculty. Dr. Wesley Ferreira from Colorado State University and Dr. Jana Starling from Western University in Canada are the permanent faculty members at the Lift Clarinet Academy, and this year Dr. Diane Barger from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln joined the faculty as a guest artist. The Lift ClarinetRead More →