carlino competition

Submitted by John Cipolla   Carlino is an Italian commune in the Province of Udine in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, about 50 kilometres northwest of Trieste and about 30 kilometres south of Udine. This tight-knit community organizes an international clarinet competition each year that attracts young professionals from throughout the world. The competition is a vibrant example of the highest artistic standards upheld by the organizers and jury through the demanding rounds of each level. The standards of evaluation are rigorous. Prizes are awarded according to performance ability and artistic maturity. This competition has a strong tradition of producing young artists who go on toRead More →

Sidney Forrest Clarinet competition

Submitted by Alexandra (Sandra) Chappell, Coordinator, Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition 2016 The Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition for High School Students commemorates the legacy of one of America’s most recognized clarinet virtuosos and teachers – Sidney Forrest.  Mr. Forrest taught clarinet at The Catholic University for 50 years, The Peabody Conservatory for 40 years, and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts for 45 years. He studied with Simeon Bellison and Alexander Williams. His performing career began as clarinet soloist with the United States Marine Band, and later he was Principal Clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra along with his many concert and chamber music appearances. The second annual Sidney Forrest Clarinet CompetitionRead More →


The eighth annual Clarinetopia seminar met at Michigan State University, June 1-5, 2016. Students from near and far gathered on the hilly, wooded campus to immerse in four daysof clarinet activities. The internationally known faculty included co-directors Michael Webster and Guy Yehuda, Ayako Oshima, Steve Cohen, Tasha Warren Yehuda, mouthpiece expert Ramon Wodkowski, and flutist Leone Buyse. On arrival day, students were greeted at “The Reed Table,” an introduction to reed making and adjustment of commercial reeds. Everyone became acquainted at the Welcome Dinner, followed by the opening recital given by Leone Buyse, Michael Webster and Genadi Zagor. A retrospective of Webster’s flute, clarinet, and piano arrangementsRead More →

Lift academy

by Lara Mitofsky Neuss Another successful week for the Lift Clarinet Academy, now in its third season, was held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Participants traveled from across the United States and Canada from institutions including University of the Pacific, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, DePaul University School of Music, and Queen’s University to name a few. Prior to their arrival, students were asked to set personal goals in preparation for the week-long festival. Once received, the organizers mailed each student their lesson assignments, quartet, and clarinet choir repertoire allowing them to arrive prepared and eager to bring their playing to theRead More →

belgian clarinet

The 2016 Belgian Clarinet Academy was held in Ostend, Belgium July 5 to July 12. Students from the USA, South Africa, Belgium and Brazil attended. This was our first year without the leadership of Guido Six, who passed away last November in a car accident. Leadership was taken over by a non-profit group under the umbrella of the Claribel Clarinet choir. Our week consisted of daily warm-up class, lessons for all each day, ensemble rehearsals, classes on reeds and auditions, and of course, clarinet choir rehearsals. These were all led by Robert Spring, Deborah Bish, and Eddy Vanoosthuyse. Our “director” for the week was ChantalRead More →