Report by Sarah Korneisel ClarinetFest® 2016 began at 10:00 on the morning of Wednesday, August 3, 2016 with the welcoming remarks of Dr. Robert Walzel, dean of the School of Music at the University of Kansas. The theme of ClarinetFest® 2016 is inspirations, and the performance by the All-Kansas Collegiate Clarinet Choir – consisting of 71 clarinetists from nine Kansas universities – that commenced the festival served as a prime example of the great things that can manifest from inspiration. The ensemble, Walzel commented, had become more than he ever imagined when the idea was proposed. Formed and directed by Dr. Dawn McConkie of EmporiaRead More →

Report by Jennifer Zimmerer with assistance from Malena McLaren, Research Competition Coordinator   ClarinetFest® 2016 kicked off Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM with the ICA Research Competition. Six finalists summarized their research on a variety of topics relating to clarinet history, performance, pedagogy and literature. Dr. Yasmin Flores began with her presentation “Small Gems in the Grand Scheme of Things: The Concertstück and Drei Lieder by Gustav Adolph Heinze.” Flores gave biographical information about Heinze and summarized the two compositions which were central to her research. The Concertstück, Op. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra originally sparked Flores’ interest in Heinze when she heard a recording byRead More →

ClarinetFest® is upon us once again, hosted by the historic University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. The University of Kansas was established in 1891 as one of the first national institutions to offer professional degrees in the arts, making it an appropriate site for this year’s “Inspirations” ClarinetFest® 2016 theme. This year the fest is focusing on five great clarinetists who inspired the creation of our greatest repertoire. These clarinetists are 18th-century Anton Stadler; 19th-century Heinrich Baermann, Johann Hermstedt and Richard Mūhlfeld; and 20th-century Benny Goodman. Performances and clinics will highlight the lives, careers and legacies of these clarinetists throughout the festival. There will be additionalRead More →


ClarinetFest® 2016 is upon us! In under one week, clarinetists from all over the world will meet together in beautiful Lawrence, Kansas to share wonderful music, in-depth scholarship, and friendly conversation. The full schedule can be viewed HERE. This festival is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. This year’s sponsors will be providing you with some of the most unique concert programs that ClarinetFest® has ever offered. Here’s a look at some of the fantastic offerings. Platinum Sponsor Backun Musical Services will be bringing you an incredible concert experience titled “An Unlikely Muse.” The concert will explore the muses that inspired the genius of JohannesRead More →

Ronald Zecher de Kant

Submitted by Dr. Janice L. Minor, devoted and loving student of Ron’s, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 2004   On Tuesday, June 22, 2016 the clarinet world said farewell to the beloved Ronald Zecher de Kant. Ron had a distinguished career as a musician and professor. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 30, 1931, Ron received his Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in 1953, where he studied with esteemed clarinetist, Daniel Bonade. Following Juilliard, he taught for two years at the U.S. Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C. After a year in Toronto with the National Ballet Orchestra, Ron was principal clarinet withRead More →