The I.C.A. Board of Directors and membership send deep and heartfelt condolences to the family of Guido Six, with the loss of both Guido and his son Jef in a tragic accident on October 30, 2015. Guido‘s contributions to the world of clarinet, to music, and to his family in the clarinet world will be remembered for generations to come.   Guido Six was just 18 years old when he passed the examination to perform as a military musician in the Band of the Gendarmerie. It was there that he met his predecessor Roland Cardon, eventually following him as Director of the Ostend Conservatory inRead More →

by Joseph Beverly Maryland Clarinet Day 2015, presented by the University of Maryland Clarinet Studio and Buffet Crampon, took place on the beautiful campus of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD on March 29. Host Robert DiLutis, UMD Professor and Buffet Artist, planned an exciting day of classes, vendors and performances that more than 75 clarinetists of all ages could learn from and enjoy. The featured guest artist was Mark Nuccio, newly appointed principal clarinet of the Houston Symphony. Other guest artists included UMD faculty members David Jones (Kennedy Center Orchestra) and Paul Cigan (National Symphony Orchestra). Classes occurred throughout the day and wereRead More →

by Kristi Hanno, Abby Lloyd and Olivia Moonitz The 2015 Belgian Clarinet Academy was hosted by Guido Six at the Conservatory an Zee in Ostend, Belgium July 8-14, 2015. Students and clarinet enthusiasts from Canada, China, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Thailand provided a diverse turnout. The academy professors this year were Robert Spring from Arizona State University; Eddy Vanoosthuyse, principal clarinet with the Brussels Philharmonic and professor of clarinet at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent, Belgium; and Deborah Bish from Florida State University. A routine was established every day at 8:30 a.m. with a group warm-upRead More →

by Michael Webster Clarinet students from all over the country attended the seventh annual Clarinetopia at Michigan State University June 3-8, 2015. With Michael Webster and Guy Yehuda serving as co-directors, Clarinetopia offered its usual blend of faculty and student recitals, master classes and faculty presentations. Other faculty members included Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Tasha Warren-Yehuda, and self-professed “token flutist” Leone Buyse. Clarinetopia Participants: 4th row: Hild Piersen, David Yandl, Nikhil Bartolomeo, Catherine Hungerford, Pin-Wei Yu, Rebecca Deller, Alyssa Kenney 3rd row: Michelle Myers, Nicole Marek, Andrew Mahonen, Genadi Zagor, Sangmi Lim, Ian McEdwards, Charles Neidich 2nd row: Ben Baldwin, Emma Gregory, PatrickRead More →