ClarinetFest 2016 starts in two weeks in Lawrence, Kansas! The schedule is now available online.   Clarinetists performing this year: Aleksander, Elizabeth Angerstein, Fred Ardovino, Lori Arrington, Blake Banks, Christy Barger, Diane Barrientos, David Baruth, Lori Becraft, Steve Behn, Brad Benda, Karen Berberian, Ani Berman, Nathaniel Berti, Sauro Bloom, J. Lawrie Bok, Henri Bonefant, Timothy Borowicz, Barbara Cain, Peter Carl, Jane Castillos, Martin Chavez, Victor Cionitti, Linda Cipolla, John Cohler, Jonathan Cooke, Katherine Copeland, Shawn Corley, Paula Costa, Anthony Craig, Karen Crawford, Elizabeth Cuper, Philippe Daniels, Eddie Dean, Michael Dillenbeck, Marlena Dodson, Cary Donaghue Flavin, Margaret Druhan, Mary Druhan, Mary Alice Espina-Ruiz, Oskar Estrin, MitchellRead 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 →

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 →