Report by Melissa Morales and Rachel Yoder At 7:30 p.m. on August 6, the ICA Awards Ceremony was held at the Lied Center of Kansas. President Caroline Hartig began by thanking ClarinetFest® Artistic Directors Bob Walzel and Stephanie Zelnick for their work in organizing the festival. A moment of silence was held for clarinetists that had passed on in the past year. Next, Hartig announced that the ICA had voted to award three clarinetists with Honorary Memberships, who will be recognized at the 2017 ClarinetFest® in Orlando, Florida: Eddie Daniels Luis Rossi Richard Stoltzman Hartig thanked John Cipolla for completing six years of service as president-elect,Read More →

Report by Lisa Kachouee Sponsored by Truman State University, the Truman Clarinet Choir presented a recital at 12:00 p.m. in Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Sunday, August 7. Directed by Truman State’s Associate Professor of Clarinet, Jesse Krebs, the ensemble set the tone for their thoughtful, sensitive performance by completing their tuning sequence with a Bach chorale (performed without conductor). The opening selection was an arrangement of the polka from The Golden Age, Op. 22, by Dimitri Shostakovich. Arranged by Lyle Merriman, this demented yet charming polka highlighted the ensemble’s attention to detail in articulation and style. Arranged by the ensemble’s contrabass clarinet player Kyle Rieger, Hymn of AcxiomRead More →

Report by Lisa Kachouee The ClariZona Clarinet Choir, under the direction of Arizona State University faculty Robert Spring and Joshua Gardner, presented a recital at 11:30 a.m. in Crafton-Peyer Theatre, Sunday, August 7. Signifying a devotion to the proliferation of clarinet choir repertoire, ClariZona’s recital included two world premieres. The opening work of the program was written by ASU alumnus Grant Jahn in 2014. Pulse for Clarinet Choir ignited the ensemble’s performance with rhythmic energy and frequently changing meters. Guest conductor Mark Alpizar expertly led the ensemble through the fiery opener before rejoining the ensemble as a performer for the remainder of the program. Soloist Shengwen Wu wasRead More →

Report by Lisa Kachouee Under the direction of Dr. David Shea, the Texas Tech University Clarinet Choir performed at 11:00 a.m. in Crafton-Preyer Theatre on Sunday, August 7. Bringing a diverse program of original works and arrangements spanning nearly 175 years, the TTU Clarinet Choir effectively displayed their versatility. The first selection, A Picture Book Without a Picture was composed in 2004 by Masanori Taruya. Depicting the city of Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius, the lamentation in the aftermath, and a reflection on the city’s past, Taruya’s work provided opportunity for the choir to exhibit both their technical and expressive capabilities. Following was an arrangementRead More →

Report by Lisa Kachouee Dr. Jonathan Guist, Associate Professor of Clarinet, led the University of Texas Rio Grande, Brownsville Clarinet Ensemble at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, August 7, in Crafton-Preyer Theatre. Reflecting his commitment to new music and expanding the clarinet choir repertoire, Guist programmed two works by young composers. The first piece, new(er) counterpoint, was composed by UTRGB student Mathew Campbell. Profoundly affected and inspired by the music of Steve Reich, Campbell originally composed new counterpoint for flute choir in 2012. Versions for strings and marimba quartet (2014) and saxophone choir (2015) followed. The clarinet choir version was composed for UTRGB alum Iris Gracia andRead More →