Thursday, July 27, 2017 The second day of ClarinetFest® 2017 has come to a close. Today was packed full of performances, master classes and competitions. It was also the first day in which participants were able to get in to the exhibit hall to visit the vendor booths. Thursday’s festivities began with a World Premiere performance of the Scott McAllister’s Amicitia Suite, which was performed by the commissioning ensemble the Amicitia Duo (Diane Barger and Denise Gainey) along with pianist Dale Williams. The work was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and McAllister was in attendance for the premiere as well. The day saw many wonderful clarinetRead More →

07/26/2017 ClarinetFest® 2017, Day 2: Orchestral Audition Competition The Orchestral Audition Competition Finals were held at 2:00PM on Thursday, July 27. Preliminary Round Judges included Gregory Raden, Ralph Skiano and Erin Svoboda. Judges for the final round were Stanley Drucker, Janice Minor and Peter Wright. The 12 finalists were chosen from many recorded auditions submitted by students around the world. Those who performed today were Margaret Albrecht, Catherin Colin, Talia Dugan, Barret Ham, Julia Janda, Charlotte Kies, Erin Miesner, Michael Moy, Bryce Newcomer and Tzu-Ting Wang. Excerpts required for the final round were selected from the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Shostakovich Symphony No. 9, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade,Read More →

07/27/2017 ClarinetFest® 2017, Day 2: Panel Discussion “Collaborative Teaching and Learning: Moving Beyond the Traditional Studio Model” A panel discussion was held regarding several pedagogical alternatives to the traditional one-on-one lesson at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Moderated by Diane Barger, the panel consisted of Christy Banks, Denise Gainey, Howard Klug and Jesse Krebs. Klug discussed the format that he uses to teach group lessons at the university level, addressing problems with the traditional private lesson that are avoided in a group setting, describing the structure of a typical group lesson, and outlining the pros and cons of this strategy. Banks next describedRead More →

07/26/2017 ClarinetFest® 2017, Day 1: Mostly Quartets Recital At 2:30 pm on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the Mostly Quartets Recital featured three outstanding ensembles. The United States Army Field Band Clarinet Quartet (MSG Reis McCullough, clarinet; SFC Jennifer Everhart, bass clarinet; SFC Brian Eldridge, E-flat clarinet; SSG Erik Franklin, basset horn) kicked off the first chamber recital of ClarinetFest® 2017 with four movements (I. “Prélude,” II. “Allemande,” V. “Passepied I,” and VI. “Passepied II”) of Johann Sebastian Bach’s English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810, arranged by newest ensemble member Erik Franklin. The quartet concluded their performance with three movements of 24 PreludesRead More →

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 It has been an exciting day here in Orlando, Florida! ClarinetFest® 2017 kicked with a bang during the opening gala recital at 1PM. We heard incredible performances by 2016 Young Artist Competition Winner João Paiva, Stanley Drucker, Michele Zukovsky and Eddie Daniels. Other events from today’s program included a wonderful masterclass with Michelle Anderson that was aimed at adult amateur clarinetists, an exciting Mostly Quartets recital, and the Florida Collegiate Clarinet Choir concert. Our research competition also took place. The winner will be formally announced on Saturday evening during the awards ceremony. One of the most highly attended events of the day wasRead More →