by Malena McLaren, coordinator The 2015 I.C.A. Research Competition finals took place on July 22 in the Conservatorio de Amaniel in Madrid, Spain. The seven finalists were excellent and presented judges Madelyn Moore (Kilgore College, Texas, USA), Oskar Espina Ruiz (University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Spain/USA) and Víctor José Fernández Lucerón (Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid and Conservatory of Music in Segovia, Spain) with difficult choices. The finalists were: • Kate Young (USA), “Clarinet Thumb-rest Function and Electromyography Evidence.” • Whitney Coyle (USA), “A Study of the Acoustical Characteristics of a Quality Clarinet.” • Ford Fourqurean (USA), “Character Games: An AnalysisRead More →

Competition Results / Saturday Evening Gala Concert by Sam Davies On the fourth day of ClarinetFest® 2015 in Madrid, lectures, masterclasses, and recitals continued in the Conde Duque for the enjoyment of some 1,100 clarinet enthusiasts from around the world. Inspecting the vendor exhibits while walking the ground floor and moving through the almost 300-year-old stone columns offered hours of interest for many attendees. Always one of the highlights of every ClarinetFest, the vendor exhibits offer everything you could need or imagine relating to the clarinet, and some things you can’t! It’s easy to lose track of time flipping through clarinet sheet music, whether itsRead More →

I.C.A. board member Stephan Vermeersch enjoying the day in Madrid: Young clarinetists enjoying a group play-along: Friday Evening Gala Concert sponsored by Selmer by Sam Davies The third evening Gala concert at ClarinetFest® 2015 in Madrid took place at 10:00 p.m. at the Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso. This event was generously sponsored by Selmer, who are celebrating their 130th anniversary of Selmer’s beginning in Paris in 1885. The venue was a fascinating church, a mixture of old and new. From the outside it appeared much like a nondescript brutalist-style office building, save for the massive, simple cross. The interior formed a large andRead More →

by Sam Davies ClarinetFest® 2015 in Madrid continued in full swing with its second day, packed with clarinet events of all kinds. At 3:30 on Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a lecture-recital presented by Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Walter Verdehr of the world-renowned Verdehr Trio. In 1972, these two fine musicians started their violin/clarinet/piano trio, working over the years with pianists Gary Kirkpatrick and Silvia Roederer. At first, they mainly performed works from the standard repertoire for that chamber ensemble, such as Bartók’s Contrasts. But, as Ludewig-Verdehr said, they realized they wouldn’t be able to play the same few pieces for the rest ofRead More →