Clarinetist Carmine Campione passed away on January 2, 2018,  at the age of 80. Campione performed in the Cincinnati Symphony for over 37 years and taught for 47 years at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Campione was well-known for his pedagogical knowledge, particularly in the area of the clarinet embouchure. His book, Campione on clarinet: A complete guide to clarinet playing and instruction, is widely used as a reference by clarinet players and teachers all over the world. Carmine is survived by his wife Karen (nee Ryan) Campione, his children Ann-Marie (Richard) Adams, Carmine Christopher Campione, Angela (Rick) Schreiber, James (Vee Subla) Webb and Stephanie Kirkpatrick, his 8Read More →

We are saddened to learn of the passing of bass clarinet legend and ICA Honorary Member Harry Sparnaay on December 12, 2017. Sparnaay became an Honorary Member in 2015. Sparnaay received his education (a performer’s degree in clarinet) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Ru Otto. He specialized in bass clarinet and won the first prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition, a first for a bass clarinet player. Sparnaay performed as a soloist all over the world and was featured performer with countless orchestras of note. One of his most significant contributions to the clarinet is the catalog of more than 650 works that wereRead More →

Ronald Zecher de Kant

Submitted by Dr. Janice L. Minor, devoted and loving student of Ron’s, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 2004   On Tuesday, June 22, 2016 the clarinet world said farewell to the beloved Ronald Zecher de Kant. Ron had a distinguished career as a musician and professor. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 30, 1931, Ron received his Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in 1953, where he studied with esteemed clarinetist, Daniel Bonade. Following Juilliard, he taught for two years at the U.S. Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C. After a year in Toronto with the National Ballet Orchestra, Ron was principal clarinet withRead More →