ICA Committees

About ICA Committees

The ICA is committed to utilizing the talents and generosity of its members to further its mission to help clarinetists all over the world. We have established the following committees to help the organization achieve the most good.

The members you see listed here are the chairs, core members, and ex-officio members of these committees, but each committee has open meetings that will be announced regularly to the membership through the event calendar and emails.

For more information about how you can be involved in the ICA committees, please contact Jessica Harrie at [email protected].

Clarinet Enthusiasts Committee

The ICA Clarinet Enthusiasts Committee seeks to support and cultivate the appreciation of the clarinet and clarinet music for players of all ages and skill levels in a welcoming and engaging atmosphere. We provide a varied forum of activities designed to foster enthusiasm, growth and interaction amongst clarinetists worldwide. These include: Annual Online Events (master classes, chamber music/play-along opportunities, seminars, "meet and greets“). Dedicated Enthusiast Choirs, Master Classes and Daily Warm-Ups at ClarinetFest® Commissioned works for performance by enthusiasts at our annual ClarinetFest® Collaborations with New Horizons International Music Association.

Denise Gainey

Ex-Officio Member

College and Pre-Professional Engagement Committee

MISSION STATEMENT: The College and Pre-Professional Engagement Committee supports college undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional (degreed but not yet employed) clarinetists by helping them find resources and mentorship to be successful in reaching their career, performance, and other goals by creating initiatives and events that further this purpose.

Diane Barger

Ex-Officio Member

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee

The International Clarinet Association Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee will support, advocate, promote and develop the ICA’s commitment to nurturing an environment that celebrates equal opportunity for the members and discourages discriminatory practices and treatment. We foster an inclusive community that is representative of the diverse cultures, backgrounds and life experiences of our membership. We honor, represent and respect all clarinetists regardless of traits such as color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, neurodiversity, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information. We support change and development for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access for the global clarinet community. In accordance with our mission of inspiring, educating and serving the global clarinet community, we embrace individual differences and foster equity by eliminating barriers and welcoming new constituencies into the ICA.

Rachel Yoder

Editor, The Clarinet

Diane Barger

Ex-Officio Member

Denise Gainey

Ex-Officio Member

Health and Wellness Committee

MISSION STATEMENT: The Health and Wellness Committee aims to continuously engage with the ICA membership on topics of physical and mental well-being with the goal of cultivating a stronger community.

Laura Grantier

Ex-Officio Member

Jazz and World Music Committee

The ICA Jazz and World Music Committee serves the International Clarinet Association membership and the clarinet community. The very nature of these musical styles dictates a diverse representation within the ICA, by embracing jazz, world folk music, and projects, collaborations, pedagogy, and competitions that are centered around these types of music. This committee discusses current initiatives and ways for the ICA to support composers, students, and performers of this music by working together and listening to the community it serves; creates performance, composition, and recording opportunities; encourages diversity and inclusivity of composers and styles; and brings composers, performers, and members of the clarinet community together.

Simon Wyrsch

Chair

Catherine Wood

Ex-Officio Member

Membership and Development Committee

The Membership and Development Committee supports the mission of the ICA by focusing on identification, communication, and growth. Members of this committee come from varied areas of expertise in the musical field, providing a diverse voice within the organization. Our baseline begins by identifying constituent groups within the organization, which allow us to discuss, formulate, and create opportunities that the ICA can utilize to best serve these groups now and in the future. The committee’s work focuses on retention and growth of the membership and securing funding for ICA events, competitions, scholarships, and other charitable projects such as the Instrument Donation Program.

Emily Rose

Co-Chair

Rongbing Shen

Co-Chair

Jessica Harrie

Ex-Officio Member

New Music Committee

MISSION STATEMENT: The New Music Committee serves the International Clarinet Association membership and the clarinet community by embracing new music opportunities, projects, collaborations, pedagogy, diversity, and hosting competitions. This committee discusses current initiatives and ways for the ICA to support composers, students, and performers of new clarinet music by working together and listening to the community it serves; creates new music performance and composition opportunities; encourages diversity and inclusivity of composers and styles; and brings composers, performers, and members of the clarinet community together.

Kip Franklin

Ex-Officio Member

Jessica Harrie

Ex-Officio Member

Pedagogy Committee

MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to promote and provide sources of pedagogy to members of the ICA. We seek to provide diverse offerings for all ages and ability levels, from young players and their teachers looking for pedagogical material, to collegiate members, professors, and professional players.
Upcoming Meeting

Gi-Hyun Sunwoo

Co-Chair

Social Media Committee

ICA Social Media Mission Statement: The mission of the ICA Social Media Committee is to use social media channels to educate, inform, and entertain a diverse international audience of clarinetists while promoting the values and mission of our organization.

Sarah Manasreh

Interim Chair

Laura Grantier

Ex-Officio Member

Youth Involvement Committee

The Youth Involvement Committee creates and implements new initiatives designed to engage and involve beginners through high school students and advocates for the involvement of this age group in current ICA events.

Amy Guffey

Co-Chair

Shannon McDonald

Co-Chair

Diane Barger

Ex-Officio Member

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