ClarinetFest® 2022 Day 1
by Sarah Manasreh
The ClarinetFest® 2022 Research Competition kicked-off on Wednesday June 27th at 3:30pm. The event was hosted in the Peppermill Tower’s Board Room which is adorned in luxurious décor, equipped with sleek technology and sports an incredible bird eye’s view of Reno’s mountainous landscape. This year’s competition boasted five candidates presenting diverse and compelling research.
Candidates included Jason Alder (London, UK): “The History of the Contrabass Clarinet: Development and Repertoire,” Jessica Bell (Atlanta, GA): “Getting to the Root of the Problem: An In-Depth Look at the Clarinet as it Relates to East African Blackwood,” Jacob Eichhorn (Rochester, NY): “’An Overwhelmingly Vulgar Cabaret Tune’: Performing Metrical Dissonance in Clarinet Solos from Ravel’s Bolero,” Katie Rice (Dallas, TX): “Pedagogical Wealth in the Clarinet Quartets of Yvonne Desportes” and Briley Casserilla (Denton, TX): “An Analysis of Adaptive Clarinets for Use in Music Therapy.”
Judges for this year’s research competition are Chris Kirkpatrick, Leslie Moreau and Shawn Copeland. The competition coordinator is Jane Ellsworth.
The venue provided an intimate setting for the competition. The delightful space, coupled with the engaging research presentations, garnered engagement and laughter from the audience members.