Clareidoscope 2022 – A Virtual Event


Clareidoscope is a one-day virtual festival on Saturday, March 19th from 12:00 noon – 6:00pm (eastern time zone) featuring performances, clinics, performance competition, essay contests, and composition contests and all sorts of clarinet fun! This event is free and open to anyone who loves the clarinet and wants to spend some quality time with the other clarinet advocates. Come and meet fellow clarinetists from around the United States and beyond! Clareidoscope is free to attend and enter any competition (all music for the performance competitions are in public domain with free access). 

This event is sponsored by the ICA United States State Chairs.

Competition Information

Clareidoscope 2022 Essay Competition

Submissions for the 2022 Clareidoscope Essay Competition will be judged by the ICA State Chair essay committee, with one winner selected from each age category. Winners will be asked to read their essays in a recording or live during Clareidoscope 2022.

Guidelines for submissions:
Participants may not resubmit essays used for previous Clareidoscope festivals. All submissions are due by March 1, 2022.


  • 500-700 words
  • 12 pt standard font (Calibri, Times New Roman, etc…)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • PDF preferred, will also accept .doc and .docx files

1. Describe how playing the clarinet has affected or shaped your life.
2. Write about a particular piece of music or a musical style that has influenced your own clarinet playing. How did you change as a musician having performed this?
3. How does music influence culture and create community? This may be discussed in reference to experiences you have had, or ways you envision music creating positive connections in the future.
4. Describe one of your most significant musical experiences, and how it impacted you as a person and/or clarinetist.

Clareidoscope 2022 Composition Competition – works for solo clarinet 

Composition Contest requirements:
Submitted compositions should not be published or previously publicly performed.
Composers should select the level representing their own age as of January 1, 2022 – there will be one winner in each age category.

Age: 11–14 as of January 1, 2022
Age: 15–18 as of January 1, 2022
Young Artist
Age: 19–26 as of January 1, 2022

The submitted composition’s performance difficulty level should be written on the submitted score, from the categories Junior, Senior, and Young Artist.
Judges for the competition:  ICA State Chair Composition Sub-committee

Piece:  Solo clarinet
Time limit: 2 minutes minimum, no longer than 5 minutes
Range: E3 – G6
Extended techniques – minimal or none
Must attach PDF and a recording,  live or midi mp3
Deadline:  March 1, 2022 @ 11:59pm Eastern

Clareidoscope 2022 Performance Competition Repertoire

Sponsored by the ICA US State Chairs

All repertoire is available in the public domain from or was donated by the composer for use in Clareidoscope 2022 and appears below.

Download the sheet music at the following link:

Bb/Eb: Friedrich Demnitz, Elementary School for the Clarinet, No. 6 in B Minor OR No. 16 in G Minor
Bass/Alto: Friedrich Demnitz, Elementary School for the Clarinet, No. 18 in D Minor

Bb/Eb: Beth Wiemann, Wading Blue Heron
Bass/Alto: Cyrille Rose, 32 Etudes, No. 1 in C Major OR No. 4 in A Minor

Young Artist
Bb/Eb: Paul Jeanjean, 16 Modern Etudes, No. 3 (Em), AND Victor Blancou, 40 Studies for Clarinet from the works of Mazas, No. 11 in D major
Bass/Alto: Cyrille Rose, 40 Studies, No. 7 in D minor OR Victor Polatschek, Advanced Studies No. 6: After JS Bach, French Suite in C minor

Adult Amateur
Bb/Eb: Lori Ardovino, Eloquence II
Bass/Alto: Xavier Lefèvre, 60 Exercises for Clarinet, No. 24 in F Major OR Friedrich Demnitz,
Elementary School for the Clarinet, No. 7 (AM)


To apply to any of the above competitions, please complete the application form at the following link:

When: January 01 - January 01, 1970