ICA Plays On! 2021

ICA Plays On is a virtual event created to bring the international clarinet community together. Musicians from around the world can virtually attend panels and lectures on a wide variety of subjects and watch performances recorded by world-class artists. We hope that this event will inspire and motivate you to play on, wherever you may be.

When: January 28 - January 31, 2021

Concerts & Lectures

ICA Plays On! 2021 Welcome Kick-off! / lecture

When: 01/28/2021 | 10:00 am

Featuring: Jessica Harrie, Jenny Maclay, Denise Gainey

Join ICA President Denise Gainey, ICA Executive Director of Operations Jessica Harrie, and ICA Social Media Coordinator Jenny Maclay as they kick-off ICA Plays On! 2021!

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Chair Yoga for Musicians with YogaDan / lecture

When: 01/28/2021 | 11:00 am

Featuring: YogaDan

Premieres January 28, 2021, at 11 am EST

Join YogaDan (Dan Gainey) as he shares a chair yoga routine for musicians.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Vintage Reed Adventures with Shannon Thompson / lecture

When: 01/28/2021 | 12:00 pm

Featuring: Shannon Thompson

Premieres January 28, 2021, at 12 pm EST

Join clarinetist Shannon Thompson as she presents Vintage Reed Adventures.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Closeup Repairs with Miles DeCastro / lecture

When: 01/28/2021 | 2:00 pm

Featuring: Miles DeCastro

Premieres January 28, 2021, at 2 pm EST

Join Miles DeCastro for a close-up view of common clarinet repairs and equipment issues. The focus of this clinic is to show relatively minor repairs that would be difficult to demonstrate in a typical conference setting, but translate better to close-up video. Repairs that can be completed by the musician/educator are emphasized.


About the presenter:

Miles DeCastro is the owner of North Country Winds, a clarinet shop in northern New York specializing in artist-level clarinet repairs and modifications, as well as stocking fine clarinets and accessories. Miles is also on faculty as the Instrument Repair Technician at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, where he is responsible for the repair and maintenance of over 1200 instruments and teaches courses in instrument repair technology. Miles is the current president of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT).

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Basic Clarinet Repairs with Jonathan Copeland and Melanie Wong / concert

When: 01/28/2021 | 3:00 pm

Featuring: Jonathan Copeland and Melanie Wong

Premieres on January 28, 2021 as part of ICA Plays On! 2021

Join Jonathan Copeland and Melanie Wong as they walk you through basic clarinet repairs including: Rod Straightening Pad Installation Bumper Cork Replacement and Tenon Cork Replacement

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ICA Plays On! 2021: Connecting the Pre-Professional Clarinetist to Digital Clarinet Resources in the 21st Century: Approaches, Ideas, and Discussion / lecture

When: 01/28/2021 | 5:00 pm

Featuring: ICA Youth Committee

Join the ICA Youth Committee as they discuss digital resources for clarinetists entering the professional field.
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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Never Have a Bad Reed Again! – Laura Armstrong / lecture

When: 01/28/2021 | 7:00 pm

Featuring: Laura Armstrong

Premieres on January 28, 2021 at 7 pm EST

Join Laura Armstrong as she walks you through her process of making and adjusting clarinet reeds.

Laura has also provided a list of tools that she used in this video to make her reeds.

Reed Tool List


About the presenter: 

Dr. Laura Armstrong is a faculty member of Mount St. Mary’s University and Frederick Community College, where she teaches clarinet, saxophone, and music fundamentals. She has performed in recitals in the Mid-Atlantic region and has performed as a soloist at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinet Fest held in Ostend, Belgium in 2018. She is also a member of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra and can be heard on their most current album Jazzin’ the Blues Away. In 2015, Laura started her own reed making business, Aurora Winds. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Felix Mendelssohn, Concertstucke Nos. 1 and 2 for two Bb clarinets – Stas Chernyshev, Dr. Andrea Vos-Rochefort, clarinets and Daniel Anastasio, piano / concert

When: 01/28/2021 | 8:00 pm

Featuring: Stas Chernyshev, Dr. Andrea Vos-Rochefort, clarinets and Daniel Anastasio, piano

Premieres January 28, 2021 at 8 pm EST

Join clarinetists Stas Chernyshev and Dr. Andrea Vos-Rochefort with pianist Daniel Anastasio for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Concertstucke Nos. 1 and 2 for two Bb clarinets and piano.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Johannes Brahms, Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 – The Goodwin Avenue Trio / concert

When: 01/29/2021 | 10:00 am

Featuring: The Goodwin Avenue Trio

Premieres January 29, 2021 at 10 am EST

Join The Goodwin Avenue Trio for a performance of Johannes Brahm’s Trio in A minor, Op. 114 for clarinet, cello and piano.

About the performers:

Recently formed in the fall of 2020, The Goodwin Avenue Trio has been applauded for their “spectacular phrasing, ensemble work, and artistry.” The trio is committed to featuring contemporary works alongside classical repertoire, with music ranging from Brahms & Mozart to Muczynski & Hallman. In the fall of 2020, the trio was featured on The University of Illinois String Chamber Music Recital and completed an entirely self-produced, recorded, and edited video of the Brahms Clarinet Trio, Op. 114. The Goodwin Avenue Trio is comprised of pianist Chanmi Lee (She/Her/Hers), cellist Ethan Schlenker (They/Them/Theirs), and clarinetist Andrew J. Buckley (He/Him/His). Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, in March of 2021 the trio will be presenting a series of live and online recitals as their official public debut. For more information about The Goodwin Avenue Trio and upcoming performances please follow @GoodwinAveTrio on Facebook and @goodwin_ave_trio on Instagram.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 1 (Arranged for 3 clarinets and 2 basset horns) – Thomas Carroll / concert

When: 01/29/2021 | 11:00 am

Featuring: Thomas Carroll

Premieres on January 29, 2021 at 11 am EST during ICA Plays On! 2021

Thomas Carroll performs a multitrack of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, arranged for 3 clarinets and 2 basset horns.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – A Modern Perspective on the Mozart Concerto with Jonathan Cohler, John Bruce Yeh, and Nicolas Cox / lecture

When: 01/29/2021 | 12:00 pm

Featuring: Jonathan Cohler, John Bruce Yeh, and Nicolas Cox

Join panelists Jonathan Cohler, John Bruce Yeh, and Nicholas Cox as they discuss modern editions of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the use of a basset clarinet in performance.


Nicholas Cox has shared a resource with us:



About the presenters:

Jonathan Cohler is recognized as the preeminent, most-recorded clarinet soloist of our time. American Record Guide has hailed his playing as “superhuman” while Fanfare Magazine placed him in the pantheon of legendary musicians—“one thinks of Dinu Lipatti”—and Gramophone lauded his “poetry that lesser artists miss.” His latest CD “Cohler plays and conducts Mozart” with the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra has been dubbed “the standard for Mozart” and was recently featured on the cover of Fanfare Magazine. As both clarinetist and conductor, he has received numerous resounding accolades and awards including the Outstanding Recording mark of the American Record Guide, BBC Music Magazine’s Best CDs of The Year selection, and top ratings from magazines, radio stations, and record guides worldwide. Mr. Cohler and multiple-award-winning Lithuanian pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite form today’s leading clarinet-piano duo, which is featured on recent recordings “American Tribute,” “Romanza,” and “Rhapsodie Française.” Mr. Cohler is Professor of Clarinet, Conducting, and Chamber Music at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has been guest faculty at conservatories and universities around the world such as Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Harvard University to name a few. He is a Vandoren, Silverstein, Rossi, and Royal Global artist, and records exclusively for Ongaku Records. https://jonathancohler.com    https://facebook.com/J.Cohler    https://youtube.com/cohler59    https://ongaku-records.com/Cohler



Nicholas Cox served as Principal Clarinet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra between 1992 and 2014, during which time he performed concertos by Copland, Weber, Nielsen, Bruch, Richard Strauss and Mozart, and recorded the symphonies of Beethoven, Nielsen, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, and the tone poems of Strauss and Suk. He has also appeared as Guest Principal with the LSO, Philharmonia, Academy of St Martin’s, London Sinfonietta, Royal Northern Sinfonia, English National Opera, Royal Opera, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hallé, and all BBC Orchestras. Nicholas has held the position of Principal Clarinet of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra since 1991 and, as a soloist, has appeared at venues including the Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, and at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Brighton and Huddersfield Festivals.

Nicholas’ profile as a player is also matched by a teaching career of distinction. An RNCM Tutor for over 20 years, many of his former pupils now hold positions in professional orchestras, and in 2006 his Junior RNCM student, Mark Simpson, became the first person to win both the BBC Young Musician and BBC Young Composer of the Year Awards. In addition to his RNCM commitments, Nicholas also gives masterclasses worldwide, including the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Finland and China. And a continuing summer commitment has been to the Italian Clarinet University in Camerino, a town very badly damaged by the 2016 earthquakes.

As a recording artist, Nicholas’ performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Quintet (ClassCD 1502) was released in 2003 and immediately became Classic FM’s CD of the Week, subsequently becoming one of the station’s most frequently broadcast versions of this much loved work. Other recordings include Strauss Duett-Concertino, Brahms and Reger Sonatas, the Bliss Quintet and a well-received disc of English repertoire entitled the Thurston Connection (Naxos).

Nicholas’ research and editorial work has involved producing modern realisations of the Clarinet Sonatas by the French classical composer Francois Devienne for EditionHH, performing editions of the clarinet Works of Mieczyslaw Weinberg for PeerMusic, and editions of the late works of Iain Hamilton for QTPublications. He has lectured on Brahms in German and English, notably at the International Clarinet Assocation Festival in Madrid in 2015, at the Istanbul International Woodwind Festival in 2016, and for a residency at CSU Northridge. He is currently researching the repertoire for solo clarinet since Stravinsky’s Three Pieces of 1919.


© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010

The first Asian musician ever appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history, John Bruce Yeh joined the CSO in June of 1977, having been appointed solo Bass Clarinet of the Orchestra at the age of nineteen by Sir Georg Solti. Two years later, he was named Assistant Principal and solo E-flat Clarinet. He served as Acting Principal Clarinet of the CSO from 2008-2011. Recently he has also performed as Guest Principal Clarinet of The Philadelphia Orchestra as well as of the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China. Yeh has performed concertos with the CSO on several occasions, including the 1998 American premiere of Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto with Pierre Boulez conducting, and the 1993 performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with Neeme Järvi. A concert recording of the Nielsen was released on the CSO CD set Soloists of the Orchestra II: From the Archives, vol. 15. In 2004, Yeh was featured in Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs in collaboration with the Hubbard Street Dance Company and the CSO conducted by David Robertson. An enthusiastic champion of new music, John Bruce Yeh is the dedicatee of new works for clarinet by numerous composers, ranging from Ralph Shapey to John Williams.

A prizewinner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York, Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe. His more than a dozen solo and chamber music recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim. In 2007, Naxos International released a disc titled “Synergy,” of single and double concertos with clarinet and symphonic wind ensemble featuring John, his wife Teresa, his daughter Molly, and the Columbus State University Wind Ensemble conducted by Robert Rumbelow. Yeh is director of Chicago Pro Musica, which received the Grammy Award in 1986 for Best New Classical Artist. He frequently appears at festivals and on chamber music series worldwide, and he has performed several times with Music from Marlboro; the Guarneri, Ying, Colorado, Pacifica, Calder, and Avalon string quartets; as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

With his wife, clarinetist Teresa Reilly, erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei, and pipa virtuoso Yang Wei, Yeh formed Birds and Phoenix an innovative quartet dedicated to musical exploration by bridging Eastern and Western musical cultures. In their debut performance in September 2006, the group performed works by Victoria Bond, Pamela Chen, Lu Pei, and Bright Sheng, all commissioned for them by Fontana Chamber Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Passionately committed to music education, Yeh served for twenty-six years on the faculty of DePaul University’s School of Music, and he joined the faculty at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts in 2004. He has taught master classes at many universities and conservatories including the Juilliard, Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan. In addition, he is on the faculty of Midwest Young Artists in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Los Angeles, John Bruce Yeh pursued premedical studies at UCLA, where he also won the Frank Sinatra Musical Performance Award. He entered the Juilliard School in 1975 and attended music schools in Aspen, Marlboro, and Tanglewood. He cites Gordon Herritt, Gary Gray, Michele Zukovsky, Harold Wright, Ray Still, Marcel Moyse, Allan Dennis, and Mehli Mehta as influential mentors.


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ICA Plays On! 2021 – The Mozart Concerto from a Historical Perspective: How to Inform your Interpretation as a Modern Clarinetist with Marie Ross / lecture

When: 01/29/2021 | 2:00 pm

Featuring: Marie Ross

At the time Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto was written, music would have been performed very differently than how we interpret it today. From the concepts of phrasing, articulation, and tempo, to the role of the performer as creator through ornamentation and embellishment, historical clarinet specialist, Dr. Marie Ross, will lead this explorative panel through sound worlds of the Classical era. She will demonstrate her Mozart-era five-key boxwood basset clarinet, revealing how the tones of the instrument created the expressive aesthetic of the time and why it is essential for modern players to be familiar with the instrument of the past. As historically informed performance begins to permeate mainstream classical music, knowledge of the classical style can broaden expressive possibilities for modern players as well as embolden their artistic creativity.

Marie Ross Resource List



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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: W.A. Mozart, Clarinet Concerto Mvts. 1 and 2 – Jhoan Sebastian Rubiano Saavedra / concert

When: 01/29/2021 | 3:30 pm

Featuring: Jhoan Sebastian Rubiano Saavedra

Premieres on January 29, 2021 at 3:30 pm EST as part of ICA Plays On! 2021

Join young clarinetist Jhoan Sebastian Rubiano Saavedra in a performance of the first two movements of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, K622.


About the performer:

Jhoan Sebastian Rubiano Saavedra is a Colombian musician and studies at the National University of Colombia with Jose Gomes, he began his musical studies in his hometown with maestro Hernando Pinzón, after he has studied with some teachers such as Ranieri Chacón, Hector pinzón, and Fredy Pinzón. He has had national and International tours with the Young Philharmonic of Colombia prestigious concert halls such as Musikverein Goldener Saal (Vienna), Tonhalle (Zurich), Konzertaus Freiburg, Liederhalle (Stuttgart), Brucknerhaus (Linz), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Cologne Philharmonie, and under the baton of directors such as Andres Orozco-Estrada, Lawrence Renes, among others,, he has been awarded in some national and international competitions.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Orchestral Excerpt Tips and Tricks with Reinhard Wieser / lecture

When: 01/29/2021 | 4:00 pm

Featuring: Reinhard Wieser

Join clarinetist Reinhard Wieser as he shares tips and tricks for some of the most beautiful (and tricky) passages of the literature. “After having played these pieces for many years it will be a privilege to share this experience with ICA students and clarinet enthusiasts.” – Reinhard Wieser


About the presenter:

Principal Clarinet, Vienna Symphony Orchestra Professor Music/Arts University of Vienna

Reinhard Wieser has studied with Alfred Prinz of the Vienna Philharmonic. At age 19 he was appointed to the position of Prinicipal Clarinet at the Wiener Symphoniker. In addition to more than 35 years playing in the orchestra, he holds a good reputation as a soloist, having performed with renowned conductors such as Adam Fischer, Fabio Luisi, Oleg Caetani, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Bertrand de Billy, Yakov Kreizberg, and Georges Prétre. Reinhard plays chamber music with the Wiener Kammermusiker, Johann Strauss Ensemble, and other artists of note such as Renaud Capucon and Philippe Jordan. Since 1996, Reinhard Wieser has taught at the MUK University of Vienna. He has hosted numerous masterclasses in Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Malta, Venezuela, Japan, and the USA.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Beethoven, Trio in B-flat Major Op. 11 for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello – Katrina Clements, clarinet; Elena Denny, cello; Wayne Ching, piano / concert

When: 01/29/2021 | 6:00 pm

Featuring: Katrina Clements, clarinet; Elena Denny, cello; Wayne Ching, piano

Premieres January 29, 2021 at 6 pm EST

Join clarinetist Katrina Clements, cellist Elena Denny, and pianist Wayne Ching for a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat Major Op. 11 for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello (1797).

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ICA Plays On! Video Premiere: Crossing the Theory Break – David Cook / lecture

When: 01/29/2021 | 8:00 pm

Featuring: David Cook

Premieres on January 29, 2021 at 8 pm EST

Join David Cook as he discusses the application of music theory in preparation of clarinet repertoire.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Magnani, Mazurka-Caprice – Christine MacDonnell, clarinet; Yuliya Basis, piano / concert

When: 01/30/2021 | 9:00 am

Premieres January 30, 2021, at 9 am EST

Join clarinetist Christine MacDonnell and pianist Yuliya Basis for a performance of Aurelio Magnani’s Mazurka-Caprice for Clarinet and Piano.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Panel Discussion with the ICA Health and Wellness Committee / lecture

When: 01/30/2021 | 10:00 am

Featuring: ICA Health and Wellness Committee

Panel Discussion with the ICA Health and Wellness Committee
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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Articulation for Clarinet: What Can We Learn from Other Woodwinds? – Eric Schultz / lecture

When: 01/30/2021 | 11:00 am

Featuring: Eric Schultz

Premieres on January 30, 2021 at 11 am EST during ICA Plays On! 2021

Join Eric Schultz in a presentation discussing clarinet articulation and how clarinetists can learn from the different types of articulation on other woodwind instruments.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Quick Tips for Better Clarinet Tone, Articulation and High Notes with Michelle Anderson and Deborah Andrus / lecture

When: 01/30/2021 | 1:00 pm

Featuring: Michelle Anderson and Debbie Andrus

Have your clarinets out in this play-along workshop as Michelle Anderson of Clarinet Mentors and Deborah Andrus of Clarinet Guide present some exercises to help you improve your clarinet fundamentals. Aimed primarily at intermediate-level players, this interactive workshop will help you play more easily and sound better in 2021!
For fun, hear Michelle and Debbie play Andrew Seigel’s arrangement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Eb Clarinets, conducted by Jose Franch-Ballester in 2019.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – First-Year Clarinet Curriculum: What to Teach & When to Teach it with Paula Corley / lecture

When: 01/30/2021 | 12:00 pm

Featuring: Paula Corley

Join clarinetist Paula Corley for her panel: First-Year Clarinet Curriculum: what to teach and when to teach it.

If the clarinet curriculum is sequenced correctly, it is possible for beginner students to play with excellent slurred and articulated tone from low E to high C within the first year. In this session, you will learn the essential components of a successful beginner curriculum and how to troubleshoot common issues of first-year players.


About the presenter:

Paula Corley is a clarinetist and music educator with 40 years of teaching and performing experience. She is the ‘mayor’ of Clarinet City and the clarinet instructor at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. Paula is a chamber music judge for the National Chamber Music Festival (Music for All) and recently completed a two-year term as the Pedagogy Chair for the International Clarinet Association. Originally from Mississippi, Paula grew up without access to clarinet lessons which sparked a lifelong interest in research for developing players. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University (BME) where she was named Alumnus of the Year in 2012-13, and Southern Methodist University (MM). Author of So You Want to Play the Clarinet and The Break (Southern/Hal Leonard), Paula has performed and presented at music conferences throughout the US since 1998. She is an artist and clinician for Buffet Crampon and Vandoren. Her articles have appeared in The Clarinet, Vandoren WAVE, the Texas Bandmasters Review, and The Instrumentalist. Links and PDF copies of several of these articles can be found at www.clarinetcity.com. Paula has two commissioned works for clarinet: Unfamiliar Territory by Michael Markowski, and Road Trip for clarinet quintet by Clifton Jones.

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ICA Plays On! – College Clarinet Life with Todd Waldecker, Cathy Wood, and Wonkak Kim / lecture

When: 01/30/2021 | 2:00 pm

Featuring: Todd Waldecker, Cathy Wood, and Wonkak Kim


Join panelists Wonkak Kim, Todd Waldecker, and Cathy Wood as they discuss what you can expect as a college clarinet student.


About the presenters:

Korean-born clarinetist Wonkak Kim has captivated audiences around the world with his “excellent breath control” (The Washington Post) and “exuberant musicianship” (Fanfare). Kim appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. A Naxos Recording Artist, he has garnered international acclaim through his extensive discography. Kim is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Oregon and a performing artist/clinician for Buffet Crampon, Silverstein, and Vandoren. He is regularly invited as a guest artist and teacher at renowned institutions, including the Juilliard, Yale, and Manhattan School of Music.

Todd Waldecker has served since 1998 as Professor in the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University where he teaches applied clarinet, clarinet pedagogy and chamber music. He received the MTSU Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006. He holds degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Yale University, and the University of Missouri. He has served on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Purdue University, and in residency as a guest instructor at Indiana University in 2011. He is a frequent performer with the Grammy Award-Winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra and has toured and recorded with the ensemble for the Decca and NAXOS labels, and in broadcasts on National Public Television.

Clarinettist Cathy Wood has established herself internationally as a performer, educator, and advocate of Canadian music. She has been featured as a guest artist at many festivals including the ICA ClarinetFests. An enthusiast of new music, Wood has commissioned and premiered numerous works at festivals that celebrate new music, including the Winnipeg New Music Festival and Iceland’s Dark Music Days. A proponent of the piccolo clarinets, Catherine has commissioned works for both E-Flat and D clarinets. Wood teaches at Brandon University and serves as Chair of North America for the International Clarinet Association. She is a Buffet Crampon performing artist.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Tuning Tips for Beginner Clarinetists – Catina Franklin Sweedy / lecture

When: 01/30/2021 | 3:30 pm

Premieres on January 30, 2021 as part of ICA Plays On! 2021

Join Catina Franklin Sweedy from The Clarinet Project as she walks us through some tuning tips for beginner clarinetists.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Hand and Ear Training for Beginners with Michael Webster / lecture

When: 01/30/2021 | 4:00 pm

Featuring: Michael Webster

Join Michael Webster for “Hand and Ear Training for Beginners” – Using slurred examples from “Clarinet Adventures,” my teaching method in progress, I will offer an approach to the clarinet that trains each hand separately to hold and finger the instrument with ease, while training the ear to perceive intervals and modes. These FUNdamentals will be valuable for clarinetists at every stage of progress.


About the presenter:

Michael Webster is Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Artistic Director of the award-winning Houston Youth Symphony. Formerly Principal Clarinet with the Rochester Philharmonic and Acting Principal with the San Francisco Symphony, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, the Tokyo, Cleveland, Muir, Ying, and Dover Quartets, and many of North America’s finest festivals. Webster has performed and taught all over the United States and in Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Japan, China, New Zealand, and Australia.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Amateur Clarinetist Masterclass with Jose Franch-Ballester / lecture

When: 01/30/2021 | 5:30 pm

Featuring: Jose Franch-Ballester and the ICA Clarinet Enthusiasts Committee

Jose Franch-Ballester will be working in this masterclass with three amateur adult clarinetists in a range of experience levels.

Performers for this masterclass include:

Marge Delaney – Jean Xavier Lefévre Sonata No. 2 (1st mvt.)
Sabrina Tempesta – Rose Etude 7 (from 32 Etudes)
Diane Hargreaves – Copland Clarinet Concerto (mostly 1st half)


About the Presenter:

Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester is a captivating performer of “poetic eloquence” (The New York Sun) and “technical wizardry” (The New York Times). He plays regularly at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, Camerata Pacifica, and Music from Angel Fire. He has also appeared at the Usedomer Musikfestival in Germany, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música in Colombia, and the Young Concert Artists Festival in Tokyo, Japan. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Orchestra, and numerous Spanish orchestras. Winner of the 2004 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals in New York and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center. In 2008, he won a coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. He was awarded the Cannes’ Midem Prize, which aims to introduce artists to the classical recording industry. With the Chamber Music Society, he has recorded Bartók’s Contrasts on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Born in Moncofa, Spain into a family of clarinetists and Zarzuela singers, Mr. Franch-Ballester graduated from the Joaquin Rodrigo Music Conservatory. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Montanaro and Pamela Frank. He is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Clarinet.org Website Launch Party with Jessica Harrie and Jenny Maclay / lecture

When: 01/30/2021 | 7:00 pm

Join ICA Executive Director of Operations Jessica Harrie and ICA Social Media Coordinator Jenny Maclay for a look around the brand new clarinet.org! We’ll be giving away prizes and demonstrating many of the new features available at clarinet.org!

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Contemporary Clarinet Techniques with Turkish Clarinetist Selin Gürol / lecture

When: 01/31/2021 | 10:00 am

Featuring: Selin Gürol

ICA Plays On! 2021 – Contemporary Clarinet Techniques with Turkish Clarinetist Selin Gürol

Join clarinetist Selin Gürol as she presents a lecture on in English/Turkish on double tonguing and double staccato.


About the presenter

Originally from Istanbul, Selin Gürol started playing the clarinet at the age of 11 and was graduated from Music High School of Bilkent University in Selen Özyıldırım’s class in Ankara, Turkey. Later on, she attended the undergraduate class of Michel Lethiec at the “Conservatoire National de Nice” where she was awarded the “Prix de Perfectionnement” and obtained her Soloist Bachelor Diploma at Nice University. After perfecting her skills in France, she decided to move to Switzerland in order to continue her musical career in Frédéric Lapin’s class at “Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne” where she obtained her Master of Arts in Music Performance Diploma.

Successfully passing the audition of Zurich Opera where only one person is welcomed annually, Ms. Gürol started her internship in Philharmonia Zürich – Opernhaus whilst being qualified for the Master Specialized in Orchestra Performance in “Zürcher Hochschule der Künste”. Given this opportunity, she had the chance to work with many clarinetists such as Fabio di Càsola, Robert Pickup, Heinrich Mätzener and Felix-Andreas Genner. During the masterclass in Chigiana Academy with Alessandro Carbonare, she received the artist’s appreciation and was honored with an Academy Scholarship where she performed as a soloist in the concert. She completed her education at Alessandro Carbonare’s class at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome.

She was granted several scholarships and awards such as “Musica Mundi Festival”, Belgium; “Académie d’Eté de Nice”, France; “Eczacıbaşı Foundation”, Turkey; “Bruno Schüler-Stiftung”, Switzerland.

In addition to Philharmonia Zurich – Opernhaus, she took part in many orchestras such as Yehudi Menuhin Academy, Animato Philharmonic, Netherlands Youth, Mediterranean Youth under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marko Letonja, Carlo Rizzi, Ralf Weikert, Peter Eötvös, Christian Zacharias, Domingo Hindoyan and Kevin Griffiths.

Ms. Gürol performed as a soloist with the many orchestras such as Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, she has performed live on the “Radio Espace 2” in Switzerland with her own project which is called “Turkish Contemporary and Traditional Music”.

She was invited to world-renowned music festivals in Turkey, France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Monaco, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Czechia and Slovakia. Selin Gürol is a clarinetist at Presidential Symphony Orchestra and Henri Selmer Paris Clarinets Artist and Ambassador. She continues her academic career with her PhD in Istanbul University State Conservatory.

Clarinetist Selin Gürol is a member of LocksBridge Artists which is Turkey’s first and leading international classical artist management company and represents the best classical artists in Turkey.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Introduction to Traditional Klezmer Ornamentation – Dylan Lloyd / lecture

When: 01/31/2021 | 11:00 am

Featuring: Dylan Lloyd

Premieres on January 31, 2021, at 11 am EST

Join clarinetist Dylan Lloyd as he offers advice on how to approach learning traditional Klezmer Ornamentation.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Pick Earspasm’s Brain with Michael Lowenstern / lecture

When: 01/31/2021 | 12:00 pm

Featuring: Michael Lowenstern

ICA Plays On! 2021 Pick Earspasm’s Brain with Michael Lowenstern


About the presenter:

Michael Lowenstern has written and performed music for concert, film, dance, and various other media. Highlights include remixes for the landmark recording In C Remixed, featured on NPR’s RadioLab, stints with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and John Zorn, and touring with ensembles as diverse as the Steve Reich Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and The Klezmatics.

To date, he can be heard on over fifty CDs, three of which have won Grammy awards. Michael has released six solo recordings of his own. He trained at the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Eastman School of Music, Stony Brook University, and the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, studying clarinet and bass clarinet with Charles Neidich, Harry Sparnaay, Richard MacDowell, and John Bruce Yeh.

Not satisfied with the status quo in music education, Michael’s (irreverent and occasionally controversial) YouTube channel has become a source of information and edutainment for millions of viewers across the globe. When he’s not dreaming up more videos, he’s traveling regularly as a guest lecturer at universities across the world. And when he’s stuck in New York, Michael serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Learning Extended Techniques with the ICA New Music Committee / lecture

When: 01/31/2021 | 2:00 pm

Featuring: ICA New Music Committee

Join members of the ICA New Music Committee as they demonstrate various extended techniques and offer suggestions on how to best learn them!

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – The Composer/Performer Collaborative Process with the ICA New Music Committee / lecture

When: 01/31/2021 | 3:00 pm

Featuring: ICA New Music Committee

Join members of the ICA New Music Committee as they discuss the collaborative process between composer and performer.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – The Contemporary Clarinet Repertoire from New Zealand with Donald Nicholls / lecture

When: 01/31/2021 | 4:00 pm

Featuring: Donald Nicholls

Join clarinetist Donald Nicholls as he presents a lecture, “The Contemporary Clarinet Repertoire from New Zealand.”

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Millennial Musicians with Laura Campbell, Vince Dominguez, and Chase Miller / lecture

When: 01/31/2021 | 5:00 pm

Featuring: Laura Campbell, Vince Dominguez, Chase Miller


Join Laura Campbell, Vince Dominguez, and Chase Miller as they discuss the various aspects of being a millennial musician.


About the presenters:

Laura Campbell is a woodwind musician from Melbourne, Australia. She specialises in clarinet performance and teaching woodwinds including clarinet, saxophone and flute. Laura completed her Bachelor of music under clarinetist David Griffiths, and received masterclasses from musicians including Sabine Meyer and Paul Meyer. Laura has used her music experience to create her own career pathway, through becoming a woodwind teacher both privately and in schools, as well as creating a name for herself on social media under @laura_clarinetist on instagram, and launching her successful business Virtual Concert Band.

Dr. Vince Dominguez is an accomplished clarinetist, music educator, creative consultant, and advocate for minorities in music based in Providence, RI. An in-demand clinician and performer, he regularly presents guest lectures on entrepreneurship and professional development at conferences and universities across the country. As the owner of Tonal Memories Creative, a consulting business founded in 2014, Vince uses his experience and knowledge as a self-made creative to help others discover their voice in today’s ever-changing world. Vince completed his DMA at Arizona State University in April 2020 where he held one of two competitive graduate teaching assistantships. His doctoral project featured three new works for clarinet by Mexican composers, Victor Ibarra, Hilda Paredes, and Juan Trigos, each underscoring current sociopolitical issues in US Latin America. For more: www.vincedominguez.com

Clarinetist, Chase Miller is an active performer and Teaching Artist in the central Kentucky area. Currently, he is the Program Director of CKYO-MusicWorks, which is Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra’s El Sistema program. As well as Adjunct Clarinet Instructor at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He was one of two selected to represent Kentucky in SouthArts’ inaugural 2020 Emerging Leaders of Color Professional Development Program. June, 2020 The Kentucky Governors School for the Arts awarded Chase with the Annual Marlene M. Helm Alumni Achievement Award. Which was created to honor an outstanding alumnus or alumna for their contribution to the arts in their home community, their service to the Governor’s School for the Arts, and the dedication to enriching the state’s artistic future. Chase earned his bachelors degree from the University of Kentucky (UK) and Masters in Clarinet Performance at University of Arizona (UA). His teachers include Dr. Scott Wright, Mr. Jerry Kirkbride, and Dr. Jackie Glazier.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 Video Premiere: Giuliani, Gran duetto concertante, Schubert, Ständchen – Duo Diviant / concert

When: 01/31/2021 | 6:00 pm

Featuring: Ivana Bandalo, clarinet and Antonija Škorput, guitar

Premieres January 31, 2021 at 6 pm EST

Join Duo Diviant, clarinetist Ivana Bandalo and guitarist Antonija Škorput for a performance of Mauro Giuliani’s Gran duetto concertante Op. 52 and Franz Schubert’s Ständchen.

About the Performers

DUO DIVIANT came from a longstanding friendship and desire to play music together. Because this combination is rare, the program consists of originals and arrangements made by themselves. So far, they have held concerts and workshops for children, played improvisation over the silent movies, and have held numerous concerts over Croatia. They are now studying chamber music with prof. Ceku on Kunstuniversitet Graz.

Antonija Škorput is a guitarist from Split, Croatia. She was born in 1992 in Split. She started playing guitar at the Josip Hatze School of Music, where she finished elementary and secondary music school in the class of prof. Anđela Jerkunica-Milišić. So far, she has performed at numerous concerts and music competitions, at which she has won many awards. She completed her guitar studies at the Art Academy in Split in the class of prof. Brčić. She is now part of Duo Diviant, teaching guitar at junior music school, and studying chamber music with prof. Petrit Ceku on Kunstuniversitat Graz.

Ivana Bandalo is a clarinetist from Croatia engaged in solo performances, chamber music and orchestra, and teaching. After junior and high music school in Split, she enrolled at the Academy of Arts in Split where she graduated in the class of professor Milić. She won numerous awards and held several solo and chamber concerts. She is now part of Duo Diviant, teaching clarinet at junior music school, being an assistant at Academy of Arts in Split, and studying chamber music with prof. Petrit Ceku on Kunstuniversitat Graz.

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ICA Plays On! 2021 – Getting into Jazz with Gregory Agid / lecture

When: 01/31/2021 | 7:00 pm

Featuring: Gregory Agid

Getting into Jazz: an introduction to playing jazz on the clarinet. The masterclass will provide you with techniques and concepts to begin improvising and playing within the jazz idiom.


About the presenter: 

Gregory Agid is emerging as the preeminent jazz clarinetist of his generation. The New Orleans based multi-instrumentalist maintains an extremely active performance schedule playing both clarinet and saxophone with GRAMMY award-winning artist Michael Buble, Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra, and his own Gregory Agid Quartet, with whom he has released three albums to date. Agid comes from a strong tradition of jazz excellence, education, and mentorship in New Orleans. As the protégée of clarinet guru Alvin Batiste, it is only natural that Agid has found great success and fulfillment as an educator. Alongside drummer Darrian Douglas, Agid is the co-founder of Second Line Arts Collective, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the artistic and entrepreneurial growth of aspiring creatives. It is no surprise that aspiring clarinetists also look to Agid; his strong social media presence marks him as a leader in the worldwide clarinet community. While boldly and deliberately carving his musical path, Agid says he is simply, “building upon the innovations of his heroes.”

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