“Spring into Action” Clarinet Enthusiasts Workshop
The ICA Clarinet Enthusiasts Committee presents a three-hour workshop, “Spring into Action,” devoted to improving your clarinet skills and your ensemble playing skills. We’ll have some group warm-ups, and a group ensemble (for you to play along via Zoom), and some breakout rooms for a more specialized focus. All of our breakout rooms will be recorded, so if you register and want to view more than one you will receive a link to the replay video after the event.
Videos can now be viewed on the ICA’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/internationalclarinetassociation
Saturday, April 22, 2023 – 12pm to 3pm ET
ICA Clarinet Enthusiast Committee Bios 2023
Michelle Anderson is a professional clarinetist in Vancouver BC who play regularly with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Lionsgate Sinfonia, the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and West Coast Chamber Music. She is a clarinet instructor at the University of British Columbia School of Music. She enjoys coaching student groups and regularly leads clarinet workshops in local schools and with local youth orchestras. Michelle is the founder of Clarinet Mentors (www.clarinetmastery.com), an online-based educational company that helps thousands of clarinetists worldwide to play the clarinet more easily. She is the co-author, along with Deborah Andrus of the upcoming publication from Hal Leonard, DIY Clarinet. Her YouTube channel has several educational videos to help student clarinetists worldwide (www.Youtube.com/clarinetmentors). She is a Clarinet Artist for Backun Musical Services, Légère Reeds and Silverstein Works.
Equal parts entrepreneur, educator and clarinetist, Deborah Andrus believes that what is required to face a musical challenge is a solid plan and a supportive mentor. She is founder of Clarinet Guide LLC, a resource used by students of all levels and abilities to set clear goals and to creatively solve their clarinet challenges. Lauded for her “inspirational teaching”, Dr. Andrus is the clarinet professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As a clarinetist, she is a member of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, the SATORI Chamber Ensemble and the DeMarina Trio. In addition to her performing and teaching, Deborah has authored three books: The Chalumeau Register. (2020) and Teaching Woodwinds (2014/2021). Her third book, DIY Clarinet, co-written with Michelle Anderson is due to be released in 2023 by Hal Leonard. She proudly represents Buffet-Crampon as an Artist-Clinician, and is the co-chair of the Clarinet Enthusiasts Committee for the ICA.
Lori Sutherland is a self-employed composer and clarinetist, formerly spending 19 years working in public libraries. She earned a BMus in Theory and Composition from Ohio State University and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has composed and arranged pieces for solo instruments and a variety of ensembles, including concert band, clarinet choir, and chamber groups. She also performs regularly in local music ensembles, leads the Knock on Wood Clarinet Choir, teaches private lessons, and hosts the Tonal Diversions Music podcast.
Carol Boysen began clarinet in the fourth grade, playing seriously through high school and into college, when she pursued other interests and careers. Originally from Chicago, she has been living in Morristown, NJ for the past 30 years, where she raised her three children and ultimately returned to clarinet to help her daughter learn to play.
As a member of the Clarinet Enthusiast committee, Carol seeks to further knowledge and excitement about the clarinet, particularly amongst adult enthusiasts. She is a firm believer of lifelong learning, and, while retired, maintains a private studio and plays in community productions, bands and an intergenerational orchestra.
When not playing or performing locally, Carol can be found in the garden, tap dancing or traveling the country with her husband in their camper van – with her clarinet, of course!
Dr. Barbara Heilmair engages communities as a clarinet professor, performer, and teaching artist. She serves as Professor of Clarinet & Music History at Portland State University as well as Associate Dean for the College of the Arts.
She enjoys a versatile international career as orchestral musician, recitalist, educator, and publishing scholar. Her specialization is Austrian composer Franz Cibulka’s musical heritage and featuring underrepresented composers.
In 2017, Barbara co-founded the “Zephyr Clarinet Choir” in Portland, Oregon. The ensemble regularly participates in community events and has participated in the 2019 “Chamber Music Northwest Clarinet Celebration” and the 2022 ClarinetFest. Some of the group’s recordings have been featured in the show “Played in Oregon” on All Classical Portland (89.9 FM).
A native of Germany, she holds degrees in Clarinet Performance and in Instrumental Pedagogy from the University of Music and Performing Arts “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, along with M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from UCLA.
Dr. Alan Woy is Professor Emeritus from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, where he taught from 1971-2008, Alan taught studio clarinet, woodwind techniques, conducting, and was a chamber music coach and band director for many years. He was a member of the Potsdam Woodwind Quintet, and principal clarinet with the Orchestra of Northern New York. He has conducted the Eastman-Rochester New Horizons Clarinet Choir since 2008, and teaches clarinet at the Eastman Community Music School In Rochester NY. Alan currently performs with the Onyx Clarinet Quartet.
Sabrina Tempesta is a general Internal Medicine Physician practicing in the US in New Jersey. Like many clarinet enthusiasts she started her clarinet studies in childhood but life took her in different directions. After not picking up a clarinet for many years she rediscovered the joy of the clarinet. At first it was intimidating but local community music groups have always been a welcoming home to all enthusiasts. Now she plays in several local community ensembles to fuel her passion to bring live music to audiences.
Thomas “Tom” Masilla is has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of the South. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Corps Officer. Upon completing his military service. Tom worked for KPMG for several years where he was a senior auditor, and he is also a Certified Public Accountant. Following his public accounting experience, he held senior executive management positions in large NYSE publicly traded corporations, including that of chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Upon retiring from corporate life a few years ago, Tom has devoted more time to his lovely wife Kathy to whom he has been happily married for 50 years. Tom and Kathy have a kennel of Pekingese show dogs and a Maluccan cockcatoo named Peaches. Tom’s passion in life has always been playing the clarinet. He currently performs with the New Orleans Civic Symphony which is home based at the University of New Orleans as well as being a regular musician for sacred services in the New Orleans area. Tom has studied clarinet with a number of teachers, including Ron deKant, George Harris, Allen Kolski, Stephanie Thompson and more recently with Denise Gainey.
Dr. Mary Alice Druhan
Dr. Mary Alice Druhan is Professor of Clarinet at Texas A&M University – Commerce where she has been recognized by awards in the areas of teaching and research including the H.M. Lafferty Distinguished Faculty Award and the James “Jim” Vornberg Award for Teaching. She has just been named the 2023 recipient of the RSCA Award for “Unfettered Thought.”
As a clarinetist, Mary has enjoyed an active performing career around the world. She has been an official member of many performing groups including the Dallas Winds, the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Natchez Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Baton Rouge Symphony, and Acadiana Symphony. Mary is a founding member of DeuxEaux, CoCane Clarinets, and Triforia Winds chamber ensembles and has also performed with the New Texas Sinfonia, Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Shreveport Symphony, Shreveport Opera, East Texas Symphony, Plano Symphony, Wichita Falls Symphony, Sherman Symphony, Mount Vernon Music, and the Color of Sound chamber series.
She has suffered from and is continually undergoing treatment for a serious playing-related injury which derailed her performance career in 2011. This Inspired her research into musician injury, prevention, and recovery. Her work in this area has been featured in a six-part series in The Clarinet (journal of ICA) and she presents clinics about injury prevention and recovery around the U.S.. Her newest publication is The One-Handed Clarinetist’s Workbook: A Resource for Individual Hand Development and Injury-Recovery Periods (CAMco, 2022).
Mary Alice Druhan is a Performing Artist for Backun Musical Services and a member of the Silverstein Pro Team.
Dan “YogoDan” Gainey
Andrew “YogaDan” Gainey has been teaching Yoga at schools (Alabama School of Fine Arts), parks (Railroad Park) and Fitness Centers (YMCA) since 2010, and in 2011, he received his RYT-200 certification. Since then, he has taught over 3000 classes, making him a Master Yoga Teacher. The style of Yoga he teaches is called Vinyasa, or, “moving with the breath”. Not only does he lead several classes at the local YMCA, he has created over seventy playlists for his classes, including music for thematic classes such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, St Patrick’s Day, and the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, and is currently compiling notes and information for a book entitled, YOGA FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
Denise Gainey is Professor of Clarinet and Instrumental Music Education and Associate Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She serves as the Immediate Past-President of the Board of Directors for the International Clarinet Association. An avid proponent of chamber music, she tours regularly with the Amicitia Duo and the UAB Chamber Trio. An active clinician and performer throughout the United States and abroad, Gainey has compiled and edited a collection of clarinet solos, Solos for Clarinet, published by Carl Fischer. Her book, Kalmen Opperman: A Legacy of Excellence was released by Carl Fischer in January 2018. She received the Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University, the Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet from the University of Kentucky. Gainey’s major teachers were Frank Kowalsky, James Gillespie, and Kalmen Opperman.