Originally published in The Clarinet 51/1 (December 2023).
Printed copies of The Clarinet are available for ICA members.
From the Editor’s Desk
by Rachel Yoder
Welcome to the first issue of Volume 51 of The Clarinet! I hope you enjoyed our special 50th-anniversary content over the past year. This issue is very special, too; it marks the first of our fully digital journal delivery for ICA members.
The shift away from providing a print publication was not a decision made lightly. The ICA board has been discussing this possibility for years, as many of our peer organizations went electronic-only, and ICA members increasingly chose the electronic membership option. Now, with printing and postage costs skyrocketing, unreliable international delivery, and the vast majority of our members receiving the journal in PDF format already, the time was right to discontinue our print delivery. For those who still wish to purchase a paper copy, we will make issues available for purchase via a print-on-demand service, MagCloud, which has printers in several locations worldwide for a more sustainable print product.
Designing for the electronic format offers exciting possibilities. You will notice that The Clarinet now has links embedded within articles, so you can navigate easily to recordings, videos, sources cited, and other supplemental content. We also encourage you to click on the ads to visit our industry partners that do so much to support the ICA.
While the format has evolved, our goal remains the same: to provide a high-quality publication that reflects the interests of ICA members and the global clarinet community. Our editorial board continues to review every feature article submitted for quality and accuracy, our associate editor Emily Kerski edits “Clarinotes” and assists with proofreading and editing other content, and Sarah Manasreh works on integration with online content as editor of The Clarinet [Online]. Our reviews editors (Greg Barrett and Karl Kolbeck) and department contributors provide a huge service to the ICA with their time and talent. And remember, we are the ICA; all of your ideas and article proposals are welcome as we move forward into this next chapter of The Clarinet. Thank you for reading!
Seattle-based clarinetist Rachel Yoder performs in a variety of solo, chamber and large ensemble roles, including with the Seattle Modern Orchestra and Odd Partials clarinet/electronics duo. She is instructor of clarinet at Western Washington University and editor of The Clarinet.