Saturday, February 25, 2012

I am at an Abilene Philharmonic rehearsal this morning. For my students who tell me they don’t need all the major scales because they never play in those keys, here you go! And that’s just a small sampling.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Texas Clarinet Colloquium 2012

It’s been a extremely busy last few days. Today, I traveled out to Commerce, Texas for Texas Clarinet Colloquium. This free event offers lots of master classes, recitals, lectures, and an exhibit hall to try out all of the clarinet toys. There’s no way that I can tell you everything that we talked about or saw but here are the highlights.

I kicked off the morning by going to Michael Webster’s orchestra audition masterclass.

Next, was Michael Lowenstern’s recital. Check out this setup: bass clarinet, computer, wind synthesizers…you know, the works when it comes to new music. This is not normally my type of thing when it comes to music but I thought it was excellent and very entertaining. I bought one of his CDs afterwards.

 After grabbing a quick lunch, we came back for Nathan Beaty’s clarinet mouthpiece design demonstration. Very informative, pretty much everything that you’d ever want to know when it comes to mouthpiece tip openings, facings, and materials.

We also went to Mitchell Estrin’s masterclass which had some wonderful performances! Another great thing about this conference is that it has a lot of lectures and competitions that are aimed specifically at middle and high school students. I went to the clarinet intonation tip class led by Sharon Deuby and since the majority of that audience was made up of middle and high school students, she tailored her talk specifically to them asking the audience for things that they particularly had issues with and having one student volunteer to demonstrate.

And of course, we had time to play with clarinets.

There were lots of events that I did not make it to, I know that Clarinet Cache also tweeted from the event if you would like to see more pictures and events!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Taplin and Weir Visit

So today, I went by and visited my alma mater, The University of North Texas where Taplin and Weir was doing a presentation and letting everyone play with all the clarinet goodies. The presentation was very nice, lots of clarinet repair information, talks about bores, pads, plating, etc.

Following the presentation, there were plenty of barrels, bells, ligatures and clarinets to try.

 Of course, I had to try the gold plated R-13 first.

Also, UNT is going to offer a clarinet workshop for high school clarinetists and it looks good. Check out for more information.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Congress Allows Musical Instruments as Airplane Carry-ons

I’m glad to see this bill pass:

Even with my husband’s horn in a flight case that fits in the overhead compartment, we’ve had trouble with some airlines letting us take it on the plane. Of course we can both tell you horror stories of what has happened to our friends who have unfortunately checked their instruments. It’s always made me thankful that I don’t travel by plane with my bass clarinet very often, but hopefully it shouldn’t be a problem anymore once this goes into effect.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


I wanted to share a link that offers great insight from an orchestra member behind the screen at a recent audition:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Premiere at ClarinetFest

For all you contra clarinet enthusiasts out there, Ben Stonaker is looking for people to perform the premiere of his new piece for 44 contra clarinets at the International Clarinet Association’s conference this summer. Check out his page for more details