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
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!