Monday, August 6, 2012


What a fantastic ClarinetFest!  I’m glad to be home though, at least for a few days before I take off to Atlanta.

The last few days at ClarinetFest were eventful.  We had our 44 contra clarinet performance. The group was named “A legal contraband.”  One of the highlights of the performance was seeing the faces of the people in the audience while we played.  Definitely one of the more unique performances of my career this far.

One topic that was more prominent at this conference then I’ve seen in the past was using technology in your clarinet studio.  Adam Ballif focused on using tools such as SmartMusic, Finale, Pro Tools, and iPhone/iPod apps.  Clarinet Cache’s Rachel Yoder and Kelle Lignitz had a very nice presentation complete with a handout full of resources for teachers.  They were able to demonstrate many of the most useful apps such as Tonal Energy.  Check out their blog, they will be posting their presentation at a future date.
Memorable performances were given by Gregory Smith (Premiรจre Rhapsodie) and Jessica Phillips Rieske (Mozart Clarinet Concerto).  I’m sorry that I missed Eddy Vanoosthuyse’s performance of Scott McAllister’s X Concerto!  Ricardo Morale and Corrado Giuffredi also gave a joint master class.

It was a great conference and I hope to see everyone at OU Clarinet Symposium next year.  I doubt that I will make it to Italy next year for ClarinetFest 2013…but you never know!

I owe a HUGE thank you to Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity who awarded me a grant to attend and play at the conference this year.  It’s a great organization to be a part of.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

ClarinetFest: Day 3

Another extremely busy day just flew by!  I didn’t even make it to the booths to try out the rest of the new equipment that I didn’t get to try yesterday but tomorrow I’m going first thing before everyone starts packing it up.

This morning, I got to check out a few lectures focusing on the teaching of Robert Marcellus.  The first lecture that was led by Dennis Nygren and John Weigand focused on teaching technique.  The second was a panel discussion focusing on the summer master classes that Marcellus taught between 1975 until 1991.  Apparently, these master classes were recorded on reel to reel tapes and have now been converted to digital media and will be available to the public through the Northwestern University library.  This is pretty exciting!  I was not able to stay until the end of this discussion so if anyone got the scoop on when they will be available, please share!

Afterwards, I went to the recital hall and checked out some performances by Malena McLaren, Gregory Oakes, and the Ironwood Trio.  After lunch, we also attended Jessica Phillips Rieske’s master class.  The evening concert focused on duos with wind ensemble and afterwards we headed to the Embassy for a UNT reunion and the Vandoren party.  We had a good time!  One more full day left and then on Sunday I’ll be playing with the 44 contra clarinet ensemble.

Friday, August 3, 2012

ClarinetFest: Day 2

We had a very full second day of ClarinetFest. The day began with a recital featuring works with clarinet an percussion. Karem Simon began with a flashy piece “Cadenzas” by Alexina Louie and Jesse Krebs followed with a beautiful piece “Like Gravity” by John Allemier which included violin, cello, and marimba.
Because this conference is focusing on trends in pedagogy and performance (both past and present), there was a huge emphasis on Daniel Bonade’s teachings today. The first lecture that I attended was lead by Larry Guy and included lots of musical examples of Bonade’s playing both as a very nice handout and as audio examples from the CD that he has compiled. Janice Minor also had a wonderful presentation on the Rose 40 studies “Daniel Bonade Style.”

Of course, we made time for the exhibits and I bought lots of new supplies and tried new equipment. I did not get to try the Buffet Divine yet but they will let us try it out tomorrow since they showed it off tonight.
After a wonderful dinner at Misty’s, we caught the evening performance featuring Corrado Giuffredi and Cesare Chiacchiaretta (accordion). Ricardo Morales also joined them for an arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Concertpiece No. 2. The evening concluded with two world premier pieces played by the ClarinetFest Bass Clarinet Ensemble.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ClarinetFest 2012

I made it to Lincoln this afternoon for ClarinetFest! We kicked off the evening right with a social hour accompanied by clarinet music. It was a great time to catch up with old friends and meet new clarinetists.
The evening concerts were delightful! The Italian clarinetist, Antonio Tinelli really captured the audience with his musicality and his charm. Works included a U.S.A. premiere of a piece by Angelo Inglese, two works by Nino Rota, a work by Ante Grgin, and concluded with a nice arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue.
After a quick dinner, I made it back to catch the last half of Michael Lowenstern’s concert. I watched him perform back in the spring at Texas Clarinet Colloquium (and bought his newest CD). He never disappoints!
Anyways, we start back up bright and early tomorrow so I’m signing off. Can’t wait to try all of the new equipment tomorrow when the exhibits open!