Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I am extremely excited to see my first published article in this issue of Pan Pipes! Thank you to Sigma Alpha Iota for not only sponsoring my trip, but for also allowing me to share the experience with everyone in their publication.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I went to the repair shop for some adjustments and returned home with a new barrel, a book that a friend loaned me, and to a shipment of reeds waiting on the door step. That’s a good day !

Monday, June 17, 2013

OU Clarinet Symposium Part III

The second day of symposium was action packed and we were pretty exhausted, so the third and final day was made possible by coffee!

Charles Neidich’s master class was informative and focused on fundamentals.  He explained the harmonic series to a student and had them play some harmonic exercises.  Embouchure was also a big focal point.

After a quick and delicious lunch at Padthai, we attended Chad Burrow's recital.  I really enjoyed his Variations sur un air du Pays D’oc by Cahuzac and KlezMuzik by Simon Sargon.

We snuck away for one last run through the exhibits, where I bought way too much music and played with lots of accessories.  Here are some colorful ligatures from the Lomax booth.

I also thought that this Bass/Bb/A triple case was amazing.  It is pretty light but also has wheels as well. 

I also had a great time trying out equipment at Buffet, Muncy Winds, Vandoren, and Lisa’s Clarinet Shop to name a few.  It’s like Christmas in June for a clarinetist! 

We ended our stay at the symposium with Greg Raden’s master class which focused on orchestral excerpts.  He talked about the necessity of having the full part since many excerpt books are filled with errors and about how imperative it is to mindfully practice and make sure that you are making corrections.  The importance of knowing what each piece is about, especially in a programmatic piece such as Symphonie Fantastique was also discussed.  

OU Clarinet Symposium was a great experience and I am glad that it has returned!  It’s always great to get together with friends and to make new ones.  I have certainly returned home with a lot of new ideas and lots of inspiration.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible and for showing us a wonderful time.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

OU Clarinet Symposium Part II

The second day of the symposium ended up being even busier that the first!  We kicked the day off with a recital featuring Dawn Lindblade, Brad Behn, and Lee Livengood.  Dawn played Hovhaness’ Lake Samish for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano while Brad and Lee played both Glazunov’s Entr’acte from Raymonda and Bill Douglas’ Suite Cantando. The Bassoon part from the Suite was performed on bass clarinet.

Elsa Verdehr’s master class was immediately after.  She prefaced the class by talking about some of her goals, the main one being that she would like more of the repertoire that has been commissioned for the Verhehr Trio to be performed more often.  This was the idea behind her “Tasting Menu” program that was discussed in the previous post from yesterday.  You can check out their extensive repertoire on their website.  Her master class featured a variety of topics including edition preferences, tempo relationships, and incorporated some of the teaching styles of both Harold Wright and Stanley Hasty.  She also has an excellent sense of humor and was a delight to watch perform and teach.

After a nice lunch at Cafe Plaid, we resumed with a recital performed by Boris Allakhverdyan who recently won the Metropolitan Opera audition.  He’s a phenomenal performer and it was a fantastic recital.  On the program was Giampieri’s Carnival of Venice, Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne from Six Morceaux, Stravinsky’s Three Pieces, Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie, Gershwin’s Three Preludes, and Dinicu’s Hora Staccato.

David Etheridge’s tribute recital was extremely emotional.  Many of his former students and colleagues returned to reminisce about David and past symposiums and to also perform in his honor.  Francois Kloc from Buffet Crampon awarded a full scholarship to a deserving OU student in memorial of David.  Buffet also hosted the reception following the recital providing a wonderful dinner for everyone to socialize.

Following the reception, we were treated to a beautiful performance by Greg Raden who was assisted by Jared Davis.  On the program was Finiz’s Five Bagatelles, Karg-Elert’s Sonata, Widor’s Introduction and Rondo, Mendelssohn’s Konzertstucke No. 1, Schubert’s Wandrers Nachtlied and An den Mond, Weber’s Grand Duo Concertant, and an encore of Victor’s Tale from the movie The Terminal.  An exciting way to end a great second day!

This post ended up being much longer than intended so I’ll post part III tomorrow. 
I made it back home this evening from the OU Clarinet Symposium to find my copy of the June issue of The Clarinet waiting for me.  A special thank you to Clarinet Cache for mentioning my blog in this month’s article!

I will have a full report of the last two days of the symposium up tomorrow, but for now it is time to rest!  It has been an inspiring and fun last three days.  

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I was not quite sure what to expect from this year’s OU Clarinet Symposium. I have been to three of the past conferences and have always enjoyed going, but was a little concerned about this year since it is just starting back since losing David Etheridge and the schedule did not seem quite as full as it had been in the past.

It’s been absolutely perfect for this first day. Parking and registration were easy and we began our day with David Shifrin’s master class. Each of the four participants received about thirty minutes of coaching on topics that included ensemble balance, fundamentals, and phrasing. Next the Verdehr Trio presented a recital called “A Tasting Menu: A Retrospective of Verdehr Trio Repertoire.” As the title implies, the program was a sampling of several different pieces that had been commissioned for the trio, in most cases, only one or two movements were played. The performers talked to the audience and gave additional background information throughout the performance. This is the first time that I have been able to hear Elsa play live and I really enjoyed her performance!

Next, we visited the exhibits. Check out the neat cases pictured in the slideshow above, very unique! I bought some new music and really liked Buffet’s new barrel that I tried out.

After a delicious dinner at Blackbird Gastropub, we finished our night with David Shifrin’s recital. Chad Burrow also joined him for part of the recital.

Because the schedule does not overlap at the conference this year, it is actually a lot less overwhelming to try and make it to everything. I really do not feel like I am missing anything. Since the symposium is a little smaller, it’s also allowing a lot more time to be social with other clarinetists and the artists. Another full day awaits us tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


We made it back from Arizona late last night.  It was a really great trip and my horn playing hubby decided to join me since we are on a hiatus from lessons this week.  Summer lessons begin next week for us so we are catching up on a flurry of scheduling emails today in preparation for that!

While we were there, we visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.  It was incredible, as was the heat!  Walking trails take you through parts of the desert where you can be up close to coyotes and javelina, an indoor aviary, a hummingbird house, and a fossil exhibit.

To give you an idea of how huge these cactus are, here’s my husband next to one.  He’s six feet, four inches tall.

Someone has a great sense of humor at this museum.  On the top is a diamondback snake (obviously identifiable by its accessories) and on the bottom is the habitat of a blue death feigning beetle.

We had some excellent fried ice cream and flautas from Teresa’s Mosaic Cafe

And a fun picture for the road!

Next week is OU Clarinet Symposium and I’m so excited that it’s back!  If you want updates throughout the conference, you can follow me on Twitter, my Twitter handle is @clarinotes.  I’ll post a recap on here as well.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Did you know that Beethoven took his coffee so seriously that he determined that 60 beans should go into each cup and he would even count them out?  I am a coffee fanatic, but he has me beat!  That’s one of the tidbits of curious information from Mason Curry’s book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.  Lots of other musicians are represented in the book including Mozart, Chopin, Britten, Gershwin, Reich, and Shostakovich to name just a few.  Plenty of other occupations are included as well.  The book is an interesting and quick read. 

We’re off to Tucson tomorrow!