Monday, September 12, 2016

I'm thrilled to announce that I won the Longview Symphony Orchestra audition this weekend and will be joining them as Second Clarinetist!  My first concert with them will be on October the 8th and will include Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (always a clarinetist's favorite), Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major performed by ChloĆ© Trevor, and Beethoven's Egmont Overture.  Join us if you're in the area. 

I've also been busy with lots of gigs and teaching now that the season and school year are back in full swing! 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

ClarinetFest Day 2

One of the many exhibit hall rooms.
The exhibits at ClarinetFest are open which means that it's time to try out all of the latest and greatest clarinet equipment that can be found!  We finished setting up our booth first thing this morning and of course I went around and visited other booths as time allowed.  I have more ground to cover over the next few days and lots of things to try since there are tons of vendors here.  
Trying out a basset clarinet.
A clarinet made of boxwood

Lisa's Clarinet Shop even has a photo booth! 

I also had the chance to attend Michele Zukovsky's presentation about her father's experience studying with Simeon Bellison. She shared stories, photos, recordings and included her own musical demonstrations. I was also able to attend the Backun artist recital this afternoon and you can check out that concert report on the ClarinetFest blog where I'll be doing some guest blogging.

Michele Zukovsky accompanied by Steven Harlos.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ClarinetFest Day 1

I'm in Lawrence, Kansas this week at the International Clarinet Association's annual conference, ClarinetFest!  It's one of my favorite events of the year, a great chance to try out new equipment at the exhibits, watch presentations, and listen to great concerts and master classes.  After a run and a delicious big breakfast at Ladybird Diner, we drove to campus to pick up our swag bags and registration packets before watching the first recital of the day.

The swag bag that contained our program and other goodies.
Welcome to ClarinetFest!

This year I'm helping out at the H. Karlsson Woodwinds and I hope that you'll stop by and say hello!  She has a great selection of new and used Buffet clarinets, Gao clarinets, reeds, and music jewelry.

The initial set up, merchandise will be set up in the morning.

After set up I attended the host recital featuring Stephanie Zelnick and Robert Walzel.  You can read more about that recital on the website where I'll be guest blogging this week as one of the conference reporters! I also had a chance to attend Pierre Genisson's clarinet recital before grabbing a tasty dinner at Baan Thai Restaurant. The evening concert was unique in its presentation, it was entitled An Unlikely Muse and featured David Shifrin on clarinet and actor Jack Gilpin playing Richard Muhlfeld.  Together they told the story of Brahm's later years after he had announced that he had retired from composing.  After meeting Richard Muhlfeld, Brahms comes back out of retirement to compose the two clarinet sonatas, trio, and quintet.  The listener is treated to excerpts of these compositions as the story is told.

One of the recital halls.

Onward to the next day!  

Saturday, April 2, 2016

I can't wait to join my colleagues and friends at Northeastern State University this summer for an awesome weekend of clarinet masterclasses, performances, and seminars.  

Sunday, February 28, 2016

I'm excited about all of the great musical events coming up!  I've picked out the repertoire for my guest artist recital at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas and I'll also be teaching and performing a recital at a clarinet camp at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  I'll also be performing concerts with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony, and Monroe Symphony this spring.  I also just finished concerts with Abilene Philharmonic, Monroe Symphony, and the Midland-Odessa Symphony.  While in Midland, I went sand dune surfing!  I didn't even know this existed but it was a lot of fun. 

Running in Monroe and sand surfing outside of Midland.