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 (Première 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.