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31 March 2012
Dr Cynthia Doggett, Director
Pella, Iowa USA
Summary information coming soon
31 March 2012
5th Annual Troy University (Alabama) Clarinet Day - Dr Timothy Phillips, Director
Troy, Alabama USA
The 5th Troy University Clarinet Day, under VIP Professor Timothy Phillips and Katrina Phillips, has indicated a major quality evolution of this program, with an expansive artist array of faculty as posted above. The program intensive all day included Master Classes by the faculty, Industry and Sales exhibits from the many sponsors, and rehearsal preparation for the concerts held that day including a Faculty Recital, ensemble concerts, and the Final Concert including the Clarinet Choir, conducted by Guest Artist Julia Georges and Dr Phillips. Photos detailing the day and Programs are galleried to see how the day went. As can be expected, this was a day of inspiration for the students who had this chance to see themselves on path to improvements by exposure to the diverse quality offerings here. Certain credit is due to Timothy and Katrina Phillips, who organized and fulfilled this success.
30 March 2012
Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Getzin of the World Clarinet Alliance - WKA, retires after 39 years of total Government Service including 20 years in the US Premiere Bands USMA Band at West Point, The US Army Band (Pershing's Own), and the USAREUR Band in Heidelberg, Germany (20) and Federal Service in Civilian and Military Personnel in Germany and at the USMEPCOM Military Entrance Station at Glen Jean, West Virginia- Awarded Commander's Award for Civilian Service and Retirement Certificate by MEPS Commander Major Clark - Retirement effective 1 April 2012
Glen Jean, West Virginia USA
After over 39 years of total US Government service, with a 20 year Army career in the 3 Premiere Bands posted above and serving as Clarinetist and Section and Group Leader, and in Federal Service in Germany in Civilian and Military Personnel, finishing his career under USMEPCOM at the Military Entrance Processing at Glen Jean, West Virginia, Mike Getzin is retired effective 1 April. During his Army Career, Mr Getzin founded a virtuoso Chamber ensemble at West Point named the Lydian Chamber Players, a composite ensemble spanning 3 centuries of Chamber music with diverse instrumental combinations that has performed in New York at major Universities and concert halls including Lincoln Center, and in Washington. In 1980, organized the first Klar/Fest 81, which evolved and made possible growth in concept in Clarinet Festivals with extensive artist and performing Organization collaboration. In 1988, together with major Clarinetists and Sir Neville Marriner in Stuttgart, Germany organized the World Clarinet Alliance, all while on Active Duty. Federal Service included Civilian Personnel and processing records of Military Personnel. At USMEPCOM, involved in processing applicants for military service. During this period of service, administered and maintained the WKA including website administration, website maintenance and upgrading, and official representation and promotion of the organization, and association with the major Clarinet artist icons worldwide. At retirement, Mike Getzin will be increasing WKA activity to expand and improve the International growth and prestige and to serve all clarinetists and musicians and students.
28 March 2012
Houston Clarinet Ensemble Texas Tour with Premieres, VIP Richard Nunemaker, Director
Houston, Texas USA
The Houston Clarinet Ensemble did a two week tour of parts of Texas. 1,913 miles later they got back to Houston. Two premiere performances. Reynaldo Ochoa El Mirador and Robert Nelson's Clarinet Quartet. Composer Jody Rockmaker also was on tour with the Ensemble. The Quartet performed Rockmker's Rothko Landscapes and Magical Place of My Dreams. Both pieces commissioned and recorded by Richard Nunemaker. Extensive use of all in the Clarinet family were utilized including 15 instruments per concert. Stops are listed on the Tour announcement posted in the top gallery, with a Master Class held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
From the International Clarinet Congress - Denver 1979, Eddie Daniels, Pamela Weston, Karl Leister, and Mike Getzin
28 March 2012
Keith Bowen Awarded the 'Pamela Weston Clarinet award for Doctoral Study'
London, United Kingdom
The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce a doctoral award for research students with an interest in the clarinet or related members of the clarinet family. Keith Bowen Awarded the Pamela Weston Clarinet Award for Doctoral Study.
the award should be intending to undertake
doctoral research into any aspect of the clarinet family. Submissions across
theory and practice, i.e. combining text-based and practical research, are
Among the RCM’s professorial staff are some of the world’s leading clarinet players and scholars. In addition, the RCM's Library and Collections contain substantial holdings of manuscripts, programmes and other materials relating to the clarinet.
The award is funded by the late Pamela Weston and will cover full tuition fees for a UK or EU student for three years full-time or four years part-time study. The closing date for receipt of applications was 31 January and the successful candidate will take up the studentship in September 2012.
Please contact Dr Ingrid Pearson, Research Fellow in Performance Practice, for informal advice prior to making an application (+44 (0)20 7591 4364 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Further details about the application process are available on the RCM website.
Prof. Keith Bowen FRS qualified in Metallurgy at Oxford University, UK, and spent thirty years as an engineering professor and researcher at the University of Warwick, followed by ten years as technical director of a scientific instrument company (Bede plc). Since (partially!) retiring in 2005 he studied for a Diploma in Music and MA in Music at the Open University (UK), both awarded with Distinction. He specialized in classical-period performance practice and in the history of the bass clarinet in A. His paper on the bass clarinet in A won first prize at the International Clarinet Association and joint first prize at the European Clarinet Association Research Competitions, both in 2010. In September 2012 he will commence a PhD course at the Royal College of Music for which he has gained the Pamela Weston Doctoral Award.
A lifelong amateur clarinetist, he performs 2nd clarinet, basset horn and bass clarinet with the pro-am Spires Philharmonic Orchestra, Coventry, UK, which he also chairs (www.spiresmusic.org.uk). He is President of Kammermusik Workshops (Santa Fe, NM USA: www.kammermusikworkshops.org), and is a woodwind coach at the Ischia Chamber Music Festival (www.ischiafestival.it). He has studied clarinet with Lesley Schatzberger (UK), Lori Lovato (New Mexico Symphony Orchestra) and Forest Aten (Dallas Opera) and bass clarinet with Sarah Watts (soloist, UK). He plays Wurlitzer Schmidt Reform A, B flat and C clarinets, Stephen Fox basset horns, E flat clarinet and basset clarinet extension, and Buffet Prestige and Fritz Wurlitzer bass clarinets. He also maintains and restores vintage clarinets.
19 March 2012
D Stanley Hasty Tribute by former Eastman Student and Professor at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) Kevin Schempf 19 March 2012
Bowling Green, Ohio USA
3 - 10 March 2012
The Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition is the result of wanting to honor the memory of one of the greatest French clarinetists of his generation by creating a competition named after him. Created by Aude Richard-Camus, clarinet professor of the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional de Rouen (CRR of Rouen) and artistic director of the Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition, the first competition will be celebrated in March 2012 in Rouen, France.
For a week in March 2012, the city of Rouen became a place of musical effervescence, unforgettable musical sharing and numerous encounters with outstanding musicians. Two institutions known for their cultural richness : the CRR of Rouen, directed by Claire Paris Messler, and the Théâtre des Arts, directed by Frederic Roels, became the hosts for the 70 candidates pre-selected from the first taped audition, the members of the jury and the audience for all the rounds, the concerts and all the musical encounters.
The goal of this event focused on three levels: international, professional and educational.
The city of Rouen and its Conservatory are emblematic of Jacques Lancelot's life.
Lancelot was born in Rouen and worked as a professor of the CRR of Rouen for 42 years. Nevertheless in spite of his strong local roots, his musical stature and prestige largely surpassed French boundaries. Japan, in particular, is the home country of many professional and amateur clarinetists who are former students of Jacques Lancelot. This is the reason why both countries, Japan and France, have decided to join to organize this competition, which will take place every two years, alternating the country that hosts the competition between France, where the first (2012) will be celebrated, and Japan, who will host the second in 2014. The partnership and collaboration between these two countries to organize this competition is, to us, a unique example and also the signature trait of this competition, which will be characterized by a strong international component, and which welcomes candidates of all nationalities.
An international music competition always sets the spotlight on young talents and the accomplishment of winning a competition is always a great calling card for a young musician as well as being very helpful in gaining recognition, but we want to even further to help the winner of the first prize of the competition by offering him or her a two-year contract for a tour of concerts and recitals throughout France and other countries.
On the week after the final round of the competition, the winner of the first prize performed as a soloist, accompanied by the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen/Haute Normandie, the Jean Françaix Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, composed for and dedicated to Jacques Lancelot. In project : the winner would also be able to participate in concerts during the 2012-2013 season with the Orchestre de Besançon/Franche-Comté, directed by Jean-Francois Verdier. Besides this, many other concerts in France, Japan, United States and Costa Rica are being organized, which means that it is really the beginning of a career as a soloist that is being offered to the winner of the Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition.
The Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition has been conceived as an event of exchange, sharing, emotion and motivation for its participants, but also for the students of the Conservatory of Rouen and for all interested people.
This is why all of the preliminary phases of the competition and even its final will be open to the public. The preliminary phases of the competition, even the semi-final, will take place in the Conservatory of Rouen and will be accessible to the public by buying a ticket valid for the whole week. The final round of the competition will take place in the Théâtre des Arts de Rouen with the participation of the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen/Haute Normandie and will be part of their musical season.
In addition, we wanted to go even further to share the benefits of this event by taking into consideration the special opportunities possible due to the visit of the international soloists who will make up the jury. Their presence in Rouen will provide us the opportunity to enjoy two events : a gala concert and master classes.
The gala concert will take place before the week of the competition at the Conservatory of Rouen and will be an exceptional musical event because it will bring together some of today's best clarinetists. But this is not all; the gala concert will also feature the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Rouen, conducted by Claude Brendel, which will give the students of the Conservatory who comprise this orchestra the remarkable chance to share and play with such renowned artists.
Concerning the master classes, there were four two-hour sessions at the Conservatory of Rouen during the week of the competition. Such classes will be open to public and the participants will be recruited nationally in France, giving the possibility to every clarinet student in France of becoming an active participant in such a privileged moment of exchange.
The Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition, as the important musical event it will be, fits perfectly and naturally in the great musical and clarinetistic tradition of our country, where it will become a great musical calling card. In fact, the French clarinet school, of which Jacques Lancelot is an important member, is known and recognized worldwide. Such tradition of excellence is represented, for example, in the great international clarinet competitions won by our compatriots and also manifests itself in the strong interest that students worldwide have in our conservatories. The CRR of Rouen itself, directed by Claire Paris Messler, is also a regular host for clarinet students who come from all over the world, specifically countries such as China, Japan and Costa Rica. The participation of our institutions (the CRR of Rouen and the Théâtre des Arts) by hosting the rounds of this competition is evidence of their enthusiasm for the development of music locally as well as internationally.
President of the Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition Association
3 March 2012
Boston, Massachusetts USA
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