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Artist faculty

Wojtek Kostek, Dr Andrus, and Ben Redwine

John Schwartz, Mike Getzin, Dr Verdehr, Dr Sanders, Dr Andrus

Poulenc Sonata for 2 Clarinets

Nazareth display and Clarinet repairs

Dr Andrus in Master Class

John Schwartz in Master Class

Dr Raphael Sanders Group and Master Class

Dr Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr Master Class

18 February 2008

Bethlehem Clarinet Fest at Moravian College in Pennsylvania  - Dr Deborah Andrus, Director 

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania USA

           A veritable successful first Clarinet Fest took place at this fine college relatively unknown in this state in Pennsylvania, headed by Dr Deborah Andrus, a major teacher and performer in this area, faculty at Moravaian College, Lehigh University, and at Susquahanna University, and 2nd Clarinetist in the Allentown Symphony, and several elite Chamber music organizations.  This one day comprehensive fest was well armed with a stellar faculty including Dr Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr from Michigan State University and her Trio on tour, Dr Raphael Sanders, Soloist and Professor at the State University of New York at Potsdam, one of the major Clarinet schools in the United States, John Schwartz, Solo Clarinetist in the Allentown Symphony, with comprehensive classes covering fundamentals, chamber music coaching and recital coaching by all 4 artists, and class sessions covering issues such as tonguing and double tonguing as taught by Dr Sanders;  a group Clarinet Choir with 2 rehearsals and a concert was convened with over 50 participants intensely involved.   Galleries posted here give a unique look at how events went.  This event was one not to miss.

Dr Sanders in recital

John Schwartz in Recital

Faculty Trio in Recital

Verdehr Trio

Verdehr Trio bow

 Festival Clarinet Choir in rehearsal and Performance

         Exhibitions from the major clarinet firms came, with repair services made available.  Buffet-Crampon,  Redwine Jazz, makers of the Gennusa Clarinet mouthpieces, Nazareth Music, and Conn-Selmer.  Activity was high interest in trying instruments and equipment.  Ben Redwine and Wojtek Kostic performed the Poulenc Sonata for 2 Clarinets to high standard.  All performances and recitals were artistically inspiring.  This is a major success and another means for players to attend to improve their playing and explore new ideas to improve themselves.


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