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May 2016 Hot News



22 May 2016

VIP Annelein Van Wauwe - Soloist with Nurenberg Orchestra - Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622

Nurenberg, Germany



 21 - 22 May 2016

Bass Clarinet Fest 

Antwerp, Belgium


21 - 22 May 2016

Luis Rossi Master Class Weekend - Boston Clarinet Academy - VIP Jonathan Cohler, Director

Boston, Massachusetts USA



21 May 2016

VIP Ricardo Morales, while on Philadelphia Orchestra Asian Tour, gives Master Class at Tom Lee Music,  - Andrew Simon, Host

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong



7 May 2016

Senior VIP Stanley Drucker Soloist Performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 with Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra

Lynbrook, Long Island, New York USA



3 May 2016

VIP Ricardo Morales Master Classes at the Milano Conservatory - VIP's Luigi and Laura Magistrelli, Hosts

Milan, Italy



2 May 2016


Master Class with VIP Anthony McGill, Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic at California State University at Northridge - VIP Julia Heinen, Host

Northridge, California USA



1 May 2016


Boston Woodwind Society Harold Wright Merit Competition results

Boston, Massachusetts USA

              Harold Wright was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania and began playing the clarinet at age twelve. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal clarinetist, Ralph McLane, and chamber music with that orchestra's principal oboist, Marcel Tabuteau.

             Upon graduating from Curtis, Mr. Wright joined the Houston Symphony and a year later became principal clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony. For many summers he participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and the Casals Festival Orchestra and was a frequent guest artist with the Lincoln Center Chamber Concerts, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the chamber music concerts at the 92nd Street "Y" in New York. He also appeared frequently with such leading string quartets as the Budapest, Guarneri, Vermeer, and Juilliard. In 1970 he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal clarinet and taught at New England Conservatory, Boston University, and the Tanglewood Music Center until his untimely death in August 1993. He has left a legacy of memorable recordings.

           This Merit Competition is held each year in honor of the acclaimed Principal Woodwind Artists in the Boston Symphony with a Prize of $1000 to each winner.


Milos Bjelica - Harold Wright Clarinet Merit Award - 2016

               Milos Bjelica has performed formal recitals and concerts in the United States, Europe and Serbia. He founded and performed with the Nevsky Clarinet Quartet, making it to the finals of “Serbia’s Got Talent" in 2011. In the same year, her performed in the German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic. He has attended numerous masterclasses with distinguished professors such as Wenzel Fuchs, Frank Cohen, Yuan Yuan, Jonathan Cohler, Philippe Cuper, Mate Bekavac, Jan Jakub Bokun, Paul Mayer, Stephanie Zelnick, Bruno Di Girolamo, Milan Rericha, and Aleksandar Tasic. Milos has worked in Serbia as a volunteer clarinet instructor for children with disabilities. Currently, Milos Bjelica is pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Longy School of Music.

 Jason Russo - Honorable Mention Award

            At age eleven, Jason Russo began studying clarinet through the Johnston Public Schools system, in Rhode Island, and has dedicated his life to music since then. Throughout his grammar and secondary school education, Jason has participated in ensembles such as the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Federico Cortese. Upon graduation from Johnston Senior High School, Jason enrolled at The Boston Conservatory to study clarinet with Michael Norsworthy, where he will receive his Bachelor’s Degree in May, 2018. During his time at the conservatory, Jason has received special recognition, including winning The Boston Conservatory chamber music honors competition in the fall of 2015, and was a finalist in the The Boston Conservatory concerto competition during his freshman year. As an orchestral clarinetist, Jason plays with The Boston Conservatory orchestra, and often substitutes with organizations such as the Boston Civic Symphony, and Symphony Nova. Additionally, Jason has been accepted into prestigious summer programs such as the Brevard Music Center and Miami Music Festival, and has been on the wait-list for the Music Academy of the West. Jason is also an advocate for using music as an outlet for creativity, and for the well-being of people in society, and will often be found volunteering in the Boston community.


 1 May 2016


VIP Ricardo Morales Performs Brahms Clarinet Quintet with the Dali String Quartet - Tulsa Chamber Music Series

 1 May 2016

Tulsa, Oklahoma USA




VIP Richie Hawley, Professor at the Shepard School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, gives a Master Class at George Mason University  - , Catina Sweedy, Host -

Fairfax, Virginia USA

             On May 1st, Richie Hawley, Professor at Rice University and Music Academy of the West, and former princpal clarinetist of the Cincinatti Symphony, presented a master class in Fairfax, Virginia. Organized by Kristen Grattan Sheridan with sponsorship by D'Addario Woodwinds and support from Tom Kmiecik, Rucha Trivedi, Catina Franklin Sweedy and Kathy Mulcahy, the class was a great success. Over fifty clarinet students, teachers, and enthusiasts gathered at the George Mason University Center for the Arts to hear Mr. Hawley's sage advice and amusing anecdotes. Five students from the Northern Virginia area, ranging in age from 13 to 21, had the opportunity to play for Professor Hawley and experience his unique and exciting teaching style.  The class was followed by a fun clarinet choir reading session  comprised of over forty members of the audience and conducted by Catina Franklin Sweedy. D'Addario was on site with mouthpieces and ligatures to play test and reed samples for all in attendance. Both master class participants and audience members enjoyed themselves thoroughly and thanked Mr. Hawley and D'Addario Woodwinds for holding a superb event.

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