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April 2014 Newsletter



1 April 2014

Senior VIP Franklin Cohen Master Class at Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, Virginia - 1 April 2014

4:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W. E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Richmond, Virginia


Franklin Cohen holds the Frank K. Griesinger Chair in Clarinet, and has been the principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976. He is considered one of the most outstanding clarinetists of his generation. In 1968, he was the first and only clarinetist awarded First Prize at the International Munich Competition, gaining him international acclaim at the age of 22. He has appeared as a soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra in nearly 200 performances at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, and on tour in the United States, the Far East, and Europe. He recorded Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnanyi for Decca Records, and is also the soloist in Debussy’s First Rhapsody on a Deutsche Grammophon recording with the Orchestra and Pierre Boulez that won two Grammy Awards in 1996.

Cohen has been a featured artist with many well-known string quartets, including the Cavani, Emerson, Guarneri, Miami, Miro, Orion, Takács, Tokyo, and Ysaÿe. He attended the Julliard School of Music and began his professional career when Leopold Stokowski chose him as principal clarinet for the American Symphony. Cohen has given master classes and seminars at many universities and conservatories throughout the world and, since 1976, has chaired the clarinet department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.


2 - 4 April 2014

Bari, Italy



ArtistsWorks Classical Campus Video Exchange Scholarship Competition - Application Deadline 30 April 2014










































April 2014 - March 2015

Tokyo, Japan

The Clarinet Academy of Tokyo will launch in April 2014!

This academy is supported by Yamaha Ginza Tokyo, and it is ideal for young musicians who are;
① Music college / conservatory graduates who want to become a professional player.
② Non
...-music major college graduates who have a strong ambition to become a professional player.
③ High school graduates who want to receive further instructions before applying for colleges / music conservatories.
④ High school graduates who are interested in becoming a professional player without entering music colleges / conservatories.
⑤ Young musicians who are interested in studying in abroad.

Students will receive;
① 2 private lessons per week. Total of 70 lessons per year.
② A recital per year.
③ Opportunities to attend at least one masterclass by world renowned guest instructor per year.
④ Various performance opportunities both in and out of the academy.
⑤ Proper guidance for various competitions and auditions.

$7,440.00 (April 2014 to March 2015)
* Summer recess from 18th Jul. to 24th Aug., 2014. Winter recess from26th Dec. to 7th Jan., 2015

We will assist you with finding apartments for students who need one. Rent is approximately $350-450 per month.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Founder / faculty
Kazuo Fujii


1 - 3 April 2014

Castella de la Plana, Italy


3 - 5 April 2014

VIP Ricardo Morales Soloist in Performance of Weber's 1st Clarinet Concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Beethoven's Seventh

Christoph von Dohnányi - Conductor


Brahms - Variations on a Theme of Haydn

Weber - Clarinet Concerto No. 1, Op 73

Beethoven - Symphony No. 7

Christoph von Dohnányi presents a program of German masterpieces. In his Symphony No. 7, Beethoven uses the smallest amount of material to craft a mighty symphony for the ages. From the emotive Allegretto of the second movement to the giddy Scherzo of the third movement and the noble finale, the Seventh stands as one of the most perfectly crafted works ever written. The success of Brahms’s Haydn Variations gave the composer the confidence to complete his long-awaited First Symphony. While the true origins and composer for “Haydn’s theme” may remain a mystery, Brahms transforms a simple, lilting melody into a tour-de-force for orchestra. Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales performs the jovial and virtuosic Clarinet Concerto No. 1 by Carl Maria von Weber, which was premiered in 1811, the same year as Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.









5 April 2014

Iowa Clarinet Day at University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls


5 April 2014

Midwest Clarifest Logo


Midwest ClariFest - VIP Dr Diane Barger, Director  - complete information hyperlinked on ClariFest title

Lincoln, Nebraska

Download the poster Download the Registration Form

All clarinetists of middle school through college age are invited to participate. Clarinetists and band directors who teach privately or in the public schools are welcome to participate along with their students.


Guest Faculty

Dr. Robert Walzel 

Dr Robert Walzel - Former President of the International Clarinet Association - ICA and Dean of Music at the University of Kansas

Dr. Gary Whiteman

Dr Gary Whitman - Professor at Texas Christian University and Bass Clarinetist in the Fort Worth Symphony

Activities include:

Morning Recital

Clarinet Reading sessions

Master Classes

Lecture Recitals


Deadline: March 31, 2014 | Fee $10

To register for Midwest Clarifest at UNL please complete this form and return it along with your check for $10.00 made out to UNL to the following address:

Glenn Korff School of Music
UNL Midwest ClariFest
228 Westbrook Building
Lincoln, NE 68588‐0100

Registration Form

For more information, please contact Dr. Diane Barger





4 - 6 April 2014

Villanueva del Arzopispo,



5 April 2014

Zwolle, The Netherlands



5 April 2014

Baylor University Clarinet Day

Waco, Texas


5 - 6 April 2014

Carpi, Italy


6 April 2014

6 - 13 April 2014


7 - 9 April 2014



7 - 11 April 2013

Rasaay Bass Clarinet Course - Sarah Watts, Director - Information hyperlinked on Festival title

Rasaay, Scotland

he course will include workshops, individual lessons, ensemble work and a chance to perform in a concert.

The solo bass clarinet course will include discussions on history, technique and repertoire, master classes, individual tuition, ensemble work (including Scottish Music!) and a chance to perform in a concert.

The course is available for everybody from beginner to advanced and repertoire will be discussed before the course to ensure that everybody has music to prepare in advance.

Time will also be made available to explore this beautiful island with spectacular views over to the Cullins on the Isle of Skye.


10 - 13 April 2014

Lucerne, Switzerland


10 April 2014

Master Class with VIP Michele Gingras at Penn State University

State College, Pennsylvania


Michele Gingras, the clarinet professor at Miami University (Ohio), will present a master class for Penn State clarinet students 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in 110 Music Building I on the University Park campus of Penn State. Admission is free.

Michele Gingras joined the Miami University faculty in 1986. She earned her master's degree at Northwestern University with Robert Marcellus, a Premier Prix in clarinet performance and in chamber music from the Montreal Music Conservatory with Rafaele Masella, and she studied in the doctoral program at Indiana University with Bernard Portnoy and Earl Bates.

Professor Gingras is an active recitalist, author, recording artist, and clinician. She performed as a soloist, as a member of the Miami Wind Quintet, and as a klezmer musician in Australia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Taiwan, Singapore, and throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. She served ten summers as principal clarinet with the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg. Previously, she was principal solo clarinet with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra (Chile). Gingras has recorded over a dozen compact discs and ten solo recitals for Radio-Canada. Additionally, she recorded a commissioned duo with Emmy-Award clarinetist Richard Stoltzman for MMC Recordings in Boston (2008).

Her publications include more than 200 articles and reviews for The Clarinet, CASS, Australian Clarinet and Saxophone, The Instrumentalist, NACWPI, Canadian Winds, and other magazines. She also translated a 550-page scholarly book about saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix published by Roncorp. Her two books, Clarinet Secrets—52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Clarinetist and echo, were published by Scarecrow Press. In 2007, she published a widely-distributed “Survival Guide” pamphlet about single reed instrument care as well as online educational material for Rico International. Since 2008, she has authored a clarinet advice column in the magazine Australian Clarinet and Saxophone.






























11 April 2014

Millersville, Pennsylvania

with VIP's Julia Heinen from California State University at Northridge, and VIP Director Cristy Banks


11 - 12 April 2014

Master Class and Mouthpiece Seminars with James Kanter from Los Angeles, California 

Performing Organization Chairman and Professor Mitchell Estrin

University of Florida in Gainesville


James Kanter, solo clarinetist for nearly 1,500 major motion pictures
in the L.A. studios and renowned mouthpiece craftsman, will be at the
University of Florida on April 11-12.
  You, your students, and friends
are cordially invited to all of the events! All events are free and open
to the public.

Here is the schedule:
Friday, April 11
10-12:30-Vandoren equipment display and testing (Music Building 146)
12:50PM-Lecture/Interview (Music Building 101)

Saturday, April 12
12-2PM-Masterclass (Music Building 101)
2:15 -5:00- Individual mouthpiece consultations (Music Building 145)

Please email me ( if you are interested in setting up a
mouthpiece consultation with Mr. Kanter.

Ever wonder about how a mouthpiece is designed? Master mouthpiece craftsman, James Kanter will join us for a lecture on how he designs his mouthpieces. Also, participants will have the opportunity to try these wonderful mouthpieces!  

During his over forty years as a clarinetist in Los Angeles he spent the majority of his time working in the Motion Picture andTV recording studios having been a part of nearly 1,500 Motion Picture scores and hundreds of TV shows.

Some of the many composers he’s worked with include John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, John Debney, James Newton Howard, Randy Newman, James Horner, Mike Post and Alan Silvestri.

His playing is prominently featured on such film scores as “Seabiscuit”, “Benny and Joon”, “As Good as it Gets” and “Nine Months”.

Kanter served on the music department faculties of the University of California, both the Santa Barbara and Irvine campuses and at the California State University, Northridge.

He performed as principal clarinetist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra (for 23 seasons), the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra and the San Luis Obispo (California) Mozart Festival Orchestra. He was also a chamber musician throughout his career.

Retired since 2007 he continues to handcraft James Kanter clarinet mouthpieces on a limited basis.




12 April 2014

Miami, Florida


April 13, 2014
Boston Woodwind Society Merit Competitions - Harold Wright Merit Award

The Boston Woodwind Society is pleased to announce the following competitions for 2014:
    • Sherman Walt Merit Award Competition for bassoonists (March 30 beginning at 2pm) Register here
    • Ralph Gomberg Merit Award Competition for oboists (April 6 beginning at 2pm) Register here
    • Harold Wright Merit Award Competition for clarinetists (April 13 beginning at 3pm) Register here

The competition rules are as follows: BWS Merit Award Competitions are open to all instrumentalists who have reached

 their 18th birthday, but not their 30th birthday by the date of the competition. Contestants are required to play a complete

 solo piece of their choice and must provide a piano accompanist. No unaccompanied pieces are permitted. Auditions will

 be between 10 and 15 minutes in length, so if your piece is longer than the allotted time, you may be asked by the judges

 to play selected sections of your piece. The registration fee is $25, and registration period will be open three weeks

 before the competition date. Participants must specify their repertoire choice at the time of registration. The winner will

 receive a check in the amount of $1000 (one thousand US dollars). Please stay tuned to our Facebook page as well as our

 website for registration information.



April 13, 2014 - 10:30 AM

VIP Yehuda Gilad Master Class

New England Conservatory

Boston, Massachusetts

            Lauded by The New York Times for his “strong imaginative programming,” Yehuda Gilad takes an innovative approach to music-making, which has earned him a reputation as one of today’s most dynamic and charismatic artists. A conductor, instrumentalist, and teacher, he strives for “total musicianship,” and as a result, he has won the acclaim of both critics and audiences alike.

           Currently Music Director of the Colburn Orchestra, Gilad served as Music Director of the Colonial Symphony of New Jersey from 1988-2003. According to The Star-Ledger, he “transformed the Colonial Symphony into one of [New Jersey’s] artistic trendsetters.”

          An accomplished clarinetist, Gilad has performed at top music festivals across the country, including the Marlboro Music Festival and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. He also founded the Yoav Chamber Ensemble, which performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, and the Colburn Woodwind Chamber Players, which toured Germany, China, and the United States. Gilad is also a renowned teacher, having developed one of the most prestigious clarinet studios in the country. His students can be heard throughout the world, and many are members of major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Stockholm, Hong Kong, and Seoul philharmonics. His students have won prizes at most of the top competitions, such as the New York Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, the International Clarinet Association Competition, the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition, Munich’s ARD International Music Competition, and the Prague Spring International Music Competition.
Price: Free
Location: St Botolph Building, Room 1



14 - 17 April 2014

Davor Reba, Croatia

  1. Starting our Master Class and Clarinet Competition tomorrow in Zagreb with my good friends, excellent clarinetists and professors Davor Reba and Joze Kotar! We will have a huuuge fun!!!
    It is goin to be a biggest one yet in Croatia!
    We ha
    ve 46 clarinetists subscribed!
    Would like to use this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their contribution towards it : Jean-Francois Bescond ( Rico , D'Addario ) Vandoren Paris , Stéphane Gentil ( Selmer Paris ) , Tomaz Kmetic Soundtech) , Emiliano Martin Pacheco ( Emiliano Musical ), Euro-unit, Zagreb

16 April 2014


17 - 20 April 2014

Czech Clarinet Art International Competition

Horice, Czech Republic



The international clarinet competition Czech Clarinet Art is the first and only clarinet competition on an international level in the Czech Republic focused solely playing the clarinet. The first year which was held in April 2013 ranked among the major musical competitions in Europe thanks to the prizes, very high level of the participants and the repute and credibility of the international jury.

Czech clarinet players rank among the world and the competition has strong foundation as it relates to the tradition of the Czech clarinet playing and simultaneously support it. The international competition will also draw attention to the Czech Republic and increase the quality of local musicians. This will hopefully influence next generations of young interpreters (not only from Czech Republic) who are the focus group of the competition.

Czech Clarinet Art is intended for players of the following categories: under 12 years old, under 15 years old, under 20 years and under 30 years old. The competition will take place in the city Hořice for four days. All of the competition rounds will be public. The competition will finish with award ceremony including the closing concert of the winners accompanied by Filharmonic Orchestra of the Hradec Kralove.


22 - 24 April 2014

Valencia, Spain


19 April 2014

University of Delaware Clarinet Day - Dr Christopher Nichols, Director


​Delaware Clarinet Day is scheduled for April 19, 2014, and features the AdZel Duo, consisting of Mariam Adam of the Imani Winds and Stephanie Zelnick of the University of Kansas, along with UD's own Christopher Nichols and Clarinet Ensemble. 
Activities for the day will include concerts, master classes, exhibits and performing activities.

Individual Registration

Group Registration

The AdZel Duo was founded in 2010 as an amalgam of East and West; Modern and Ancient. This dynamic group collaborates at the convergence of Jewish-American and Arab-American cultures and has worked with cutting edge composers to create new sounds and experiences.

An AdZel concert is a journey through a tapestry of art and sound. Woven into this experience are the tales, laughter, and tears of a collective heritage. This engaging and innovative pair paint a picture of desert vistas, city streets, folk songs, and lullabies.

Mariam Adam and Stephanie Zelnick are AdZel. Based in New York and Kansas, the pair are joined in this experience by innovators such as Forrest Pierce, Mohammed Fairouz, Anne Guzzo, and Jason Barabba.

Mariam Adam

Stephanie Zelnick

Clarinetist Christopher Nichols enjoys an active career as a recitalist, military bandsman, orchestral musician and educator with frequent appearances throughout the United States and Europe.

Prior to coming to UD, Dr. Nichols held positions at Americana Music Academy, the Boston Arts Academy, the Ottley Music School and Concordia University, Nebraska. He spends part of the summer as a clarinet instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, where he also performs with the Blue Lake Festival Band and Orchestra.Dr. Nichols has enjoyed a long career in the United States Army Music Career Program, first on active duty and currently as a reservist, and his service has been recognized with the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award.

July 2013 marked Dr. Nichols’ debut performance at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest® in Assisi, Italy in a recital of works for voice, clarinet and piano that included the world premiere of composer Joseph Eidson’s Birds of Passage for countertenor, clarinet and piano.

As a Légère Artist, Dr. Nichols exclusively performs on Légère Signature Series reeds.
Christopher Nichols - Faculty site


23 - 25 April 2014


April 22 to April 27, 2014

Paris, France

Concours Debussy

Concours Debussy Clarinet


The 2nd Concours Debussy - International Clarinet Competition - Paris 2014
will take place from April 22 to April 27, 2014 at the Conservatoire régional de Paris - Pôle supérieur   - 





























24 and 26 April 2014

Martin Frost Soloist with The Washington National Symphony at the Kennedy Center

National Symphony Orchestra: Osmo Vänskä, conductor / Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, plus Sibelius and Aho

Renowned conductor Osmo Vänskä leads Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, Sibelius's Symphony No. 3, and Aho's Clarinet Concerto featuring the NSO debut of Martin Fröst



April 28 2014 - 5:30 PM

VIP Eva Wasserman-Margolis Master Class at The Manhattan School of Music

New York City






What is the Perfect Tone?

How To Realize this Objective.


Other Publications:

Learning Clarinet The Artistic Way

Compositions For Clarinet:








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Today LOMAX CLASSIC continues to specialize in hand crafted clarinet mouthpieces as well as other clarinet accessories, including swabs, ligatures, and the HUMIDIPRO humidity and temperature controlled cases.


OR-TAV Music Publications/Israel Brass Woodwind Publications is Israel's leading independent publisher of sheet music. Publishers of Eva Wasserman-Margolis' Time for Tone, The Generation of Hope, and Ode to Odessa, as well as her Hebrew-language method book, Learning the Clarinet the Artistic Way, our catalog includes other original works and arrangements for clarinet and woodwind ensembles, Yale Strom's book Dave Tarras – The King of Klezmer, and original klezmer music by Daniel Galay and Emil Kroitor. For a complete online catalog, visit us at

Eva Wasserman- Margolis

Eva Wasserman- Margolis was born on the island of Key West in the Florida Keys. In 1980 she received her Master's Degree in Music Performance at the University of Illinois and in the same year secured the position of principal clarinet with the Haifa Symphony in Israel. Her interest in musicology at Bar Ilan University introduced her to the world of music research and of lesser known composers and her main ambitions then led her to perform and record many of the composer's works. Eva's dedication as an instructor established through the years a new generation of Israeli clarinetists who now study and perform throughout the world.

Eva organized the first Israeli Clarinet Festival in 1998, and has brought clarinetists of internationally renowned to teach and perform in Israel. She serves as a national chairperson for the International Clarinet Association in Israel, and was the first clarinetist invited to represent Israel at the International Clarinet Festival in 1999, Belgium and 2005 in Japan (partially supported by American - Israel Cultural Foundation). As a performer and clinician, Eva has been invited to the USA, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Ukraine, Slovenia, China and Japan In 2004, her invitation to perform in China at the International Clarinet Festival partially sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel, was praised by Jilin College of the Arts. She was one of the five international performers, and the only female to receive an honorary professorship for her performance. From 2005-2010 she conducted and coached at Giora Feidman's Klezmer Festival in the Galilee and in 2006 she honored David Weber the New York Clarinetist, by organizing the David Weber Competition in Israel. In 2009, she was honored by Eastman School of Music in New York's, Woman's Festival of Music. In 2010 Lomax Classic Mouthpieces in the United States created the EWM series mouthpiece in her name. The same year Gianaluca Campagnolo completed another volume of his books: The Great Clarinettists where she is also included. In 2013-2014 , she resides in Vermont and was invited to give master classes and conduct the clarinet players from the Quebec Conservatory and  the citys surroundings.

Her CD "Two Clarinets and Piano: Original Music from Finland, Malta, Israel and Points In-between”, is a collaboration with Clarinetist Luigi Magistrelli and Pianist Claudia Bracco ( Her recent recording, also in collaboration with Luigi Magistrelli,Unforgettable Hues with guitarist Massimo Laura, includes music for two clarinets and guitar. It is a first time recording for this combination of instruments. Also:  Composer Sara Feigin's CD: Jewish Music. 


April 26 2014

Brandon University Clarinet Festival


April 26 to 27, 2014



28 - 29 April 2014

IV Festival Internacional de Clarinete, Lima-Perú 2014

Ciudad de Lima, Peru


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