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WKA Summer Newsletter 2014 (July)



2 - 15 July 2014

Zodiac Academy and Music Festival

Valdeblore, Cote d'Azur, France


3 - 9 July 2014



5 - 12 July 2014

Prayssac, France


6 - 10 July 2014



6 - 19 July 2014

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes

"Impulse - a motivating force that urges you to action."

At the University of Michigan this motivating force is MPulse. The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance is excited to announce its 2014 MPulse summer sessions for high school students.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes on the Ann Arbor campus, inspire high school students to exciting new levels of excellence in music performance, music technology, musical theatre, theatre, and dance. Designed for students who are considering studying these areas in college, participants work with distinguished University of Michigan faculty and alumni while experiencing campus life in Ann Arbor.

MPulse provides an opportunity for approximately 200 young musicians and performing artists to gain exposure to the rigorous training provided by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). MPulse participants represent over 41 U.S. States and 6 different countries. Nearly half of all MPulse participants are Michigan residents.

During the MPulse sessions, students have the opportunity to meet with SMTD admissions counselors in an information meeting devoted to the application and audition process and to tour the campus.

MPulse Clarinet Institute - VIP Chad Burrow

Guest Faculty Director: Ellen Breakfield-Glick with U-M Professor William King

Session Fee: $1,820

This session will focus on developing strong fundamentals, improving tone production, and enhancing technical skills. Class offerings include:


Performance (Upload)

Submit a 3-5 minute long recorded audition of one or more pieces, with or without accompaniment (for example, a piece performed at Solo and Ensemble Festival, an etude, or an excerpt from something being played at school). The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills. You will be provided with an upload link following your online application submission.

Recommendation (Upload)

(Optional) You may have one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) assess your work in a letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.


Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is February 14, 2014. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 28, 2014.   

Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.

Decisions will not be given by phone.


The General Information page includes many important items.



7 - 26 July 2014

Curtis Institute Summerfest






7 July - 3 August 2014

Atlantic Music Festival

AMF Institute Programs









Waterville, Maine


The Atlantic Music Festival simultaneously strives to be one of the leading music programs and the most inspiring summer music festival in the world. Every year, the AMF Institute committee seeks young artists who hold extraordinary talent and commitment to music.

The AMF Institute offers programs for artists in composition, conducting, opera, piano, and orchestral instrumentalists. Those admitted to the AMF Institute take part in private lessons, coachings, master classes, and performances. Best of all, participants can interact with world renowned artist-faculty members and experience the AMF season from the insider’s perspective.


Festival Dates

Composition Program, Piano Institute and Seminar, and Opera Workshop students may elect to enroll in full-session or half-session. All AMF Fellows and conducting students must be in attendance for the full duration of the festival.

  • Full-session: July 7 – August 3, 2014
  • Session I: July 7 – 20, 2014
  • Session II: July 21 – 3, 2014
7/7 - 8/3, 2014

Fellowship Program

Resident Artist Fellowship


Resident Artist Fellowship


From its inception, the Atlantic Music Festival has established a unique tradition of nurturing young emerging artists through its fellowship program. Open to orchestral instrumentalists (see below), composers, conductors, pianists, and opera singers, fellows receive complete financial coverage of tuition, housing, and meals during the four weeks of residency.

As the central focus of the festival, AMF pays the highest regard for each fellow's individual contributions and talents. Fellows are included as featured performers in recitals and chamber concerts, and as members of an all-fellowship Orchestra.

With frequent opportunities to collaborate with AMF's artist-faculty members and other programs within the festival, residency at AMF is an excellent opportunity for young musicians to develop the necessary skills needed upon entering the world of professional concert artists.

Program Highlights

  • Tuition, housing, and meals are provided at no charge to participants for the duration of the AMF season
  • Opportunities to collaborate with international performing artists
  • Perform as a featured artist throughout the festival
  • Participate in an all-fellowship Orchestra

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  • The Fellowship Program is available to orchestral instrumentalists*, composers, conductors, pianists, and opera singers. All fellows receive complete financial coverage of tuition, housing, and meals during the four weeks of residency.

    *Orchestral Instruments: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Eb/Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Contrabassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani & Percussion, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass

    In order to apply to both your main and auxiliary instruments (e.g. flute & piccolo), submit one application with recordings of both instruments.
  • In 2014, all accepted string, woodwind, brass, percussion, and harp players will receive fellowship. AMF does not offer student programs for these disciplines.
  • Important: Composers, conductors, opera singers, and pianists are encouraged to review details of individual programs by following the respective links.
  • Fellows typically do not receive weekly lessons as they are not considered as students of the festival.
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old in order to be considered for fellowship.
  • During the festival season, fellows are expected to contribute up to 4 hours per week in assisting with the festival's operation.
  • Starting this year, all application forms have been consolidated. Applicants no longer need to submit separate applications to the Fellowship Program. All applicants will be considered for enrollment in both Fellowship and Student Programs. Fellowship recipients are chosen based on merit alone.

    Audition Requirements

    Those interested should complete the online application and upload the following material via our online application site.

    • Instrumentalists: Submit audio or video recordings of three contrasting works. It is highly recommended that you submit at least one work written in or after the twentieth century. It is possible to submit movements of works. Selections must represent your current level of musicianship.
    • Composers, conductors, pianists, and opera singers: visit your program page for details.
    • Recommendations are optional

    Please see Application Procedures for detailed instructions. If you would like to inquire further about the program, please contact us.


9 - 12 July 2014






Hosted by Central Washington University (CWU)

JULY 9 - 12, 2014

For advanced high school students through adults; scholarships available.
Are you ready to take your playing to the next level?
Join us at the Summer Clarinet Experience and take time to focus on you.
Come find new inspiration, integrate skills and concepts, and break down barriers. Meet new people, exchange ideas, and immerse yourself in a summer clarinet intensive.
Featuring daily masterclasses, yoga for the clarinetist, collective warm-up, guided practice sessions, and “Coffee House” panel discussions.

Tuition information will be available soon.

Linens are provided. A complimentary campus parking pass is also available, more details will be posted as soon they have been finalized.


Space is limited.
Please email and be one of the first to know when registration begins


For more information please contact:



9 - 15 July 2014

Belgian Clarinet Academy - Ostend, Belgium


Wednesday, July 9 - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Study clarinet with three of the world's respected pedagogues in beautiful Ostend, Belgium!

Robert Spring
Professor of Clarinet
Arizona State University

Eddy Vanoosthuyse
Principal Clarinet
Brussels Philharmonic
Clarinet Professor
Royal Conservatory Gent

Piero Vincenti
Professor of Clarinet
Cesena State
Conservatory Italy

Tuition 475 Euros

More information: or

Daily study includes private lessons, master classes, recital performances, classes on warming up, reed making and adjusting, orchestral performing, and audition success. Housing will be with guest families.

Since 1996, the Belgian Clarinet Academy had provided a week long, intensive immersion in clarinet. Each student receives at least 3 private lessons, participates in clarinet ensembles, receives chamber music coaching, observes and performs in master classes and has the opportunity to take classes in special topics like reed making and adjusting, audition preparation, effective practice and even period clarinet performance. The whole course is based on the philosophy that the more you perform, observe, be observed and interact with other clarinetists, the better clarinetist you become!

We share lunch and coffee breaks together during each day for the specific goal that we have the chance to interact in both a personal and professional setting. Our evening recitals, accompanied by professional pianists, are open to the public and draw a full house!

While we don't offer scholarships, the tuition is extremely low and free housing is provided with host families. Many students return  every year and request the same families! It is a wonderful way to experience Belgian culture. Guido Six works diligently to make certain the families match each student.

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13 - 26 July 2014


Clarinet Professors at this Festival









Venancio Rius

Performer and Professor

Superior Conservatory of Music of Castilla-La Mancha

17-24 july 2014



Yehuda Gilad

Conductor, performer and professor at University of Southern California in Los Angeles

17-24 july 2014









Royal Superior Conservatory of music in Madrid and the Arturo Soria Professional Conservatory (Spain)

20-26 july 2014



Katarina Gurska Music Superior Centre in Madrid (Spain)

13-19 july 2014









Youth Orchestra of Soria Conductor

21-26 july 2014




Superior Conservatory of Music  Liceo of Barcelona-Spain

12-19 july 2014





14 - 19 July 2014

Buffet Summer Clarinet Academy at University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida


14 July - 19 August 2014

Académie Internationale d'été de NIce

Denitsa LAFFCHIEVA teaching masterclass at the Academy Les Concerts du Cloître ŕ Nice Académie Internationale d'été de Nice France. Masterclasses et cours de musique.

Tradition & Excellence.  Instruments,  Composition,  Vocal.

2014 Summer Session :  Masterclasses & Student Concerts - Register Online with Quick-Registration
Denitsa LAFFCHIEVA - Clarinet  Concertist
English Biography: Denitsa Laffchieva – solo clarinetist of Sinfonia Finalndia, concertist.
The British-Bulgarian clarinettist Denitsa Laffchieva made her début as a soloist at the age of 14 in Great Bulgaria Hall, under Michael Angelow.
Numerous prizes at International competitions, prestigious awards, renowned festivals and world premieres built her strong international reputation as a clarinet prodigy. At the age of 19 Denitsa was awarded “Musician of the Year”- “Debut” by the Bulgarian National Radio and in 2003 in Vienna she won the prestigious “Herbert von Karajan” Foundation scholarship for Extraordinary Musical Talent. At the age of 23 only, Denitsa was the youngest musician ever to be awarded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture for “Great Contribution to the Bulgarian Culture”
Denitsa Laffchieva made her London Wigmore Hall debut recital in 2007 with pianist Viktoria Postnikova and her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008 with pianist Maria Prinz followed by returns in 2009 and 2010.
She studied in some of the finest European music institutions - Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Peter Schmidl- solo clarinettist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the National Academy of Music in Sofia with prof. Petko Radev-former solo clarinettist of Teatro della Scala di Milan
Teaching regularly since 2006, Laffchieva has students who are already winners of International Competitions as well holding positions with Russe Philarmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Orion Ensemble, London.
“Denitsa Laffchieva is amazing clarinettist; her performances are always to a highest level and fully deserve the highest acclaims!” Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor
 Not confirmed this year.   See 2014 Clarinet Professors

Tradition & Excellence.  Instruments, Composition, vocal.  
2014 Summer Session : Masterclasses & student concerts - printable version -

 Register Online : Quick-Registration or  Extended Registration Form - Les raisons de participer - The reasons for participating
A 50-Year old Academy which brings together the best French and international professors - Click To go to the Academy Home Page.

Master Classes are given in French and/or English


15 - 27 July 2014

Academie Musique Internationale D'Etete

Chaumont, France


We have the pleasure to inform you that the International Academy of Chaumont in the Marne (France) will take place from 15 till 27 July of this year.

Thierry WARTELLE and Julien DESGRANGES, will assure the clarinet courses. The courses will be distributed in binomial (unique class).

Julien also proposes workshops of initiation and courses of bass clarinet for all levels. (He will have at his disposition several low and secondary clarinets).

Thierry proposes a workshop of discovery of the Chalumeau as an educational tool.

We send you in attachments the elements of information concerning the progress of the internship as well as the practical information.

We remind you that this academy welcomes all the profiles of pupils, amateurs or confirmed.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information if some of your pupils are interested.

Best wishes,

Thierry WARTELLE, professor of clarinet in the CRR of Amiens, France, and Julien DESGRANGES, professor of clarinet in the CRR of Caen, France.


15 - 29 July 2014

VIP Jonathan Cohler teaching Clarinet


17 - 21 July 2014 and 20 - 22 July

Harrogate, United Kingdom



17 - 26 July 2014

Ovieta, Spain


20 July - 8 August 2014



20 - 30 July 2014

Tuscany, Italy


21 July -  2 August 2014

Ticino Music Festival - Italy

Master Class Course with VIP Philippe Cuper


Philippe Cuper, clarinetto

“E’ uno dei piů ammirati rappresentanti del suo strumento: solista, camerista, orchestrale, a proprio agio su ogni fronte, con la stessa rassicurante serenitŕ”. (Michel Le Naour, giornalista de “Le Monde de la Musique”). Primo clarinetto (super solista) dell’orchestra dell’Opera National di Parigi (dal 1984), Philippe Cuper ha suonato con numerose orchestre internazionali tra cui Filarmonica


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