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Spring 2011 Newsletter  (April - May)

Isle Of Raasay Bass Clarinet Course - April 2011

ClarinetFest 2011 - CalState University - California - 3 - 7 August

Lisbon Clarinet Competition - 30 Apr - 5 May 2011

Ohio University Clarinet Gala - 9 April 2011

Claremont Clarinet Festival, California - 13 - 18 June 2011

Clarimania - Poland - 13 - 16 April 2011

Domaine Forget Music Festival - Quebec - 12 - 25 June 2011

Clarinetopia - SUNY Stony Brook - 22 - 26 June 2011

Indiana University Clarinet Workshop - 10 -14 June 2011

Clarinet Legends Residency at Wright State University - 20 - 21 April 2011

ICMC Music Festival - July - August 2011

Maryland Clarinet Seminar - Towson University - 16 April 2011

7th Woodwind Competition - Prozenac, Serbia - 26 - 29 April 2011

Ameropa Chamber Music Festival - Prague, Czech Republic - 16 July - 7 August 2011

Ameropa Faculty

Mensi Clarinet Competition - Breno, Italy - 12 - 15 May 2011

Troy University Clarinet Day - 2 April 2011

Balkans in Gold Clarinet Competition - Sofia, Bulgaria - 21 - 25 September 2011

Buffet Summer Clarinet Academy - University of North Florida - 18 - 23 July 2011 - Application Deadline is 15 May 2011

Iberia-American Clarinet Academy - 14 - 17 April 2011

Chaumont International Music Festival - France - 13 - 25 July 2011

Dia del Clarinet - Spain - 12 - 14 April 2011

Karl Leister Master Class - Allcante, Spain - 16 - 17 April 2011

Clarinet Academy of the South - University of Georgia - 13 - 17 June 2011

University of Michigan Clarinet Institute - 3 - 16 July 2011

Ithaca Enduring Masters Clarinet Day with Stanley Drucker - 2 April 2011

Millersville University Single Reed Symposium - 8 April 2011

Clarinet, Viola, Piano Chamber Workshop - DePaul University - 11 - 15 July 2011

Clarinet/Saxophone Performance Course - Uppingham, Rutland, UK - 31 July - 5 August 2011

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival - 29 - 30 April 2011

Riva Music Festival - Luglio, Italy - 16 July - 4 August 2011

Latin American Clarinet Congress - Lima, Peru - 12 -16 September 2011

Chicago Clarinet Ensemble with Stanley, Naome Drucker and John Bruce Yeh - NE Illinois University - 27 May 2011

Clariarte Festival & Competition - Hartberg, Austria - 26 August - 4 September 2011

Clarinotts Vienna Musikverein konzert 2 May 2011

Sabine Grofmeier Soloist in El Salvador performing Mozart & Weber 12 - 13 May 2011

Clarinet Kalaidescope Concert - Yale University - 5 May 2011

Morales Master Class at Vandoren, New York - 2 May 2011

2nd Guatemala Clarinet Festival - 2 - 6 May 2011

Adelaide Clarinet Festival with Andy Firth - 15 May 2011

Clarinet Trends Master Classes - Italy - 18 May 2011

Assisi Music Festival - Italy

Arosa Music Academy - Switzerland - 9 - 14 September 2011

Mercadante Clarinet Competition - Bari, Italy - 13 - 16 October 2011

Nunemaker Studio Recital w/ Premieres - Houston, Texas - 12 June 2011


    Perdue University Concert w/ Trio de Clarone - 26 January 2012

    Jacques Lancelot Clarinet Competition - Paris, France - 3 - 10 March 2012



1 April 2011

University of Oklahoma Recital with Josef Balogh


1 - 2 April 2011

2 April 2011

Ithaca College Enduring Masters Clarinet Day with Stanley Drucker

The Enduring Masters Series at Ithaca College 2007 through 2009

Ithaca College has been pleased to present the Enduring Masters - a concert series featuring musicians performing and reflecting on aging and their art. The Enduring Masters Series was a partnership of the Ithaca College School of Music and the Gerontology Institute, Linden Center for Creativity and Aging, a member of the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Master Clarinetist Stanley Drucker to Perform at Ithaca College
Stanley Drucker

Stanley Drucker, New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinet, celebrated 60 years as a member of the Orchestra, retiring in 2009 after performing in 10,200 concerts. Please click here to read his amazing biography. He will be on our campus April 2, performing in Ford Hall at 8:15 p.m.


2 April 2011 

Dr Gregory Oakes, Director

For just one day...
...some of the finest clarinetists in the country will come to perform, teach, and meet with musicians right here in Iowa. This is the perfect chance to hear some beautiful music, improve your playing, and get to know clarinetists from all over the region.
What goes on?
There will be masterclasses on how to improve your solo and ensemble performance, concerts by regionally- and nationally-known clarinetists, and a final performance by Michele Gingras, clarinet professor from Miami University of Ohio. There will also be vendors including Vandoren and Buffet Crampon featuring their equipment for you to try out. Lots of exciting things for clarinetists of any level! Be sure to
register now for this exciting day! And don't forget to get your shirt. All events will take place at Simpson College in Indianola.
Need directions?
Michele Gingras
Michele Gingras
Miami University of Ohio
Cynthia Doggett Gregory Oakes
Clarence Padilla Kariann Voigts


8 April 2011

Millersville University Single Reed Symposium - Dr Cindy Banks, Director

9 April 2011

Ohio University Clarinet Gala - Dr Rebecca Rischin, Director


12th to 14th of April 2011 - Spain

Clarinets Days with Florent Héau - Día del Clarinette con Florent Héau

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Florent Héau will give Master Class and you will meet the Buffet Crampon clarinets exhibition.

Tuesday 12th April
Conservatorio Superior de Música de Vigo
Rua Manuel Olivié, 23
36 203

Wednesday 13th April
Conservatorio Superior de Música da Coruña
Praza do Conservatorio, s/n
A Coruña

Thursday 14th April
Conservatorio Superior de Músic de Santiago de Compostela
C/ Montes dos Postes, S/N
Santiago de Compostela



14 - 17 April 2010

De Castelo de Paiva, Spain

16 - 17 April 2011

Unio Musical "Els Poblets" Allcante, Spain


Unio Musical "Els Poblets" Allcante, Spain

Karl Leister - Solo Klarinettist Emeritus Berliner Philharmoniker, International Soloist and Chamber Music Artist; Honorary Member, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK


16 April 2011 - Cancelled

Fourth Annual Maryland Clarinet Seminar

Dr Marguerite Levin, Director

Towson University, Center for the Arts

Phone: 410.704.2787
Event Website: Click here

Cost: $0.00 - $20.00

04/16/2011 :: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

This annual mini conference day devoted to all things clarinet is in its fourth year of existence. This year’s seminar features Towson University Professor Emeritus Edward Palanker. Palanker will offer a lecture on - Bass Clarinet for Dummies - and a traditional master class. Bring your clarinet because Kyle Coughlin will have all of us experimenting and improvising basic jazz styles.

A mixed concert of classical and jazz music will end the day’s events.

Please visit for more information.

20 April 2011 - 7:30 PM

Manhattan School of Music - New York City

Charles Neidich Solo Recital

Faculty Recital: Charles Neidich, Clarinet, and Jon Klibonoff, Piano
  Miller Recital Hall
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Free, Tickets Required
NEIDICH: Threnos
BRAHMS: Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E-flat, op. 120
WEINBERG: Sonata, op. 28
SCHOENFIELD: Four Souvenirs

Additional Information

MSM Concert Office:(917) 493-4428 or


20 - 21 April 2011

Wright State University, Dayton Ohio - Dr Randall Paul, Director, with Artists Larry Combs (Solo Clarinetist Emeritus of the Chicago Symphony, and Julie DeRoche, Chair of Woodwinds at DePaul University


8 pm, Friday, April 22, 2011
Paine Hall, Harvard University - Boston, Massachusetts

Dear Friends:

I am writing to tell you about a very special event coming up on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 8pm in Paine Hall at Harvard University.

This concert is special to me for many reasons. I am playing at my alma mater from where I graduated some 31 years ago. I am playing one of my favorite concerto's for the clarinet: the Copland. What is most special, however, is that this is the first concert I will play with my son Yuga Cohler on the podium! We have performed together several times with me on the podium and Yuga on the oboe, but now things have come full circle and it is Yuga who will be leading the orchestra. 

This is Yuga's senior year at Harvard and his second year as Music Director of the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra. It is also his final concert with BachSoc (as it's called at Harvard), and the new Music Director for next year will be introduced and will conduct a piece on the concert.

Yuga CohlerNeedless to say, I am a very proud papa, so I hope you will excuse me for also sharing this with you (and I finally do have Yuga's reluctant approval to share this): Yuga has been accepted into the Masters Conducting program at Juilliard starting in the fall, and he will be studying with Alan Gilbert, the new Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra! As you may know, Alan Gilbert is also a Harvard graduate and former Music Director of BachSoc. So this concert is really a special event all around.

In addition to the Copland, the orchestra will play Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor under Yuga, and a work to be announced under the Music Director elect.

For more information on the concert, click here. For tickets, click here.

I hope you can join us for this very special occasion.

Best regards,

Bach Society Orchestra, Harvard University, Yugo Cohler, Music Director


Copland Concerto for Clarinet
Jonathan Cohler '80, clarinet
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Jonathan Cohler is recognized internationally as a virtuoso clarinetist. Through his performances around the world and on record, he has thrilled an ever widening audience with his incredible musicianship and total technical command. Fanfare magazine has compared him to one of the giants of classical music—"one thinks of Dinu Lipatti"—and the magazine dubbed Cohler's performance "superhuman." The Clarinet magazine of the International Clarinet Association recently declared Cohler "an absolute master of the clarinet, technically and tonally." A highly acclaimed recording artist with an extraordinarily wide repertoire, his release The Clarinet Alone was a Nominee for the INDIE Award presented by the Association for Independent Music (AFIM). About this CD, American Record Guide remarked "Cohler is an amazing musician—I suppose there is nothing he cannot play," while Listener magazine said "Cohler possesses such musical integrity and taste that everything he touches seems like the last word…There is no other recording I know of as unique. Run, don't walk!"

Cohler's most recently released CD on the Ongaku Records label featuring the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time has received rave reviews. His release of Moonflowers, Baby!, on Crystal Records, received the "Outstanding Recording" mark from American Record Guide and Gramophone hailed it for Cohler's expression of "the poetry that lesser artists miss." His release of More Cohler on Clarinet was chosen for BBC Music Magazine's Best CDs of The Year. And his debut solo recording Cohler on Clarinet received resounding acclaim, including the coveted top rating of five stars for both sound and performance from BBC Music Magazine. BBC Music Magazine also featured a CD by Cohler attached to the cover of the magazine, which was distributed to more than 350,000 people worldwide.

In addition to his work as a soloist, Cohler is an active chamber musician and conductor. He collaborates frequently with many well-known musicians and ensembles, including members of the Emerson String Quartet, the Muir String Quartet, The Lark Quartet, The Moscow Conservatory Trio, The Amadeus Trio, The New Jersey Chamber Music Society, The Boston Chamber Music Society, The Wavehill Trio, Boris Berezovsky, Ilya Kaler, Andres Diaz, Charles Neidich, Laurence Lesser, Randall Hodgkinson, and Judith Gordon. Cohler is one of the most sought-after chamber music coaches in the country. Numerous groups that he has coached have won top prizes in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the Chamber Music Foundation of New England Competition, among others.

Cohler has toured the United States, Japan, Europe, China, Poland, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Cuba, and performed at many festivals including those of Tanglewood, Aspen, Rockport, Newport, Martha's Vineyard, and the Hamptons. He has been a frequent invited performer at the International Clarinet Association's annual ClarinetFest. He has been featured on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. Recent concerto appearances include the Mozart Concerto with the Santo Andre Orchestra in Brasil and the Copland Concerto with the Evergreen Orchestra at the National Concert Hall of Taiwan in Taipei. Recent conducting engagements include Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela, and Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker with the Indian Hill Orchestra (Groton, Massachusetts) and the Granite State Ballet Company (New Hampshire).

Cohler is the Music Director of the Massachusetts Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of New England Conservatory, and Founder/Artistic Director of the world renowned International Woodwind Festival. For ten years, he was the Music Director of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. Born in Boston, Cohler began his musical studies at the age of six. Cohler's teachers include legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Pasquale Cardillo, Harold Wright, Karl Leister, Charles Neidich and Frank Martin.

Cohler graduated with high honors in physics from Harvard University. In his first year at Harvard, he won a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, of which he was the youngest member. He also held the principal clarinet position of the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the clarinet, chamber music and conducting faculties of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Boston Conservatory, and New England Conservatory in Boston. Cohler is a Vandoren and Rossi artist.

The Bach Society Orchestra, Harvard's premier chamber orchestra, is devoted to the study and performance of works for chamber orchestra. This includes intimate chamber pieces as well as mid-sized symphonies, taken from an eclectic set of historical periods. Each season involves several performances at Harvard, often featuring collaborations with student guest soloists or Harvard choral groups.

Popularly known as BachSoc, the Bach Society Orchestra is staffed, managed, and conducted entirely by students. Each year, the members of the orchestra select a student - always an undergraduate - to be their conductor for the following year. In turn, at the beginning of the new year the inaugurated conductor reauditions every member of the orchestra, ensuring that the quality of the orchestra remains high. BachSoc's rehearsals provide a refreshingly egalitarian ethos combined with the highest standards of musical performance.

The Bach Society Orchestra has been an official undergraduate organization of the University since the 1954-5 academic school year. At its founding, the orchestra loosely devoted itself to performing the music of J.S. Bach; since then, the repertoire has grown to span the historical continuum from baroque to the contemporary. The orchestra's annual composition and concerto competitions have become respected institutions of the Harvard music scene. Alumni include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, composers John Adams and John Harbison, conductors Alan Gilbert, Isaiah Jackson, Christopher Wilkins, Hugh Wolff, and Samuel Wong, and members of top American symphony orchestras.


26 - 29 April 2011

7th Competition of Woodwinds -  Pozarevac, Serbia

29 - 30 April 2011

University of Montana

 2011 Featured Guests are...

                                     Artists                                                               Clinicians

                             Buddy DeFranco                                                                      Steve Haines

                             Arturo Sandoval                                                                       John Gunther

                            Robin Eubanks

 Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival is a non-competitive, educational event. High school and college jazz bands perform every 30 minutes throughout both days and receive written comments from the guest clinicians. Immediately following its performance, each band will have an opportunity to work for 30 minutes with one of the clinicians in another location. This is a change from previous years that we hope will be more beneficial for the visiting bands and directors.

It is possible to receive a numerical rating upon request. Also, Outstanding Soloist Awards will be given to deserving soloists from the daytime performances. They will be presented during the Saturday night concert. This adds an element of excitement to the festivities and recognizes superior individual achievement without creating a competitive atmosphere.

Each group registration fee of $200 includes the adjudication, an audio tape of the performance and access to clinics and the daytime performances. Evening concert reserve tickets can be purchased separately. Information about a special discount for concert tickets will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration form.

The deadline for registration is April 1, 2011. To participate please fill out the registration form and return to: Lance Boyd, University of Montana School of Music, 32 Campus Drive, Music Bldg. Rm. 101, Missoula, MT 59812. For further festival information call the UM School of Music at (406) 243-6880 or the UM Jazz Program at (406) 243-5071.



1st LISBON INTERNATIONAL CLARINET COMPETITION The Cultural Association CULTIVARTE-Quarteto de Clarinetes de Lisboa and the INATEL FOUNDATION are proud to announce the 1st LISBON INTERNATIONAL CLARINET COMPETITION. This competition appears as a result of the development of the clarinet in Portugal and aims to continue this work by stimulating young clarinetists to achieve their goals in music.  The competition is open to clarinetists of any nationality no older than 32 years by May 2, 2011 and will be held in Lisbon from 2 to 5 May 2011Application forms and all information’s can be obtained at
Completed forms must be sent by post by March 1, 2011 to:
Apartado 42077                 
With High Patronage of the President of Portugal(Prof. Dr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva )
Contacts:                Phone: Luís Gomes: +351 969102151

The Jury* of the 1st Lisbon International Clarinet Competition will feature the following individualities:
President: Karl Leister-Honorary Soloist of The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany)
David Krakauer-Professor at The Manhatan School of Music (USA)
Jean-Sebastien Béreau-Conductor and former Professor at The Paris Conservatory (France)
Justo Sanz-Professor at The Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid (Spain)
Moreira Jorge- Professor of Clarinet and Director of Porto Conservatory (Portugal)
António Menino-Principal clarinet of The Portuguese Navy Band (Portugal)
* The organisation reserves the right to change the composition of the jury

2 May  2011

Ricardo Morales Master Class at Vandoren Advisory Studio, New York - Monday

Vandoren Artist Ricardo Morales gave a free master class at Shetler Studios this past Monday afternoon from 2 pm til 4pm. 
It wass in the same building as the Vandoren Studio (250 W. 54th St.) but take the elevator to the 12th floor then go up the stairs to Penthouse 1.

2 - 6 May 2011



2 May 2011

Vienna, Austria at the Musikverein


 This family of virtuoso klarinettists from Vienna include the Solo Klarinettist in the Vienna Philharmonic Ernst Ottensamer and son Andreas Ottensamer who on 1 March was appointed as co-principal Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker


5 May 2011 - 5 PM

Yale University  -  Sudler Recital Hall (entrance next to Sprague Hall on College St.)

College and Wall St.
New Haven, CT


Please join the Yale School of Music Clarinet Studio for an evening of original and arranged works for clarinet ensemble.

We will be presenting works by Mozart, Anweiler, Poulenc, and Yale's very own Joan Panetti, as well as arrangements of Dvorak, Piazzola, Monti, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Gershwin.

Featuring David Shifrin, Paul Cho, Soojin Huh, Emil Hudyyev, Wai Lau, Vincent Oneppo, and Sara Wollmacher.

Free admission, but donations will be accepted at the door for the Red Cross Japan Disaster Relief Fund.

12 - 13 May 2011

Performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Carl Maria von Weber

Sabine Grofmeier is considered one of the most outstanding artists within her genre. Today she is being mentioned by the press on the same level as the star clarinettists Sabine Meyer and Sharon Kam.

Sabine Grofmeier, who was born in Marl, Germany, studied with Hans-Dietrich Klaus and Frits Hauser in Detmold, Stefan Schilling in Graz, Austria, and Eduard Brunner in Saarbrücken. She received additional tutoring from renowned soloists, including Sabine Meyer, Wolfgang Meyer, Ralph Manno, Ulf Rodenhäuser, Kjell Fageus and Thomas Friedli.

Holder of the Young Artist Award of the GWK in Münster, Sabine Grofmeier held scholarships at the Stiftung Villa Musica of the State Rheinland-Pfalz, at the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Richard Wagner Society, and the Schwetzinger Festspiele.

As solo clarinetist Sabine Grofmeier performed with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Philharmonia of the Nations, and the Orchestra Academy of Bayerischer Rundfunk under the direction of Hans Zender, Justus Frantz, Semyon Bychkov, and Dimitri Kitajenko. Since 2000 she has appeared as solo clarinetist with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn and the Kölner Kammerorchester. She has also been a regular guest with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, the Ensemble Musikfabrik NRW, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, and Düsseldorfer Philharmoniker.

Sabine Grofmeier has given solo concert performances in the most prestigious German concert halls, including Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Glocke in Bremen, Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Großer NDR-Sendesaal Hannover, Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Herkulessaal in Munich. The clarinetist has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, and as a teacher in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden, France and Australia.

Since 2007 Sabine Grofmeier has been the artistic director of the International Musicfestival Capdepera in Mallorca, Spain.


12 - 15 May 2011

International Performing Competition
for Clarinet
“Giacomo Mensi”

Deadline entry: Friday 22nd April 2011



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“Giacomo Mensi”

7th edition

 12, 13, 14, 15 May 2011


Dieter Klocker

Wenzel Fuchs

Primo Borali

Luigi Magistrelli

Silvio Maggioni

Nicola Miorada

 Artistic Direction: Libera Accademia di Musica "A.Vivaldi" - Darfo Boario Terme (BS)

 Artistic Director: Silvio Maggioni

 Deadline entry: Friday 22nd April 2011






Japan Benefit Concert May 13 2011 in New York

Classic Concert to benefit Japan Earthquake Relief


      Japan Benefit Concert May 13 at 7:30 pm


Come and Join Our Efforts to  Help the Recovery of Japan and Japanese People 


Concert will be at  Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church 

152 West 66 Street, New York,  NY 10023

Tickets: $50     Ticket reservation  and Donation information 

 we will take a reservation for 50 student tickets for $20 each 




W.A. Mozart: Adagio for 2 Clarinets

and 3 Bassett Horns in Bb, K.411

Charles Neidich , Ayako Oshima,

Alan Kay, Akari Yamamoto, Yumi Ito

W.A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622

Basset Clarinet and Conductor: Charles Neidich

Save Japan Chamber Orchestra

J.S.Bach: Concerto for two violins, BWV 1043

Solo Violins:Naoko Tanaka, Mayuki Fukuhara

Save Japan Orchestra, Conductor: Charles Neidich

W.A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante

for Violin, Viola, K.364

Solo Violin: Hiroko Yajima, Solo Viola: Samuel Rhodes

Save Japan Orchestra, Conductor: Charles Neidich

B. Bartôk: Folk songs,

arranged by Robert Mann

Violin: Robert Mann, Viola: Nicholas Mann.

Cello: David Geber 



15 May 2011
Adelaide, Australia


18 May 2011 - Clarinet Trend Day, Guido Arbonelli, Director

Avellino, Italy


21 - 25 May 2011

2nd Meeting  (IMPORTANT - Change on the dates ) (Cambio importante en las fechas):


Murcia - Elche (Spain) 2010/2011


21 - 25 May 2011

Yehuda Gilad
Professor at
The Colburn School of Performing Arts - Los Angeles USA
Thornton School of Music - University of Southern California, USA

2nd Meeting  (IMPORTANT - Change on the dates ) (Cambio importante en las fechas):

The 1st meeting will take place at the:
El 1º encuentro tendrá lugar en:

Aula CAM de Murcia
Salzillo, 7. 30001


Friday, May 27, 2011  8pm

Northeast Illinois University Chicago - Dr Rose Sperrazzo, Director

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