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April 2016 Newsletter  -  with Part 2 Continuation

April 2016 - March 2017

Clarinet Academy Course with VIP Kazuo Fujii

Tokyo, Japan



The Clarinet Academy of Tokyo will launch in April 2016!

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.

Tuition; $7,440.00 (April 2016 to March 2017) * Summer recess from 18th Jul. to 24th Aug., 2016. Winter recess from26th Dec. to 7th Jan., 2017

Accommodations; We will assist you with finding apartments for students who needs.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Founder / faculty Kazuo Fujii

1 - 2 April 2016 
Master Classes with VIP Kenneth Grant at Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Kenneth Grant is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music, where he has taught since his appointment in 1987.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Grant received his education at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate. His principal teachers have been Donald Mattea, James Pyne, Stanley Hasty, Franklin Cohen, and Theodore Johnson.

He joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987 as Principal Clarinet after almost fifteen years in the same position with the Columbus Symphony. In 1990, he toured Europe with the Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Principal Clarinet. In 1994, he won critical acclaim in Japan as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble in the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.

Mr. Grant has presented several first performances, including the Clarinet Concerto of Sydney Hodkinson (world premiere) and Benjamin Britten’s Concerto Movement for Clarinet and Orchestra (United States premiere), both with the Rochester Philharmonic, and Verne Reynolds’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Fantasy Etudes for Clarinet, Percussion, and Piano.

Apart from his performing, he was a participant in the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium (June 1996), the KlarFest at Ohio State University (July 1998), the KlarFest in New Orleans (2001), the International Festival at Round Top (2004, 2005), and the Aria International Summer Academy at Ball State University (2004, 2005).

Prior to his current position at Eastman, Kenneth Grant was a faculty member at Capital University (1978-87) and Ohio Wesleyan University (1986-87). He also served on the faculty of the Eastman Summer Seminar in Hamamatsu, Japan (1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002.

1 - 2 April 2016

University of Mississippi Single Reed Summit


Faculty including Michele Gingras, Carina Washington, and Jeffrey Heisler


Click on the link above to register for the 2016 Mississippi Single Reed Summit! You can also find out more about our guest artists and see the schedule for Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. Friday afternoon events will be directed specifically at middle school students and Saturday events will be for high school and college students. There are recitals Friday night and Saturday afternoon that are free and open to the public. There is a $5 registration fee for those who wish to participate in other events. We hope to see you in Oxford on April 1-2 for the Summit!






2 April 2016

Iowa Clarinet Day - Dr Gregory Oakes, Director

Pella, Iowa