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April 2017 Newsletter


Alert for all Clarinetists, Students, Academic Institutions


A new Stanley Drucker Heritage Collection of Five CDs covering over 46 years of Live Performances of Chamber Music and Recitals to be issued very soon and a must have for all Clarinetists.  Of special interest is that the broad range of Solo, Recital and Chamber repertoire was selected by Dr Drucker himself spanning over four decades of live concerts performed outside the New York Philharmonic.  Given the incredible history of 61 years in the Philharmonic and his Concerto accolades this collection should be an inspiration to hear.   This collection is in the pre-production stage and planned for release within a month.  If you pre-oder now, Dr Drucker will autograph 35 CD sets for WKA members. For more information contact:

1 April 2017

Eastern Kentucky Clarinet Festival - Dr Connie Rhodes, Director with Guest VIP Wonkak Kim

1 April 2017

Baylor University Clarinet Festival with VIP Andrew Marriner

Waco, Texas

We are honored to have Mr. Andrew Marriner, Principal Clarinetist of the London Symphony Orchestra as our featured artist for this year's festival! Register now for an opportunity to play for him in our morning master class and don't forget to join our Facebook event as well!

Facebook Event:

2 April 2017

University of Maryland Clarinet Symposium - VIP Robert DiLutis, Director with VIP Steve Cohen

College Park, Maryland


Arkadiusz Adamski Master Classes

2 - 5 April 2017

Warsaw, Poland

3 April 2017

4 April 2017

VIP Alexander Fiterstein Master Class at California State University at Northridge - VIP Julia Heinen, Host

5 April 2017

Senior VIP Franklin Cohen Recital at Trinity Cathedral Noon Concert Series

Cleveland, Ohio


5 - 8 April 2017

Frankfurt MusikMesse

Frankfurt am Main, Germany


6 April 2017 - 6 - 7:30 PM

VIP Richie Hawley  (Former Solo Clarinetist in the Cincinatti Symphony and Professor at Rice University) Master Class at the Daddario New York Showroom

Come join us for a master class with D'Addario artist Richie Hawley! Richie's students have been very successful at winning major orchestral auditions over the past few years, and he will be sharing his expertise with local clarinetists as they play standard orchestral excerpts for him. There will be light snacks and beverages after the event that you can enjoy, and we will also have free samples of D'Addario Res...erve and Reserve Classic clarinet reeds for everyone who attends.

D'Addario NYC Showroom
153 W. 36th St., 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Please email or message our Facebook page with any questions. We hope to see you there!


7 April 2017

Master Class with Friedrich Pfatschbacker from Austria - VIP Robert DiLutis, Host

College Park, Maryland

7 - 8 April 2017

VIP Steve Girko Soloist performing Copland Clarinet Concerto with Austin Symphony


The Austin Symphony will perform pieces by Aaron Copland, John Corigliano and Antonin Dvorák, The evening will be highlighted by ASO Principal clarinetist, Stephen Girko performing Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

Aaron Copland - Lincoln Portrait
John Corigliano - Music from the Edge
Aaron Copland - Clarinet Concerto
Antonín Dvorák - Symphony No. 8 in G Major

7- 15 April 2017

Clarinet Fiesta Festival

Havana, Cuba


8 April 2017

Cincinnati Clarinet Mini Fest  with VIp's Andrew Marriner (London Symphony) and Andre Moisan (Montreal Symphony)

Cincinnati, Ohio

Join us for Cincinnati Clarinet Consortium's (C3) inaugural Clarinet festival, to be held on the campus of Xavier University on Saturday April 8, 2017. Our este...emed guest faculty come to us from afar: Andre Moisan from Montreal, Canada, and Andrew Marriner from London, England. Masterclasses, special topics, workshops and presentations run all day, ending with Mr. Moisan and Mr. Marriner in recital. Buffet Crampon is generously donating a brand new R-13 Bb Clarinet, which will go to one lucky attendee at the end of the day. COST: $50 non-members / $25 C3 members Visit for more information and the registeration form!

8 April 2017

University of Northern Iowa Reed Day - with VIP Stephanie Zelnick


8 April 2017

South Texas Clarinet Festival - Dr Jonathan Guist, Director

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

The 2017 South Texas Clarinet Festival will feature Backun Artist Steve Sanchez, D'Addario Reserve Method Clinics, a Klezmer Workshop, Festival Clarinet Choirs and more! The festival is for clarinetists of all ages and ability levels. Bring your clarinets and join us on April 8! For complete details visit:


8 - 12 April 2017

Academia Ibero - Americana do Clarineto



8 - 9 April 2017

CIMCL Happy Days Clarinet Festival and Woodwind Quintet Competition (8 - 23 April 2017)

Lyon, France

10 - 14 April 2017

Bass Clarinet and Bassoon Courses - VIP Sarah Watts, Director 

Raasay, Scotland

10 - 22 April 2017

4th International Clarinet Competition - VIP Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Director

Ghent, Belgium

13 April 2017

VIP David Krakauer Class at Manhattan School of Music

New York City

15 April 2017

University of Texas at Arlington Clarinet Day

The UTA clarinet studio is proud to present the first annual Clarinet Day on Saturday, April 15th in the Fine Arts Building. There will be multiple recitals throughout the day featuring Dr. Cheyenne Cruz, Dr. Jeffrey O'Flynn, Dr. Michael Scheuerman, and members of the UTA clairnet studio. We will host performance masterclasses and clinics on topics ranging from how reeds are made to how to use electonics in your music making. There will be a clarinet choir rehearsal and performance to which all members of the clarinet community are invited. Then, to finish out a wonderful clarinet-filled day, our Featured Guest Artist, Kenneth Krause (Principal Clarinet of the Dallas Opera Orchestra) will give a recital at 7:30pm in Irons Recital Hall with pianist Gabriel Sanchez. This is a FREE event that you will not want to miss. See you there!


12 - 13 April 2017

VIP Shirley Brill Performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland in the Netherlands

22,24,25. April - Intonations Festival in Berlin 6. Mai - Boulez Ensemble / Daniel Barenboim in Berlin/ Pierre Boulez Saal  


15 April 2017

Clarinet Cornucopia - Northern Illinois University - VIP Gregory Barrett, Director

DeKalb, Illinois


Senior VIP Karl Leister at a previous Cornucopia with VIP Director Gregory Barrett

Clarinet Cornucopia 2017

Saturday, April 15
Sean Osborn: The Composer Clarinetist  

Join Seattle clarinetist Sean Osborn and NIU faculty member Greg Barrett for a free day of concerts and master classes. 

Mr. Osborn has performed on four continents since his recital debut at the age of seventeen at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Appointed over nearly 300 other applicants to a position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1989, Mr. Osborn was the youngest clarinetist in the history of the Met. He has also performed as guest Principal Clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Download and share the Clarinet Cornucopia flyer with others. 


A small block of hotel rooms have been reserved on campus at the Holmes Student Center Hotel at the rate of $89.79. To make a reservation call 815-753-1444 by April


17 April 2017

University of Florida Master Class with Stephen Williamson (Solo Clarinetist in Chicago Symphony) - VIP Mitchell Estrin, Host

Gainesville, Florida

Stephen Williamson, Principal Clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony will be presenting a master class featuring students of the UF Clarinet Studio. Guests are welcome to attend all or part of the event!

Weber, Clarinet Concerto in Eb-Haley Larsen
Poulenc, Clarinet Sonata-Gabrielle Tordi
Copland, Concerto for Clarinet-Aaron Janosa
Intermission (approximately 5:30 pm)
Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto-Ian McIntyre
Brahms, Clarinet Sonata in Eb-Sophie Press
Francaix, Clarinet Concerto-Libby Druesedow


18 - 20 April 2017

Clarinetissim Pasqua 2017

Valencia, Spain




18 - 21 April 2017

VIMM Virovitica International Music Meeting

Virovitica, Croatia

Clarinet course and competition

          The project is intended not only to offer a possibility of the official professional development of its attendees, but it has been given a new dimension through bringing musicians closer together, by exchanging experience between music school students and academy students from all over Europe.

         The individually-based music workshops will last for 4 days. The emphasis will be on individual approach and chamber music. The highlight of the seminar will be a competition and concert performed by tutors and attendees.

         In the spring of 2017, in the organization of Glazba na kvadrat d.o.o. and cooperation with Music School Jan Vlašimsky, the Town of Virovitica will host a one-of-a-kind professional development model intended for music school and academy students of clarinet from Europe. The seminar program has been carefully planned and adapted to suit the needs of beginners, as well as of more advanced attendees who have already chosen to pursue their career in music.


21 - 23 April 2017

Lodzkie Forum Klarnetowo-Fagotoew

Lodzi, Poland

21 April 2017 - Application Deadline for the Weber Concertino Competition

Weber Concertino Competition with Chicago Clarinet Ensemble, VIP Rose Sperrazza, Director

Rules & Important Information*
1.Applicants must be in high school.
2.Applicants must submit a video recording of Concertino in E-flat Major Op. 26, by Carl Maria von Weber on or before April 21, 2017, 11:59pm CST.
3.Piano accompaniment is encouraged, but not required.
4.Application fee is $25.00 USD. A payment invoice will be sent after all application materials have been received.
5.Video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube. Please include a link to your video in the application form below.
6.All applications and payment must be received by April 21, 2017, 11:59pm CST.
7.In order to be eligible to receive the grand prize of $500 USD, the winner is required to perform at the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble Gala Concert on May 12th, 2017.

Video Requirements*
1.Videos must be recorded in one continuous take.
2.Videos may not be edited, enhanced, cut, or in any way altered.
3.While professional recording equipment is not required, quality of recording and recording venue is important to consider. Choose a space and choose equipment which will most accurately represent how you sound. For tips on how to create an audition video, please view the video, “How to Create an Awesome Prescreen Recording,” at
4.Please set video privacy settings to “unlisted” at the time of application. For instructions on how to post videos and edit privacy settings for YouTube videos, please visit…

*Failure to follow competition policies and procedures will result in disqualification.


22 April 2017

University of Delaware Clarinet Day - Dr Christopher Nichols, Director

Newcastle, Delaware

Delaware Clarinet Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017, and features Michele Gingras from Miami University (Ohio), Wolfgang Lohff of Lohff and Pfeiffer USA, noted Pete Fountain expert Gregory Harrison, and the Academy Clarinet Quartet from the United States Army’s West Point Military Academy, along with UD's own Christopher Nichols and the Clarinet Ensemble.

Activities for the day will include concerts, master classes, exhibits and performing activities.

Register Online

Mail-in Registration

Featured Concert: Academy Clarinet Quartet

Delaware Clarinet Day 2017 Schedule

8:00 AM Registration and Check-in (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL LOBBY)


8:45 AM Festival Choir - Rehearsal (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)

9:30 AM Michele Gingras - Klezmer Clinic (GORE RECITAL HALL)

11:00 AM Wolfgang Lohff - Instrument Customization Lecture(GORE RECITAL HALL)


1:00 PM Michele Gingras - Masterclass (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)

2:00 PM Academy Clarinet Quartet - Recital (GORE RECITAL HALL)

3:15 PM Festival Choir - Rehearsal (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)

4:15 PM Gregory Harrison - Pete Fountain Lecture Recital (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)

5:30 PM Closing Concert and Reception (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)

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Michele Gingras

Michele Gingras is Distinguished Professor of Clarinet at Miami University in Ohio, where she was named Crossen Hays Curry Distinguished Educator and Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate Faculty. She is the author of Clarinet Secrets, 2nd edition, she performed and taught master classes worldwide, released over a dozen CDs, and wrote 200 articles and reviews for numerous international publications.

She performed with the Cincinnati Klezmer Project for 20 years and concertized with Duo2go and Miami3 throughout the United States. Gingras is past-secretary of the International Clarinet Association and is an artist clinician for Buffet Crampon and Légère Reeds. She earned a Premier prix from the Quebec Music Conservatory in Montreal and a M.M. in clarinet performance at Northwestern University. In fall 2017, she will become Instructor of Clarinet at Butler University in Indianapolis.

Wolfgang Lohff and Birgit Pfeiffer

Wolfgang Lohff and Birgit Pfeiffer formed their company in Copenhagen in 1986. Since then, they have been the factory agents for Buffet Clarinets, Schreiber Bassoons and Keilwerth Saxophones in Denmark. Wolfgang has worked as a consultant to both Buffet Crampon and Leblanc, in their French factories.

Overhauls and customization by Lohff & Pfeiffer are of the highest quality; their commitment and passion has led to them to work with nearly every Scandinavian and German orchestra. Worldwide, performers from the finest orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, La Scala di Milano and Santa Cecilia di Roma have come to Lohff & Pfeiffer for all their custom clarinet work.

Gregory Harrison

Gregory Harrison, Ph.D., P.E. is a graduate of the University of Maryland in Fire Protection & Environmental Engineering, and a graduate of George Washington University in Safety and Construction Engineering and currently works as a Forensic Engineer. When Greg was 25 years old, he met Pete Fountain and fell in love with his clarinet sound and style. The same year, Greg met Sidney Forrest (former National Symphony clarinetist and professor at The Catholic University of America) and began studying clarinet with him for over 17 years. Greg is the leader of the Greg Harrison Jazz Band has performed in the DC metro area for decades, including two performances at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and for 12 years at Mon Ami Restaurant in Bethesda. He has recorded three compact discs of jazz standards. Greg and Pete Fountain developed a friendship over the years, and Greg made reeds and mouthpieces which Pete used in performances during his storied career. Greg has performed with Pete Fountain on stage in New Orleans at the Pete Fountain Jazz Club and at the Casino Magic showroom in Mississippi on numerous occasions.

​Christopher Nichols

Christopher Nichols joined the faculty of the University of Delaware as assistant professor of clarinet in 2013 where he instructs undergraduate and graduate applied clarinet, clarinet ensemble, chamber music, pedagogy and literature, and annually hosts Delaware Clarinet Day. As an artist clinician, Dr. Nichols has recently appeared at Rutgers University, the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam, the University of Maryland and the University of Southern Mississippi. Dedicated to the cultivation of clarinetists of all ages, Dr. Nichols has served on the faculty of the Delaware Governor’s School of Excellence and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, and maintains a private studio. Dr. Nichols’ students have found success in competitions, won positions in military bands and serve as music educators.

Dr. Nichols is a versatile clarinetist with performances as a soloist and in ensembles across the United States and abroad. He regularly performs with orchestras such as the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Kennett Symphony and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Christiana Winds and has recently collaborated with the acclaimed Serafin String Quartet, the Taggart-Grycky Duo and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has served for over a decade in the Army Music Career program with performances throughout the United States, Germany, France and Austria. Dr. Nichols currently serves as a reservist with the 380th Army Band in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Nichols has appeared as a featured soloist at conferences of the International Clarinet Association, European Clarinet Association and College Music Society. His live performances have been selected for inclusion in the Audio Performance Archive of College Music Symposium and broadcast on Kansas and Michigan Public Radio. In 2015, Dr. Nichols work as a solo recitalist was recognized with an Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Dr. Nichols is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, International Clarinet Association and Music Teachers National Association. He currently serves as the College Music Society Northeast Chapter’s executive board member for performance and as audio reviews editor for
The Clarinet.

Dr. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from the Boston Conservatory, Master of Music from Kansas State University and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas. His primary mentors include Ian Greitzer, Kenneth Radnofsky, Steven Barta, Tod Kerstetter and Stephanie Zelnick.

As a Légère Reeds Endorsing Artist and a Buffet Artist Clinician, Dr. Nichols performs exclusively on Légère Signature Series reeds and Buffet clarinets. Additional information is available at his personal website



25 April 2017 - Admission Examinations for Antwerp Conservatory (Belgium) with VIP Annaleine van Woauwe

is clarinet professor at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp.

Visit for more information.

Admission examinations for the 2017-18 academic year:
– April 25th 2017
– August 28th 2017

Master classes at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp:
Spring: April 8th-11th 2017
Summer: August 17th-20th 2017

Apply here

Admission examinations for the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp will take place April 25th at 9am. Applications are still open. I am happy to inform you that Yehuda Gilad and Ernst Schlader agreed to give master classes during the 2017-18 academic year! You can find updated information about the class at any time on my website:

26 April 2017

Haute 'Ecole de Musique de Lausanne

Fribourg, Switzerland



26 April 2017



28 - 30 April 2017

Guido Arbonelli Master Classes

Lendinara, Italy


29 April 2017

Clarifest 2017 at the Vibe London

London, United Kingdom


23 April 2017

Solo Clarinetist Alisha Coleman Performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto with Piedmont Symphony

Warrenton, Virginia


27 - 29 April 2017


26 April 2017

Clarinette 11th Festival International de la & Saxophone

Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, France

28 April 2017

VIP Ecesu Sertesen Soloist with Istanbul Opera / Ballet Orchestra with Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Istanbul, Turkey

28 - 29 April 2017

ClariFest London  - Location: The Vibe, 85 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PL


Workshops, master classes, performances, playing opportunities, Live box streaming, product demos, trade stands and more.
Confirmed artists: Michael Collins, David Campbell, Sarah Watts, Ramón Wodkowski, James Rae, Paul Saunders and Milan Rerocha.

For more information click here

29 April 2017

David Minetti Master Class and Recital

Seoul, Korea


29 - 30 April 2017

VIP Charles Neidich performs Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Period Instruments including a Muhlfeld Klarinette used during this Period - with the Smithsonian Chamber Players at the Museum of National History

Washington, DC


Chamber Music of Johannes Brahms
Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 78
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115

Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:30 pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017
7:30 pm

Vera Beths & Meredith Riley, violins

Steven Dann, viola
Kenneth Slowik, violoncello & piano
Charles Neidich, clarinet


Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Lecture one hour before each concert



29 April 2017

4th Annual University of Wisconsin Clarinet Day

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

30 April 2017

The Hudson View Gardens Performing Arts Group (“PAG”) presents Major Recital with Senior VIP Stanley Drucker

New York City

30 April 2017

Cardiff Clarinet and Saxophone  Convention - VIP Leslie Craven, Director with VIP Philippe Cuper

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Complete information linked above


                  I have taken back the administration role of the Clarinet Convention and am really excited to say we have secured as special guest virtuoso Principal Clarinet ...of Paris National Opera "Super Soliste" Philippe Cuper - other guests will include Bass clarinettist extraordinaire of Welsh National Opera Daniel Rye and fab saxophonist Jennie Porton - one of the country's finest players plus yours truly, Alistair Logan and a wonderful array of sponsors - to be listed later - in the mean time visit the Convention page of for more information


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