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December 2016 Newsletter

December 3 - 8  2016

Agaete International Clarinet Festival

4 December 2016

State University of New York at Purchase Clarinet Day - with VIP's Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich

Ardsley, New York

5 December 2016

New York City

Vandoren NYC Holiday Party
Monday December 5th, 2016

Annual Holiday Party
Food and refreshments
Lincoln Restaurant
142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
12 - 4:00 pm

Holiday VandoJam
Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan)
Greenwich Village, New York City
Featuring the Vandoren Holiday Sax Section
9 pm - 1 am

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Los Angeles - (323) 219-8599 | Chicago - (312) 475-0464 | New York - (212) 399-9457


7 December 2016

VIP Charles Neidich in collaboration with the Festival Chamber Music

New York City

Performance Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 8 PM ...
Festival Chamber Music Concert Series

Weill Recital Hall

Festival Chamber Music, celebrating its 25th anniversary season, presents the second concert of its 2016-2017 five-concert series. The musicians share stories about the music and the composers before performing each piece on the program. Every concert for the past four years has been sold out.


David Oei, Piano
Charles Neidich, Clarinet
Calvin Wiersma, Violin and Viola
Katie Lansdale, Violin
Ruth Sommers, Cello

CRUSELL Clarinet Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 2
KHACHATURIAN Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47



7 December 2016 - Submission Deadline

VEA Competition by Vandoren


Chris Pell performing at the 2015 MFA showcase

Accompaniment is always required when applicable. Each category requires 3 separate pieces.

2017 Classical Clarinet:


  • Solo de Concours by Andre Messager
  • Concertino Opus 26 by Carl Maria von Weber
  • A contrasting work of applicant’s choice – not to exceed 15 minutes

Please make separate tracks for each piece or song.  DO NOT put your name in the filename, label each file with the correct composition title. Please submit the repertoire in the order listed here.

All materials must be uploaded by December 7th, 2016.  Recordings of poor audio quality will not be judged.  Winners will be announced on or about January 15th, 2017

7 - 8 December 2016

Andrew Marriner (Solo Clarinetist in London Symphony) in Concert and Master Classes at Bartok Conservatory

Budapest, Hungary


8 December 2016

Memorial Celebration for Clarinet icon Kalman  Opperman

New York City


From Rick Bogart on Kal Opperman tribute celebration:

Thursday December 8th 10 a.m. at The Flame Restaurant 60th and 10th Avenue New York City - all clarinet players are invited. We have the entire first floor


11 - 13 - 16 December 2016

ChamberFest Cleveland - Senior VIP Franklin Cohen and Diana Cohen, Directors

ChamberFest Cleveland's first Winter Festival -  Come hear Roman Rabinovich perform the Haydn Sonatas. It will be a lovely series of concerts to enjoy this holiday season!



13 - 18 December 2016

VIP Yehuda Gilad International Clarinet Seminar - Meeting 1  (Meeting 2 - 15 - 20 May 2017)

Murcia, Spain

14 - 17 December 2016

70th MidWest Clinic

Chicago, Illinois

Don't Miss Out as Midwest Celebrates 70 Years!
Star-Studded Performances
Nowhere else in the world can you find the finest instrumental performing ensembles all in one place! Annually showcasing the highest levels of performance, Midwest's 70th birthday is certainly no exception. Choose from over 40 stunning concerts featuring school and professional ensembles from around the globe. Evening performances will include "The President's Own" United States Marine Band (ticketed event), and Canadian Brass. You cannot afford to miss this once in a lifetime event! 

Canadian Brass is sponsored in part by Conn-Selmer, Inc., the makers of Bach and Conn U.S.A. made professional brass instruments.  



14 - 18 December 2016

IV Festival International de Clarinetistas

Buenos AIres, Brazil

The story of the clarinet in Brazil is marked by artistic and academic excellence! From North to South, east to west, countless and sensational professionals develop brilliant work. In Rio de Janeiro is a unique path in all styles, genres and periods. And the hike follows firm, moving on to the teachings of our eternal masters! The Ficrj (International Festival of clarinetistas of Rio de Janeiro...) reaches its fourth edition, covering the II Regional meeting of claronistas, aimed at contributing to the enhancement of the artistic activity on the clarinet and their counterparts, as well as broadening access to directory, research, Information and materials. We seek to promote greater integration between students, professionals and lovers of music and the clarinet. The Rich the programming of the iv ficrj includes master classes, lectures, concerts, exhibition of products and training of ensembles that will arise during the event. We are counting on the participation of all stakeholders (information below) and with the valuable help of those who, if they have generously, to help in the dissemination of the event. The free entries shall be made via e-mail More details of the programming are on the website: Hugs Clarinetísticos!


16 - 19 December 2016

ClarMeet Porto 16

Porto, Portugal


17 December 2016

17 - 18 December 2016

Eufonia Clari in Italy Master Classes

Rome, Italy

28 December 2016

28 - 30 December 2016


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