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December 2018 Newsletter


Holiday Gretings from VIPs Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima


17 December 2018

New Clarinet Mouthpiece from James Pyne with VIP Steve Williamson (Solo Clarinet in the Chicago Symphony)

Columbus, Ohio


The Pyne WILLIAMSON Signature model - Since its introduction at ClarinetFest® in Florida in 2017, the Williamson has become the mouthpiece-of-choice for numerous professional clarinetists in the United States and around the world. 

Throughout his sensational career, Mr. Williamson has performed on both the BelCanto and BcJx Signature models. He is currently playing the Williamson model in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Each Williamson replica mouthpiece is meticulously hand-finished by James Pyne.

The Pyne SONATA model - The performance and consistency of this modestly priced mouthpiece has been applauded by orchestral and freelance clarinetists as well as teachers throughout the country.

Highly successful freelance clarinetist and teacher John Jaffe (Chicago/Evanston, Illinois) has switched his studio to Pyne Sonatas with absolutely outstanding results. When first trying the Sonata, John’s reply was “You really have hit it out of the park.”

Want to hit a home run? Please visit our website at

Our very best to you, 

Jim & Kyle Marie Pyne

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1 - 2 December 2018

Luigi Picatto Master Class

Rome, Italy



3 - 5 December 2018

VIP Wenzel Maria Fuchs Master Classes and Performance with the South Orchestra in Theatre "Providence" - Vallo Della Lucania

Torchiara (SA), Italy

1° Clarinetto Berliner Philarmoniker
Torchiara (SA)
4/5 Dicembre 2018

Clarinet Masterclass
Maria Fuchs
1th Clarinet Berliner Philarmoniker
Torchiara (sa)
4/5 December 2018

Theatre "Providence" - Vallo Della Lucania

Monday 3 December 2018 21,00 pm
Inaugural Concert
Wenzel Maria Fuchs 1° Clarinetto Berlin Phil Armo Niker
Andrea Caputo - clarinet
Franco Kownacki Director

An unmissable concert...!!!
Listening live the 1th clarinet of the legendary berliner philarmoniker is an opportunity that will hardly happen in a person's life or better yet than a young student.


Domenico Cimarosa (Aversa, 1749)
The Chapel Master - Symphony

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Salzburg, 1756-Vienna, 1791)
Conccrto for clarinet and orchestra k. 622

Gioachino Rossini (1868)
The Wedding Bill - Symphony

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Hamburg, 1809-Leipzig, 1847)
Estranged no. 2 D Minor, op. 114

6 - 9 December 2018

Tenerife Clarinet Festival

Tenerife, Spain

Come and join us at this wonderful festival with many excellent tutors: Nicolas Baldeyrou, Luís Gomes, Javier Llopis, Radovan Cavallin Žerjal Pierluigi Bernard, Vicente Ferrer, David García, Moises Evora, Eloísa Gonzalez and exiting events: MasterClasses, Clinics, Concerts, Clarinet Ensemble and many more. Don’t miss it!


2019 Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition

7 December 2018  - Application Deadline

Click here to download the 2019 VEA PDF flyer!

"The Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition is open to any highly proficient saxophonist or clarinetist in Jazz or Classical between the age of 18 and 23."

The Competition started in 2010 as a way to identify the next generation of great clarinetists and saxophonists and acknowledge them for their talent, the work it took to succeed, and the artistry they display on their instrument.

7 December 2018

VIPs Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima Washington Series Concert 'Intellect and Excitement' at the Tenri Center

New York City USA


“A word to the wise music lover: Run, don’t walk, to this series” Frank Daykin from The New York Concert Review

Wa Concert Series continues with its third and final musical offering for this calendar year Intellect & Excitement, highlighting two of the most important and exciting American Composers of the 20th/21st centuries: Milton Babbitt (1916-2011) the father of Maximalism and Charles Wuorinen, a composer of maximum excitement celebrating his 80th birthday this year. Please join us for an evening filled with music that will both excite your intellect and move you as our wonderful musicians take on some of the most challenging repertoire of the 20th/21st Centuries!


10 December 2018

Chicago Clarinet Ensemble Benefit Concert for Ralph Wilder

Chicago, Illinois

14 - 16 December 2018

Porto, Portugal


December 15 - 20 2018

VIP Yehuda Gilad - Clarinet Seminar

Murcia, Spain

17 December 2018

Vandoren Holiday Party at their Advisory Studio - VIP David Gould, Host

New York City

18 - 22 December 2018


MidWest Band & Orchestra Clinic

Chicago, Illinois

What began in 1946 as 120 music directors meeting for six hours in a Chicago YWCA gym has now become the annual four-day music band and orchestra conference known as The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference. For over 70 years, musicians, educators and people passionate about music education of all skill levels have gathered in Chicago for the largest music conference of its kind. 

The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference offers guests interested in music education an array of clinics and exhibits, as well as access to music and teaching icons. The conference will also focus on industry trends and future topics in business and music education. With more than 17,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 30 countries, The Midwest Clinic offers music educators and musicians alike an unmatched networking opportunity.

The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference each year displays top ensembles throughout the music conference to showcase the newest ideas and talent. From students to professionals, performers have a chance to exhibit their talents to a supportive and enthusiastic audience with an interest in furthering music education. Each band and orchestra conference is unique and offers attendees the most up-to-date music styles and education techniques.

Who Can Attend?

Guests of the music conference do not have to be part of an orchestra, band or any other group. From teachers to administrators, music enthusiast to professional musicians.  And EVERYONE in between! Register on your own or as part of a group. While offering world-class innovation, education and networking, The Midwest Clinic maintains competitive rates to ensure that musicians and music educators from all financial backgrounds can attend.

The Midwest Clinic is ideal for: 

The Midwest Clinic seeks to help musicians of all skill levels and stages
 advance into the next level of their careers. 



19 December 2018 - YYPA Competition applications are due December 19, 2018 (midnight eastern time)

Yamaha Young Performers Competition


                        For 30 years, the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Program has helped launch the careers of many highly successful musicians and music educators. If you know or have students (ages 18-22) who rise above the rest when it comes to musical performance, they should know about this unique competition and program. The 2019 competition application is open!

                       "I absolutely loved my time as a 2008 YYPA Winner,” says 2008 Trumpet Winner and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet, Conrad Jones. “Soloing for such a large and enthusiastic audience really helped me develop a sense of what it takes to handle the 'hot seat.' I still rely on my Yamaha instruments on a weekly basis with the ISO!"

                       Many competitions offer a one-time cash prize. The YYPA Competition offers a future - the winners are invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend as part of the Music for All™ Summer Symposium. Through this experience, winners receive a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands of students with national press coverage, are honored at an awards ceremony, receive a recording and photos of their live performance, and participate in professional workshops and clinics designed to launch a professional music career. The 2019 winners will join 300 other talented musicians who have earned the distinction since the program’s inception.

                     YYPA Competition applications are due December 19, 2018 (midnight eastern time)! Please encourage your students to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity, forward this message to your colleagues or apply if you are between the ages of 18-22.

Please visit to learn more and to apply for the 2019 YYPA Competition.


19 - 21 December 2018

2nd Festival de Clarinetes - Amalia Del Guidice, Soloist

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina


20 December 2018

Master Classes de IInd Livello



Yamaha Young Artist Competition - Application Deadline: 20 December 2018

Welcome to the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Website!

The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners of this competition will be invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend at the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, receive a once in a lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands, national press coverage, receive a recording and photos of the live performance, and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career. Winners also will enjoy many of the privileges of a Yamaha Artist, including services and communication with Yamaha's Artist Relations department.

Apply Now









23 - 25 December 2018

Masterclass with Professor Zhao in Xiamen University - Professor Zhao Zengmao in Shanghai Conservatory, Master's supervisor, Vice Chairman of China Clarinet Association

Xiamen, China


28 December 2018

La Fiesta de los Clarinetes - Jose-Franch Ballister, Director



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