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Newsletter February 2020



Announcement of Clarinet Course with VIP Kazuo Fujii from April 2020


Osaka, Japan



The Clarinet Academy of Tokyo will launch in April 2020!

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 can select course ① or ②.
① 2 private lessons per week. Total of 70 lessons per year.
② 1 private lessons per week. Total of 35 lessons per year.

① $6.370.00 (April 2020 to March 2021)
② $3,185.00 (April 2020 to March 2021)
* Summer recess from 18th Jul. to 24th Aug., 2020. Winter recess from25th Dec. to 7th Jan., 2021

We look forward to welcoming you!

Founder / faculty - VIP Kazuo Fujii




1 February 2020


VIP and Solo Clarinetist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Boris Allakhverdyan Soloist with the Fort Collins Symphony


Fort Collins, Colorado



1 February 2020


Clarinet Marathon Day


Vicenza, Italy



2 February 2010


Michigan State University Clarinet Extravaganza - VIP Guy Yehuda, Director


East Lansing, Michigan




2 February 2020


CLARIconNEcT! Clarinet Day 2020 at the University of Massachusetts


Amherst, Massachusetts


CLARIconNEcT! Clarinet Day 2020

Jose Franch-Ballester
Jose Franch-Ballester, guest artist

Sunday, February 2, 2020   Fine Arts Center Music Wing   8:30am - 4:30pm

An Immersive Clarinet Day at UMass Amherst

With Masterclasses and Concerts for all - bring your Clarinet!
Registration link >>

Romie de Guise-Langlois, host & coordinator
Jose Franch-Ballester & Michael Sussman, guest artists

All registered attendees will have the chance to win Légère reeds and Silverstein ligature.

8:30am: Check in/Greeting time. Breakfast & vendors
9:00am: Masterclass with Romie de Guise-Langlois
9:45am: Chamber music rehearsals
10:45am: Masterclass with Jose Franch-Ballester











Romie de Guise-Langlois

11:45am: Lunch break & vendors (Lunch is included - free)
1:15pm: Masterclass with professor emeritus Michael Sussman
2:15pm: Concert including students, amateurs, UMass clarinet studio, local teachers & Romie
3:30pm: Concert with Jose Franch-Ballester & Jeewon Park, piano

Registration link >>

Michael Sussman

Advance Registration: $10
On the day: $15 (Cash or check only)
Register by Jan 18 to play chamber music as well as in the Clarinet Choir
Register after Jan 18 to play in the Clarinet Choir only

Romie de Guise-Langlois



Michael Sussman


2 February 2020


Telance, France




3 - 7 February 2020


ECpBA Clarinet Convention



5 - 6 February 2020


VIP Karel Dohnal and Igor Frantisak Master Class


Brussels, Belgium



5 February 2020


Julian Bliss Master Class with MidAmerica Music


Minneapolis, Minnesota



6 February 2020


VIP Ludmilla Peterkova (Czech Republic)  Master Class and Recital at Troy University - VIP Timothy Phillips, Host


Troy, Alabama




8 February 2020


Walter Boeykens Clarinet Day


Enschede, The Netherlands



9 February 2020




Saint Leonard, France








10 February 2020 - 7:30 PM  - Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center


World Premieres by Joan La Barbara, Nicole Lizée, and Paola Prestini commissioned by the Philharmonic as part Project 19 alongside works by Crumb and Berio in a concert hosted and curated by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner


New York City


Sound and stimulation are set to “on” at this new-music series at The Appel Room, overlooking Central Park. The series continues with Philharmonic musicians joining vocalists in World Premieres by Joan La Barbara, Nicole Lizée, and Paola Prestini — commissioned by the Philharmonic as part of Project 19 — alongside works by Crumb and Berio in a concert hosted and curated by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

Project 19 is a multiyear New York Philharmonic initiative that features commissions by 19 women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment.



Nicole Lizée

Tears / Pillow (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

George Crumb

Night of the Four Moons

Joan La Barbara

Ears of an Eagle; Eyes of a Hawk: In the Vortex (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

Paola Prestini

Thrush Song (on Rachel Carson before Silent Spring) (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)


Folk Songs

Jeffrey Milarsky


Jeffrey Milarsky by Peter Konerko New York Philharmonic


Making his sixth appearance as part of the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series, American conductor Jeffrey Milarsky is acclaimed worldwide for his impeccable musicianship, exhilarating presence, and innovative programming. His repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to Xenakis. In recent seasons he has worked with ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, MET Chamber Ensemble, Bergen Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Tanglewood Festival orchestras. Mr. Milarsky has a long history of premiering, recording, and performing works by American composers, which was reflected in his recently receiving the prestigious Ditson Conductor’s Award, established in 1945 and the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to the performance of American music (past honorees include Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski, and Alan Gilbert). A dedicated teacher, Jeffrey Milarsky is a senior lecturer in music at Columbia University, where he is the music director and conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. In addition to conducting the Juilliard Orchestra, he is the music director of AXIOM, The Juilliard School’s critically acclaimed contemporary-music ensemble, and serves on the conducting faculty.

Learn more about Jeffrey Milarsky

Nadia Sirota

Nadia Sirota

Host / Curator


Host / Curator

Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

This season, she launches Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. Ms. Sirota will also appear as soloist with the New World and Singapore symphony orchestras; premiere works by Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, and Ellen Reid; and embark upon two new residencies — as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre, and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). She is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.




Musicians from the New York Philharmonic including Solo Clarinetist Emeritus and Senior VIP Stanley Drucker




10 February 2020


VIP Wonkak Kim Performs with Mirus Trio at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall


New York City




10 - 15 February 2020

ClariPeru Festival - Marco Antonio Mazzini, Director

Lima, Peru


ClariPeru Video on upcoming Festival



14 - 15 February 2020


SABRE New Music Festival - VIP Stephan Veermersch, Director


Zurich, Switzerland





15 February 2020


Austin Peay State University Clarinet Day


Clarksville, Tennessee




15 February - 15 April 2020


Silverstein Global Clarinet Contest




GOAL of this Competition

Pursuing a musical career is a strenuous process, there is no shortcut. Musicians practice with endless effort to master each passing note with precision and musicality. It is with this effort that they make the world more beautiful and a better place to live. 

  However, many musicians do not have a fair opportunity to showcase their accomplishments and efforts to the world. Such opportunities are limited for many reasons such as (but not limited to) geographical location, access to an educational system, and financial capacity.

  This contest was created to provide musicians, globally, a stage to present their music without such limitations. In doing so, we hope this contest increases the wide-spread interest in clarinet music.

  Unlike other clarinet competitions, this event is not a skills competition.

  We want to recognize any and all musicians, regardless of age, whom possess a great potential of talent for the future.

  The 2nd Annual Silverstein Global Clarinet Contest has returned to show appreciation to those who have been working tirelessly to bring beautiful music into the world.

  This event is hosted by many renowned artists from around the world who are leaders in today’s clarinet society. They are willing to share their precious time and effort for the future of clarinet music. Without their volunteer support and participation, this event would not be possible. You can find a full list of the hosting team at this page.

We hope that this contest is exciting and engaging for all participants. 


Caluire for Clarinettes


February 15th and 16th 2020




Caluire & clarinets returns to the #series in 2020!
See you on February 15th and 16th.
▶️ check out the list of works of challenges by levels now.
Opening of registrations in October.



15 - 16 February 2020


Frankfurt Hochscule fur Musik Master Class Days - Laura Ruiz Ferreres, Klarinette Professor


Frankfurt am Main, Germany



16 February 2020

VIP Sabine Grofmeier Mozartsaal Recital

Hamburg, Germany


17 - 23 February 2020


Phoenix Chamber Music Festival - Senior VIP David Shifrin, Director


Phoenix, Arizona




20 February 2020


Andrea Cheesman Recital at Troy University - VIP Timothy Phillips, Host


Troy, Alabama



19 February 2020


Penn State Faculty Wind Quintet performs at the Buffet-Crampon New York Showroom


VIP Tony Costa, Clarinetist


New York City



22 February 2020


Millikin University Clarinet Day with VIP Stephanie Zelnick





Clarinet Day

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9 AM–6 PM

Perkinson Music Center

Clarinet Day is a comprehensive, one-day festival for intermediate to advanced clarinetists and bass clarinetists of all ages.
This year’s guest artist is Dr. Stephanie Zelnick, Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kansas and Principal Clarinet of the
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.

Events for participants include masterclasses with Dr. Zelnick and Dr. Cook, breakout classes with Millikin University students
and faculty, clarinet choir rehearsals, and exhibits for attendees to try clarinets and accessories (including Buffet Crampon, Vandoren,
and The Music Shoppe, Inc.). The closing concert is free and open to the public and will feature performances by Dr. Zelnick,
Millikin University clarinet students, and the combined clarinet choir featuring all participants.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the
Decatur Area Arts Council.


Registration fee:

$20 if received by February 13, 2020

$25 if received after February 13, 2020 or on-site

No refunds

T-shirts are only guaranteed for those that register and submit payment by February 13, 2020

Clarinet Day Registration


22 - 23 February 2020


VIP David Gould performs World Premiere of Salvador Brotons Bass Clarinet Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony


Vancouver, Washington





                                  The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to present Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra, a performance filled with an acclaimed masterwork, a celebrated composition and a world premiere on February 22 at 3 p.m. and February 23 at 7 p.m. During the performances at Skyview Concert Hall the VSO will be joined by clarinetist David Gould whose playing has been characterized as “elegant” and “virtuosic”. The concert features the 70+ member symphony orchestra led by Music Director and Conductor Salvador Brotons, now in his 29th season with the Symphony.

                           The performances begin with Celebration for Orchestra by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, who was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in 1983. Of the piece, which was originally composed for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and their inaugural performance in the Circle Theatre, she says, “… Celebration for Orchestra is like a mini-concerto for orchestra, featuring some of the outstanding soloists in the ensemble, highlighting the various sections, and calling for the highest degree of virtuosity in the entire ensemble.” Next, the VSO will perform the world premiere of the complete Bass Clarinet Concerto featuring David Gould by Maestro Brotons. This work was composed in 2018. Bass clarinetist David Gould played the premiere of the first movement (with piano accompaniment) in July 2018, at the International Clarinet Association Conference held in Ostende, Belgium. The two remaining movements of the concerto were completed in September 2018. Following, Maestro Brotons conducts Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra with the famous opening fanfare.

                       What: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Celebration for Orchestra, Maestro Salvador Brotons’ Bass Clarinet Concerto and Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra
When: February 22, 2020 at 3 p.m. and February 23, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Where: Skyview Concert Hall
1300 NW 139th Street
Vancouver WA. 98685
Tickets: Available online or by calling 360-735-7278

About David Gould

                           David Gould’s clarinet playing has been characterized as “elegant” and “virtuosic”. He has been a featured concerto soloist in America and Europe in works by Debussy, Mozart and Strauss. Mr. Gould has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, L’Orchestre National de France, Orchestra of St. Lukes, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is currently third clarinet and bass clarinetist with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra in New York City. He has performed under the direction of many of today’s leading conductors such as Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, John Nelson, Krzystof Penderecki, David Robertson, Gerard Schwartz and Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Gould is committed to the music of his time and has given numerous world premieres including works by David Bixler, Paquito D’Rivera, Christian Ellenwood, Hayes Greenfield, Sean Hickey, and Ranny Reeve. As a chamber player he has performed with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, iO String Quartet, Nancy Allen, Philippe Cuper, Carol Wincenc and Polish Wind and String Players Ensemble. He founded Ensemble 54, the NYC based clarinet quartet. He has taken part in the recording sessions for the soundtracks of major motion pictures and documentaries including the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Building Alaska for PBS. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, having studied with Stanley Drucker and David Weber, and was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, to study music in France. Living three years in Paris, David Gould studied at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas in the class of Michel Arrignon and later at the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles in the class of Philippe Cuper. He serves as the Artist-Relations manager, product specialist and is the Director of the Vandoren Musician’s Advisory Studio in midtown Manhattan for DANSR Inc.

About Salvador Brotons

                    Now in his 29th season leading the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Music Director and Conductor, musicians and classical music enthusiasts still delight in having Dr. Brotons lead them. Salvador Brotons was born in Barcelona into a family of musicians. He studied flute with his father and continued his musical studies at the Barcelona Music Conservatory where he earned advanced degrees in flute, composition and conducting. In 1985 he won a Fulbright scholarship and moved to the U.S., where he obtained a doctorate in music from Florida State University. In addition to the VSO, in Spain he has been the music director and conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears “Ciutat de Palma” (1997-2001, 2009-2013) and the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès (1997-2002) and is presently the conductor of the Barcelona Symphonic Band. In 2005, he received the “Arts Council” award by the Clark County and the city of Vancouver and the Kiwanis Rose Award. He has guest-conducted orchestras internationally in countries like the U.S., Israel, France, Germany, China, Poland, South Korea, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, as well as the most prestigious Spanish orchestras.


24 - 25 February with more classes in next few months as posted


VIP Wenzel Fuchs Master Classes


Valencia, Spain



We remind the active students that on February 24 at 10:30 h we will start with an audition simulation where you want to play the exhibition of the Mozart concert. From 12:30 we will start the individual classes we will organize right there with wenzel. We encourage you to bring orchestral passages and several pieces to see many different styles and passages.


Schedules of classes from 10:30 to 19 h at sponsored by @wurlitzerclarinets and -



29 February - 1 March 2020

Brandon University 10th Anniversary Clarinet Festival

Brandon, Manitoba, Canada



28 February - 1 March 2020


Guido Six Clarinet Days


Ostend, Belgium



29 February 2020


Texas A & M Clarinet Colloquium - VIP Alice Mary Druhan, Director


Commerce, Texas


                                                                      The 2020 Clarinet Colloquium will be held on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus on February 29, 2020.


Performer/Presenter Information:

If you would like to perform or present a clinic for our 2020 conference, please complete a proposal and submit all required materials before the deadline of August 30, 2019 11:59 p.m.

Clinic Proposal Submission Directions 202 Inormation:

Attendee registration for this event is free and will open by January 1, 2020. This event is free but we do appreciate any and all donations to help us to cover the expenses of the event. You can register and donate online once the link goes live! Do not forget to sign and return a liability waiver. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (parent or teacher) at all times on the university campus.

Exhibitor Information:


If you would like to attend as an exhibitor for the 2020 Clarinet Colloquium you can register and pay for table space here after October 1, 2019:



If you would like to provide a featured artist to represent your company or business, this is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. The collaborative artist/pianist for your artist is not provided by the Clarinet Coalition. If you would like assistance in finding someone we can provide contact information for DFW area pianists. The Clarinet Colloquium does not provide artist fees or hotel or other expenses except when arranged in advance and if the funding source exists. Our event is a free outreach event to all attendees and therefore, our budget is very low. We appreciate your involvement and participation in the event over the years and your dedication to music in the community.

The deadline for arranging a featured artist is September 1st, 2019. Requests should be made directly to Dr. Druhan at

Clarinet Studio

Dr. Mary Alice Druhan
Department of Music
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, Texas 75429

(903) 886-5298

29 February 2020

Utah Clarinet Festival at Utah Valley University with VIP Richie Hawley (Professor at Rice University)

Utah Valley, Utah




29 February - 1 March 2020


VIP and Solo Clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony) Stephen Williamson Soloist with the Spokane Symphony performing the Copland Concerto and the Bernstein Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs

Spokane, Washington




Enjoy the music from American visionaries. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, represents the quintessential “American sound.” Rich in wide-open intervals, it captures the essence of American ideals, filled with endless possibilities. The work’s finale is a set of variations on the Shaker tune, Simple Gifts. Copland’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto, written for Benny Goodman, infuses swing elements with Brazilian folk music. Works by Gershwin and Bernstein incorporate virtuoso jazz instrumentalists into the orchestra. Philip Glass’ Overture for 2012 commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812.


Philip Glass — Overture for 2012
George Gershwin — American in Paris
Aaron Copland — Clarinet Concerto
Leonard Bernstein — Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Aaron Copland — Appalachian Spring


Stephen Williamson is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a frequent guest principal clarinetist with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan under Seiji Ozawa. MORE












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