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January 2018 Newsletter


Mediterranean Clarinet Master Classes 2018

Palermo, Italy


3 January 2018

Senior VIP and Solo Clarinetist Emeritus in the Cleveland Orchestra and Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music Franklin Cohen - Master Classes and Concert at the Academy of Music - Tel Aviv, Israel 


3 - 6 January 2018

Clarinetissimo Festival  2018

Brugge, Belgium


4 January 2018

4th Klarinetten Festival

Bremen, Germany


4 - 5 January 2018


4 - 7 January 2018

Norddeutsche Klarinettentage

Bremen, Germany


6 January 2018

Salerno, Italy


14 January 2018 - 3rd Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition at University of MarylandApplication Deadline

Clarinet Competition - Finals April 8, 2018

University of Maryland - VIP John DiLutis, Director

                  Commemorating the significant influence of the renowned artist-teacher, Sidney Forrest (1918–2013), who taught clarinet to hundreds of students nationally and internationally while teaching at the Peabody Conservatory for 40 years, Interlochen Center for the Arts for 45 years, and the Catholic University of America for 50 years

                Location and Eligibility

               This competition will be held at the University of Maryland Clarinet Symposium at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD on April 8, 2018. Clarinetists in high school or high school graduates who have not yet attended college are eligible to participate.


Grand Prize $750
2nd Prize: $250
3rd Prize: 5 boxes of DiLutis Clarinet Reeds
​All finalists will earn certificates.

​           Application Package Deadline – January 14, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
           Application Package – Application Form, Fee–$25, YouTube Video Recording (Qualifying Solo)


Qualifying Solo – Capriccio for Solo Clarinet by Heinrich Sutermeister (unaccompanied for A or Bb clarinet acceptable)
Final Round Solo – Five Bagatelles by Gerald Finzi (accompanied)


           The Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition was established in 2015 by Paula Forrest, in memory of her father. Ms. Forrest lives in Ames, Iowa and is active as a pianist, teacher, and artistic director of the Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association.

           The competition will be hosted by the University of Maryland’s Clarinet Professor, Robert DiLutis, as a major event during Clarinet Symposium on April 8, 2018, on the University of Maryland campus.

           Sidney Forrest’s vast collection of music for clarinet has been donated to the library of the International Clarinet Association, located in the Music Department’s Special Collections Library at the University of Maryland. We look forward to the collection being available shortly.

About Sidney Forrest

          Born in 1918, Sidney Forrest was awarded a scholarship at a young age from the New York Philharmonic to study with its renowned solo clarinetist, Simeon Bellison.  He subsequently studied with Bellison at the Juilliard School, and also attended the University of Miami and Columbia University. In addition to Bellison, he studied with Alexander Williams, principal clarinetist of the NBC Symphony under Toscanini and Otto Conrad, principal clarinetist of Berlin Philharmonic.

         Mr. Forrest began his professional performing career in Washington, DC, as clarinet soloist with the prestigious United States Marine Band (the President's own) through the entirety of World War II.  Immediately afterwards, at age 26, he became principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra, professor of clarinet at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and established an enviable career as an acclaimed clarinet soloist and chamber artist.  Among his numerous recordings, his landmark renditions of Berg's Four Pieces, Weber's Gran Duo Concertante, Hindemith's Sonata and Mozart's Quintet in A major (with the Galimir String Quartet), and the Brahms Trio (with Bernard Greenhouse and Erno Balogh) are still highly prized.

       As a highly respected teacher, Sidney Forrest was most notably professor of clarinet at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University from 1946 to 1985.  And for 45 summers (1959–2004) he was a member of the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.  He also taught for 50 years at the Catholic University of America, and  served on the faculty of American University.  As evidence of his success, his former students have taken major orchestral positions in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Baltimore, Memphis, Stuttgart, London, and Paris.

        Numerous solo and chamber performances took place at such venues as the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, and the National Gallery in Washington, as well as many other places throughout the country.  One very special occasion was when he performed Copland's landmark Clarinet Concerto with the composer as conductor, at the Pan American Union in Washington.

      Mr. Forrest was also a respected clinician/adjudicator, judging and presenting master classes throughout this country and in Canada, and serving as a juror for the United States Fulbright Commission.  He published numerous arrangements of music for the clarinet, and regularly contributed of articles for various woodwind journals. He was actively teaching until his death just before his 95th birthday.


14 - 20 January 2018

Emona Festival 2018

















12 - 15 January 2018

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

2018 Louisiana Clarinet Symposium hosted this year by Northwestern State University. Check-in will begin at 8:30am, with events beginning at 9:00am. The day begins with a master class with our guest artist, Dr. Stephanie Zelnick. After a lunch break, the clarinet-filled day will continue with a Clarinet “Reed”Sources lecture/discussion and Clarinet Choir reading session. We will wrap up our day with a recital by our Guest Artist at 4:00pm. You don’t want to miss.


19 January 2018



20 January 2018

Louisiana Clarinet Symposium with VIP Stephanie Zelnick

Natchetoches, Louisiana

20 - 28 January 2018

Kryizowa, Poland

21 January 2018

Senior VIP Stanley Drucker Soloist performing Weber 1st Clarinet Concerto with the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey

West Windsor, New Jersey


YOCJ is pleased to announce our 2017-18 Guest Soloist and Master Class Clinician for our 40th

Anniversary Season: Stanley Drucker, New York Philharmonic former Principal Clarinetist! Mr. Drucker

will be performing Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor with our Symphonic

Orchestra, led by John Enz at our January 21, 2018, 7pm Winter Concert at TCNJ’s Kendall Hall.

Stanley Drucker will also lead an interactive Woodwind Master Class at 7pm on Tuesday March 13,

2018 at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North’s Theater. Please come join us for either or both of

these events!


21 January 2018 - 3 PM

Senior VIP Franklin Cohen Recital

Cleveland, Ohio


21 January 2018

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


21 - 22 January 2018

Palermo, Italy

21 - 26 January 2018

International Conducting Masterclass

Olumouc, Czech Republic


21 January 2018 - Application Deadline

US Navy Band Young Artists Competition

Washington, DC

Calling all talented young musicians! The application DEADLINE for our Young Artist Solo Competition is Jan. 28, 2018. Cash prizes available for second and third prize and the winner receives the $1,000 Ambassador Middendorf Young Artist Award and the opportunity to perform with the United States Navy Band. #NavyMusic #YoungArtist

Solo Competition Concert

Since 2001 the United States Navy Band has been proud to host and present the Young Artist Solo Competition. Encouraging young musicians is one of the Navy Band's educational objectives and we are pleased to offer this annual program as an opportunity for talented high school musicians to perform with the Concert Band.

Each year, students submit high-quality audio recordings for consideration in the preliminary round. The recordings are evaluated and a select number of finalists are invited to the historic Sail Loft at the Washington Navy Yard to audition in person. All finalists are invited to perform a work side by side with the Concert Band, the top three students receive cash prizes and the grand prize winner performs as the featured soloist with the Concert Band.

While the Navy Band is pleased to motivate and reward young musicians, the Solo Competition is often more than a platform for students seeking a future in music. While many past winners have gone on to pursue music professionally, a number of them have also pursued education and careers in a variety of different fields. The Navy Band is pleased to work with and inspire these outstanding young men and women!


22 January 2018

VIP Antonio Tinelli Master Class

Lunedi, Italy

23 - 27 January 2018

VIP Maureen Hurd-Hause French Tour with Recitals and Master Classes

Paris and Rouen, France


25 January 2018

VIP Wenzel Fuchs Klarinetten Studio Konzert at the Mozarteum Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria


26 January 2018

VIP D Ray McClellan Performance of Brahms at Georgia State University

26 January 2018

VIP Anneliene Van Wauwe Soloist Performing Magnus Lindburg's Clarinet Concerto with the Brussels Philharmonic

Flagey is devoting a major festival to the work of Arvo Pärt – and with him, a number of other composers from the Baltic states. Arvo Pärt is unparalleled in his ability to touch a nerve, for he was often deeply affected by world events. Paradise lost, that is the lament of Adam – but not for ever, not as long as there is more that unites us than what separates us.  A message that Peteris Vasks aptly conveys: Dona Nobis Pacem – grant us peace.

Flagey, Brussels Philharmonic, Vlaams Radio Koor


31 January 2018

Jose Franch Ballister Performs World Premiere by Saul Gomez-Soler

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


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