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Nielsen Clarinet Competition- May - June 2009

Rico Composition Competition for Boston Clarinet Day 09

Royal Welsh College Clarinet Convention - January 09

Towson Clarinet Seminar - 8 February

Buffet Clarinet Academy - 3 - 8 August 09

Indiana University Clarinet Workshop - 12 - 16 June 09

Beijing Clarinet Competition - 24 April - 4 May 09

Troy State University Clarinet Day - 28 March 09

Deutsche Klarinetten Symposium - Detmold, Germany - 20 - 22 March 09

Ohio University Clarinet Gala - 19 April 09

Clarinet Cornucopia - DeKalb University - 4 April 09

East Kentucky Clarinet Festival - 21 March 09

Buffet Clarinet Days - 26 - 30 March 09

International Chamber Music Festival - Positano, Italy - 13 - 24 July 09

Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium - 25 - 27 June 09

Anat Cohen Jazz at Lincoln Center & Carnegie Hall - 13 -29 March 09

Millersville Single Reed Symposium - 3 April 09

ClarinetFest - Porto, Portugal - 10 - 14 August 09

Clarinetopia - 18 - 21 June 09



               With the excitement of this new year with a new US President inaugurated, with the special honor bestowed on with a Chamber Music premiere at the Inauguration with Anthony McGill, Solo Clarinetist with the Metropolitan Opera along with Cellist Yo Yo Ma, and Violinist Izhak Perlman, gives a sense of unity that has not been seen for some years.   As the last year has seen, over 5 million hits have passed by WKA, a record, which indicates that the site has generated solid International interest and has become a primary resource to improve the musical and clarinet lives of those who follow the contents and opportunities shown.  In International areas, especially more remote places where opportunities are limited, the WKA provides for their full inclusion to the world community of players, other students, and teachers.  And it did not cost them any money to see or join. 

               Of vital interest to our Clarinet Alliance is the firm commitment to International unity of support and collaboration.  The organization site has been now been operating for 10 years, and originally met as an organization 20 years ago in Stuttgart, Germany with Sir Neville Marriner at the Head table of leadership.   Anyone observing the WKA Recognition Pages (3) will see that the Artist VIP's, all Officers, comprise the most important Clarinetists Internationally of our time, the true role models for any aspiring player and student, who all are prepared to serve to make this a group that fully supports all players.  Criterion to be a VIP includes accomplishment as a performer, teacher, and, commitment to the WKA mission to support the Clarinet community.  These Officers are not single sighted, and do not promote any organizations for their own gain to the exclusion of another.  In addition to the Artist VIP's, there are key Officials who are influential in innovating activities and programs within WKA, including Chairmen such as Academic Chairman, (Dr Robert Chesbro - Professor at Furman University), Performing Organization Chairman (Mitchell Estrin - Professor at the University of Florida), Student Affairs Chair Dr Alia Sabur - Professor of Nanotechnology at Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea, and Guinness Book of Records youngest Professor in history with a PhD at age 18 and Prodigy student of Ricardo Morales)   As mentioned in the WKA Introduction Page,  It is highly important for all teachers and Clarinet organizations to make WKA known to their students and members, as any other conduct would be a disservice to the students who are blocked from finding critical resource information that can ultimately affect their future access to opportunities.  Failure to reciprocate link a website should be an indicator that should alert the Clarinet Community to evaluate and reconsider membership affiliations. The purpose of WKA is to serve the entire Music and Clarinet Community, not itself.

              Unity is an important asset that will make a major impact in everyone's lives, and it is encouraged to promote -  everyone is welcome to make their views known and will be posted.


03/20/2009   Application deadline is June 15, 2009



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Buffet Crampon USA is pleased to announce the Artist Faculty for the 2009 Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy, to be held once again in Jacksonville, Florida August 3 – 8, 2009.


This year’s Artist Faculty features Ixi Chen of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dan Gilbert of the University of Michigan (formerly of the Cleveland  Orchestra), Eugene Mondie of the National Symphony, Gregory Raden of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and André Moisan of Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.


Audition materials and application information for the 2009 Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet will be posted within the next week!  For more information of if you have any questions about the Academy, please e-mail or call 866.434.9240.


              Last year’s Academy was an outstanding experience for the selected students.  Each student received a one-on-one lesson with each Artist Faculty member, numerous clinics and master classes with the Artist Faculty, music instrument technology seminars with Master Woodwind Technicians François Kloc and Bruce Marking, a tour of the Buffet Crampon USA North American Headquarters, and an opportunity to perform under the tutelage of the Academy Artist Faculty.  Previous Academies have culminated with a solo recital of the Academy Artist Faculty and the World Premiere Performance of a work commissioned for clarinet quintet featuring all five Artist Faculty members.  This year’s Academy will offer the same benefits!  The Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students selected to attend.

           Attached is a flier promoting the Academy and our Artist Faculty.  PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO ALL OF YOUR CLARINET STUDENTS and encourage them to apply for the Academy as it is an excellent opportunity to receive expert instruction from some of today’s pre-eminent clarinet artists.  Academy enrollment is limited to only 20 students, although students may audit the Academy to attend the master classes and clinics.  The application deadline is June 15, 2009, so please promote the Academy to your students and encourage them to audition.  Last year’s applicant pool was very strong but we want your students to apply for an even deeper group of candidates this year!

          If you have any questions about the Academy or would like more information, please contact Mary Marshall at or 866.434.9240, ext. 213.  We look forward to hearing your students during the audition process!



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Dear Clarinetists,

Carefully study these enclosed photos. If by chance you find these clarinets beware.

It's believed between the evenings of Thursday January 15, 2009 & Saturday January 17,
that a pair of custom clarinets made by Frank Hammerschmidt, Bb & A, where taken from

the home of Jozsef Balogh in Budapest, Hungary.  They are a product of many years of
research, experimentation, & testing. They are irreplaceable. Also, lost was an old
fashion German style case, several mouthpieces, including Bay, Pomarico, Frank, &
Sommer as well as caps & ligatures. If anyone has any idea on how to help recover
them, come forward. Please help get these one of kind instruments back to their rightful

owner as soon as possible.



Friends of Jozsef Balogh

Balogh József

Budapest 1054 Hold u 23 fsz6. Hungary

cell phone:+36 20 2583728  fax, and ph. +36 13 886689 Skype: jozsefbalogh56< /font> 



10 January, 2009

The Charlottesville Clarinet Workshop invites you to  its’ Winter event!

 To be held at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia -  James Tobin, Director

                 The workshop is designed to provide clarinetists with opportunities to work alongside professional performers and teachers.

Participants will rehearse with the workshop clarinet ensemble under the direction of James Tobin.  We will explore the relationships between melody and accompaniment along with those of dialogue, form, and theory.   An emphasis will be placed on good ensemble and how to achieve it.

Mark Greeley will provide masterclass instruction in classical clarinet, and Ben Redwine will provide a lively alternative:  “Intro to Improv” in which everyone will participate.

Ben will also be on hand to discuss mouthpieces and to present his Gennussa and Redwine products

Finally, the workshop will conclude with performances by the faculty and the workshop clarinet ensemble.

Ben Redwine

                         is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He began playing e-flat clarinet (because his hands were too small for the b-flat!) at the age of 6, studying with his grandfather, Loris Wiles who was principal clarinetist with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Ben earned a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1993, studying with Dr. David Etheridge and Steve Girko, and a master of music degree in clarinet performance at Louisiana State University in 1995, studying with Steve Cohen. Subsequently, Ben has studied with Ignatius Gennusa, Ben Armato and Christopher Wolfe.

                         Ben entered the U.S. Army in 1995, serving 4 years as solo clarinetist with the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1999, Ben has been a member of the United States Naval Academy Band, Annapolis, Maryland, where he currently serves as e-flat clarinet soloist in the concert band. In addition, he plays baritone saxophone in the Academy's jazz band. Other musical experiences include performances with many professional orchestras and leading his popular traditional style jazz band--the REDWINEJAZZ BAND.

He is a member of Washington Musica Viva, a chamber music ensemble that performs every month in the Washington, D.C. area. Ben is an official Buffet Crampon artist and performs exclusively on Buffet clarinets, Canyes Xilema reeds and Gennusa "Excellente" and REDWINE mouthpieces.

 Mark Greeley

                         is an award-winning clarinetist who has performed with professional orchestras in the United States and Europe.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech in 1998, his Master of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2000, and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University.  His principal teachers have included David Widder, Ronald de Kant and Frank Kowalsky. 

                         Mark has performed with professional orchestras in Virginia, Ohio, Florida, and in Lucca, Italy.  He can be heard on the Summit, Naxos and Koch International Classics labels.  In 2000, Mark was selected to be principal clarinet and klezmer soloist on a Grammy-Award winning recording with the critically acclaimed CCM Wind Symphony performing American Jewish wind music. He has commissioned several new works, including Diaphonic Etudes written for the Florida New Music Festival in 2001.          

                 Mr. Greeley has taught at Florida State University as well as coached chamber music at FSU and at CCM.  He has served as faculty member of several summer music institutes as well as given many master classes at various schools in Florida and Virginia.  Mark is currently an active teacher and performer in the Northern Virginia area.

 James Tobin

                         is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia.  He teaches throughout  central Virginia and is the director of the Youth Orchestra of Charlottesville-Albemarle Clarinet Ensemble. 

                         Mr. Tobin received his Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech and his Masters in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University.  He has studied with clarinetists Louis Greenspan, David Widder, Ken Lee, Greg Barrett, and Chuck West. 

                         James has performed with the Quad-Cities Symphony, the Virginia Consort, the Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia, the New River Chamber Winds, the New Lyric Theater, Heritage Repertory Theater, the UVa Faculty Chamber Series, and the Ash Lawn Opera Festival. 

                         James is currently a freelance clarinetist with a studio in Charlottesville whose students regularly compete for positions in Virginia’s All–State Band and Orchestra.


Master course with Prof. Charles Neidich at SCHWENK & SEGGELKE.

Bamberg, Germany - 16 -19 January 2009

Charles Neidich  

Schwenk & Seggelke - Workshop for hand-crafted Clarinets

Schwenk & Seggelke - Workshop for hand-crafted Clarinets

Schwenk & Seggelke - Workshop for hand-crafted Clarinets

                                   Welcome to


                            Schwenk & Seggelke

Workshop for hand-crafted Clarinets in Bamberg, Germany

On January, 16th to 19th 2009 a master course with with Prof. Charles Neidich will take place at SCHWENK & SEGGELKE.

The number of 'active' participants is limited to 10, 'passive' participants without limitation.

We will visit the concert in the Bamberg Symphony Hall together (Ticket already included in the workshop charge).

Booking is now possible.
€ 200,- for active participants
€ 100,- for passive participants

Rooms are available at the adjacent hotels and restaurants, e.g.:
Hotel Post Phone: (0) 951/980260
Brauerei Spezial Phone: (0) 951/24304
Brauerei Fässla Phone: (0) 951/26516 oder 22998
Bamberger Weissbierhaus Phone: (0) 951/25503

On Friday, January 16th, 20th, there is a concerto in the "Sinfonie an der Regnitz" concert hall in Bamberg, featuring Charles Neidich, clarinet, Michael Sanderling, cello, and Katsura Mizumoto, piano.

Download Application Form (PDF, 130 KB, German language)

Bio Charles Neidich (in english, PDF)

Anthony McGill, Solo Clarinetist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, invited to premiere a new Chamber work along with Gabriela Montero, Pianist,  Yo Yo Ma, Cellist, Iztek Perlman, Violinist,  and  written by John Williams for the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama 20 January 2009



                                                         Michael Norseworthy, and Tenri Cultural Institute for New Music Concerts in New York

Clarinetist Michael Norsworthy Featured in Japan-USA Musical Perspectives Concerts in New York on January 31 and Boston on February 7, 2009‏

           Clarinetist Michael Norsworthy will be featured in two concerts presented by Japan-USA Musical Perspectives on Saturday, January 31 – 4
PM at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43a West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave) in New York, New York and on Saturday, February 7 – 8 PM at
Fenway Center at Northeastern University, 77 St. Stephen Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

           The January 31 concert repertoire will include Christopher Bailey’s SL III for clarinet, cello and piano, Lyudmila German’s 6 Miniatures for
clarinet and cello, Miyuki Ito’s Darwin’s Dream for clarinet and cello, Hiroya Miura’s Shore for bass clarinet solo (World Premiere – written
for Michael Norsworthy) and Ronald Bruce Smith’s Something Suspicious (Small) for bass clarinet and live electronics. Other performers will be
clarinetist Meighan Stoops, cellist Dave Eggar and pianist Augustus Arnone.
            The February 7 concert repertoire will be Christopher Bailey’s The Stuffed Ones, Lyudmila German’s Dialogues II for piano and keyboard
echo, Miyuki Ito’s Non-color Color for piano and electronics, Hiroya Miura’s Shore for bass clarinet solo and Ronald Bruce Smith’s Something
Suspicious (Small) for bass clarinet and live electronics. Mr. Norsworthy will be joined for this concert by pianist Shiau-uen Ding.
           Tickets for the January 31 concert are $15 ($10 for students/seniors). For tickets and more information, call Tenri Cultural Institute at
212-645-2800 or visit
           The February 7 concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 617-266-4457.
           A dedicated and persuasive champion of the music of our own time, Michael Norsworthy has given premieres of over 80 works in collaboration with composers Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, Chris Dench, Pozzi Escot, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Lukas Foss, Hans Werner Henze, Magnus Lindberg, Ralph Shapey and Marc Anthony Turnage, among others.
         As soloist, Michael Norsworthy has performed an extensive repertoire of concerti, ranging from Mozart to Ferneyhough, with the Aspen
Contemporary Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, NEC Contemporary Ensemble, Pottstown Symphony, Soria Chamber Players, Southern Illinois Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica, while audiences have heard his numerous recitals in New York , Boston, Cambridge, Chicago and St. Louis.
Conductors he has worked with include Boulez, DePriest, Knussen, Levine, Muti, Robertson, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas and many others. Michael
Norsworthy plays on Buffet Clarinets and mouthpieces by Kalmen Opperman.


University of Portland      

  •  Clarinet Symposium - 4 February 2009

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Performing & Fine Arts: University of Portland Clarinet Symposium

Come to the University of Portland on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 for a day of clarinet performances, master classes, and instrument demonstrations and tryouts.  All are welcome, and it’s FREE.  No registration required

Featured Performers:

  • Michael Anderson (Eugene Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra)
  • Gregory Barrett (Northern Illinois University)
  • William Blayney (recording artist, teacher, Seattle)
  • David Gould (Vandoren Artistic Advisor, Brooklyn College Conservatory)
  • David Hattner (Conductor, Portland Youth Philharmonic; principal clarinet, Princeton Symphony)
  • Barbara Heilmair (Portland State University)
  • Cary Lewis (pianist, Lanier Trio)
  • Patrick Murphy (University of Portland)
  • Igor Shakhman (University of Portland; principal clarinet, Vancouver (WA) Symphony)
  • Todd Kuhns (Oregon Symphony Orchestra)


  • 12:30-1:30 Clarinet Recital featuring the guest clarinetists.  Mago Hunt Center Recital Hall.
  • 2:00-5:00 Master Classes and instrument displays.  Buckley Center room 163.
  • 5:00-6:45 Demonstration of instruments and equipment from Backun, Buffet, Selmer, and Vandoren. Buckley Center room 163.
  • 7:30 Concert featuring the guest clarinetists and the University of Portland Concert Band. Buckley Center Auditorium.


Free parking permits are required until 4 PM.  Drive in the main entrance on Wilammette Blvd., stop at the first building on the right (Pilot House), and go to the information desk in the lobby

February 4, 2009
For information: (503) 943-7228,

  • 503-943-7228
  • Directions & Maps
  • 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203-5798
  • © 2009 University of Portland, All Rights Reserved


Maryland Clarinet Seminar at Towson University

    Center for the Arts Recital Hall and Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall


For Clarinetists interested in New Music, note upcoming Performance of the Donald Martino Triple Clarinet Concerto in Program #2 with Soloists Michael Norsworthy, Gilad Harel, and Bohdan Hilash to be performed 18 February





news release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      PRESS CONTACT: Linda S. Golding

6 January 2009                                                                         212-496-1483;


                                                                                      New, Wired and Green

Five World Premieres for

ACO’s Orchestra Underground

February 20, 7:30PM at Zankel Hall

Margaret Brouwer and Kasumi collaborate in multimedia sci-fi “sample opera”;

Rand Steiger uses new technology to tap into the earth’s frozen surfaces;

New commissions by up-and-coming composers Kati Agócs and Fang Man;

David Schiff “Stomps” out an updated James Brown tribute.

 The program repeats February 22, 7:30PM, the International House at

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

American Composers Orchestra, the nation’s most consistently adventurous champion of new orchestral work returns Underground for five World Premieres at 7:30PM on Friday, February 20, presented by Carnegie Hall at Zankel Hall. The concert continues ACO’s cutting-edge Orchestra Underground series that redefines orchestral music with new composers, new influences, new multimedia collaborations, and new technologies.

 This concert program features:

       Margaret Brouwer and Kasumi’s BREAKDOWN, a sample-based hybrid opera in one act reaches out into new areas of invention and collaboration, with composer Brouwer making a first venture into a new medium, with video/sound artist Kasumi, who specializes in working with found video objects. The artists worked together on every note and every image giving a new meaning to the word “collaboration.” BREAKDOWN marks both Brouwer’s and Kasumi’s first work with ACO;

     Rand Steiger’s Cryosphere braids multiple media in new ways as he mixes real-time digital audio signal processing and spatialization of traditional instruments through new live electronics developed by music software creator Miller Puckette;

     Kati Agócs (Pearls) and Fang Man (Resurrection), two young composers who first came to ACO’s attention through its highly regarded Emerging Composers programs. Pearls begins with the Gospel premise that heaven is likened to an invaluable pearl that leads the finder to sell all possessions in order to acquire it. Resurrection is a clarinet concerto for ACO’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Derek Bermel and will juxtapose Eastern and Western music traditions. The work is influenced by Kandinsky’s Composition V–Resurrection and is the result of Fang Man’s winning ACO’s 2006 annual Underwood Emerging Composers Commission.

 David Schiff’s Stomp is “re-lit” in a new version and new orchestration in the composer’s raucous tribute to the “hardest working man in show business.”

 The evening will be led by the intrepid genre-crossing conductor, George Manahan, in his first concert performance with ACO.

 The program repeats February 22, 7:30PM, the International House at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

Fang Man: Resurrection - Clarinet Concerto (World Premiere, ACO/Underwood Commission)

Fang Man’s Resurrection is a result of the 2006 Underwood New Music Readings and Commission. The work is a clarinet concerto influenced by Kandinsky’s Composition V–Resurrection in which Eastern and Western music traditions are juxtaposed. In two continuous movements, the work first utilizes Western techniques and then material from a Beijing opera titled The Battle of Jiu Jiang Kou, along with electronic manipulation of various sounds. For this premiere, ACO’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence, Derek Bermel, is the featured soloist.

Originally from China, Ms. Fang received her undergraduate degree in composition from Beijing Central Conservatory in 2000. She was subsequently awarded a fellowship from the Cecil Effinger Foundation to pursue further studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since fall 2002, she has been pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Cornell University, where she studies composition with Steven Stucky and Roberto Sierra, piano with Xak Bjerken, and digital/computer music with David Borden. In 2006, she was one of ten composers chosen by IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Centre Pompidou Paris, France) to participate in the computer and composition program.

Derek Bermel, clarinet

Derek Bermel’s clarinet playing has been hailed by The New York Times as “brilliant” and “first rate.” He premiered his own critically acclaimed clarinet concerto, Voices, with the American Composers Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and revisited it with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the BBC Symphony in London, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (John Adams conducting). Bermel is the founding clarinetist of Music from Copland House, a creative center for American Music. He has premiered dozens of new works for clarinet in appearances as soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe, including recitals in New York, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Detroit, Jerusalem, The Hague, Paris, and radio broadcasts on the BBC (London), NCRV (Amsterdam), and WQXR (New York). Bermel is also the ACO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence and will have a new orchestral work premiered on the May 1 ACO Orchestra Underground concert.

Margaret Brouwer and Kasumi: BREAKDOWN, A sample-based hybrid opera in one act  (World Premiere/ACO Commission)

This performance marks Margaret Brouwer’s first performance with ACO and her first collaboration with a medium outside of music. Working with video/sound artist Kasumi to create BREAKDOWN, she has mined melodic lines and rhythms to imitate spoken text, all of which is “found art.” The work unfolds in four scenes depicting, among other things, a UFO, a controlling government, a country anesthetized by consumerism, and rigged voting booths.

Brouwer served as head of the composition department and holder of the Vincent K. and Edith H. Smith Chair in Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1996 to 2008. She is the recipient of an award from the American Academy of Arts and letters in 2006, was named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2004, and was awarded an Ohio Council for the Arts Individual Fellowship for 2005. In January 2006, Naxos released a CD of her orchestral music called Aurolucent Circles, featuring Evelyn Glennie, solo percussionist, and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Gerard Schwarz conducting. Her music has been performed throughout the U.S. and is published by Pembroke Music Co., Inc., a division of Carl Fischer LLC.

Kasumi, video/sound artist

Kasumi, recognized as one the leading innovators of a new art form synthesizing sound, film, and live video manipulation, has won acclaim for her “video/sound recursions.” In performance venues and with collaborators worldwide her work has excited diverse audiences—from Lincoln Center, where she appeared on stage with the New York Philharmonic, to live shows with Grandmaster Flash and DJ Spooky. Kasumi is also noted for her highly charged commentary on world politics, including “The Free Speech Zone,” her critically acclaimed reflections on the Bush administration’s foreign and domestic policies. Her live performance of that work at Stuttgart’s Württembergischen Kunstverein was described by the Stuttgarter Nachricten as “a modern age version of Francesco Goya’s ‘Disasters of War’.”

 Rand Steiger: Cryosphere (World Premiere, ACO Commission)

Rand Steiger’s Cryosphere, inspired by the Earth’s frozen surfaces, represents his recent foray into real-time digital audio signal processing and spatialization of traditional instruments. In this work, he will use microphones to capture the sounds of winds, brass, harps, principal strings, and percussion instruments, whose signals will be transformed by a computer that runs software developed at University of California at San Diego by Miller Puckette. These transformed instrumental sounds then emerge from small speakers located within the orchestra to enable them to blend naturally with their original sources.

Steiger is chair of the music department at the University of California, San Diego. He is a founding member of the new music group California Ear Unit and frequently conducts new music ensembles throughout the U.S. His works have been performed at IRCAM and by leading ensembles such as La Jolla Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Southbank Sinfonia, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he served as Composer Fellow from 1987 through 1989.

Miller Puckette, electronics

Miller Puckette obtained a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT (1980) and Ph. D. in Mathematics from Harvard (1986). He was a member of MIT’s Media Lab from its inception until 1987, and then a researcher at IRCAM. There he wrote the Max program for MacIntosh computers. Puckette is Associate Director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). He is currently working on a new real-time software system for live musical and multimedia performances called Pure Data (“PD”), in collaboration with many other artists/researchers/programmers worldwide. In 1997 Puckette joined the Global Visual Music project. Since 2004 he has performed with the hi-tech ensemble Convolution Brothers.

Kati Agócs: Pearls  (World Premiere, ACO Commission)

Kati Agócs makes her ACO debut with Pearls, a work designed “to make use of the exquisite (jeweled) sonorities possible in the chamber orchestra with single winds and brass.” In six movements, the work alternates chorales with peregrinations. The title comes from the New Testament book of Matthew, in which heaven is likened to an invaluable pearl that leads the finder to sell all that he has in order to buy it.

Ms. Agócs is originally from Canada and now lives in New York City. She holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School and is also an alumna of the Aspen Music School, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, and Sarah Lawrence College. Awards include a Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the United States Department of Education, a Presser Foundation Award, and honors from ASCAP in their Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

David Schiff: Stomp (re-lit) (World Premiere)

David Schiff’s Stomp was commissioned in 1990 as a concert opener by Marin Alsop for the chamber orchestra Concordia. Not originally designed to conjure anyone, it became a tribute to soul artist James Brown when Schiff realized that the recurring motive he was using was similar to one found in Brown’s signature I Feel Good. For this ACO performance, Schiff has reworked the orchestration, adding two saxophones and a tuba, which changed the details of the harmony and texture throughout the piece.

Schiff is the R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. His major works include the opera Gimpel the Fool, with libretto by I. B. Singer; the Sacred Service, written for the 125th anniversary of Congregation Beth Israel of Portland; Slow Dance, commissioned by the Oregon Symphony; Speaking in Drums, a concerto for timpani and string orchestra commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra for its timpanist, Peter Kogan; and Solus Rex, for bass trombone and chamber ensemble commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Schiff is also the author of The Music of Elliott Carter (Cornell University Press) and George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Cambridge University Press) as well as many articles on music for The New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Opera News, and Tempo.

George Manahan, conductor

George Manahan most recently led ACO during the 2006 Underwood New Music Readings, during which he conducted Fang Man’s Black and White, Movement No. 1. As Music Director of New York City Opera, Mr. Manahan is especially well-known for his leadership of diverse productions such as La fanciulla del West (Puccini), Daphne (Strauss), Ermione (Rossini), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc), Die tote Stadt (Korngold), and Lizzie Borden (Beeson). Prior to leading New York City Opera, Mr. Manahan was Music Director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Virginia) from 1987 to 1998, acting Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1985, and principal conductor with the Minnesota Opera from 1988 to 1996. He has also conducted numerous other orchestras and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad.

 Mr. Manahan’s recordings include Edward Thomas’s Desire Under the Elms with the London Symphony, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003, Steve Reich’s Tehillim, on the EMI-Warner Brothers label, and two albums of 20th-century concertos for clarinet featuring Richard Stolzmann. He received his formal musical training at the Manhattan School of Music, studying conducting with Anton Coppola and George Schick and was appointed to the faculty of the school upon his graduation in 1976. After the Juilliard School awarded him a fellowship as Assistant Conductor with the American Opera Center, he began his professional activities as a pianist and coach at the Santa Fe Opera in 1978. In 1980, Mr. Manahan was chosen as the Exxon Arts Endowment Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony. That same year he made his Santa Fe Opera conducting debut in the American premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s opera Von Heute auf Morgen. Within short order, debuts followed with other leading North American opera companies and orchestras.

Ticket Info

Tickets for the February 20 Zankel Hall performance are $38 and $48 and can be purchased via CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800,, or at the Carnegie Hall Box Office. Subscriptions are also available.

Tickets for the February 22 concert at the International House at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia are $22 and are available by calling 215-898-3900 or online at

About ACO

        Now in its 32nd year, American Composers Orchestra is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers. ACO is extending its mission, making the creation of new opportunities for American composers and new American orchestral music its central purpose. Through its concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues, recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, New Music Readings, and commissions, ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national, and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. ACO also serves as an incubator of ideas, research, and talent, as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras, and as an advocate for American composers and their music.

To date, ACO has performed music by 500 American composers, including 150 world premieres and newly commissioned works. Among the orchestra’s innovative programs have been Sonidos de las Américas, six annual festivals devoted to Latin American composers and their music; Coming to America, a program immersing audiences in the ongoing evolution of American music through the work of immigrant composers; Orchestra Tech, a festival and long-term initiative to integrate new digital technologies in the symphony orchestra; Improvise!, a festival devoted to the exploration of improvisation and the orchestra; Playing it Unsafe, a new laboratory for the research and development of experimental new works for orchestra; and, of course, Orchestra Underground, ACO’s entrepreneurial cutting-edge orchestral ensemble that embraces new technology, eclectic instruments, influences, and spatial orientation of the orchestra, new experiments in the concert format, and multimedia and multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Among the honors ACO has received are special awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and from BMI recognizing the orchestra’s outstanding contribution to American music. ASCAP has awarded its annual prize for adventurous programming to ACO 30 times, singling out ACO as “the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States,” and most recently Awarding ACO the 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming. ACO received the inaugural METLife Award for Excellence in Audience Engagement, and a proclamation from the New York City Council. ACO recordings are available on ARGO, CRI, ECM, Point, Phoenix USA, MusicMasters, Nonesuch, Tzadik, and New World Records. More information about American Composers Orchestra is available online at

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Major support of American Composers Orchestra is provided by The Achelis Foundation, Amphion Foundation, Arlington Associates, ASCAP, ASCAP Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, BMI, BMI Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Edward T. Cone Foundation, Consolidated Edison, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Fromm Music Foundation, GAP Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, Jephson Educational Trust, Jerome Foundation, John and Evelyn Kossak Foundation, Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, Meet The Composer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Virgil Thomson Foundation, Paul Underwood Charitable Trust, The Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation and The Helen F. Whitaker Fund.

 ACO programs are also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and by NY City Council Member Gale A. Brewer.

 ACO’s residency at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is made possible by The Philadelphia Music Project, an Artistic Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by the University of the Arts.

 Derek Bermel is the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with American Composers Orchestra. Music Alive is a national program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet The Composer.

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 The full text of this press release is available online at:

 american composers orchestra

Robert Beaser, Artistic Director  |  Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor Laureate

Steven Sloane, Principal Guest Conductor  |  Derek Bermel, Music Alive Composer-in-Residence

240 West 35th Street, Suite 405   New York, NY 10001-2506

Phone: 212.977.8495  Fax: 212.977.8995










 26 - 28 February 2009 - Ostend, Belgium  -   Guido Six, Director


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28 February, 2009


Big 12 Clarinet Day

Artist Faculty:

Professors Gregory Oakes - Iowa State University

Dr David Etheridge - University of Oklahoma and Director of Annual Clarinet Symposium

Richard MacDowell - University of Texas at Austin

Location:  Iowa State University Music Hall - Starting 9 am and all day

                   Admission Free  - for more information, contact Professor Gregory Oakes


28 February - 1 March 2009

University of Alabama at Birmingham




UAB Department of Music presents the 7th Annual UAB Clarinet Retreat - Dr Denise Gainey, Director

Event Information



Begin Date:

Saturday, February 28, 2009

End Date:

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Other Location:

Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. S.

A retreat for clarinetists of all ages.
The weekend features recitals, rehearsals and master classes with clinicians as well as a final concert. All recitals and the concert are free and open to the public. For information or to register, contact retreat coordinator and UAB associate professor of clarinet Denise Gainey, D.M.A., at or call 205-975-0558.


2-day event


Contact Information



Web Site:


Payment Information


Fee for participants only



Clarinetist Michael Norsworthy Featured in Boston Modern Orchestra Project Chamber Concert on March 3 in Boston‏, Massachussetts

Clarinetist Michael Norsworthy will be featured in a special Boston Modern Orchestra Project chamber concert and art exhibition titled
Wandelprobe, presented by BMOP and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Grossman Gallery and Anderson Auditorium of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The
Fenway in Boston, Massachusetts.
This will be an exploration of the creative process, in conjunction with the school’s Student Annual Exhibition. The audience will be guided by
musicians and visual artists who will demonstrate the evolution of art from conception to performance to public unveiling. Led by BMOP
composer-in-residence Lisa Bielawa, the evening features Museum School artists and BMOP musicians. Mr. Norsworthy will present a new work by
composer Marti Epstein.

Other featured artists will be Daniel Johnson, painter/video artist, Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello, Asher Tal-Nir, sound artist and Andrew
Vores, composer
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call BMOP at 781-324-0396, or visit Visit the Orchestra at
A dedicated and persuasive champion of the music of our own time, Michael Norsworthy has given premieres of over 80 works in collaboration
with composers Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, Chris Dench, Pozzi Escot, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Lukas Foss, Hans Werner
Henze, Magnus Lindberg, Ralph Shapey and Marc Anthony Turnage, among others.
As soloist, Michael Norsworthy has performed an extensive repertoire of concerti, ranging from Mozart to Ferneyhough, with the Aspen
Contemporary Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, NEC Contemporary Ensemble, Pottstown Symphony, Soria Chamber Players, Southern Illinois Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica, while audiences have heard his numerous recitals in New York , Boston, Cambridge, Chicago and St. Louis.
Conductors he has worked with include Boulez, DePriest, Knussen, Levine, Muti, Robertson, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas and many others. Michael
Norsworthy plays on Buffet Clarinets and mouthpieces by Kalmen Opperman.
For more information about clarinetist Michael Norsworthy, including a bio, reviews and much more, please visit the newly redesigned Downloadable photos are available at His Newsletter is online at You can also contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Texas A&M University-Commerce



                        Clarinet Day, 

                                     Founded and Directed by Dr. Mary Alice Druhan



Guest Artists:

Greg Raden, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Michael Norseworthy, Boston Conservatory

Dr. Mary Alice Druhan, Dallas Wind Symphony & TAMU




Saturday, March 7, 2009

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Music Building


Open and Free to all clarinetists

and music teachers! 


No registration required.


Founded and Directed by Dr. Mary Alice Druhan

 Schedule of Events

 *All events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

9:00 a.m. Middle School Master Class

For application to perform CLICK HERE. (Observation does not require application.)

Middle school clarinetists from the NE Texas Region coached by Jennifer Mendez.


9:00 a.m. High School Master Class

For application to perform CLICK HERE. (Observation does not require application.)

High school clarinetists from the NE Texas Region coached by Dr. Druhan and guest artist(s).


10:15 a.m. High School Solo Competition

For Rules, qualifications, and application to compete CLICK HERE.

This event will be judged by Dr. Druhan and Jennifer Mendez.


10:15 a.m. College Master Class

TAMU-C clarinetists coached by guest artist(s).


11:30 a.m. LUNCH

Lunch provided by TAMU-C music organizations at a reasonable price. (Details will follow.)


1:00 p.m. Clinic A- Orchestral Excerpts

TAMU-C Students get coached on orchestral literature.


1:00 p.m. Clinic B- Solo Performances

High School students get coached on solo competition taking.


1:00 p.m. Clinic C- Clarinet Fundamentals

Middle School students get coached on improving their skills.


2:30 p.m. Guest Artist Clarinet Recital

Performances by guest clarinetists including Dr. Druhan and the TAMU-C Clarinet ensembles.


4:30 p.m. Topic 1- Applying for College

High School students get coached on key points for college auditions.


4:30 p.m. Topic 2- Applying for Graduate School

College students get coached on the next step to their education.


6:00 p.m. Event Dinner

Guests are invited to meet at Lone Star Eatery for dinner (on your own).

Guest Artists:

Greg Raden, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Michael Norseworthy, Boston Conservatory

Dr. Mary Alice Druhan, Dallas Wind Symphony & TAMU-C














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Anat Cohen

Hello good people
A few fun shows are coming up:

Fri & Saturday March 13 & 14
Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Rose Theater, NYC at 8 PM
Brazilian Stories with Paquito D'Rivera & Leny Andrade
Dario Eskenazi on piano
Oscar Stagnaro on bass
Mark Walker on drums
And guests:
Anat Cohen on Clarinet and Sax
Romero Lubambo on guitar
A night of Brazilian sambas, choros, and bossa nova with the great Paquito D'Rivera and the amazing Leny Andrade of whom the NY Times says is a performer whose voice seems to contain the body and soul of Brazil.
Jazz at Lincoln Center is located on Broadway at 60th St. NYC
FOR reservations please call 212-721-6500

Wednesday March 18th:
Birdland, NYC
5:30 to 8 PM (a longer stretch than usual)
David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band with:
David Ostwald on tuba, Randy Sandke on trumpet, Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Anat Cohen on clarinet, Mark Shane on piano, and Kevin Dorn on drums
**This evening is a celebration of record producer and jazz scholar George Avakian who is turning 90 !
George has made wonderful recordings with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Duke Ellington to Johnny Mathis t0 Buck Clayton to Miles Davis to Eddie Condon to Jimmy Rushing, the CHICAGO JAZZ sessions for Decca and on and on . . . .
Birdland is Located at 315 West 44th Street
For reservations please call 212-581-3080.

Sunday March 29th, Reading PA
3 PM
Miller Center for the Arts part of the Berks JazzFest
Anat Cohen Quartet with:
Joe Martin on Bass
Daniel Freedman on Bass
TBA on Piano
Miller Center for the Arts is located at the Reading Area Community College @
4 North Second Street, Reading, PA
Phone: 610.607.6205

Coming up:
April 2nd at Carnegie Hall in NYC
8:30 PM
Zankel Hall
Howard Alden, Guitar, Regina Carter, Violin, Evan Christopher, Clarinet, Jimmy Cobb, Drums, Anat Cohen, Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone, Dick Hyman, Piano, Jay Leonhart, Bass, Ken Peplowski, Clarinet, Bucky Pizzarelli, Guitar, Larry Ridley, Bass, Randy Sandke, Trumpet, Lew Tabackin, Tenor Saxophone, Warren Vache, Trumpet, George Wein, Piano, Jackie Williams, Drums
The jazz of Ellington, Basie, Lunceford, Goodman, Holiday, and so many others of their era brought my wife Joyce and me together. This concert, dedicated to Joyce, reflects the music of that golden age of jazz and is performed by musicians who knew and loved Joyce. (George Wein)

***On March 13th from 10 pm to Midnight Swedish time Swedish Radio will air a concert my quartet gave at club Faching in Stockholm. The show was recorded on February 24th by Swedish Radio. You can listen on the web by copying and pasting the following link: /.
*With Jason Lindner on Piano, Joe Martin on Bass and Daniel Freedman on Drums.

Thank you, like always, for supporting live music around the world



                          Charles Neidich

Saturday, March 21. 2009

Center for the Performing Arts, Illinois State University,
Normal, Illinois

A master class and a recital presented by Charles C. Neidich, Clarinetist - Faculty, Juilliard School, International Soloist, Judge at Geneva and upcoming Beijing Clarinet Competition

Master Class 3:30-6:00pm, recital at 8pm

How much: Master Class is free. Recital tickets are $6 for general
admission and $4 for students with ID. There are plenty of restaurants
close by to go eat between the master class and the recital.

Charles C. Neidich, clarinet with Momoko Gresham, piano. The
master class will feature students from Illinois State U. and other area
The concert program includes music by Brahms, Faure, Poulenc, Carter,
Saint-Saens & Neidich.

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6. Symposium der Deutschen Klarinetten-Gesellschaft e.V.

                        Freitag, den 20., bis Sonntag, den 22. März 2009

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Hochschule für Musik Detmold

„Die Klarinette im Unterricht. Methodisch-didaktische Aspekte vom Anfang bis zur Hochschulreife“

Das vorläufige Programm können Sie hier ansehen und ausdrucken:


Vorläufiges Programm downloaden (PDF)



Deutsche Klarinetten-Gesellschaft e.V.  |  eMail  |  internet by Andreas N. Schubert




Buffet Crampon USA is pleased to announce upcoming BUFFET CRAMPON DAYS!  See below for the next BUFFET CRAMPON DAY near you for great specials and giveaways on BUFFET CRAMPON woodwinds, ANTOINE COURTOIS PARIS brass and BESSON brass!


3/25/09  4-8pm


Naperville, IL

(630) 983-5100

Artist appearing:  STEVE COHEN


3/26  3-8pm


Mobile, AL

(251) 663-8944


3/31  4-8pm


Wilkes Barre, PA


Artist appearing:  DEBORAH ANDRUS


4/1  4-8pm


Williamsport, PA


Artist appearing:  ROBERT DILUTIS


4/2  4-8pm


State College, PA


Artist appearing:  RON SAMUELS


4/8  3-7pm


Des Moines, IA

(515) 262-0365

Artist appearing:  GREGORY OAKES


4/15  4-8pm


Kansas City, MO


Artist appearing:  CINDY PRICE SVEHLA


4/27  2-8pm


Oswego, NY

(315) 349-7477

Artist appearing:  ROBERT DILUTIS




For more information on BUFFET CRAMPON DAYS, please call 866.434.9240 or e-mail


Announcing Midwest ClariFest March 27, 2009

University of Nebraska,  Dr Diane Barger, Director

The UNL clarinet studio is looking forward to the 13th annual Midwest ClariFest with special guest artist Dr. John Masserini. All events will take place in Kimball Recital Hall on the UNL campus. There is no registration fee for the festival and clarinetists of all ages are encouraged to attend.


Dr. John Masserini, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Northern Arizona University

Clarinetist John Masserini is an active performer and teacher who accepts several invitations each year to perform at universities, conferences, and performing arts venues as recitalist, collaborative chamber musician, and collaborative performing artist. Dr. Masserini’s international invitations include the International Clarinet Association Conferences in 2003 (Salt Lake City, Utah), 2005 (Tokyo, Japan), and 2006 (Atlanta, Georgia), and the 2006 International Double Reed Society Conference (Muncie, Indiana). National and regional invitations include a guest artist appearance at the 2009 Midwest ClariFest at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; a concerto soloist with the Idaho State University Wind Ensemble at the 2004 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Northwest Regional Conference (Reno, Nevada); and annual performances at the Idaho/Montana Clarinet Conference from 2001-2008, among others.

Dr. Masserini is also currently working with longtime collaborator Melanie Kloetzel, Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Calgary, on a grant-funded project that combines music, dance/movement, and various forms of media. This follows previous collaborative performances at Collision 2006: A Symposium on Interarts and Interdisciplinary Practices (Vancouver, British Columbia) and a main-stage appearance at the 2006 On the Boards – Northwest New Works Festival (Seattle, Washington). A film derived from their work, Icarus Fried, appeared in several film festivals including the 2007 Danca em Foco, International Festival of Video and Dance (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), DANSCAMDANSE 2007 International Dance Film Festival (Ghent, Belgium), and the 2007 Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (Boulder, Colorado).

Dr. Masserini is currently the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Northern Arizona University and a member of Kokopelli Winds, the Faculty Woodwind Quintet at NAU. Prior to his appointment at NAU, he was Associate Professor of Music at Idaho State University from 2001-2008. He also occasionally performs in clarinet sections of professional symphony orchestras and pits of touring Broadway shows. Dr. Masserini earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University where he studied with Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of New Mexico where he studied with Professor Keith Lemmons.

For more information Contact Dr Diane Barger, Professor of Clarinet




                          Rarescale Bass Clarinet course on the Scottish island of Raasay

30th March - 3rd April 2009 , Sarah Watts, Director



     Rarescale on Raasay 


 rarescale course on the scottish island of Raasay

30th March - 3rd April 2009

The course will be held at Raasay House, and will be run by:

Carla Rees - alto and bass flutes
Sarah Watts - bass clarinet
Michael Oliva - composition

The course will include masterclasses, individual tuition, ensemble work and a chance to perform in a concert.

Fees: £300
Students in Full Time Education - £200

Accommodation should be booked separately       

Further information to follow shortly.

Please Contact me for further details on Raasay or the course.








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