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July 2016 Newsletter




29 June - 3 July 2016


Istanbul Woodwind Festival


Istanbul, Turkey






1 -12 July 2016


Aria Music Academy


2016 Intensive Boot Camp Sessions
Age Limits: 16-28 Years Old
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, USA

Session I: July 1-12
Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet

Session II: July 14-25
Violin, Cello, Flute

Session III: July 27-August 7
Violin, Cello, Flute


Private lessons, master classes and workshops on technique, intelligent and efficient practicing, musicianship, performance, auditions, and career.




Deborah Chodacki
July 5-7
Louisiana State University
Ken Grant
July 7-11
Eastman School
Jonathan Gunn
July 8-11
Cincinnati College-Conservatory & Principal, Cincinnati Symphony
Ron Samuels
July 2-4
Duquesne University & Pittsburgh Symphony
Guy Yehuda
July 2-6
Michigan State University

















1 - 22 July 2016




2 - 9 July 2016 - Application Deadline: 10 June 2016


Ostrava, Czech Republic




2 - 9 July 2016


Prague Clarinet Days


Czech Republic





3 - 17 July 2016 - Application Deadline: 15 February 2016



Masterworks Music Festival with Diana Haskell - Clarinetist in St Louis Symphony


Cedarville, Ohio






Washington Post: "Few clarinetists play with such love, intelligence and delight in their instrument's capacities..." (Tim Page) 

"The MasterWorks Clarinet Intensive really helped me grow in my musical technique as well as in my faith. Diana Haskell is so special because she is able to create a wonderful balance between being a spiritual mentor and being an assertive clarinet teacher. Her vast experience of playing Eb clarinet professionally also gave us the opportunity to learn how to make the Eb clarinet an amazing auxiliary to play."  (Laura Hundert, Eastman School of Music, Clarinet Intensive Student, 2015) 

I enjoyed every moment at the MasterWorks Clarinet Intensive program! The amount of individual attention we were given over the two weeks was incredibly helpful because our instructor was able to really know our playing ability. I  learned so much about my own playing and was challenged to be even better throughout my time at WISP. One of my favorite parts was how the instructors incorporated our faith into our music lessons. The testimonials throughout the weeks were inspiring and have helped me grow as a continual follower of Christ. (Julia Janda, Artist Diploma, UMKC, Clarinet Intensive 2015)

Clarinet Intensive program at MasterWorks Festival will be held from July 3-July 17, 2016. Go to MasterWorks Festival website for details on fees and auditions.

Clarinet Intensive is designed for conservatory, university and advanced high school clarinetists motivated to refine their musical abilities through intense individual study, all within a collaborative Christian environment. Note: one does not need to be a Christian to attend! 

Clarinet Intensive is ideal for students desiring to learn or master solo, recital, audition or concerto repertoire. Students may also use their time in refining fundamentals. Three hours of practice time are scheduled each day, along with personal mentoring, two private lessons per week, devotions, a mock audition, performance classes and recitals. To optimize practice time, clarinet chamber groups will be assigned as time permits.

Festival-wide spiritual activities occur throughout the day in an integration of faith and art. Bible study materials are geared towards biblical issues relating to artists. Small groups of students and faculty meet Monday through Thursday and are a requirement for all festival participants. Please refer to the spiritual life section on the MasterWorks website for more information.

Students will receive the most benefit at Clarinet Intensive by bringing upcoming repertoire for study. To optimize practice and performance time, clarinet chamber groups will be assigned only if time permits. Mrs. Haskell will be happy to assist in choosing repertoire based on conversations with each student prior to coming to MasterWorks.


A typical day for Clarinet Intensive Students:


8                  Breakfast
8:30             Short devotional 
9                  Individual practice and private lessons
12                Lunch and faculty devotional
1                  Festival-wide quiet time
2                  Master/performance classes, lessons
5:30             Dinner
6:30             Faculty-led small group Bible study 
8 pm            Concerts


Specialized classes will include topics such as:


•    Intelligent Practice
•    Anxiety and Nerves from a Christian perspective
•    Implied Harmony As Basis for Phrasing in Etudes
•    Auditions: Practical Help for Succeeding
•    Reed Work 

Clarinet Intensive is open to qualified students ages 17-26 at time of festival. Students will be selected after video auditions. Click HERE for audition and application requirements. 

Early application date is February 15, 2016. After February 15, applications will still be accepted as space permits. Apply now!  NOTE: Apply through Wind Intensive Study Program on the drop down menu.

Questions about Clarinet Intensive program? Contact Diana Haskell at:

Questions about applications or financial aid? Contact:






4 - 8 July 2016


Chamber Music Master Classes with Reinhard Wieser


Vienna, Austria






4 - 9 July 2016





4 - 9 July 2016


25th Cursos International Estoril Music Course with Antonio Saiote




4 - 29 July 2016


Morningside Music Bridge Festival



Beijing, China


              Morningside Music Bridge is a summer classical music training program for advanced violin, viola, cello, piano and clarinet students, ages 12-18

Each year, 60 young musicians from around the world gather to learn from top international instructors, perform in memorable public venues, participate in prestigious concerto and chamber music competitions, and bond with one another through the exquisite language of music.


           Celebrating its 20th year, the 2016 Morningside Music Bridge will be held in Beijing, China

For complete information on the 2016 program go to or for audition requirements and how to apply, contact



Clarinet Faculty including Senior VIP Franklin Cohen - 4 - 15 July


Fan Lei

Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Teaching Dates: July 4 - 22

Frank Cohen

Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music
Teaching Dates: July 4 - 15

Wei Leng William Chen

Taipei Symphony Orchestra
Teaching Dates: July 18 - 29




5 - 9 July 2016


Clarinet Academy of America at University of Maryland  - VIP's Robert DiLutis and D Ray McClellan, Directors


College Park, Maryland



6 - 12 July 2016


Ostend, Belgium




                                            Study clarinet with three of the world's respected pedagogues in beautiful Ostend, Belgium!



Robert Spring
Professor of Clarinet
Arizona State University

Deborah Bish
Associate Professor of Clarinet
Florida State  University

Eddy Vanoosthuyse
Principal Clarinet
Brussels Philharmonic
Clarinet Professor
Royal Conservatory Gent

Wednesday, July 6 - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuition 500 Euros


More information:


Daily study includes private lessons, master classes, recital performances, classes on warming up, reed making and adjusting, orchestral performing, and audition success. Housing will be with guest families.


Since 1996, the Belgian Clarinet Academy had provided a week long, intensive immersion in clarinet. Each student receives at least 3 private lessons, participates in clarinet ensembles, receives chamber music coaching, observes and performs in master classes and has the opportunity to take classes in special topics like reed making and adjusting, audition preparation, effective practice and even period clarinet performance. The whole course is based on the philosophy that the more you perform, observe, be observed and interact with other clarinetists, the better clarinetist you become!


We share lunch and coffee breaks together during each day for the specific goal that we have the chance to interact in both a personal and professional setting. Our evening recitals, accompanied by professional pianists, are open to the public and draw a full house!


While we don't offer scholarships, the tuition is extremely low and free housing is provided with host families. Many students return  every year and request the same families! It is a wonderful way to experience Belgian culture. Guido Six works diligently to make certain the families match each student.

Copyright © 2015 Belgian Clarinet Academy. All Rights Reserved. Website by:



7 - 11 July 2016


Frank Kowalsky sitting next to a piano teaching a studnet in the foreground that is wearing a baseball cap and holding a clarinet


Summer Clarinet Experience with Dr Frank Kowalsky at Central Washington University


Ellensburg, Washington



7 - 15 July 2016






11 - 16 July 2016



Buffet Summer Clarinet Academy at Northern Florida University


Jacksonville, Florida


The NEW Summer Clarinet Academy website is LIVE! Please visit the site for everything you need to know about applying to the 2016 Academy, including application and audition materials. Follow this link to learn more!


VIP Artist Faculty

VIP's Ixi Chen (Cincinatti Symphony), Mark Nuccio (Houston Symphony), Pascual Martinez-Forteza (New York Philharmonic)



J Lawrie Bloom (Chicago Symphony), Andre Moisan (Montreal Symphony)


13 - 23 July and  2 - 6 August 2016


Fabio Di Casola Summer Master Classes


Ruse, Bulgaria




16 - 18 July 2016


Buffet International Clarinet Competition






16 - 29 July 2016 - 2nd session


Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania




15 - 22 July 2016


Forum Musikae Master Classes with VIP Yehuda Gilad




15 July -  7  August 2016


Nancy, France




17 - 25 July 2016


Julian Menendez Bass Clarinet with VIP Henri Bok





18 - 21 July 2016


Benidorm, Spain



18 - 22 July 2016


Curso de Clarinete with Jose Vicente Herrera


Valencia, Spain





18 - 24 July 2016



18 - 30 July 2016


Ticino Music Festival, Italy


VIP Philippe Cuper, clarinet


Philippe Cuper

                "He is one of the best representatives of the instrument, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he is on all fronts with the same quite ease, the same comforting serenity. »
(Michael Le Naour, journalist « Le Monde de la Musique »).

               Principal Clarinet of the Paris National Opera Orchestra (since 1984), Philippe Cuper was invited by the Berlin Philharmonic, « La Scala de Milano », Bavarian Radio Symphonic, Czech Philharmonic, Moscow Symphonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre de Paris, National de France, Ensembles Contemporains in Paris… under the direction of the maestros Sawallisch, Ozawa, Abbado, Maazel, Mehta, Boulez, Prêtre, Dohnanyi, Barenboim, Gergiev, Salonnen, Conlon, Chung, Jordan…

               Born in Lille, Philippe Cuper wins many international rewards like Munich, Prague, Viotti, Slovak prize, medal in Geneva, Orvieto, Mravinsky medal in Saint Petersburg after his studies at the Sorbonne University and at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) where he got a first prize with exceptionnally high honours. His clarinet teachers were Gilbert Voisin (Cahuzac’s student), Guy Dangain, Guy Deplus, Henri Druart and he receive some advices from J. Lancelot, A. Boutard, S. Drucker (New York Philharmonic) and J. Hubeau, P. Pasquier (chamber music).

               He was principal clarinet of the Youth World Orchestra and at 20 he was principal clarinet in the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris. He worked with famous composers like Messiaen (Quartet), Françaix (CD recording of the concerto directed by the composer), Sauguet, Mihalovici, Rosenthal, Berio, Denisov, Komives, Hersant, Zygel, Bacri, Connesson, Girard, Maratka… He played the premiere of many concertos composed by Bacri, Stankovitch or Gronych (with Giora Feidman and Eddie Daniels) in Tel Aviv or Paquito D’Rivera clarinets quintets in Boston. Ph. Cuper taught at the CNSM : « Conservatorio Superior de Aragon » (Spain), he is now professor at the Versailles National Conservatory and was invited in many Conservatories and University like Chicago, Cleveland, Mexico, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canberra, Jerusalem, Moscow…


​              He recorded about 40CD (some are winner of French Grammy), he played with famous string quartets : Talich, Kocian, Takacs, Enesco, Parisi, Benaïm… Wanderer Trio or pianists like P. Badura-Skoda, P.L. Aimard, M.W. Chung, L. Cabasso, F. Chaplin… Violonists : R. Ricci, A. Brussilovsky, O. Charlier, L. Korcia… the Paris Wind Octet that he founded in 1986.



22 - 23 July 2016


Buffet Jazz Workshop







23 - 24   July 2016



24 - 28 July 2016


International Clarinet Festival

Beijing, China




24 July - 8 August 2016

Clarinet Master Class Course with VIP Annelien Van Wauwe - Professor at the Antwerp Conservatory

Bruges, Belgium



International clarinet master class, 24/07-01/08/16, BRUGES, Belgium / Belgique. With Annelien Van Wauwe (Prof. Royal Conservatoire Antwerp / Anvers)
The lessons (min. 4 per student) will take place at the Hotel and Tourism School ‘Spermalie’.
Instrument + Chamber Music+ Full pension (lodging & meals) = 820€
Instrument + Chamber Music = 475 €
Registration fee = 75€ (non-refundable, non-deductible from above fees) (Roberte Mamou, artistic director)



25 - 30 July 2016


Clarinet Soloist Academy - Senior VIP Karl Leister, Teacher and Performer


Crozet, France



Clarinet Soloist Academy. Artiste Invité: KARL LEISTER.
Clarinet Soloist Academy is an annual summer camp, inviting piano and clarinet students to participate in an intense week of masterclasses. The Academy is to provoke independent thinking and raise questions in the approach to music making. The "experimental feel" of these courses is due to open-public events, always present concert atmosphere and evening group discussions.



July 25 – 29, 2016


MASON SUMMER CLARINET ACADEMY at George Mason University -  Catina Sweedy, Director


Fairfax, Virginia





Part of Summer Music Residential Week*


             Come join other passionate high school clarinetists for a week of clarinet immersion including rehearsals, master classes, repair and reed clinics, mock audition, chamber music and more.  Our renowned faculty will lead students through lessons, coachings, and demonstrations.  And no clarinet camp is complete without a clarinet choir!  Improve your technique and musicality, and perform in an exciting final concert.

*Students have the option to stay in the dorms and experience a week of campus life, with special evening activities included, while gaining new friendships with other students.  (extra fee involved)



Ages:  13 – 18 years
Dates:  July 25 – 29, 2016
Times:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Tuition:  $425 (plus optional Residential Program for $600)

Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building




Aftercare is available until 6:00 pm for $90/week for non-residential students.
Add it to your cart after registering for this program but before checkout.


CatinaSweedy2016_headshot    Instructor:  Catina Sweedy

               In demand as a clarinet teacher, clinician and adjudicator, Catina Sweedy maintains an exclusive studio of 25 students in Northern Virginia and internationally via Skype. Ms. Sweedy’s students frequently attend All-County, District, and All-State band, rank superior at Solo Festival and other competitions, and continue on to major in music education or clarinet performance in college. Ms. Sweedy has served on the clarinet faculty of the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp and as a guest professor at George Mason University. She is the founder and director of The Clarinet Project channel on YouTube. In addition to her busy teaching schedule, Ms. Sweedy is active as a freelancer in the Washington, DC area. Ms. Sweedy was clarinetist and director of educational outreach for the Patagonia Winds Woodwind Quintet from 2011-2015, has frequently performed on the United Concordia Chamber Music Series, and has played with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, the Alexandria Symphony, and the Prince William Symphony, where she served as principal clarinet for three seasons. Before moving to Virginia, Mrs. Sweedy played second, Eb and Bass clarinet with the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and Florida Sunrise Pops Orchestras. She has also performed with the Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Key West Symphony. Through her attendance at the Casals, Altenberger, Spoleto, Pacific, and Bowdoin music festivals, Mrs. Sweedy has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan. She is a past winner of the YWCA Music Club in New York and Matinee Musical Club in Philadelphia solo competitions. Ms. Sweedy holds her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Harid Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is grateful to her teachers Raoul Querze, Paul Green, Yehuda Gilad, David Krakauer, and Ricardo Morales for their exemplary guidance and mentoring. Ms. Sweedy lives in Woodbridge, Virginia with her husband, two children, and menagerie of pets. She is also an avid hiker, forager, and gardener.



26 July - 2 August 2016


Musica Riva Music Festival Master Classes - Calogero Palermo, Clarinet Teacher


Riva del Gardo, Italy



Calogero Palermo, Clarinet Teacher



SUBJECT OF THE COURSE: free choice repertoire

COURSE DURATION: 26.07 – 02.08.2016

AUDITION: 26.07.2016 at 10.00 a.m.


               Principal clarinet of the Opera House Orchestra in Rome and winner of the recent competition for Principal clarinet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, he is considered one of the most important international clarinettists. He started his career very early as principal clarinet in “Orchestra del Teatro V.Bellini” in Catania, playing there from 1993 to 1996. In 1997 he won the competition for principal clarinet at the Orchestra of “Opera di Roma”, and he also played as principal clarinet for the Philharmonic Orchestra of “Teatro alla Scala” in Milan and for the “Orchestra da Camera Italiana”. From 2008 to 2012 he was member of the Orchestra National de France. Winner of the International Prize “Jeunesses Musicales” in Bucarest and awarded with other various national prizes – as the “A. Ponchielli” prize in Cremona, the “G. Briccialdi” prize in Terni and the “Boario Musica” prize, he has performed a brilliant career not just in the most important Italian cities but also in many foreign countries: in Spain, Germany, Tunisia, Russia, Sweden, Austria, France, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic, Holland, China, Taiwan, Japan and USA. He has recorded for “B.M.G. Ricordi”, “Riverberi Sonori”, “Fonè”, “Accord for Music” Roma, “Trio Zecchini”, Wicky Edition, Cristal Records. Several of his performances have been broadcasted by radios and televisions such: RAI, RAI SAT, Radio Vaticana, Romanian National Television, Radio France, Radio Tre, France Musique and RaiTrade. Authors such Luis Bacalov, Renato Chiesa, Claudio Cimpanelli, Antonio Fraioli and Nunzio Ortolano have dedicated their works to Calogero Palermo. His career as concert player is strictly connected with his didactic occupation in specialization courses and Master Classes in Italy and abroad. He is the author of the text planning “Soli Orchestra” for clarinet with piano accompaniment. He is regularly invited to take part in the juries of the most important national and international competitions for clarinet. Calogero Palermo plays a Buffet Crampon clarinet model RC Prestige.

Piano accompanist: Leonardo Bartelloni





28 - 31 July 2016


Peter de Grote Music Festival and Master Classes with VIP Celeste Zewald - The Netherlands




30 July - 2 August 2016



31 July - 10 August 2016


Global Summer Institute of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University


Richmond, Virginia



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