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WKA Summer Newsletter 2012 - (June - July)

Julian Bliss soloist in Lindberg Clarinet Concerto with Beethoven Orchester Bonn 17 June 2012

2nd Freiburg International Clarinet Competion - Germany - 23 - 28 July 2012

Walter Seyfarth of Berliner Philharmoniker performs Berio Sequenza IXa 14 - 16 June 2012 in Berlin

Clarinet & Klezmer in Galilee with Giora Feidman - Safed, Israel - 19 - 26 August 2012

Nunemaker Studio Recital - Houston, Texas - 17 June 2012

June 28 - August 19 2012 -

Aspen Music Festival and School, founded in 1949, is an internationally renowned classical music festival

Celeste Zewald Master Classes -

Prins Claus Conservatorium, Groningen, The Netherlands - 31 July - 3 August 2012

Prague Clarinet Days - 28 June - 7 July 2012

International Flute Festival - Equador - 2 - 9 June 2012

Philadelphia Int Music Festival - 16 - 29 June 2012

World Doctors Orchestra with Wenzel Fuchs - Mozart Concerto in Berlin & Essen - 14 - 15 October 2012

Franklin Cohen Mozart Clarinet Concerto Soloist with Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Festival 21 July 2012

Troy University Clarinet Summer Camp - 28 - 29 July 2012

Buffet Summer Clarinet Academy - 16 - 21 July 2012

Wetzlarer Festival recital, Germany - 2 June 2012

Schille Clarinet Maker to Clarinetist Seminar about Mozart Clarinets - Helsinki, Finland - 31 May - 1 June 2012

Croatia Clarinet Class - 24 - 31 August 2012

Festival de Clarinetes with Nuno Pinto - 10 - 13 July 2012

Clarinete Curso Alexander, Moncado, Spain - 3 - 7 July 2012

Berlin Conducting Master Class - 23 - 26 August 2012

Spaincellence Music Academy - 10 - 21 July 2012 with Jehuda Gilad

8th Mercadante Clarinet Competition & Master Class - 18 - 18 October 2012 - Bari, italy

Weimar, Germany Clarinet Symposium - 28 - 30 September 2012

Berlin MusikFest with Berlin Philharmonic - 31 August - 18 September 2012

Clarinet Summer School - Liverpool, UK - 27 - 30 July 2012

ClarinetFest 2012 - University of Nebraska - 1 - 5 August 2012

Clarinetopia - Michigan State University - 13 - 17 June 2012

Munich International Competition - 6 - 21 September with Application Deadline 31 March 2012

ChamberFest Cleveland - 23 June - 1 July 2012

ICMC Music Festival - Italy, France, China - July - August 2012

Indiana University Clarinet Workshop with Howard Klug - 6 - 10 June 2012

Claremont Clarinet Festival - Pomona College, California - 10 - 16 June 2012

Domaine Forget Music Festival - Clarinet sessions - 17 - 30 June 2012

Clariperu Latin American Congress- Lima, Peru - 10 - 14 September 2012

Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp - 9 July - 3 August 2012

IWWF Woodwind Festival - Pella, Iowa - 15 - 22 July 2012

Clarinet Academy of the South - LSU - 18 -22 June 2012

Interharmony International Music Festival - 31 July - 12 August 2012

Antonio Fraioli Master Classes - Assisi, Italy - 25 - 29 July 2012

30 July - 10 August 2012 with Charles Neidich -

Music Seminar in Kitakaruizawa, Japan

Sarasota Orchestra Music Festival, Florida - 4 - 23 June 2012

Julian Bliss Benny Goodman Concert - 3 June 2012

Music Alta Academy & Festival - France - 19 July - 9 August 2012

ECA Clarinet Methodology Meeting - Belgium, 23 - 24 June 2012

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31 May - 1 June 2012

Helsinki, Finland

From Bernd Schille

We will be in Helsinki to show and discuss with clarinetists some new developments (still in process). For example: new wood, new materials for mechanism...

I also want to discuss with clarinetists our new “ Mozart Clarinet”.
This is not a Basset clarinet in the common sense, but a completely new instrument development, specific for the performance of the Mozart clarinet concerto : a fusion of original aspects from the times of Stadler with the requirements of contemporary clarinetists (intonation, playing comfort, concert hall acoustics...)

If you are interested to see these developments and to participate in the discussion about
the Mozart clarinet, please contact me.


1 - 3 June 2012

Wetzlarer Klarinetten Wettbewers Festival  - Germany

Deutsche Klarinetten-Gesellschaft e.V.



2 - 9 June 2012

International Flute Convention

Quito, Ecuador

Recital with Ted Lane, Clarinet; Mathew Krejci flute. and Master Class with Ted Lane, clarinetist. Things Clarinetist and Flutist need to know about each other.:)



4 - 23 June 2012

Sarasota, Florida 

Sarasota in June Never Sounded so Good


Festival Clarinet Faculty includes VIP's Franklin Cohen (Solo Clarinetist, Cleveland Orchestra), Richard Stoltzman, Renowned Soloist, and Charles Neidich (Juilliard School)

For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together in Florida to study and perform chamber music. The Sarasota Music Festival is a magical combination of youthful promise and acclaimed talent that carries a reputation as one of the finest classical-music events in the nation.

Nearly 500 students from top music programs at colleges and conservatories worldwide audition to participate in the Festival each year, but only 58 are accepted. These exceptional students work side-by-side with a group of 40 music masters, which comprise the guest faculty. In any given day during the Festival, a student may rehearse in a faculty-coached ensemble, play in master classes and perform on stage. Interspersed, are rare opportunities for the public to hear these visiting artists rehearse or perform together.

Co-founded by Paul Wolfe, the Sarasota Music Festival began in 1965 as a one-week event with seven guest mentors. In just two years, the festival grew to three weeks and was drawing students from across the United States. Over the years, the festival continued to expand and receive national and international attention. In 1984 it was designated by the Florida State Legislature as the "Official Teaching and Performing Festival of the State of Florida."

Today, led by Artistic Director Robert Levin, there are more than 40 guest artists, including many of the festival's own alumni. These masters represent nearly all major American orchestras and a cross-section of renowned music schools, conservatories and institutes of music. The students range from professional-level musicians to superior students in music schools and conservatories. Several travel from other countries to participate.

Festival audiences are entertained by a wide variety of symphonic artistry including: Thursday afternoon Artist Showcase Concerts, Friday and Saturday evening Chamber Concerts, and Festival Orchestra Concerts. Many patrons enjoy the option of purchasing Festival Passes, which allows them access to the artists' master classes and rehearsals. And don't miss the popular lectures by Robert Levin. In addition, there are several student concerts.

We hope you'll join us this June for our 48th showcase of world-class music.


Friends of the Festival

Make World-Class Music Accessible

As a volunteer at the Sarasota Music Festival you have the opportunity to participate in a more than 45-year-old tradition that has become a staple in our region. The Festival showcases the talents of internationally renowned faculty artist and the best music students from around the world right in our backyard. Together, they present the finest in chamber music through performances, lectures, master classes and rehearsals.

To execute the event each year, the Sarasota Orchestra relies heavily on a group of dedicated volunteers, the Friends of the Festival. This is a great way to support both musicians and the community.

Job requirements: A commitment of youthful energy for a short, but intense time. A small membership fee to become a Friend of the Festival.

Job benefits: A three-week journey through seasoned artistry and a behind-the-scenes vantage of the making of the music at this classic event. Not to mention, the satisfaction of making a BIG difference at little cost. The proceeds of your Friends of the Festival membership go to scholarships for students participating in the event. Your small donation enables students to attend the festival each year tuition-free and receive a partial subsidy to assist with housing.

Don't miss this opportunity to become a partner in a musical event of national and international significance. To volunteer as a Friend of the Festival click here. To download a membership form and obtain more information (including this year's schedule) fill out our contact form.



4 - 17 June 2012

Chicago, Illinois

fresh inc festival


Training Redefined

Expert individual instruction with composition and instrumental artist faculty.

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New music presented in new ways – create performance experiences for audiences of all types.

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Composers, instrumentalists, and ensembles ages 17-28 are welcome to apply – due Feb 1, 2012!

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Like what we're up to? Consider supporting fresh inc with a tax-deductible, dedicated gift via Fifth House Ensemble, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.


  When you link up with fresh inc, not only will you work side-by-side with Fifth House Ensemble members, you’ll also get  to work with some of the best professional and artistic  collaborators around.  If you think that “a graphic artist, a marketing executive, and a mime” is just the start of one of those “walked into a bar” jokes, think again.  This diverse array of creative minds will help you redefine the way that you think of yourself as [...]

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At fresh inc, members of Fifth House Ensemble will be working, rehearsing, and performing alongside you.  Fifth House Ensemble is comprised of 10 musicians from various backgrounds.  Each one of them brings their unique background, training, and professional experience to lessons, coachings, workshops, and performances.

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June 6-10, 2012  - Limit of 20 participants

Indiana University

Howard Klug

Clarinet Performance Workshop Director
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Come to Bloomington and work with three international performers/teachers in a hands-on approach to clarinet performance in today's world.

Through a combination of master classes, group lessons and private lessons, Howard Klug, Steve Cohen and Eric Mandat will work with you to identify your unique issues...and help you develop approaches towards solving them.

We will present you with improved methodology towards:

  • better/faster articulation
  • improved tone
  • adjusting your reeds
  • efficient practicing
  • better sight reading
  • taking auditions
  • better preparation and proper mind set
  • rounding out your skills for today’s musical environment
  • learning the first steps to improvisation (Randy Salman)
  • playing the whole clarinet family (Eb soprano and bass clarinet)

For questions regarding the content of the program, please contact Howard Klug at

10 - 16 June 2012


Margaret Thornhill's

Claremont Clarinet Festival

June 10-16, 2012
at Pomona College, Claremont, California

"A terrific experience--I came home with about a tenfold increase in my enthusiasm for playing!"
Robert Goldstein, President, Chamber Musicians of N.California, 2007




Clarinetopia 2012 - Michigan State University

13 - 17 June 2012



16 - 29 June 2012

Philadelphia International Music Festival

David Blumberg

David Blumberg has had quite an active, and diverse musical experience as a Performer, Instructor, Reed Clinician, and as a Music Producer. His students have won numerous competitions including 1st Runner up of the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, 1st Prize Wind Category in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Interlochen Michigan Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Matinee Music Society Competition (Curtis Institute), and the U.S. Air Force Band competition. He taught the only Wind Finalist in the 1991, and 1992 Philadelphia Orchestra Student Soloist Competition. His students have been featured on WFLN-FM Philadelphia Classical Radio in the “Live from the Settlement School” Broadcasts. In 1987 one of his Saxophone students was selected to perform and tour with the Duke Ellington All Star Jazz Band conducted by Wynton Marsalis. He has taught numerous 1st Chair Pennsylvania All State Band Students on both Clarinet and Saxophone

He studied with Anthony Gigliotti for 7 years (at Temple University where he got his Orchestral Performance Degree), and was one of the 2 American Clarinetist's selected to participate in the 1988 Robert Marcellus Scotia Music Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He gave the Philadelphia Premiere of the T.C. David Trio #1 for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano in 1985 with Asst. Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra Nancy Bean. He was the Principal Clarinetist for the 1987 Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestral Seminar. Mr. Blumberg studied Chamber Music under Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians Murray Panitz, Bernard Garfield, Richard Woodhams, Anthony Gigliotti, and Smithsonian Chamber Player Lambert Orkis.





17 June 2012


Julian Bliss performs Magnus Lindberg Clarinet Concerto with Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Germany 17 June 2012


17 June 2012

University of St Thomas

Houston, Texas



17 - 30 June 2012


Woodwinds 2012 - Clarinet

JUNE 17 TO 30, 2012    

10% off Tuition before February 15, 2012




February 15, 2012 (Scholarship Application Deadline)
March, 15, 2012 (Application Deadline)


This two week program is offered to intermediate, advanced level students and professionals.

The session includes:

  • Private lessons
  • Daily Masterclasses
  • Orchestral ExcerptsClasses
  • Mock Auditions
  • Chamber music classes
  • Baroque music coaching
  • (Oboe and Bassoon) Reed Making classes
  • (Oboe and Bassoon) Instrument Maintenance
  • Student concert in the Françoys-Bernier concert hall
  • Free access to all the Academy classes and activities for the entire session
  • Free access to le Domaine Forget International Festival concerts during the session.*    *Restrictions may apply for certain concerts.

Auditions will take place on the first day of the session.  Students can pick repertoire of their choice.



Yehuda Gilad (Master class) 
World renowned Soloist and Conductor
Music Director, Colburn Orchestra Professor, Colburn School , USC 
June 24 to 30

Paul Meyer (Master class)
World renowned Soloist, Chamber musician and Conductor
June 17 to 24


Marie Picard
Professor, Conservatoire de musique de Québec |
Second Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, Orchestre symphonique de Québec


Jean-François Normand
Professor, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal



More scholarships available in 2012!

Application fee: S65 CDN (non-refundable)
Apply now!

TUITION (including room board and tuition)

One week $730 CDN $765 CDN
Two weeks $1380 CDN $1450 CDN



Coordonnées téléphoniques / Phone numbers
Numéro principal / Main Phone : 418-452-8111
Académie / Academy : 418-452-8113 # 222
Billetterie / Box Office : 418-452-3535 - 1-888-336-7438
Studios / Studios : 418-452-8111 - 1-888-336-7438
Télécopieur / Fax : 418-452-3503
Adresse / Address
Le Domaine Forget
5, rang Saint-Antoine C.P. 672
Saint-Irénée (QC) G0T 1V0 Canada


18 - 22 June 2012

Louisiana State University - Robert DiLutis, Director


Clarinet Academy of the South is a collaboration between Robert DiLutis and D. Ray McClellan, the clarinet professors of Louisiana State University and The University of Georgia respectively. The 5 days master classes are hosted annually by both university campuses on a rotating basis. This year, the summer of 2012, the Academy will meet at beautiful Louisiana State University offering a host of training, classes and performances.

Professor’s McClellan and DiLutis will once again offer a comprehensive week of master classes, imparting the tools that can help with beautiful clarinet sound and technique, warmup routines, reed making and adjusting, natural vocal phrasing, guidance for interpretation and superb artistry, how to win an audition and more (see class schedule). The summer of 2012 will bring the addition of 2 new components: private lessons and more built-in practice time. It is our hope that you will leave CAS on the last day with more clarinet playing skills than what you had on the first day.

Events include:

LSU Professor of Clarinet Robert DiLutis at:

School of Music

Louisiana State University

Visit us at the LSU Clarinet Website:

or  the D. Ray McClellan Website:


23 June 2012

The United States Army Band - Fort Myer, Virginia


Stephan Vermeersch and Matthias Mueller, Directors

23 - 24 June 2012

European Clarinet Association MEETING CLARINET METHODOLOGY -

Stephan Vermeersch and Matthias Mueller, Directors

  • deKunstAcademie - Van Steenestraat 9 - 8300 Knokke-Heist - Belgium

    Dear Clarinettists,

    From Saturday 23th June 2:00 p.m. till Sunday 24th June 2:00 p.m. you are invited for the European Clarinet Association MEETING CLARINET METHODOLOGY in Knokke-Heist, Belgium.

    The intention is to have a European open debate on “Clarinet Methods in gen...
    eral, breathing, phrasing, articulation, vocal tract and tongue positions, body movement, neurological processes and development, teaching 5 & 6-years old starters and other pedagogical topics.”

    Speakers: Matthias Müller (CH) - Stephan Vermeersch (BE) - Céleste Zewald (NL) - John de Beer (NL) - Kyrill Rybakov (RU) - Heike Fricke (DE) - Thomas Sattler-Fujimoto (DE) - Thierry Wartelle (FR)

    Everybody is welcome to this meeting.

    Knokke-Heist is a very nice coastal town in Belgium at a two hour train trip from Brussels National Airport . Relax along over seven and a half miles of blond sands, shop in one of the hundreds of smart boutiques, or treat your taste buds in one of the two hundred and fifty restaurants. Without forgetting the dozens of galleries. Knokke-Heist is quite the destination for anyone who lives for life.

    deKunstAcademie is an institute of Art education located on 300 meters from the Railway Station in Knokke-Heist.

    We can not cover any expenses, it really is an exchange among people who are interested in Clarinet Pedagogy. A special accommodation rate can be arranged .

    With best wishes
    Stephan Vermeersch - Vice-President
    Matthias Müller - President


23 June - 1 July 2012

Inaugural formation of ChamberFest Cleveland  Festival, Diana and Franklin Cohen, Directors



Directors Diana Cohen (Concertmistress in Richmond Symphony), Senior Artist VIP and co-Director Franklin Cohen (Solo Clarinetist in Cleveland Orchestra),

Performing Artists

  1. Violinist Diana Cohen grew up in a household echoing with music, which likely had a hand in persuading her to go into the family business.

    From various corners of the Cohen abode, often at on...
    ce, she heard the sounds of practicing -- her father, Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen in one room; her late mother, bassoonist Lynette Diers Cohen, in another.

    During summers, Diana and her brother, Alexander, accompanied their parents to New Mexico's Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where the youngsters listened to Mom and Dad play transcendent works with esteemed colleagues.

    "It's where the kids learned this kind of life," says Franklin.

    It's a life Diana, her dad and others are about to lavish on Cleveland.

    The violinist, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia, is the mastermind behind ChamberFest Cleveland, a festival of chamber music that will present its inaugural season Wednesday, June 27, through Sunday, July 1, at several venues.

    The Cohens -- including Alexander, principal timpanist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada -- are among the imposing musicians from Cleveland and elsewhere who'll take part in four themed programs during the five-day festival, which Diana and her father have devised to share superb works with the community and show that chamber music is "hip and fun," she says. ChamberFest Cleveland

    ChamberFest Cleveland presents its inaugural season Wednesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 1 at various locations. Programs and ticket information follow:

    Wednesday, June 27 (8 p.m., Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland ) — “Explosive Beginnings”: Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448; Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for Octet, Op. 11; Porat’s Fantasy for Piano and Violin; Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos; Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20.

    Thursday, June 28 (7:30 p.m., The Wine Spot, 2271 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights) — “Movie Night at The Wine Spot”: Pianist-composer Matan Porat improvises to a Buster Keaton film. Evening features complimentary wine flight and clips from other classic films.

    Friday, June 29 (8 p.m., Mixon Hall) — “Big Bang”: Currier’s “Verge”; Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion; Brahms’ Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 25.

    Saturday, June 30 (8 p.m., Case Western Reserve’s Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland) — “Role Smashers”: Haydn’s String Quartet in C major, Op. 20, No. 2; Debussy’s Premiere rhapsodie; Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat”; Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht.”

    Sunday, July 1 (3 p.m., Dunham Tavern, 6709 Euclid Ave., Cleveland) — “Origins and Revelations”: Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108; Beethoven’s Trio in E-flat major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 70, No. 2; Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K. 581.

    Tickets go on sale Tuesday. Single tickets: $10, students; $25, young adult (under 35); $40, general admission. Festival passes: $105 (three concerts); $150 (all events); $250 (priority seating for all events). Go to or call 216-791-5000, ext. 411.
    ChamberFest fun will include a movie night at the Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights featuring a Buster Keaton film, music improvised by Israeli-born pianist-composer Matan Porat and a flight of wine selected by owners Adam and Susan Fleischer. The festival revelry will extend to interactive presentations and post-concert jam sessions featuring Brazilian and gypsy bands.

    The founders of ChamberFest Cleveland have laid the groundwork for the festival to become an annual event. Their intentions are clear from the depth of programs and personnel in the first festival, which they've given the exuberant moniker "Big Bang."

    "We wanted it to have an energetic, celebratory, explosive feel," says Diana, the festival's executive and artistic director. "We're highlighting works at the beginning of a composer's life or a trend or something new in our hometown."

    The principal new thing is the festival itself. With her parents' extensive experience in performing at major music festivals and her own participation in the revered Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, Diana wanted to bring the same artistic intensity and quality to Cleveland.

    "I'd been thinking of it for five years," she says. "Being at Marlboro was a big inspiration. It surprised me that Cleveland didn't have a great chamber-music festival, since everything else [musically] was established."

    It took awhile for Diana to persuade her father to join in and share duties as artistic director, but once they set out together, things began to fall quickly into place.

    A benefit concert at a local doctor's house in November -- featuring the Cohens, colleagues from the Cleveland Orchestra and pianists Jonathan Biss and Orion Weiss -- drew 166 potential donors.

    The festival, incorporated as a nonprofit organization, has raised $92,000. The Cohens are still smiling, even though they're knee-deep in all sorts of administrative matters.

    "Before we knew it, we had a monster in the house," says Diana.

    "Debilitating is the right word," Franklin says of the workload. "But it's also exhilarating. We're doing something out of our comfort zone and realizing we're good at it."

    While making music is most certainly not out of the Cohens' comfort zone, tending to myriad festival details is something else.

    They've spent months tinkering with themes and programs, collaborating with colleagues on marketing, commissioning a ChamberFest painting (by local visual artist Seth Chwast) and signing up colleagues who can take time from hectic schedules to converge on Cleveland for a whirlwind week of rehearsals and concerts.

    Along with the Cohens and pianists Porat and Weiss, the roster of 15 musicians includes two other members of the Cleveland Orchestra (violist Eliesha Nelson, percussionist Marc Damoulakis), violinist Mari Sato (from the Cavani String Quartet), eminent cellist Ralph Kirshbaum and violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley (concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony).

    "The pool is very large," says Franklin of musicians he and Diana know from many performance outlets. "We'll use the people we have and build on it. If it goes well, we'll need a lot more artists."

    The musicians at this year's festival will explore an array of works from the 18th to 21st centuries. Along with pieces by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms, the programs include music by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Debussy, Shostakovich, Lutoslawski, Bartok and living composers Porat and Sebastian Currier.

    For both father and daughter, ChamberFest Cleveland is a way of maintaining connections with an intimate form of music-making that long has been central to their lives.

    Aside from Marlboro, Diana was inspired to create a festival for Cleveland by Detroit's Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, in which she's been a participant.

    "It feels like a community event," she says. "It's an atmosphere that makes you want to be part of a chamber-music festival."

    The festival atmosphere reminds her father of his roots as a musician.

    "I started my professional life as a soloist," says Franklin, who was 22 when he became the first clarinetist (and only one, to date) to win first prize at the International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. "It was a calling to go out on stage and sell something. I started in chamber music, then went into orchestra.

    "This is like full circle. People are being brought here to show who they really are. They have a lot of personality, and they're interesting and committed."

    So, bang away, ChamberFest


23 June - 4 August 2012

Brunswick, Maine


Woodwind Program

"I want to tell you all what a joy it is to be part of this great Festival."
Joseph Robinson, former Principal Oboe, New York Philharmonic

If you play bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, or oboe OR are a pre-formed woodwind quintet, please apply to our woodwind program. You must be available for the full six weeks of the Festival.

Flute player

The woodwind quintet program is designed to provide mature, high-level players with insight and experience toward a performing career. 

Performers to complete two woodwind quintets will be invited for the full six-week program. Full six-week fellowships including housing and a food stipend will be awarded to all selected players. The program will provide intensive study and performance of woodwind chamber music repertoire, as well as repertoire involving other instruments.    

Three major woodwind artists will be in residence, each for two full weeks over the course of the six-week program. A representative from each quintet will work with each artist faculty member to determine the repertoire that will be studied and performed. Additional guest artists will be in residence for a few days each.

Faculty for 2012 are:

  • Liang Wang, Principal Oboe, New York Philharmonic (artist-in-residence for weeks 1 and 2.)
  • Randy Bowman, Principal Flute, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (artist-in-residence for weeks 2 and 3.)
  • Larry Combs, former Principal Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (guest artist during week 1)
  • Philip Myers, Principal French Horn, New York Philharmonic (guest artist for 1 week, exact dates TBA)
  • Clarinet, TBA (artist-in-residence for 2 weeks, exact dates TBA)
  • Bassoon, TBA (guest artist for 1 week, exact dates TBA)

Woodwind Quintets receive:

  • Chamber music coaching – Each quintet will study several works of woodwind quintet repertoire with each of the woodwind faculty members. Quintet members may also work with other festival faculty to prepare mixed chamber repertoire.  Each quintet, with support from the coach, will determine its own practice schedule.
  • Performing experience – Quintets will perform in the Artists of Tomorrow concert series, presented 3 or more times each week in Studzinski Recital Hall. Quintets and individual quintet members may also have opportunities to perform with artist faculty in the various faculty concert series, the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music and the Bowdoin Festival Extra concert series.
  • Digital recordings- Participants may request copies of their own performances in the Artists of Tomorrow concerts series before leaving the festival.
  • General expectations – See our Summer Study and FAQ pages.

2012 Festival Dates

6 Week Session
June 23 - August 4

3 Week Sessions
June 23 - July 14
July 14 - August 4

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25 - 26 June 2011

Fort Worth, Texas

TCU Summer Clarinet Workshop
June 25-26, 2012
Gary Whitman, director

Featuring Gary Whitman - TCU Professor of Clarinet and bass clarinet with the Fort Worth Symphony, Andrew Crisanti - retired Principal Clarinet, Fort Worth Symphony, and Ana Victoria Luperi - Principal Clarinet, Fort Worth Symphony. This program is a 2-day intensive master class and group training for intermediate and advanced clarinetists. Participant and auditor tuition available. For more information, contact the School of Music at 817-257-7341 or Ms. Sue Ott (

2012 Brochure (pdf) coming soon

2012 Registration Information coming soon

See required student forms below


23 June - 22 July 2012

Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Tennessee

Welcome to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Online!

is a place to grow musically and personally, to learn and perform in close company with an outstanding artist-faculty. Here on our mountain talented young musicians find an ideal place to develop all facets of their artistry. A summer at Sewanee is transformative.



Ramon Wodkowski, Clarinet Faculty










Having settled in London (UK), American clarinetist Ramon Wodkowski enjoys a diverse musical career as an orchestral player, chamber musician and mouthpiece craftsman.

Ramon has performed with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra,

and as guest principal of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet and City of London Sinfonia. He has worked under conductors

including Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Oliver Knussen, Heinz Holliger and Semyon Bychkov, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), the Salzburg Mozarteum,

Barbican Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.


Having graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Ramon earned a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music. He went

on to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he gained an Artist Diploma, won the prestigious Frederick Thurston prize, and was subsequently awarded the 2005-6 David Bowerman Junior


Ramon’s principal teachers have been Richard Hosford, Franklin Cohen, David Shifrin, Richard Hawkins and Theodore Oien.

In addition to his busy performing schedule, Ramon is an internationally renowned mouthpiece craftsman, and his clients include many of the world’s leading soloists, orchestral musicians, teachers and chamber

musicians. He specializes in refurbishing and customizing clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces, and also makes his own models. A leading authority on mouthpiece history, acoustics and design, Ramon has

been invited to present lectures at institutions including Yale University, University of Southern California, Rice University, Manhattan School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Northwestern

University, Michigan State University and New York University.

For more information about Ramon’s mouthpieces, clients and endorsements, please visit, or on Facebook at

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June 28 - August 19 2012

The Aspen Music Festival and School, founded in 1949, is an internationally renowned classical music festival that presents music in an intimate, small-town setting. The Festival offers more than 300 musical events during its eight-week summer season in Aspen, one of Colorado's most charming mountain retreats.


29 June - 7 July 2012

Prague and Zironice, Czech Republic


July 1-14, 2012

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Clarinet Institute  

July 1-14, 20122011

Session Fee: $1,750

Application Deadline: February 15, 2012

U-M Faculty Director:  Professor Chad Burrow

with Professor William King

Class Offerings

  • Private lessons
  • Master classes
  • Etude and solo repertoire
  • Chamber music
  • Introduction to orchestral excerpts
  • Individual warm-ups
  • College audition preparation
  • Theory/musicianship classes

"I learned more than I thought was possible about my instrument and discovered more than I could have imagined about myself.  Thank you for a truly inspiring and motivating experience."

(Emily, Clarinet 2011, CO)

Application Information


The application materials, including the application, application fee, recorded audition, and teacher recommendation (optional), are required for all applicants and should be received by February 15, 2012.  All application materials, including the optional teacher recommendation, must be uploaded electronically.  You will be given upload instructions once you have successfully completed the online application.

Applications may be submitted after February 15, however, priority will be given to all applications received by the application deadline. 

Notifications for all applicants will be placed in the mail Friday, March 30, 2012.  No decisions will be given by phone.


Audition Requirements


Submit a 3-5 minute long recorded audition of one or more pieces, with or without accompaniment (for example, a piece performed at Solo and Ensemble Festival, an etude, or an excerpt from something being played at school).  The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills.  You will be provided with an upload link following your online application submission.


You may have one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) assess your work in a letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills.  The letter should be uploaded with your audition recording.  Electronic submissions will be not be accepted.


Online Application


The General Information link includes many important items.  Please click here if you have not yet read this information.


"This was a life changing experience that made me realize how genuinely I love music and the clarinet. I wouldn't trade it for anything."  (Hannah, Clarinet 2011, MI)



3 - 7 July 2012

Moncado, Spain


9 July - 3 August 2012

Manhattan School of Music

New York City

4 - 11 July , 2012




Belgian Clarinet Academy 2012
4 - 11 July, 2012

Oostend, Belgium





Study clarinet with three of the world's respected pedagogues, Robert Spring (USA) and Eddy Vanoosthuyse (B) and Tamara Cuyper (USA)

Housing will be with guest families for early registrants.

Tuition: 425 EURO or USD equivalent as of May 1, 2011.
Tuition covers all classes, private lessons and daily lunch.

Daily study includes private lessons, master classes, recital performances, reed making and adjusting, orchestral performing, and audition success.

Application due April 30, 2011 - enrollment limited to 18.

Partially sponsored by Buffet Crampon.

8 - 19 July 2012 (Boot Camp Session 2) Clarinet Sessions

Aria International Summer Academy - Holyoke College




Audition Information

Contact Us

Heidi Cheung

Edited by
Taehoon Lee and
Kyung-Nam Oh

2012 Season



International Summer Academy

Mihai Tetel - Director

2012 Intensive Boot Camp Sessions at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

Session I: June 23-July 4

Session II: July 8-19

Session III: July 31-August 11

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



July 16-18


July 11-18


July 12-15


July 9-10


July 9-11

Deborah Chodacki   Ken Grant   Mark Nuccio   Michael Wayne   Nathan Williams
East Carolina University   Eastman School   Manhattan School & New York Philharmonic   New England Conservatory & Boston Symphony   University of Texas at Austin


10 - 13 July 2012


10 - 21 July 2012

Spaincellence - International Summer Academy of Music & Lienzo Norto Music Festival

Avila, Spain  -  Clarinet Faculty - Jehuda Gilad



15th ICMC Festival - Positano, Italy and Paris, France, and Shanghai, China in August 2012

15 - 22 July 2012

Pella, Iowa


Jonathan Cohler

Wenzel Fuchs

Cynthia Doggett

Soloist, Conductor, Recording Artist
Boston, MA, USA

Principal Clarinet
Berlin Philharmonic

Assoc. Professor of Clarinet
Central College, Pella, IA, USA

Jonathan Cohler

Wenzel Fuchs

Cynthia Doggett









An intensive Festival encompassing several offerings including private lessons, master classes, rehearsals and chamber music performances by both students and faculty.   The Clarinet Faculty and Director Jonathan Cohler are all Artist VIP's with the WKA.  Information about enrollment hyperlinked on the IWWF Logo.  Of special interest is the residence of Wenzel Fuchs, the Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker.  This is one opportunity not to be missed.


July 16 - 21 2012
2012 Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy

Updated announcement coming soon for 2012

Application Deadline:   May 2012

Buffet Crampon USA is pleased to announce the 2012 Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy, held once again at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  This year's Academy features another world-class Artist Faculty:  Ixi Chen (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic, retired), Dan Gilbert (University of Michigan), Jonathan Gunn (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) and Andre Moisan (Montreal Symphony Orchestra).  Students selected for the Academy will have a private lesson with each Artist Faculty member and will enjoy master classes, clinics and concerts from all five Artists.  Attendees will also study woodwind technology with Master Woodwind Technician Francois Kloc.

Below are links for audition information/materials as well as other helpful links about the Academy.  Please print out the PDFs below and return them to Buffet Crampon USA by May, 2012.  For more information or questions about the 2011 Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy, please contact
Matt Vance, Woodwind Product Specialist

About The Academy

Artist Faculty

Audition Procedure

Application Procedure


Student Application Form

Auditor Application Form

Health Record

Tuition & Scholarships

Academy Administration

Housing & Transportation

The University of North Florida


19 July - 9 August 2012

Rouffach (Alsace) France


It is sometimes difficult to believe that such an important musical festival is able to exist so far from big towns and cities. Slipping into Musicalta's faithful audience year by year convinces anyone of the obvious success of the organizer's bet. Frenzy around programs, fellow students murmur, the whole is breathing and living at the rythm of a festival being also a training place... giving to the region the opportunity to look like a campus. This narrow link between the academy and the festival gives a particular tonality to concerts: here everyone can enjoy listening to the musicians in a quiet and unaffected atmosphere.

For interest to Clarinetists, the linked list of Faculty in the numbered sessions include with their hyperlinked biographies:


As an outstanding "Rendezvous" for audience and students from all over the world since 1996 in Rouffach, Musicalta has met with the international acclaim as an original event where both international Festival and Summer Academy can be attended during 20 days.

Musicalta combines commitment and creativity qualities with an intention of being as close as possible to the audience.

2012 Academy's application is online
2012, 17th edition

On this site you will also find all news about Musicalta, a short presentation of our team as well as press articles published about the festival


Saturday 21 July 2012

Blossom Music Festival with Cleveland Orchestra


An all-Mozart program features the Clarinet Concerto performed by Franklin Cohen, principal clarinet, on Saturday July 21. Since his first solo appearance with The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Cohen has been heard as a concerto soloist in more than 180 performances – at Severance Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Blossom Festival, and on tour across the United States, Asia, and Europe. Surrounding the Concerto are Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 33 and 41 (“Jupiter”).



21 - 28 July 2012

Crusell Music Festival - Harri Mäki. Artistic Director


Since 1982 Crusell Week has been held at the turn of July and August in the beautiful coastal town of Uusikaupunki, Finland. Crusell Week is an internationally acclaimed music festival dedicated to woodwind music and is combined with advanced master classes held by leading international artists. It has its own strong standing among summer events in Finland as a unique combination of musical performances with a strong purpose. This year Crusell Week will be held for the 31st time on 21. - 28.7.2012 with clarinettist Harri Mäki making his debut as the festival's new artistic director.

The theme of the 2012 Crusell Week is " Birds". Plenty of captivating bird-themed material will be heard in the woodwind chamber music concerts and the festival will culminate with Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony performed by the Tapiola Sinfonietta with Hannu Lintu conducting. In this concert we will also get a chance to hear a wonderful soloist from the international world of opera, the legendary Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski.

Other composers besides Beethoven include familiar names such as Mozart, Vivaldi, Brahms, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and of course Crusell. An exciting new addition to the concerts this year is a series of very short aphoristic pieces relating to birds that have been commissioned by Crusell Music Festival from five composers; Veli-Matti Puumala, Juan Antonio Muro, Asko Hyvärinen, Minna Leinonen and Charles Neidich.

Besides the Bird theme, another focus of Crusell Week 2012 will be on the German style of woodwind performance which successfully combines intensity of expression with a solid concept of ensemble playing. The best professors from leading German orchestras and universities will be bringing their talent to Uusikaupunki. Our oboist this year will be Washington Barella, who teaches in Berlin and is the solo oboist for the SWR orchestra. The clarinet will be taught by Ralph Manno, clarinet professor at the Cologne University of Music and Celibidache's trusted clarinettist in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Eberhard Marschall, the Bavarian radio’s solo bassoonist and professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, will reveal the secrets of bassoon playing. Markus Maskuniitty will bring an interesting mix of Finnish and German music traditions as professor of French Horn at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media and also as the solo French horn of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Joining them will be Dutch virtuoso Jacques Zoon who is performing as both a flutist and conductor during this year's festival as well as teaching the flute master class. Trio Kandinsky (Corrado Bolsi, Amparo Lacruz, Emili Brugalla) from Barcelona, cellist Iseut Chuat and the young virtuoso Theo Plath, winner of last year’s International Crusell Bassoon Competition, are among other international stars of the festival. Representing Finnish excellence in woodwind performance will be Petri Alanko and Christoffer Sundqvist, who are also teaching their own courses during Crusell Week. Other world class Finns include the singers Tuuli Lindeberg, Essi Luttinen and Jussi Lehtipuu.

The first concert of Crusell Week 2012 will be an exploration of the roots of woodwind performance by multi-instrumentalist Kristiina Ilmonen. Christoffer Sundqvist, the phenomenal solo clarinettist of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, will be appearing in several concerts, and harpsichordist Elina Mustonen's expressive playing will help us discover the emotional beauty of birds in her solo evening concert. Guitarist Ismo Eskelinen will be offering us a harmonious blend of woodwind and guitar pieces in his concert at the Pyhäranta Church. Some other exciting twists to this year's Bird theme include saxophonist Jukka Perko's new take on Finnish hymns, Kirmo Lintinen's Trio with jazz vocalist Aili Ikonen and the delightful harmonica ensemble Sväng.

And last, but certainly not least, the perennial favourite which takes place on the hillside of Vallinmäki, the Night of the Lanterns, will be returning again this year. We'll also be continuing the popular tradition of daily free concerts by the participants of Crusell Week master classes on the town square at noon. We hope to see you there!

Rauhankatu 10, FI-23500 Uusikaupunki
Tel. +358 (0)2 8451 5302



23 - 28 July 2012

Freiburg, Germany


2nd international clarinet competition
Freiburg i. br, Germany - 23. - 28. Juli 2012

2. internationaler

freiburg i. br

Willkommen bei dem / Welcome to the

2. Internationalen Klarinettenwettbewerb Freiburg i. Br.
2. International Clarinet competition Freiburg i. Br.



Prof. Jörg Widmann: Professor of Clarinet and Composition at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Prof. Eduard Brunner, chair and former solo clarinet Bavarian Radio Symphonieorchester
Prof. Larry Combs, former solo clarinet Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Prof. Wenzel Fuchs, solo clarinet Berliner Philharmoniker
Prof. Michel Lethiec, Directeur Artistique Prades Festiva
Prof. Kari Kriikku, Avanti Chamber Orchestra
Prof. Wolfgang Meyer, Professor of Clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe



25 - 29 July 2012

Antonio Fraioli, Clarinet Director

Assisi, Italy


27 - 30 July 2012

The Clarinet Summer School 2012, Andrew Roberts, Director

Hope University, Liverpool, United Kingdom

The Clarinet Summer School 2012 will run from Friday 27th - Monday 30th July at Liverpool Hope University further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Over 65% of students return to the Clarinet Summer School and some have attended over 6 times now. Join us in 2012 for a chance to work with international stars of the clarinet world.

The cost for this years course is £425, this price includes all tuition, en suite single rooms (3 nights 4 days, extra nights BB available on request) and all meals. The non-residential rate will be £325 including lunch and tea time meals. No other music course offers such excellent value and great facilities.

ARCS is delighted to announce that Francesco Paolo Scola known to all as Chicco, will return to be the guest tutor on this year's course. Chicco is an enthusiastic teacher and a brilliant player as those of you on the course last year found out! Come and join us again and hear for yourself why Chicco is one of the leading clarinettists in Europe. The draft schedule is now available, as is the application form. Places will be limited so please book early.

Download draft schedule (pdf, 581Kb)
Download application form (pdf, 112Kb)
Download application form (Word doc, 3.54Mb)


28 - 29 July 2012

Troy, Alabama



30 July - 10 August 2012

Music Seminar in Kitakaruizawa, Japan 2012

Charles Neidich, Music Director

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Seminar News

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31 July - 12 August 2012

Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany

Jonathan Cohler

Howard Klug

Ron Selka

Clarinet Faculty includes:

InterHarmony is still accepting applications.

InterHarmony International Music Festival


vom 31. Juli bis 12. August 2012
Künstlerische Leitung Misha Quint

Misha Quint,
Music Director and Founder / Künstlerischer Leiter und Gründer

Abby Gaudette,
Assistant to the Music Director,

Christl Pelikan-Geismann,
Germany Festival Coordinator


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31 July - 3 August 2012

Celeste Zewald Master Classes (in preparation)

Prins Claus Conservatorium, Groningen, Netherlands

              This summer I will teach a Master class in Groningen. Not all details are set yet, so this is a message in advance, to inform. More info will be available from the 2nd half of April. Maybe you could help me by sending this to 'might-be-interested students'?
When?: July 31st, Aug.1 and Aug 2nd for lessons and concert attending and most likely final concert in the morning of Aug. 3rd
Where?: Prins Claus Conservatorium, Groningen, Netherlands
Housing: possibility for cheap housing. More info whit applicationform
Meals: free choice between all in (3 meals a day) or 'on your own'.
Programme: contains individual lesons, grouplessons, concert-visits, ensemblelessons, rehearsals with pianist, final concert. Rooms for practicing available. There will also be possibility to play together with the participants of the Peter de Great Festival (strings, pianists, singers) which will be at the same moment.

Money: the exact costs are not known yet, but will be around €300,- all in
Application: applicationforms will be available from the 2nd half of April. But please let me know when you're interested. If there are too many applies, selection will be made by date of application.

The class is open to individual players and ensembles. Chamber music-with-clarinet or clarinet ensembles.

People who are interested, can send me an email. I will put you on the list for sending more info later.



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