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WKA Summer Newsletter 2014 (June)



1 June 2014 - 3 PM

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York Concert at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Garden City, NY, with Legend Clarinetist Stanley Drucker of the New York Philharmonic Performing Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto Op 74


4 - 8 June 2014

Clarinetopia Residency Seminar -  Michigan State University - VIP's Dr Michael Webster and Dr Guy Yehuda, Directors


6 - 7 June 2014


6 - 10 June 2014

Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University

Jacobs School of Music - Clarinet Performance Workshop 2014


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


9 - 13 June 2014

Clarinet Academy of America - VIP Robert DiLutis and D Ray McClellan, Directors

Check hyperlink on title for complete information

Washington, DC

9 - 14 June 2014

Colorado State University - Application Deadline:  30 May 2014

Fort Collins, Colorado


12 - 14 June 2014

University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium - Dr Suzanne Tirk, Director

Dear Clarinetists,
We are pleased to announce that the 37th Annual University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium will be held June 12-14, 2014 at Catlett Music Center on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, OK. The Clarinet Symposium has a long tradition of hosting famous performers, masterclasses, and exhibits, and brings together clarinetists of all ages and abilities. We have a fantastic line-up of artists for this year, including our featured performers Alexander Fiterstein, Roeland Hendrikx, Jozsef Balogh, and Alcides Rodriguez.
Participants of all ages and levels enjoy opportunities to meet new friends, play in the Symposium Clarinet Choir, hear amazing performances, and observe and/or play in masterclasses. In addition, various music vendors from around the country bring their knowledge and expertise in the best and latest clarinet equipment and repertoire for participants to try and purchase.  Discover how to make the OU Clarinet Symposium a memorable experience for YOU by checking out the events listed on our website
For advanced high school, college, or graduate students, there is the opportunity to play on a masterclass for one of our featured artists. Playing on a masterclass is a great way to gain performance experience in a relaxed environment, and receive excellent musical and clarinet-related advice from our world-renowned artists. An application from the student and letter of recommendation from a private instructor must be received by mail or email by June 2, 2014 in order to be considered for a masterclass. Further instructions are available on our website
Information about the Symposium is available online at You can also keep up with the latest news on Facebook by visiting and clicking “Like.”  
We hope that you and your students will join us in June!
Dr. Suzanne Tirk
Director, OU Clarinet Symposium
Assistant Professor of Clarinet
University of Oklahoma

Cassie Keogh
Assistant Director, OU Clarinet Symposium
DMA Candidate Clarinet
University of Oklahoma

14 - 22 June 2014

Beyond the Music Festival

Benasque, Spain


15 - 21 June 2014

Claremont Clarinet Festival - VIP Margaret Thornhill, Director

Pomona, California


15 - 30 June 2013

Woodwind Sessions at Festival Domaine Forget



APPLICATION DEADLINE - February 15, 2014

Applications received after the deadline will be accepted and processed if space allows. However, for late application requests, scholarship will not be available.

Chen Halevi | June 15th to 22nd
World renowned Soloist and Chamber musician
Professor, Trossingen Hochschule fur Music, Allemagne
Yehuda Gilad | June 22nd to 28th | Masterclass
Founder member, Colburn Conservatory
Musical director, Colburn Orchestra
Professor, USC Thornton School of Music
Jean-François Normand
Professor, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
Marie Picard
Professor, Conservatoire de musique de Québec
Guy Carmichael
Horn player and professor, Conservatoire de Musique de Québec
Woodwind Quintet and Instrumental Ensemble Coaching
Pierre-Richard Aubin
Pianist, Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau


This two-week program is offered to intermediate, advanced or semi-professional level students, aged 15 years old or older. The Woodwinds session provides  a unique opportunity to benefit from internationally renowned teachers. The balance between private lessons, masterclasses and group lessons result in a rare experience of learning.

Curriculum includes:

  • Private lessons (2 per week)
  • Daily Masterclasses
  • Orchestral ExcerptsClasses
  • Chamber music classes
  • Student concert at Françoys-Bernier concert hall


  • Collaborative piano services are offered for the masterclasses (it is the student’s responsability to provide piano parts to the pianist).
  • Free access to all the Academy classes and activities for the entire session (possibility to attend other instruments masterclasses when schedules allow).
  • Free access to le Domaine Forget International Festival concerts during the session.*
    Restrictions may apply for certain concerts.

Auditions for masterclasses and chamber music will take place on the first Monday of the session. Students can pick repertoire of their choice. Auditions are done without accompaniment..

See Registration procedure for all the information on how to register and for the required documents.
Application fee: $70 CDN (non-refundable)

TUITION (including room, board and tuition)

Two weeks $1550 CDN $1630 CDN
One week   $795 CDN   $835 CDN

Due to the large number of applications and the pedagogical structure of the sessions, le Domaine Forget strongly recommends that students register for the entire session. Even though all applications will be analyzed, le Domaine Forget will prioritize candidates who wish to attend the entire session.

Coordonnées téléphoniques / Phone numbers

1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)
Numéro principal / Main Phone : 418-452-8111
Académie / Academy : 418-452-8113 # 222
Billetterie / Box Office : 418-452-3535/ 888-336-7438
Studios / Studios : 418-452-8111/ 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
Crédit photo: Geneviève Lesieur - Bleu Outremer


16 June - August 9 2014

Music Academy of the West

Santa Barbara, California

Summer School & Festival

For 66 years the Music Academy of the West has trained the next generation of great classical musicians by providing opportunities for advanced study and intensive performance in a uniquely beautiful and supportive environment.

Full Scholarship Available for all Fellows

Each Music Academy Fellow is awarded a full scholarship, including free tuition, single-room accommodations, and all meals.

Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent summer music programs for exceptional pre-professional classical musicians, the Academy offers an experience that is at once intimate and intense, highly personalized, and deeply collaborative.

Admission to the Music Academy is strictly merit-based and highly competitive. Nearly 1,700 musicians from all over the world applied for admission in 2013; just 140 were accepted.

During eight weeks each summer, Academy Fellows refine and enhance their skills with each other and with the outstanding faculty and guest artists who join them. Together they participate in 200 musical events, including master classes, chamber music, individual weekly lessons, recitals, orchestra concerts, a concerto competition, a vocal competition, and a fully staged opera production of Bizet's Carmen.

String players also have the opportunity to participate in a String Quartet Seminar, led by the Takacs Quartet, and taking place one week prior to the festival. A separate audition video must be uploaded for consideration for the SQS. Violinists may audition upon arrival for participation in a String Leadership Program under the direction of faculty artist Glenn Dicterow.

Minimum age is 18
Maximum age is 34




16 - 20 June 2014

Indiana Clarinet Experience 2014 with Grenadilla Studios, Erik Franklin, Director

Nashville, Indiana

19 - 22 June 2014

Wetzlarer, Germany


ChamberFest Cleveland

19 - 29 June 2014

ChamberFest Cleveland - VIP's Franklin Cohen and Diana Cohen, Directors

Click on the above ChamberFest for complete information

Tickets On Sale Now! Concerts sell out fast. Order online or contact our Box Office at 216.785.9977.

THREE! June 19th - June 29th

21 June - 4 July 2014


21 June - August 2014

Brevard Music Festival

Brevard Music Institute for High School and College Students

Brevard, North Carolina

Join us for the 2014 Season

Orchestral Studies
Collaborative Piano

Scholarships Available - Apply Now



22 - 26 June 2014 - Registration Deadline - May 1, 2014

Ohio State University Clarinet Academy - VIP Dr Caroline Hartig, Director

The School of Music introduces the Clarinet Academy to its summer program offerings. This five-day residential experience provides high school clarinetists with a unique opportunity to develop as musicians, engage with peers, work with world-class faculty, and enjoy the college experience at Ohio State. Participants will work directly with clarinet professor Caroline Hartig in group activities and private lessons, and will benefit from additional instruction from current graduate and undergraduate clarinet students. 

Workshop Highlights

Eligibility: For students who are entering grades 9-12 in the 2014-2015 school year, as well as 2014 high school graduates.
Workshop fee: $395; cost includes tuition, housing and meals.
Instruments: All students must bring their own instruments. In addition to their B-flat clarinet, students may bring E-flat or bass clarinets, if desired.

Concert schedule:

Important things to note: All students audition on Sunday afternoon for placement in chamber ensembles and for the Student Solos Concert. Students should come prepared to audition on a solo piece of their choosing. Bring piano scores as appropriate.
Program director: Caroline Hartig, associate professor

Registration Deadline - May 1, 2014

Register for the Clarinet Academy by clicking the above link. After submitting an online registration, you will immediately receive a confirmation email with further information to help you complete the payment process. If you do not receive a confirmation email, one of three things has happened:

If you do not receive a confirmation email within two hours of submitting an application, please contact the Outreach Registrar at for further instruction.

Once you’ve submitted an online registration, complete the following steps:

1.    Download, print, read, and sign the following forms:

a.    Photo Release Form [pdf]
b.    Parental Permission Form [pdf]
c.    Minimum Standards Form [pdf]

2.    Mail the above forms to:

The Ohio State University School of Music
ATTN: Megan Morelock, Outreach Registrar
110 Weigel Hall
1866 N. College Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210

If you choose to pay online via credit card, click the link in your registration confirmation email to reach the School of Music’s online store. If you choose to pay with a check or money order, submit payment to the Outreach Registrar at the address above. Those who pay online will receive an email receipt within a few moments of submitting payment. Those who mail in payment will receive confirmation by email within 7-10 business days.

Directions and Parking

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22 - 27 June 2014

Brandeis University Early Woodwind Workshops and Concerts

Waltham, Massachusetts

Historical Woodwind Workshop

Aston Magna and Brandeis University are pleased to announce their fifth annual Historical Woodwind Workshop with Stephen Hammer, oboes, and Eric Hoeprich, clarinets. The workshop will be held June 22-27, 2014 at the Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University, supplementing the Aston Magna festival concerts taking place at Brandeis on June 19, 26, and July 3, 10 and 17, 2014.

About the Historical Woodwind Workshop

The workshop is a five-day, hands-on laboratory in historical woodwind techniques and practices, led by two leading performers and teachers:  Eric Hoeprich and Stephen Hammer.

Topics covered will include instrument setup, reed-making and adjustment, playing techniques and performance styles.

Participants may be either experienced early wind players or advanced modern instrumentalists who want to expand their horizons. They may choose to concentrate on Baroque or classical oboes and clarinets, or variants such as oboe d’amore or basset horn.

Daily activities will include group master classes, private lessons, small ensemble coaching, auditing Aston Magna rehearsals, communal lunches at the Brandeis faculty club, and visits to important instrument collections in the Boston area. There will be a participants’ concert at week’s end.

A few historical models will be available to borrow during the workshop.

Participant testimonials

“It is really amazing how much we did in one week: a museum, collection, workshop, watched rehearsals, student concert as well as a faculty concert, and of course group and private lessons.”

-- Elise B., emerging  professional clarinetist

“The standard of participants was high… and overall it was an excellent learning experience for me.”

-- Wai Kit L., computer programmer and avid amateur oboist

“The Brandeis campus provided a perfect venue for the workshop. There was ample parking and the music building had excellent practice and performance facilities. It was also a much appreciated bonus to have lunch provided in the faculty club – this was a great time to meet other students and faculty. All in all it was a great week and I look forward to more in the future.”

-- Owen W., professional oboist, clarinetist, and instrument builder

About the Instructors:

Clarinetist Eric Hoeprich

Eric Hoeprich

Eric Hoeprich has specialized in performing on historical clarinets for three decades. Educated at Harvard University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He is currently on the faculties of the Paris Conservatoire, the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, and Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a founding member of Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century, and he also founded two ensembles, the Staedler Trio and NACHTMUSIQUE, which have toured around the world. He has recorded many chamber works and concerti for major labels, and collaborates regularly with string quartets, chamber ensembles and vocal soloists. The recent release of clarinet quintets (Mozart, Brahms) with the London Haydn Quartet (Glossa), the three clarinet concertos by Bernhard Crusell with Kölner Akademie (ARS Production) and “Sei Sinfonia” by J.C. Bach with Nachtmusique (Glossa) have received wide critical acclaim. Mr. Hoeprich’s book “The Clarinet,” an exhaustive history, was published by Yale U. Press in 2008.

He has contributed articles to the New Grove Dictionary, and recently prepared the entry for “Clarinet” in Oxford Bibliographies Online. Over many years, he has amassed a collection of more than a hundred antique clarinets, which has also led to restoration and construction of replicas of period originals. He maintains a workshop for instrument making at his home near London.

Oboist Stephen Hammer

Stephen Hammer

Stephen Hammer is principal oboist of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, the Bach Ensemble, Concert Royal, the Clarion Music Society, the Arcadia Players and the Aston Magna festival; he also plays recorder with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and serves as artistic director of the Blue Hill Bach Festival in Maine. He has been featured soloist with Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Academy of Ancient Music and at the Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Blossom, Bruges, Regensburg, Bach-Sommer (Arnstadt), City of London, and BBC Proms festivals.

His more than 200 solo, chamber, obligato, and orchestral recordings appear on Decca l’Oiseau-lyre, EMI, Sony, CBS, Pro Arte, Dorian, Smithsonian, and many other labels. He teaches oboe, chamber music, and performance practice at the Bard College Conservatory of Music and has given courses in early woodwinds at Brandeis University and the rhetoric of Baroque performance at the Longy School of Music; Mr. Hammer collaborates with the instrument maker Joel Robinson in building replicas of historical oboes, their "Saxon" model oboe is one of the most popular designs in the world. He has also designed early oboes and shawms in collaboration with Jonathan Bosworth, has designed staples for historical oboes for the Chiarugi firm in Italy, and has worked with the machinist Robert Hubbard in California in designing shaper tips for Baroque and classical oboe.

Registration Information

2014 Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee $50
Workshop Tuition      
Optional Housing $225

Some financial aid is available, based on need.

As part of the application process, participants should submit a CD, DVD, or Web link featuring two contrasting short pieces or excerpts of a one's choice.

Submit your performance recording to:

Summer School, MS 085
Brandeis University
P.O. Box 549110
Waltham, MA  02454-9110

Optional On-Campus Housing and Dining

Residence halls open for the Historical Woodwind Workshop at noon on Fri., June 20, 2014 and close at 5:00pm on Fri., June 27, 2014.

Summer students who choose to live on campus during the music workshop are housed in Ziv Quad in single, air-conditioned rooms. For those new to Brandeis during the summer, Ziv Quad has a suite-style design. Up to six students per suite are housed in individual bedrooms with two shared bathrooms and a large common room. All suites are designated as single gender. Coin operated laundry facilities can be found on the first floor. The building is elevator-equipped.

Student rooms are furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, and bureau. Personal essentials like bed linens (twin extra long), blankets, pillows, towels, waste baskets, alarm clocks, desk lamps, etc. are not provided. A shower caddy, shower shoes and bathrobe are also recommended.

Please note that the housing fee is for accommodations only and participants are responsible for their own meals. Campus accommodations do not have kitchen facilities, so please plan accordingly.

Waltham has many fine restaurants that will fit a variety of budgets and tastes. Additionally, all-you-care-to-eat dining is available in the Sherman Dining Hall. Sherman Dining Hall prices are approximately: $8.50 for breakfast, $10.90 for lunch and $14.69 for dinner. Prices subject to change without notice.


23 - 27 June 2014

Los Angeles, California


24 June 2014

Silicon Valley Music Festival Master Class with VIP Ayako Oshima (Juilliard and SUNY Purchase Faculty

San Jose, California


25 - 27 June 2014

Howard Klug (Indiana University) Master Classes

Gruenwald, Germany


26 - 30 June 2014

Dvorak International Chamber Music Competition


26 June - August 2014

Aspen Music Festival and School

Programs of Study


Students at the Aspen Music Festival and School participate in many enriching musical opportunities, including:

Private Lessons

For the Instrumental/Orchestral, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Solo Piano, and Collaborative Piano programs, acceptance to the Aspen Music Festival and School is contingent upon being accepted into an artist-faculty member’s studio. Students receive one lesson weekly over the duration of attendance.

Chamber Music Studies

The Aspen Music Festival and School’s chamber music program is built around myriad student ensembles studying a wide range of repertoire prepared in coachings and master classes by more than forty artist-faculty members, guest artists, the American Brass Quintet, and-schedules permitting-members of the resident string quartets. The program is available to orchestral instrumentalists and pianists as a supplement to their ensemble and private study experience.

Students accepted into the program will receive weekly coachings from artist-faculty and must demonstrate professional initiative in preparation for coachings and performance opportunities. Ensembles focus primarily on traditional configurations—string quartets, piano trios, piano quartets, piano quintets, and wind and brass quintets. Curricula for pianists may include chamber music with either strings or winds, two-piano/fourhand repertoire, duo sonata class, and mixed contemporary ensembles.

Performance opportunities abound for Aspen’s many student ensembles, including a chamber music series at Aspen Chapel, new works composed by students of the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies, outreach concerts, Chamber House Music concerts, Spotlights Recitals, and Benedict Music Tent fanfares. The 2014 ensembles-in-residence include: American String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and Takács Quartet, in addition to the American Brass Quintet.

*Participation in Chamber Music studies is elective but strongly encouraged. An audition is required upon arrival in Aspen. Placement in an ensemble is not guaranteed. Half session opportunities are extremely limited.

Solo Opportunities

Students are welcome to participate in a series of student competitions, the winners of which are invited to perform a featured solo with orchestra during the 2014 season. Students may participate in competitions with the written consent of their teachers, and previous winners are not eligible to compete. A full schedule of competition and performance dates will be communicated to accepted students in the spring.

Myriad other performance opportunities exist and written permission from the teacher and/or a successful screening audition is required to participate.

Master Classes

Public master classes are presented weekly at Harris Concert Hall and on the Bucksbaum Campus. Classes offered range from piano, piano and strings, chamber music, and by instrumental department.


All students are encouraged to participate in the music-related courses offered by the AMFS artist-faculty and staff. In addition, the AMFS offers courses in body awareness, including Alexander Technique.


Students are given an AMFS Season Pass and are encouraged to attend the 300-plus events presented throughout the season.

For Clarinetists

How to Apply

Click here to apply for admission and submit your audition and required materials.

  • Resume required
  • Two letters of recommendation encouraged but not required

Audition Repertoire

Please inquire with Student Services about fellowship availability for 2014
All clarinet applicants must submit the required clarinet repertoire. The clarinet fellowship recipient is chosen from the general pool of applicants; however, if you would like to be considered for this fellowship, you should also be well-versed in the E-flat clarinet and should submit the E-flat clarinet repertoire list below in addition to the clarinet repertoire.

  • MOZART: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (1st movement exposition)
  • MENDELSSOHN: Scherzo (beginning to bar 48)
  • NIELSEN: Clarinet Concerto, op. 57 (the two cadenzas only)
  • BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90 (1st movement, m. 36-46)
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93 (3rd movement, trio including repeat)
  • PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf (Nervoso, Reh. 20 to 21)
  • RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2 (third bar of Reh. 212 to the end of the piece)

The 2014 second and e-flat clarinet fellowship position is open.
ADDITIONAL EXCERPTS FOR SECOND AND E-FLAT CLARINET FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION: please include all repertoire above on clarinet and below on E-Flat clarinet.

  • RAVEL: Bolero (Reh. 3 to Reh. 4)
  • BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, op. 14 [5th movement, Allegro, for 26 measures (Reh. 63 to 5 after Reh. 64)]
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47 (2nd movement, Reh. 49 to 5 after Reh. 50 and Reh. 53 to 1 after Reh. 54)
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 54 (2nd movement, Reh. 34 to Reh. 37)
  • RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major (1st movement, Reh. 18 to Reh. 19 and 9 before Reh. 35 to Reh. 35; and 3rd movement, Reh. 1 to six after Reh. 1)
  • RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloë, Suite No. 2 (one before Reh. 157 to Reh. 161, Reh. 200 to six after Reh. 203, and Reh. 214 to four after Reh. 220)

The 2014 bass clarinet fellowship position is open.
ADDITIONAL EXCERPTS FOR BASS CLARINET FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION: please include all repertoire above on clarinet and below on bass clarinet.

  • MEYERBEER: Les Huguenots [5th Act (cadenza starting on clarion F)]
  • SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 97 (toccata section solo to m.170)
  • KHACHATURIAN: Piano Concerto (2nd movement solo, 220 to low C)
  • GROFÉ, Grand Canyon Suite [section 3 ("On the Trail") from Reh. 2 to Reh. 3]
Guidelines for Submitting Audition Recordings  


28 June - 4 July 2014

Hidden Valley Music Institute  Details hyperlinked on the Festival

Master Classes with VIP Mark Nuccio - Associate Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic



Mark Nuccio joined the New York Philharmonic in 1999 as Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinet. He previously held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida. He has worked with distinguished conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Erich Leinsdorf, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, André Previn, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Gustavo Dudamel. Additionally, Mr. Nuccio has toured with both the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to numerous countries, recorded with both orchestras, and performed with the Philharmonic on the award-winning series, Live From Lincoln Center, broadcast on PBS. A recent New York Philharmonic tour included a historic visit to North Korea - an event watched around the world.

An active solo and chamber musician, Mark Nuccio has been the featured performer with several orchestras in the United States and on numerous occasions at the International Clarinet Association conventions. He made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2001, his Japan recital debut in 2002, and he now regularly performs in recital in the Far East and Europe, as well as across the U.S. In New York, he often can be heard at Merkin Concert Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Nuccio is also a member of the Philharmonic Quintet of New York (PQNY) - a group of five woodwind players from the New York Philharmonic. Since its inception, in 2001, the PQNY has performed across the globe. During summers, Mr. Nuccio performs chamber music at the Strings in the Mountain Music Festival in Steamboat, Colorado.

As a studio musician, Mr. Nuccio is featured on several movie soundtracks, including Failure to Launch, The Last Holiday, The Rookie, The Score, Intolerable Cruelty, Alamo, Pooh's Heffalump, Hitch, The Manchurian Candidate, and numerous television commercials. He also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman as well as on the 2003 Grammy Awards.

In November 2006, Mr. Nuccio's first CD, Opening Night,featuring the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, was released, and is available at as well as on iTunes and

A Colorado native, Mark Nuccio holds a master's degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with the renowned pedagogue Robert Marcellus. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Beyond his active performing schedule, Mr. Nuccio is committed to training the next generation of musicians. He currently serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and teaches master classes in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Nuccio is a Rico advising artist and clinician as well as an artist/clinician for Buffet Crampon, and performs exclusively on Buffet Clarinets.



28 June - 9 August 2014

Bowdoin Music Festival


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June 28 - August 9

Each summer, the Bowdoin International Music Festival brings renowned artist instructors, performers, soloists, and gifted pre-professional classical musicians from around the world to beautiful Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine for six weeks of intensive chamber music study, collaboration, and performance.

Musicians from groups such as the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago, Houston, and Dallas Symphonies, and the Ying and Shanghai Quartets, as well as major conservatories like Juilliard, Eastman, Indiana, Peabody, Shanghai, and London’s Royal College collaborate with our summer study participants and present more than 100 concerts and public educational events each season.


50th Anniversary Season in 2014

Join us this year as we celebrate 50 years of great music, great artists, and music education. The Pacifica and Brentano Quartets will join the Ying and Shanghai Quartets to perform the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle, major guest artists will be invited back, and important composers have been commissioned. It will be a season not to miss! Our 2014 dates are June 28-August 9.


Around the World in Forty Days

Our 2013 season celebrated the international connections of today's world. With many memorable performances, this season will be remembered for a long time by concert attendees.


Bowdoin Virtuosi

The Bowdoin Virtuosi program continued in 2013, delivering magnificent perofmances by violinists David Coucheron and Laura Lutzke, violist Jesus Rodriguez Gonzalez, cellist Meta Weiss, and pianists Eric Zuber and Claire Huangci.


Summer Study

"Bowdoin is one of the great festivals of the world"
Joseph Polisi, President, The Juilliard School


The Bowdoin International Music Festival’s Summer Study program is designed for serious, advanced performers of classical music who are motivated, disciplined, and comfortable with a significant amount of independence. We have a special message for parents of applicants under the age of 16.

We engage faculty members from major conservatories and artists from major orchestras and performing groups worldwide to serve as instructors. Summer study participants work with the instructors in a collegial environment to advance their skills through private lessons, masterclasses, and the practice and performance of chamber music.

Instructors expect participants to make full use of individual practice time, and to make significant progress while at the Festival. Successful participants take advantage of all masterclasses and performance opportunities, and attend all concerts. Each participant’s experience will reflect the energy, drive, and self-discipline s/he brings. Please note: the language of instruction is English.

Summer Study programs:

You must apply and be accepted into one of these programs in order to participate.


30 June - 7 July 2014

Prague Clarinet Days - Information hyperlinked on title

Prague, Czech Republic


30 June - 7 July 2014


30 June - 18 July 2014

Banff Music Festival, Canada



29 June - 2 July 2014

Florida Clarinet Academy - Mitchell Estrin, Director, in Collaboration with Hoggtowne Music in Gainesville

Hawthorne, Florida

Dear Musical Colleagues and Friends,

I am proud to announce the inaugural Florida Clarinet Academy for students ages 13-18. The Academy will take place June 29-July 2, 2014 at the picturesque Luther Springs Camp and Retreat Center in Hawthorne, Florida. The all inclusive tuition (all musical activities, overnight housing, meals, and souvenir shirt) is $300. The Academy will be produced under the auspices of Hoggtowne Music.

Attached are links to an Academy brochure and informational sheet. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested. Don't hesitiate to contact me with any questions.
Download application here:

View brochure:


Applications should (look at checklist below for all necessary items) be mailed to: 
Hoggtowne Music- Florida Clarinet Academy
5200 NW 43rd St., Suite 503
Gainesville, FL 32606

Inquiries about Florida Clarinet Academy or the application process should be directed to:
Joe Dorsey
Coordinator, Florida Clarinet Academy
Hoggtowne Music          (352) 271-4772

Florida Clarinet Academy

Presented by Hoggtowne Music
 Professor Mitchell Estrin, Director
June 29-July 2, 2014


About Florida Clarinet Academy

Florida Clarinet Academy will offer an outstanding summer educational music experience to middle and high school student clarinetists, ages 13-18.  The student/teacher ratio will be 5:1.  The low student to teacher ratio will offer students the opportunity to work closely with the teaching faculty in a professional educational setting along with a fun and rewarding camp experience. Students will be supervised at all times.

 The Academy will take place June 29-July 2, 2014 (4 days and 3 nights) at the picturesque Luther Springs Camp and Retreat Center in Hawthorne, Florida. The facilities at Luther Springs Camp and Retreat Center offer modern, air conditioned cabins. There will be separate cabins for boys and girls for a safe, comfortable overnight camp experience.

 The curriculum will include:

  •  Private Lessons
  •  Masterclasses
  • Presentations
  • Recitals
  • Chamber Music
  •  Clarinet Choir

Special emphasis will be placed on instruction and review of fundamentals, solo repertoire, chamber music, All-State audition technique, selecting equipment, E-flat and bass clarinet performance, and instrument maintenance.

There will be scheduled daily leisure activities including swimming, hiking, sports, and games.  The daily curriculum will be balanced between intensive musical activities along with fun and relaxation.

Application Procedure

Admission to the Florida Clarinet Academy is open to all interested and qualified middle and high school clarinet students ages 13-18. 

Applications must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2014 to secure a limited first come first considered basis. Applications must include all required materials.  Incomplete applications will be not considered.

Application Checklist

  Complete the Student Application Form

o    Applications with unanswered portions will not be processed.

o    Applications without proper signatures will not be processed.

 Enclose $20 non-refundable application fee made payable to:
Hoggtowne Music - Florida Clarinet Academy

   Enclose proof of health insurance (front and back)

   Enclose proof of updated immunizations

        Enclose signed waiver of liability form

All applications and required materials should be mailed to:
Hoggtowne Music- Florida Clarinet Academy
5200 NW 43rd St. , Suite 503
Gainesville, FL 32606

Professor Mitchell Estrin 
Director - Florida Clarinet Academy


Mitchell Estrin is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Florida and Music Director and Conductor of the University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble.  He also serves as the Artistic Director of the annual Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival and was the founder of the Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy.

Mitchell Estrin studied clarinet with Stanley Drucker at The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees and was a Naumburg Scholar. He has a 30-year association with the New York Philharmonic, where he has performed in more than 2,000 concerts as principal, second, and E-flat clarinetist. Prof. Estrin has presented recitals, masterclasses, workshops, and seminars at educational conferences and institutions throughout the United States, including the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, New York State School Music Association, Connecticut School Music Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Florida Music Educators Association.

Widely acclaimed as a conductor and proponent of the clarinet choir, Prof. Estrin has served as director of the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest College and Festival Clarinet Choirs, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Clarinet Choir, Texas Clarinet Colloquium Clarinet Choir, and has published several articles on the history, development and logistics of the clarinet choir. He has conducted the University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble throughout the United States and Europe, including three feature recitals at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest.

As a studio musician, Prof. Estrin has recorded dozens of motion picture soundtracks for Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, MGM, 20th Century Fox, United Artists, and Warner Brothers on feature films including The Alamo, Intolerable Cruelty, The Score, You've Got Mail, Primary Colors, Fargo, Batman Forever, Interview With a Vampire, Home Alone 2, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Doc Hollywood, Regarding Henry, Beauty and the Beast, The Untouchables, Reds, and Dressed to Kill.

Mitchell Estrin is a Buffet Crampon Clarinet Artist and performs exclusively on the Buffet R13 clarinet. As a Vandoren Performing Artist, he endorses and performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.


Academy Instructors

Academy instructors and staff members are highly-trained musicians and teachers. They are professional educators and musicians who are college graduates or currently enrolled students from the studio of Prof. Estrin at the University of Florida.

Academy Curriculum & Events

 Each student will receive one 60 minute private lesson from a member of the Academy faculty.

 The day will begin with a warm-up class.  Faculty members will lead the daily warm-up class, offering students a broad musical perspective and the opportunity to learn a variety of useful warm-up techniques.

 Afternoons will be devoted to chamber music, clarinet choir, and masterclasses taught by Academy faculty members.

Leisure Activities will be incorporated into the daily schedule.

 An on-site music store will provide students with an opportunity for instrument and equipment testing and for purchasing a variety of musical products.  Personal instrument adjustment can also be arranged.

 A hands-on seminar led by Hoggtowne Music technicians will focus on basic instrument maintenance.

 Evenings will feature supervised leisure activities for all Academy students.

 The Academy will conclude with a concert by faculty and students, free and open to parents and guests of the students.


Tuition:  $300 (all inclusive)
Additional housing security deposit:  $50 (refundable at camp conclusion)
Tuition and housing security deposits are due in full by June 1, 2014

Please send two separate checks for tuition and housing deposit.
All fees must be payable in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank only. 
All checks should be made payable to:  Hoggtowne Music - 
Florida Clarinet Academy
Once tuition has been submitted, all monies are nonrefundable.

 Student Tuition includes:

All instructional, musical, and recreational activities
3 nights housing in Luther Springs Camp cabins
          -Cabins feature 6 bunks, private bath and shower
          -Each cabin will have a resident faculty instructor and 5 campers
          -All cabins are heated and air conditioned
          -Students must supply their own towels, bedding/sleeping bag, and personal items
3 meals per day
          Special dietary needs can be accommodated (with prior notice)

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Luther Springs

For additional fees, and space permitting, parents and family members can stay at Luther Springs in hotel style rooms or cabins during the Academy. Please inquire to receive complete information and rates.

Luther Springs Camp and Retreat Center
Hawthorne, Florida

Luther Springs is located 30 minutes southeast of Gainesville, Florida. The camp was designed to accommodate a wide variety of groups and ministries throughout the year.  Located on over 350 scenic acres, the camp offers many activities to do during your stay: archery, swimming, canoeing, hiking, and more. It is a peaceful and natural setting featuring comfortable and hospitable accommodations. The camp has a 65,000 gallon swimming pool and a spring fed lake. The camp's facilities and sleeping accommodations are modern and comfortable.


29 June - 6 July 2014

Ostrava, Czech Republic 

About u

Dear Clarinet and Saxophone players,

We would like to invite you to the 13th annual summer master classes in Ostrava from 29th of June to 6th of July 2014. Ostrava is the 3rd biggest city in the Czech Republic, located in North Moravia, 300 kilometers east of Prague. This course will give you the opportunity to work very intensively with excellent players and teachers. During one week you will have at least 5 individual lessons (each lesson has 45 minutes)! This is a big difference compared to other similar courses, where you have seldom more than two lessons. Besides studying your repertoire and new pieces, you could work with us for example on developing your tone quality, speed of staccato, good breathing or to learn several new techniques (slap tongue, double staccato, circular breathing, etc). You could listen also to lessons of other students (usually we have about 40 students, aged from 16 to 50, mostly advanced and medium advanced). There will be two first class pianists, professional repair of clarinets and classrooms for practising available for you during the whole course. As in previous years, we have interesting seminars on various topics. We are also planning concerts by teachers and participants at the Czech Radio studios in Ostrava, from which you will get a professional recording. Don’t hesitate to contact us and to ask for more information, or visit our webpage with more information about this and previous years, including pictures and recordings.

See you in Ostrava!

Karel Dohnal and Igor Františák

Clarinet Faculty

Gabor Varga Gabor Varga (Hungary) – clarinet

Gabor Varga was born in 1974 in Hungary. He received his diploma as clarinet artist at the Liszt Academy of Music of Budapest in 1998 and serves as principal clarinetist in the Hungarian Radio Orchestra since 1997. Between 2005 and 2007, Varga performed with the Singaporean Symphony Orchestra. He also performed as a guest solo artist in Finland, Slovaki, Romania, Austria ( Musikverein ), Germany ( Gewandhaus ), France, Spain, China and Taiwan. He is the winner of several international competitions: the Dohnanyi Prize in 2000, the XI. International Clarinet Competition in Seville – Spain as wellas the Niveau Prize from the Hungarian Radio in 2001. He has performed chamber music with notable musicians such as Marta Gulyas, Peter Nagy, Tamas Vasary, Jeno Jando, Miklos Perenyi, Gustav Rivinius. During his career, he has performed several world premieres, including Kovacs’s Dream Dances, Fekete’s Csardas, Durko’s Double Concerto and Szentpali’s Concerto that were all dedicated to him. He has recorded for Hungarian Radio and published CDs in Germany and Taiwan.

Arkadiusz Adamski Arkadiusz Adamski (Poland) Clarinet
received his Master’s of Music degree from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, in the clarinet class run by Professor A. Janicki While still a student he entered and succeeded in many national and international music competitions. Adamski attended many
international master classes (in Germany, France and Poland) and as a recipient of the State Scholarship he continued to improve his clarinet skills under Professor J. Schou in Denmark. Since 1993 he is the Principal in the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. He has performed as a soloist as well as an active chamber musician with numerous orchestras and ensembles including National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Hilliard Ensemble, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Byelorussia National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, and many others. In 2007 was invited as a recital performer on International Clarinetfest in Vancouver. He made many recordings for Polish Radio and TV broadcasting stations also for BBC. Since 2001 he a lecturer on Academy of Music in Katowice.

Karel Dohnal Karel Dohnal (Czech Republic) Clarinet
He is laureate of many international competitions (Prague, Roma, London, Sevilla, Ostende, Bayreuth). Studied in Prague, London, Berlin, Hilversum and St. Petersburg. Giving concerts through Europe, North America and Asia., performing wide variety of repertoire from Mozart, Weber, to Penderecki, Nielsen, Francaix, and world premiere concertos. Karel also regularly engages in chamber music, cooperating with Tokyo, Haas, Talich, Wihan String Quartets, Prague PhilHarmonia Octet, famous soprano Edita Gruber and others. He is a member of PhilHarmonia Octet, Trio Amadeus and Prague State Opera Orchestra. Last but not least, he intensively studies and performs contemporary music. His doctorate was focused on contemporary clarinet techniques. His performace of Stockhausenś Harlekin, containing also dancing and pantomime, has been higly acclaimed. Regularly gives masterclases both in Czech and abroad. He has numerous recordings in Czech Radio and on CD’s. Karel is sponzored by Selmer and Rico and plays on Selmer Recital clarinets and Rico Reserve reeds.

Igor Františák Igor Františák (Czech Republic) Clarinet
Between 1989 – 1995 he studied at the Conservatory in Ostrava in the clarinet class of doc. Valter Vítek, with whom he continued his studies at the art-teaching department of the University of Ostrava. In 2001 he received a government scholarship to study at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he studied in the class of Prof. Hans Christian Braein. He performed as a soloist with the Janáček Philharmonic, the Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra, the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, the Talich Chamber Orchestra, the Janáček Chamber Orchestra, the Pavel Haas, the Bennewitz, the Talich, the Škampa, the Zemlinsky, the Wihan Quartet and others. As a soloist and chamber musician he performed in many concerts and international festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad – Poland, Germany, Slovak Republic, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Holland and Turkey. the Ensemble Moravia rize in 2002 at the „Marco Fiorindo“ International Chamber Music Competition in Turin. Recently he is devoted to the study of period interpretation on chalumeau, baroque clarinets and classical clarinets (Collegium 1704, Musica Florea, Collegium Marianum). Since 2002, he is a co-founder and teacher at the annual international interpretation courses for clarinet a saxophone in Ostrava. Currently, in addition to his concert activities, he is working as docent, teaching clarinet and chamber music at the Faculty of Arts of University of Ostrava. Igor Františák is sponzored by Rico and plays on Rico – “Grand Concert Select”.

Philippe Portejoie Philippe Portejoie (France) Saxophone
Philippe PORTEJOIE studied the saxophone at the Conservatoire of Nantes with Jean-Pierre MAGNAC, before becoming a student of Daniel DEFFAYET at the National Academy of Music of Paris. He won many prices as soloist and chamber music player (Leopold Bellan, International Competition of UFAM, International Competition of Chamber music of Paris, International Competition of Aix Les Bains…). He played and recorded with numerous French Symphonic Orchestras as well a from abroad: Orchestra of Paris, National orchestra of France, Philharmonic orchestra of Radio-France, Orchestre Colonne, Orchestre of Ile-de-France, Paris Opera Orchestra, Orchestre of Toulouse, Orchestre Pays-de-Loire, Philharmonie Slovak, Orquesta Sinfonica of Bogota…). Since 1986, he shares his musical activities between the Duet saxophone-piano with Frederique LAGARDE on the piano (9 recordings and more than 250 concerts) and the Claude BOLLING Jazz Big Band where he is the lead saxophone (more than 500 concerts and 10 recordings). Philippe PORTEJOIE indeed shares his musical activities between classical music, jazz as well as studio and movie/TV artist. He played all over the world with a lot of key jazzmen such as Phil WOODS, Clark TERRY, Dizzie GILLESPIE, Stephan GRAPELLI, Didier LOCKWOOD, John FADDIS, John HENDRYX, Benny BAILEY, and Roger GUERIN, Martial SOLAL, Gerard BADINI, Claude TISSENDIER, Marcel AZZOLA and Sylvain KASSAP… Philippe PORTEJOIE was appointed Professor of saxophone at the Regional Paris Conservatory in 1995 and teaches at the Conservatoire of Evry since 1987. He often gives master classes in France and abroad (International Academy of summer of Nice, Stage of Labaroche, Musical Rencontres of Lorraine, Conservatorio of Puerto Rico, Universities Javeriana and Nacional of Bogota and Antioquia of Medellin, Conservatoire Janacek d’ Ostrava, Royal Conservatoire of Oslo, University of Seoul, University of Taipei…). Philippe PORTEJOIE plays the JUPITER saxophones exclusively. He is also signed artist by RICO.

Paweł Gusnar Paweł Gusnar (Poland) Saxophone
is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. He developed his skills at masterclasses given by Christian Wirth (Paris), Ed Bogaard (Brussels), Lawrence Gwozdz (USA) and Johanes Ernst (Berlin). He belongs to a select group of saxophonists who successfully combine classical music with jazz and popular music. He gives several dozen concerts a year in Poland and abroad, as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Paweł Gusnar is the founder and leader of the ‘Akademia’ Saxophone Quartet. He has taken part in the recording of many programmes for radio and television (TVP, TVN, Polsat). He has also developed a career as a soloist, appearing with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Concerto Avenna, Capella Bydgostiensis, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Baltica, orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) atc. As a session musician, he has taken part in the recording for such labels as BMG, ARMSmusic, Pomaton EMI, DUX and Polish Radio. In 2007 Musica Sacra published his first solo CD, entitled ‘New Polish Music for saxophone and organ’ (nomination to the Fryderyk 2008 award). In 2010, Pawel Gusnar and Tomasz Filipczak (piano) recorded new album „Jazz Sonatas” JB Records, for saxophone and piano. His latest album (2010) Komeda-Inspiration, was recorded for ARMSMusic. In more recent years, he has been invited to judge a number of highly regarded Saxophone competitions. He is invited also as a lecturer to the international courses of music interpretation. Paweł Gusnar teaches saxophone at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and at the Lodz Academy of Music. Pawel Gusnar is artist of Selmer/Paris and Rico D’Addario & Company.


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