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June 2016 Newsletter

1 - 5 June 2016

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

                Clarinetopia is happy to announce the addition of VIP Steve Cohen to our 2016 faculty.  Charlie Neidich has requested a leave of absence due to an unavoidable schedule conflict. Please check the faculty page for Steve’s complete bio.  In case of any last-minute cancellations, applications are still being accepted for Clarinetopia 2016, which will run from Wednesday, June 1 through Sunday, June 5. Please direct any questions to  We’re looking forward to another great seminar this year.  Clarinetopia 2016 returns to Michigan State University with Michael Webster and Guy Yehuda as co-directors.  We are delighted to announce this year’s faculty: Steve Cohen from Chicago,  Ayako Oshima from New York; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Guy Yehuda, and Tasha Warren-Yehuda from Michigan; Michael Webster and Leone Buyse from Texas. We are also happy to add mouthpiece expert Ramon Wodkowski to the 2016 faculty. 

              Our students’ comments agree that the faculty has a unique way of communicating useful information in a collegial, supportive, persistent, and often humorous way.  Different faculty members often approach the same problem from a variety of viewpoints, resulting in a rich learning experience for all.  


2 - 5 June 2016

Clarinet & Friends Festival im Dialog

Muhlhausen - Thuringen, Germany

3 June 2016


BBC Music Day with the BBC Concert Orchestra and VIP New Generation Soloist Annelien Van Wauwe

Truro, United Kingdom

BBC Music Day celebrates the power and diversity of music-making - showcasing talent, bringing people together and creating a unique sense of occasion through live music events and performances across the UK on Friday 3 June.
This BBC Music Day, let the BBC Concert Orchestra, along with the Cornwall Family Orchestra
and Chorus, and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Annelien van Wauwe, take you on a thrilling, family-friendly journey through some of the greatest music ever written, at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro.
The concert includes Stravinsky’s magical Firebird Suite, Mambo from Bernstein’s West Side Story, Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia, his captivating evocation of the spirit of Argentina, and orchestral excerpts from Bizet’s feisty opera, Carmen

Friday 3 June  7.30pm

Annelien van Wauwe clarinet
Ben Gernon conductor
Cornwall Family Orchestra and Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra

Concert starts: 7.30  pm

3 & 4 June 2016


Zoom Muziek Festival - with VIP Charles Neidich

The Netherlands

Vrijdag 3 juni


20:15 uur Carolinapark – Dieren

Toegang Gratis

  • Márk Rózsavölgyi Posta Sip
  • Sergej Rachmaninov Romance en Scherzo voor strijkkwartet
  • Béla Bártok Contrasten
  • Johannes Brahms Pianokwartet nr. 1

Met: Aleksander Madžar-piano, Charles Neidich-klarinet, Ruysdael Kwartet en Tamás Balázs & Orkest

Een nieuw onderdeel van ons festival: het openluchtconcert! In het prachtige Carolinapark in Dieren presenteren het Ruysdael Kwartet met hun vurige collega’s, de pianist Aleksander Madžar en de Amerikaanse klarinettist Charles Neidich, hoe de grote klassieke componisten zich lieten beïnvloeden door het vuur van de zigeuners.

Beethoven maakte een bijzondere uitstap naar Hongarije met het laatste deel van zijn Vierde Strijkkwartet. De Hongaar Béla Bartók was zijn hele leven gefascineerd door de volksmuziek. In zijn vurige Contrasten voor viool, klarinet en piano, komt deze prachtig tot uiting. Johannes Brahms schreef veel muziek met Hongaarse invloeden, maar in zijn Eerste Pianokwartet ging hij nog een stap verder: het laatste deel is zelfs getiteld Rondo alla Zingarese.

Uiteraard is er een vrolijk nafeest, met het zigeunerorkest van de Hongaarse zigeunerviolist Tamás Bálazs uit Boedapest!

Dit concert wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door een bijdrage van De Buurtschap van Dieren en de Stichting Oranjerie Dieren.

Locatie: Carolinapark, Dieren

Zaterdag 4 juni – avond

Gasten op zaterdagavond

20:15 uur Kerk op Steeg – ‘De Boecop’

  • Dmitri Sjostakovitsj Pianotrio nr. 2
  • Olivier Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Met: Charles Neidich – klarinet, Osiris Trio

Het Quatuor pour la fin du temps van Olivier Messiaen kent waarschijnlijk de meest heftige ontstaansgeschiedenis van alle twintigste-eeuwse composities. Afgevoerd naar Duitsland als krijgsgevangene deden intense honger en kou de Franse componist vaak levendig dromen van de Apocalyps. Deze ervaringen inspireerde Messiaen tot het schrijven van dit transcendente achtdelige werk, welke zijn première had in een krijgsgevangenenkamp voor slechts medegevangenen en hun bewakers. ‘Nog nooit heb ik geluisterd met zoveel aandacht en begrip als bij dit concert’ zou Messiaen zelf later over dit concert schrijven.

Het tweede Pianotrio van Sjostakovitsj, gecomponeerd en in première gebracht in 1944, is een indrukwekkende klaagzang voor de tragische slachtoffers van de Tweede Wereldoorlog en voor de verschrikkingen van oorlog in het algemeen.

Vier gerenommeerde musici – het Osiris trio en wereldberoemde klarinettist Charles Neidich – zullen bij dit bijzondere indrukwekkende concert bij elkaar komen.

Prijs: € 22,50 (€ 25,- aan de deur) / Kind t/m 12 jaar: € 10,- / CJP: € 10,-
Locatie: Hoofdstraat 15, De Steeg
                              OSIRIS  TRIO                                      Charles Neidich

4 - 5 June 2016

Boston Clarinet Academy - VIP Jonathan Cohler, Director

Boston, Massachussets


5 June - 17 July 2016

Round Top Festival Institute

Round Top, Texas

Clarinet Faculty: Jun Qian - Baylor University

                            VIP Pavel Vinnitsky - New York University               

             The Round Top Festival Institute offers six weeks (no absence is permitted) of intensive training for young talented musicians (born before December 31, 1998) seeking a transition from conservatories and universities to a future professional career. Symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber music and solo repertoire are included in this concentrated 6-week program.

            The Round Top Festival Institute owns its campus (over 200 acres), its venues (a 1,000-seat concert hall and a 160-seat chapel), its practice rooms, its accommodations, its food service and other amenities (swimming pool, jogging trails…). The whole project has been specifically envisioned and realized by renowned concert pianist James Dick, Founder and Artistic Director, to provide the best environment to implement the program.

           The Round Top Festival Institute offers to accepted young artists a full scholarship (worth $5,500) for tuition through The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts.

           The relatively small number of participants (about 95) whose admission is based on auditions and recommendations and the fact that participants and faculty share the same campus, create a collegial atmosphere through which a constant flow of stimulating exchanges enlightens everyone.

Enrollment includes 28 violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos, 6 basses, 4 flutes, 4 oboes, 4 clarinets, 4 bassoons, 5 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 6 percussions, 2 harps and 4 pianists.


6 - 8  and 13 - 15 June 2016

University of North Texas Middle School Clarinet Workshops

Denton, Texas

7 June 2016

VIP Julia Heinen Soloist with the North/South Chamber Orchestra

New York City


9 - 30 June 2016

10 - 11 June 2016

VIP Charles Neidich Conducts Hyogo Pac Orchestra and Performs Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto Op 74

Hyogo, Japan

11 June - 6 August 2016

Music Academy of the West - VIP Richie Hawley Clarinet Teacher

San Jose, California

        The Music Academy of the West welcomes 140 full-scholarship recipients, ages 18-34, to study and perform during an 8-week Summer School and Festival in five programs: Voice, Vocal Piano, Collaborative Piano, Solo Piano, and Instrumental (including Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Harp). Auditions take place across the United States and abroad, typically attracting fellows from 50 music conservatories and schools and multiple countries. The Festival takes place on a beautiful 10-acre campus adjacent to popular beaches as well as in venues across Santa Barbara.

12 - 18 June 2016



Claremont Clarinet Festival - Pomona College - VIP Margaret Thornhill, Director

Application Deadline - 1 March 2016

Claremont, California

What can you expect to do at the Festival?


• Appear as a soloist in two public concerts


• Rehearse daily with a superb

   professional pianist


• Play in a guest masterclass with Michele  Zukovsky or David Howard, clarinetists with     the Los Angeles Philharmonic


• Take a lesson with guest artists, David  Howard or Michele Zukovsky


• Work one-on-one in lessons with festival 

   clarinet coaches, Dr. Margaret Thornhill 

   and/or Dr. Wendy Mazon


• Perform in the repertoire masterclass

   with Margaret Thornhill


• Rehearse and perform an evening of new 

   works with a high-quality clarinet ensemble


• Take a group Alexander Technique lesso

12 - 17 June 2016

Ohio State University Clarinet Academy - VIP Caroline Hartig, Director

Columbus, Ohio

Clarinet Academy 2015 participants, faculty and counselors
This five-day residential experience provides high school clarinetists with a unique opportunity to develop as musicians; engage with peers from around the state and region; 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.
 Caroline Hartig, director of Clarinet Academy

Program director: Professor
Caroline Hartig

Program Highlights

Eligibility: For students who are entering grades 9-12 in the 2016-2017 school year, as well as 2016 high school graduates.
Program fee: $450 - Tuition and housing with three meals per day and T-shirt.
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.
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.

Clarinet Academy Concerts - All performances are free and open to the public.

Registration Information

Registration Deadline: May 20
This program traditionally reaches capacity before the deadline. We will accept the first 50 students who have registered, paid and submitted required forms. 

Program registration consists of three steps:

Step One - Registration. Complete the online registration form using the link below.

After submitting the online registration, you will immediately receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation, one of three things has happened:

If you do not receive the confirmation email within two hours of submitting a registration, contact the Youth Summer Music Programs registrar for further instructions.

Step Two - Payment. Pay the participation fee online according to the instructions contained in your confirmation email. You will receive an email receipt within a few moments of submitting payment.

If you choose to pay with a check or money order (made payable to "The Ohio State University"), mail payment to the School of Music at the address below. You will receive confirmation by email within 7-10 business days.

Mail to:

The Ohio State University School of Music
ATTN: Clarinet Academy-YSMP Registrar
110 Weigel Hall
1866 College Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210

Step Three - Required forms. Parents or guardians are required to print out, complete, sign, and send the following forms:

  1. PDF icon PDF icon Parental Permission Form [pdf]
  2. PDF icon PDF icon Ohio State Photo Release Form [pdf]
  3. PDF icon Standards of Behavior Form [pdf]

Mail the completed and signed forms to the address above, or scan and email them to the YSMP registrar at

You will receive a welcome email with further instructions about program attendance approximately two weeks before the event.

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13 - 17 June 2016

Lift Clarinet Academy

Fort Collins, Colorado


Wesley Ferreira,  Jana Starling, and Guest VIP Julia DeRoche

             At the Lift Clarinet Academy we want you to arrive with a goal and leave with a sense of achievement. Hosted annually by Wesley Ferreira (Colorado State University) and Jana Starling (Western University), the focus is on the individual musical, technical and artistic goals of each participant. Through critical planning and communication prior to the academy, we create a program for advanced high school, undergraduate students, and graduate students that ensures you will receive the musical boost you’re looking for.

          What sets the Lift Clarinet Academy apart is a focus on the individual. Each participant receives his/her own practice room to support daily lessons and performance coachings. Multiple group sessions and clinics cover a variety of topics from the fundamental to the progressive. Our goal is clear: to give each participant a tailored program with personalized instruction. The academy program also includes activities such as topic and performance masterclasses, participant chamber music performances, and a faculty recital as well as social gatherings that allow students and faculty to mingle and take in some of beautiful Colorado.

           Each year, the Lift Clarinet Academy brings in a rotating guest artist/teacher to contribute uniquely to each year’s program offerings. This coming year, Julie DeRoche from DePaul University joins the academy as our guest artist. The Lift Clarinet Academy will be held in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains; a location designed to inspire.


          Attend a clarinet academy where the focus is on you, and take your clarinet playing to the next level!



15 - 18 June 2016


Clarasax 2016



La Universidad EAFIT y la Universidad de Antioquia invitan a toda la comunidad de clarinetistas y saxofonistas de Colombia a participar en el Festival Internacional de Clarinete y Saxofón de Medellín ClariSax 2016, así como al Concurso "Gabriel Uribe García - In Memoriam", eventos académicos y musicales que buscan contribuir a la unidad, la actualización y divulgación del conocimiento, al estímulo del talento nacional y al mejoramiento de la formación académica de todas las personas que practican los mencionados instrumentos en Colombia. Habrá muchas clases, conciertos, conferencias, exposiciones, venta de instrumentos y accesorios, durante 4 días enteramente dedicados a la música, al clarinete y al saxofón.

                                             ¡Te esperamos!

"La música es el verdadero lenguaje universal"

Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)

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15 June - 2 July 2016

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

 Cleveland, Ohio

ChamberFest Cleveland: Franklin Cohen talks about innovations for the fifth season

by Mike Telin


There will be an explosion of world-class chamber music when ChamberFest Cleveland kicks off its fifth season beginning on Wednesday, June 15. In their directors’ message, Diana and Franklin Cohen say, “With Season 5, ‘Tales & Legends,’ we are offering more concerts and special events at some very cool venues that will delight and surprise you at every turn…not to mention a spectacular cast of musicians, vocalists, actors, and composers like none to date. The pieces that comprise ‘Tales & Legends’ spin tales from the profane to the divine…and in at least one instance, the controversial. Hold onto your hats as ChamberFest Cleveland takes you on one fantastical ride!”

In the first of a series of articles highlighting this year’s ChamberFest activities, Franklin Cohen talks about some new additions to the Festival.

“I can’t believe this is our fifth season,” Franklin Cohen said during a recent conversation. “I’m very excited because we have a lot of great people returning this year and a number of first-timers, including the accordionist and composer Merima Ključo, who performed her Sarajevo Haggadah at the Cleveland Museum of Art last fall.” Ključo performs three movements from Stephen Coxe’s A Book of Dreams for accordion, percussion, and piano (June 16), her own works Miriam the Prophetess for clarinet and accordion (June 18) and Ihtimanska Kopanica (June 20), and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Sieben Worte for cello, bayan, and strings (June 27).

Vocal music will be heard for the first time at this year’s concerts, featuring Canadian mezzo-soprano Lauren Eberwein, a recent Curtis graduate and Junior Fellow at the Marlboro Music Festival, and tenor Karim Sulayman, who is known to area audiences for his performances with Apollo’s Fire. Works for voice include Beethoven’s legendary song cycle An Die Ferne Geliebte (To My Distant Beloved) and Frank Bridge’s Three Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano (June 17), Benjamin Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac for mezzo-soprano, tenor, and piano (June 18), Erwin Schulhoff’s Sonata Erotica for Solo Female Vocalist (June 24), and Erich Korngold’s Four Shakespeare Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano (June 28).

Cohen pointed out that another ChamberFest first will be music for harp. “Sivan Magen is the only Israeli to have ever won the International Harp Contest in Israel. He’s also won the Pro Musicis International Award.” Works for harp include André Caplet’s Conte Fantastique (after Poe’s The Mask of the Red Death) for harp and strings (June 25), Yoshihisa Taïra’s Sublimation for harp (June 27), and Sebastian Currier’s Night Time for violins and harp (June 28).

The trumpet and trombone will make their debuts at the Festival, as well. “We’re closing on July 2 with a new production of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, which includes those two instruments,” Cohen said. “We thought about just doing the piece on its own, but it works better as a theatrical piece. When we visited Talespinner Children’s Theatre I was blown away by their life-sized puppets, and I’m so happy they wanted to be involved. It’s also great to have Dorothy Silver doing the narration, and Paul Lowery has created some wonderful digital video imagery.”

When asked about this year’s theme, Cohen said that he hopes “Tales & Legends” will leave room for the audience to fantasize a little bit. “I don’t want to box people in, so my wish is that they’ll look at the titles of each concert and create their own stories through the music.”

For subscriptions and ticket information, visit the ChamberFest website.

Published on May 17, 2016.

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17 - 18 June 2016

Cavalli Musica Master Class



18 June - 21 August 2016

Domaine Forget International Music Festival


Quebec, Canada


18 June - 29 July 2016 - 2 sessions


Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania




19 June 2016

VIP Sabine Grofmeier Recital

Villa Denis, Frankenstein, Germany



19 - 23 June 2016



22 - 25 June 2016

ClarEssentials Workshop for High School Students

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas


19 - 23 June 2016

California Clarinet Clinic - VIP Julia Heinen, Director

Los Angeles, California




25 - 29 June 2016

and in collaboration with Hidden Valley Music Festival with Master Classes with VIP Mark Nuccio

Two Wonderful Summer Opportunities for Clarinetists


California Clarinet Clinic
June 19-23, 2016
Tuition $950.00 (with discount $902.50)
(includes tuition, lodging and meals)

Hidden Valley Music Seminar
June 25-29, 2016
Participant Tuition $1150.00 (with discount $1,092.50)
(includes tuition, lodging and meals)



Dear Clarinetist,

             We are excited to offer you a wonderful opportunity to maximize your clarinet experiences this summer! If you are looking to challenge yourself, enhance your clarineting talents, and create long-lasting relationships with like-minded musicians, we have an incredible opportunity for you! This year the California Clarinet Clinic and Hidden Valley Music Seminars are pairing up to offer participants a 10% discount to those looking to participate in both programs!

            The California Clarinet Clinic will be taking place from June 19 - 23 and will be immediately followed by the Hidden Valley Music Seminars Master Class taught by New York Philharmonic’s Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinetist Mark Nuccio on June 25 - 29. Both of these experiences allow for a wonderful opportunity for participants to both grow as musicians and intimately experience some of the finest professionals the clarinet world has to offer.

            The California Clarinet Clinic will be held from June 19-23 in beautiful the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles and is just steps from the ocean and hiking in Temescal Canyon. The CCC will focus on mind and body issues that are unique to performers and deal with performance anxiety through hypnosis, music therapy, Alexander technique, neurolinguistics programming, yoga and Pilates. It is a unique and special opportunity and available spaces are filling up quickly. The clarinet faculty of the CCC will be Michele Zukovsky, André Moisan, Stephan Vermeersch, Peter Wright and Julia Heinen. Each participant will receive lessons with each of these faculty members in addition to opportunities to perform in masterclasses of orchestral and solo repertoire. The application for admission can be found online at California Clarinet Clinic Application.

          Hidden Valley Music Seminars, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the world famous Monterey Peninsula, will be hosting an outstanding Master Class taught by world-renowned clarinetist Mark Nuccio. Hidden Valley is now in its 53rd year of offering exceptional learning opportunities to extraordinarily talented musicians, and this summer will be no exception! Mr. Nuccio’s master class is an immersive, five-day intensive offering sessions on such topics as audition preparation, articulation, sound development, practice techniques, and phrasing using the human voice, to name a few. There will also be a unique opportunity to experience Mr. Nuccio’s world-class playing at an intimate concert on June 27 at 7:30pm. The application for admission may be found online at

           We hope you will take advantage of these wonderful opportunities! We know you will have an incredible, unforgettable experience this summer, and we look forward to contributing to your musical journey!


Julia Heinen & Mark Nuccio

Summer Opportunity for Clarinetists! 


Summer Opportunity 

for Clarinetists 

 June 19-23, 2016

Tuition $950.00 (includes lodging and meals)

The mission of the California Clarinet Clinic is to offer an outstanding summer educational clarinet seminar to talented clarinetists which incorporates mind and body awareness for performance and artistic success. The integration of all these aspects of performance is essential for optimum performance and results on stage.

The low student/teacher ratio will offer a unique opportunity for students to live and work closely with the internationally acclaimed artist faculty in a unique and intimate setting. In addition, the many sessions including Yoga, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Music Therapy, Visualization and Hypnosis will be extremely beneficial to all aspects of performance.

The Clinic will take place June 19-23, 2016 at Aldersgate Retreat Center in beautiful Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. The retreat center is located walking distance to the Pacific ocean.

Curriculum and Events

The curriculum will include daily private lessons, masterclasses, clinics and lectures on a wide variety of topics including performance and audition success, mouthpiece trial and selection and orchestral excerpt preparation. In addition, the unique Yoga for Clarinetists and Pilates for Musicians will be offered allowing the participants to experience better performance with less tension and stress with this important mind/body connection.

Students will receive private instruction, chamber music coaching, opportunities to participate in masterclasses and attend informative clinics and lectures.

We will have some outside activities available including a picnic and beach time.

Some of the Unique Offerings at California Clarinet Clinic:

  • Private Lessons & Masterclasses with a World Renowned Clarinet Faculty
  • Visualization and Imagery for Performing and Audition Success
  • How to  Use Your Brain Effectively When Playing the Clarinet 
  • Creating Powerful Anchors to Trigger Great Performance  
  • Conquering the Stage Fright Beast 
  • Mental Strategies for Optimal Performance 
  • Repair Clinic with Master Craftsman, Levi Tracy
  • Mouthpiece Clinic with Premier Mouthpiece Maker, James Kanter
  • Alexander Technique & Breathing  & Yoga  & Pilates for Clarinetists
Faculty for 2016:

Visit our website for more information.
California Clarinet Clinic


22 June - 21 August 2016

Aspen Music Festival, Colorado


June 2016 Dates to be announced

Interlochen High School Clarinet Institute (one week)

            The clarinet institute is an outstanding opportunity for clarinet students from around the world to experience one focused week of music making, master classes, private lessons, chamber music coachings, and performing. During your time here, you will study with and hear some of the most distinguished clarinet educators and artists in the country. Below are examples of past instructors; new faculty will be announced in spring. - See more at:

26 - 30 June 2016

University of Maryland High School Music Academy

College Park, Maryland


 28 June - 3 July 2016







29 June - 3 July 2016

Istanbul Woodwind Festival

Istanbul, Turkey


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