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June 2020 Newsletter


Senior VIP Charles Neidich In Memoriam Reflections of the Racism Outbreak

Hello everyone,

                                 I apologize for this very late notice. We are in the midst of a time of intense tragedy. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused horrendous loss and fear throughout the world. One would hope that the necessary isolation which the pandemic has caused would make us all more aware of the preciousness not only of life, but of social life and that the indifference of the virus to concerns of class, race, status and nationality would imbue us with an appreciation that we are all part of the same humanity. Tragically, the opposite has proved true and cities in the US have burst with the fury of righteous outrage and anger at the pernicious brutality of racism made only more vivid by the pandemic. We must kneel in sympathy with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who have lost loved ones to the scourge of racial violence. The pandemic too has been anything but color blind as Americans of color have overwhelmingly been its victims.
It is my unshakable belief that Music and Art embody the highest ideals of humanity. They reach beyond base notions of superiority and privilege to shine a light on the wondrous things which all humanity can create.

                             As musicians we must be ambassadors of harmony and by that I mean advocates for the unity of all humanity: that in our diversity we are all part of the same humanity and we all deserve the same respect and love.

                            This Friday I would like the time which would have been my live-stream to be a time of individual introspection where each of us can ponder how in our own ways we can face our truths and help move beyond the brutality of racism to societies which respect and care for everyone of its members.

                           Thank you for bearing with me. I would like to close with a piece I wrote a long time ago, In Memoriam. I dedicate it to the memory of all who have lost their lives in these terrible times.



1 - 5 June 2020  Session I

Digital Clarinet Academy Virtual - VIP Ixi Chen, Director

Cincinatti, Ohio


6 June 2020

Senior VIP and Solo Clarinet Emeritus in the Cleveland Orchestra Franklin Cohen Talk with Senior VIP Andrew Simon

6 June 2020

Virtual Finals of the Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition

SIDNEY FORREST CLARINET COMPETITION, sponsored by the University of Maryland Clarinet Studio. The Finals of the 5th Annual Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition, originally scheduled for April 5, will take place on SATURDAY AFTERNOON, JUNE 6, in Zoom format.

You're invited to be part of the "virtual" audience!
Please contact me, Paula Forrest,  for "connection" details.

Also, see

8 - 14 June 2020

Silk Road Global Musician's Workshop at the New England Conservatory

Boston, Massachusetts


8 - 12 June session I;  6 - 10 July session II;  3 - 7 August session III -  2020  Online Virtual

Frost Miami Clarinet Institute

We are so excited to announce that our Professor of Clarinet, Dr. Margaret Donaghue Flavin, is launching the Miami Clarinet Institute, along with Dr. Claire Grellier, and Dr. Lee Seidner! This is presented by the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and will be entirely online for Summer 2020. There is limited availability in order to ensure the most individual attention, so register soon! There are three weeks spaced throughout the summer, you can register for one, two, or all three weeks. Check out the flyer for more info! We can’t wait for you to meet and work with some of our Frost Family! 

11 - 27 June 2020

ChamberFest Cleveland - Senior VIP Franklin Cohen and Diana Cohen, Directors - Cancelled due to COVID 19 Alert  - Note below announcemenmt of postponment

“An eclectic menu and dazzling performances.”

—Cleveland Plain Dealer

Curated by Artistic Directors Franklin Cohen and Diana Cohen, and produced for your listening pleasure by a Grammy® Award-winning sound team, this eclectic series spans all eight seasons of ChamberFest Cleveland featuring the world-class roster of musicians you know and love. Mark your calendars!

Click here for the complete schedule or click on the dates below for full program details and downloadable program notes.

Three Wednesdays at 8 pm on WCLV’s OVATIONS

June 24
Bach | Penderecki | Mozart | Franck

August 5
Mozart | Brahms

August 12
Rachmaninoff | Puts | Martinu | Faure

Six Sunday One-Hour Features at 8 pm

June 28
Golijov | Tchaikovsky

July 5
Haydn | Kodaly | Schoenfield

July 12

July 19
Adams | Caplet

July 26
Mozart | Strauss

August 2
Mahler | Schnittke | Korngold

Tune in to WCLV, 104.9 FM or visit for all the ways to listen.

The Best of ChamberFest Cleveland radio series is made possible with generous support from


Cleveland, Ohio

Franklin Cohen and Diana Cohen
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dear Friends,
Over the past several weeks we, like many, have been waiting and watching with hope for a sign that gathering together again in large groups would be safe and welcome. Today we accept with sadness that this is not to be, and announce that our 2020 festival,
 Carte Blanche!, will not take place this June as planned.  The health and safety of all is paramount and our hearts go out to those who are on the front lines confronting the reality of a pandemic.

While we are heartbroken not to be bringing live performances to the stage for our beloved audiences, our community of musicians, who are so very directly impacted and to whom we are forever grateful, are already remarkably and resiliently working with us to reschedule
 Carte Blanche! in 2021.

Thanks to the help and generosity of our entire community — board members, board advisors, donors, private and public funders, staff, ticket buyers, volunteers and community partners — ChamberFest Cleveland has thrived.  We are also fortunate to have captured every concert we have ever given on audio and video recordings. While we cannot be with you in the concert hall this June we can come to you in your homes via our Digital Performance Library on YouTube, on radio station WCLV, and with other new and fun ways to connect.  With your help nothing will deter us from the mission that inspired us:
 “to nurture a deep family-like connection between musicians and audiences of all ages.”

Stay tuned and stay in touch. We will do the same. Music is alive and well and we will all be together again soon.

Yours in music,

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ChamberFest Introduction to 2020 Festival

Carte Blanche!


For our exciting ninth chamber music festival coming this June, we gave ten world-class musicians carte blanche to design their own concert program. In asking them to serve as “curators,” our only prompt was to choose one of history’s great visual artists as their inspiration. The amazing results provide a glimpse into how virtuoso musicians think about music. We couldn’t be prouder to be bringing more than thirty of the world’s most outstanding instrumentalists to Cleveland to perform the dozens of scores chosen. The music is from every era, in every style, for every size ensemble; its inclusion was directly inspired by icons of visual art, from the 15th Century to the 21st. Come listen. We’re confident that you’ll not only enjoy riveting chamber works, but also understand more about the art of music… through “the music of art.”

 Franklin Cohen and Diana Cohen, Co-Artistic Directors

the most significant addition to the region’s classical-music scene”   —The Plain Dealer

Launched in 2012 by Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen and daughter Diana Cohen, concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, ChamberFest Cleveland burst onto the scene with a Big Bang! Steeped in a lifetime of participation in music festivals, the Cohens dreamt of bringing a world-class chamber music festival to the Cleveland community. ChamberFest Cleveland is now the region’s only such festival, creating thematic programming for unique chamber music experiences in a variety of venues around town. Prelude & Postlude events are structured around each concert to deepen your experience while fostering audience engagement opportunities.


To nurture a deep family-like connection between musicians and audiences of all ages.

12 - 14 June 2020

Wetzlarer Klarientten Festival

Wetzlarer, Germany


13 June 2020

Senior VIP Michele Zukovsky Podcast with Senioe VIP Andrew Simon

13 - 18 June 2020

Buffet Clarinet Meastro Festival

13 - 18 June 2020

VIP Sharon Kam Master Classes at the Musikacademie Tirol

Tirol, Austria


15 - 18 and 22 - 25  June 2020

Cyber Clarinet Academy


15 - 19 June 2020 - Session 2

Digital Clarinet Academy - Virtual - VIP Ixi Chen, Director

Cincinati, Ohio

SESSION 2: JUNE 15-19, 2020

15 - 19 June 2020

Arizona State University Virtual Summer Clarinet Workshop - VIP Robert Spring, Director

Tempe, Arizona

Attention College and High School Clarinetists: Audition and register by June 1st for the ASU Virtual Summer Clarinet Workshop this June 15-19!…/high-school…

 — with Robert Spring and Joshua Gardner at ASU School of Music.


15 - 19 June 2020

Lift Summer Clarinet Academy with VIP Alan Kay - Wesley Ferriera, Director - Cancelled due to the Corona/Virus Alert

Fort Collins, Colorado

15 - 19 June 2020

George Mason University Clarinet Academy  - Virtual Online

Fairfax, Virginia

This year’s Mason Summer Clarinet Academy is online! From June 15th to 19th come join teen clarinetists from around the world in clinics, masterclasses, lessons and more! We will still have clarinet choir, including a pop song cover, but you will learn how to make an ensemble video to share with friends and family and on social media!.
Our guest artists are Ricardo Morales, Seth Kibel from Seth Kibel Music, Wes Rice from Rice Clarinet Works, clarinetists Martin Gold, Kenji Bellavigna,
Ani Berberian from the United States Air Force Band, and Chaz Sonoda from the The United States Army Band, and more to come!"


15 - 26 June 2020 - 2 sessions    - Virtual Online

Philadelphia International Music Camp with VIPs Ricardo Morales and Boris Allakhverdyan

Complete information hyperlinked above


20 June 2020  - 11 am EST

Senior VIP and Legend Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic Stanley Drucker with Senior VIP Andew Simon

21 - 23 June 2020

Jose Maria Santandrau Master Class

Esquala Insula

21 - 28 June 2020

Grand Piano in Palace Academy & Festival

St Petersburg, Russia

Dear clarinetists!
If you would like to prepare for any competitions, orchestra auditions or just want to improve your professional level, please welcome to my masterclasses during Grand Piano in Palace Academy & Festival 21-28 June in Saint-Petersburg. Besides everyday lessons and performing Festival's concerts, you can take part in the competition with 5.000€ Grand-Prix!
Deadline is 21 April.
More info on the official website

24 - 28 June 2020

ClarinetFest 2020 with the International Clarinet Association - ICA - Cancelled due to the Corona/Virus Alert

Reno, Nevada

26 - 28 June 2020 ClarinetFest Online

ICA Plays On 2020

June 26-28, 2020

ICA Plays On is a virtual event created to bring the international clarinet community together. This is event is free and open to anyone who would like to participate. Musicians from around the world can virtually attend panels and other events on a wide variety of subjects led by world-class artists. We hope that this event will inspire and motivate you to play on, wherever you may be.
Register now at
’t forget to join in the fun by sharing your own clarinet content using the hashtag #ICAPlaysOn for a chance to win some awesome clarinet prizes! Check back on this page or on our Facebook and Instagram accounts for more information and a schedule when it becomes available!
Sponsors, Advertisers, and ClarinetFest® Exhibitors!
To sign up for the Virtual Exhibit Hall, visit the link below:
Schedule of Events
(All events listed in EST. All panelists listed alphabetically)

We will be announcing artists very soon!

Friday, June 26

12pm – Meet the ICA

2pm – Extended Techniques & Commissioning New Music

5pm – Clarinet Care, Repair, and Maintenance

Saturday, June 27

10am – Clarinete en español

12pm – Auxiliary Clarinets

2pm – Finding your inner voice

5pm – Game Show Trivia

Sunday, June 28

12pm – Clarinet Continuations: Adult Enthusiasts & New Horizons

2pm – Clarinet and COVID: Teaching in the time of COVID-19 / Health and Wellness in the Arts during the time of COVID-19

5pm – Creating Clarinet Content Online


ClarinetFest® 2020 will take place in Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA, June 24-28. Artistic Team Leader Leslie Moreau and the Artistic Leadership Team – Gerry Errante, D. Gause, Shawn Copeland, Karl Busch, and Joshua Anderson – will work hand in hand with the ICA Board of Directors and Staff to present a memorable conference at the luxurious Peppermill Reno Hotel Resort

International Clarinet Association members are invited to submit performance and presentation proposals for ClarinetFest 2020! The artistic team seeks to have a wide selection of diverse performances and presentations. Please complete and submit the application form with requisite supporting materials.

Applications can be submitted through Acceptd.* Note: There is a $20 fee to submit a proposal, payable at the end of the application process.

Please Note: Applications Will Open in June 2019!
Proposal Submissions are due by September 15, 2019

ICA Membership is required for all attendees and performing clarinetists.

*Multiple applications may be reviewed but acceptances will be limited to one presentation or performance unless extenuating circumstances exist, as decided by the artistic committee and the ICA Board of Directors.


27 June 2020  - 9 am US EST

VIP Wenzel Fuchs (Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker) in Interview with Senior VIP Andrew Simon (Solo Clarinetist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic

27 June  - 1 July 2020

Clarinet Summer Academy

Kopanonik, Serbia

29 June - 3 July 2020

International Clarinet Workshop - VIP Alexander Fiterstein, Director


30 June - 8 July 2020

VI{ Anneliene Van Wauwe Virtual Master Class in Madrid, Spain


Let's work together this summer at Musical Arts Madrid! My masterclass will take place from 30/07-02/08.
Live in Madrid or remote, from your home.
English Website available soon.
Check out my teaching activities during the academic year 20-21.


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