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WKA Winter Newsletter 2014 (March)





1 March 2014

Texas Clarinet Colloquium - VIP Dr Mary Alice Druhan, Director - complete information on the hyperlinked site

Texas A & M University -  Commerce



1 March 2014

Tennessee Tech Clarinet Day - VIP Wonkak Kim, Director


  1. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 1, 2014 TTU Clarinet Day! We will have many wonderful guest artists

     joining us this year: Prof. Donald Oehler from the UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Todd Waldecker from MTSU, and the Lyric Trio

     featuring... a work by TTU composition professor Dr. Greg Danner. The registration will begin next week. Please visit for more information and stay up to date. Please share this post with your clarinet friends!

     We look forward to seeing you all.



    1 March 2014

    UAB 12th Annual Clarinet Symposium - Dr Denise Gainey, Director

    Birmingham, Alabama

    UAB 12th Annual Clarinet Symposium          


    Make plans to attend the 12th Annual 'UAB Clarinet Symposium' March 1-2, 201, with special guest artists Dr. Diane Barger (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Dr. Lynn Musco (Stetson University), and Dr. Shawn Copeland (Highpoint University). Also enjoy performances by Dr. Denise Gainey (University of Alabama at Birmingham) London Silas Shavers (Northwest Mississippi Community College). The Atlanta Clarinet Ensemble. Art's Music Shop and Madison Band Supply will be here with instruments, supplies, and Backun Clarinets, barrels, and bells


    1 March 2014


    UWEC Clarinet Day at the University of Wisconsin; complete details hyperlinked on title

    Dr. Melissa Koprowski, Director


    Eue Claire, Wisconsin





    2 March 2014



    8 March 2014


    Durango, Colorado





    Fort Lewis College Clarinet Day with VIP Dr Timothy Phillips

    Artist in Residence/ Fort Lewis College Music Department

    Events to include a recital performance and master class by Dr. Phillips, potpourri recital, and clarinet choir reading session. This event is a celebration of great musicianship and artistry in the American Southwest!

    Timothy Phillips is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Since joining the faculty at Troy University in 2006, he has founded Troy University Clarinet Day, which brings high school, college, and professional clarinetists together at the John M. Long School of Music for performances and master classes each spring. Timothy is also creator and host of “Clarinet Corner,” a weekly program on Troy University Public Radio WTSU, and he is a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist.

    Timothy has served as President of the Higher Education Division of the Alabama Music Educators Association and he has performed at previous AMEA Conferences. He performed at ClarinetFest® 2011 in Los Angeles, California, ClarinetFest® 2010 in Austin, Texas, and ClarinetFest® 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri. He presented his paper, “The Longing Voice: Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” at ClarinetFest® 2004 in College Park, Maryland. He also performed at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference in Gainesville, Florida in 2011 and the College Music Society National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008. As soloist, he has performed with Concerto Avenna in Warsaw, Poland and with the Troy University Symphony Band, Troy University Concert Chorale, Troy University Percussion Ensemble, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, and University of Illinois Summer Band. In 2011, he premiered works as soloist with the International Clarinet Choir, organized by the Träumerei Clarinet Ensemble in New York City and with the Troy University Symphony Band on their first-ever international tour in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. Timothy is former principal clarinetist of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and he has performed with Sinfonia da Camera in Illinois. An active proponent of music by living composers, he has commissioned works from Jeff Brooks, James David, Scott McAllister, and Bill Douglas, and he has premiered works by Alain Mayrand, Traci Mendel, Don Bowyer, and Carl Vollrath.

    In 2011 and 2009, he performed and taught at Clarimania, a bi-annual event held at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland. In 2013, he will return to this event to teach a master class and to present a lecture-recital entitled “American Works for Clarinet and Percussion” with his colleague T. Adam Blackstock. In 2010, Timothy served on the jury for the International Woodwind Instruments Clarinet Competition in Warsaw, Poland with clarinetists Florent Héau, Ludmila Peterkova, and Nicolas Fargeix. Timothy has also served as a judge for the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artists Competition in 2010 and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Guild Concerto Competition in 2008 and 2006.

    Timothy completed the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His principal teachers included: J. David Harris, Daniel Silver, Bil Jackson, and Philip Aaholm. Timothy received the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award from the Troy University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and the Albert Austin Harding Award from the University of Illinois Band


    9 March 2014




    10 - 13 March 2014


    Musical Aquarelle Chamber Music Competition





    11 - 14 March 2014



    12 March 2014




    12 - 14 March 2014

    Frankfurt MusikMesse

    Frankfurt, Germany


    14 March 2014 

    New York University

    Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet (SABRe) bass clarinet showing with VIP Mattias Mueller



    The Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet (SABRe) is a bass clarinet, which is playable in a conventional manner and is equipped with various sensors, with which a computer can be controlled. The original qualities of the instrument are retained, but by connecting it to your computer, a wide field of new applications and application areas open up. Through SABRe - for the first time in history - a musical instrument is made available to the world of art that creates a direct link between acoustic music and the digital world. The musician on stage can directly control this interface and thus put the electronic music spontaneously in a musical context. The development of this tool was made possible through a research project of the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) of the Zurich University of the Arts, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation



    15 March 2014

    University of Tennessee at Knoxville Single Reed Day with VIP Kenneth Grant from the Eastman School of Music



    15 March 2014

    Grand Valley State University Clarinet Day - Dr Arthur Campbell, Director



    Grand Valley State University
      Clarinet Day
    March 15, 2013


    Clarinet Players if you want to  …

    make practice work for you

    solve technical problems

    play in solo and ensemble without being nervous

    get into a top university program

    play a successful orchestral audition

    Come to the GVSU clarinet day and find out how!!


    Click Here to Register


    Contact Information

    Dr. Arthur Campbell



    12:45 registration (PAC Lobby)

    1:00 Dr. Campbell clarinet recital (SVS Recital Hall)

    2:00 Mass Clarinet Choir Studio recitial (Room 1515)

    3:00 Master class with Dr. Campbell (SVS Recital Hall)

    4:30 Questions and Answers with GVSU Music Majors (SVS Recital Hall)

    What does it mean to be a music major at the University?

    5:00 Finish

    There is no fee for attending Clarinet Day.

    Registration is at 12:45 PM in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center–just next to the Louis Armstrong Theatre. 





9 March 2014

Hanover Wind Symphony - Special guest Soloist: Senior VIP Stanley Drucker - Legendary Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic for 61 Years

Morristown, New Jersey

Complete Information about this concert hyperlinked on the Hanover Wind Symphony link above


13 - 15 March 2014

Toay, La Pampa,Argentina

15 March 2014

VIP John Bruce Yeh - Acting Solo Clarinetist in Chicago Symphony - Master Class


15 - 16 March 2014

Carlos Escalante-Macaya Costa Rican clarinetist Ana Catalina Ramirez joins the American Philharmonic Sonoma County for the American premiere of the Concerto for Clarinet and Strings by renowned Latin American composer


15 March 2014

Marcoing, France


16 March 2014

VIP Donald Montanaro Honor Retirement Concert at Curtis Institute

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Distinguished Clarinet Faculty Donald Montanaro to Retire; Tribute Concert March 16

Students and colleagues pay tribute to a distinguished teaching career spanning more than 30 years with March 16 concert at Curtis

Philadelphia Orchestra principal Ricardo Morales and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal Michael Rusinek to teach clarinet

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(March 11, 2014) After more than three decades on the Curtis faculty, Donald Montanaro will retire at the close of the 2013-14 school year. A member of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1957 to 2005 and a Curtis faculty member since 1980, his students can be found around the world, occupying important positions in Beijing, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Malmö, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seoul, and Toronto; as well as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

His former students and colleagues gather at Curtis on Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. for a tribute concert in Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street. The concert is free and open to the public, and no ticket is required. Performers include Anthony McGill ('00), Yao Guang Zhai ('09), Han-Yo Son ('06), Keith Lipson ('98), Victoria Luperi ('02), Gregory Raden ('94), Richard Hawley ('93), and Juyong You ('13), with remarks from Mark Gigliotti (Bassoon '79), Sam Caviezel ('96), and Francois Kloc, President and CEO of Buffet Group USA.

As a clarinet student at Curtis, Mr. Montanaro inherited a musical legacy from the school's first clarinet teacher, Daniel Bonade, and the first oboe and woodwind chamber music teacher, Marcel Tabuteau. After joining the faculty himself, he drew upon them to create a unique emphasis on sound quality and singing style. Curtis woodwind students have been inspired by his knowledge of the quintet repertoire and love of the medium for 34 years. A passionate collaborative musician, Mr. Montanaro is the music director of the Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble, a group he founded in 1977.

"Mr. Montanaro is the embodiment of the great Philadelphia tradition of wind playing going back to Marcel Tabuteau," said Gregory Raden, principal clarinet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. "Through his unparalleled attention to detail, his teaching instilled in me the lifelong pursuit for elegance, refinement, and vocal expression."

Ricardo Morales and Michael Rusinek will teach Curtis clarinetists starting with the 2013-14 school year. Mr. Morales is principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been on the Curtis faculty since 2008. Mr. Rusinek is principal clarinet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and joined the Curtis faculty in 2012. A 1992 Curtis graduate, he is a former student of Donald Montanaro.

Prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003, Ricardo Morales was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at age 21 under the direction of James Levine; and principal clarinet of the Florida Symphony. He has performed as guest principal several times with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and, at the invitation of Simon Rattle, with the Berlin Philharmonic. He has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, performing numerous times with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Morales has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall with James Levine at the piano, as well as at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Morales's recent recordings include performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Pacifica Quartet. A native of San Juan, P.R., Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Música along with his five siblings, all of whom are now distinguished musicians. He continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory and Indiana University, where he received his artist diploma. He serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School and Temple University as well as Curtis.

Michael Rusinek
joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1998 as principal clarinet. He has also performed as principal clarinet with the orchestras of Philadelphia and St. Louis, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada; and as assistant principal clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rusinek has often been a concerto soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, where in 2008 he premiered a new concerto by Alan Fletcher. He has performed as a soloist and recitalist throughout Canada, the United States, and Israel, including appearances with the Belgrade and Czech philharmonics and the Toronto Symphony.

In 1985 Mr. Rusinek received the grand prize in the International Clarinet Society competition. He returns regularly to the Grand Teton, Santa Fe Chamber, and Aspen music festivals. He has also participated in the Tanglewood and Marlboro festivals and toured with the acclaimed Musicians from Marlboro. Born in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Rusinek studied with Avrahm Galper at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is on the music faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in addition to Curtis.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 168 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. Its distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills. The school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. In addition to more than 200 performances in and around Philadelphia each year, students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe. To learn more, visit


16 March 2014

Chicago, Illinois


17 - 28 March 2014

Festival International for Clarinet - for complete information, follow title hyperlink

Costa Rico



19 March 2014 - 8 PM at Paul Hall at Juilliard School


New York Woodwind Quintet Performs the World Premiere of Charles Neidich’s "And Then There Were…"; the New York Premiere of Steinmetz’s "Three Pieces" for Ten Winds; and Works by Fine and Mendelssohn (arr. Purvis) on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8 PM - Part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series

New York City

New York Woodwind Quintet (Photo by Christian Steiner)


The New York Woodwind Quintet (Carol Wincenc, flute; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Marc Goldberg, bassoon; William Purvis, French horn) perform the world premiere of Charles Neidich’s And Then There Were…(2014); the New York premiere of John Steinmetz’s Three Pieces for ten winds (2013); Irving Fine’s Partita for Wind Quintet; and Mendelssohn’s (arr. Purvis) Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13, No. 2 on their Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall.

FREE tickets for the recital will be available beginning March 5 online at For further information, call the Juilliard Box Office at (212) 769-7406 or go to

Irving Fine’s Partita for wind quintet, in five movements, was completed in 1948 and had its premiere by the New Art Wind Quintet in New York City. The work won the New York Music Critic’s Circle Award that year. Irving Fine studied composition at Harvard with Walter Piston and with Nadia Boulanger. He also studied conducting and composing with Serge Koussevitzky. Fine taught at Harvard from 1939 until 1950 and at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. He was the Walter Naumburg Professor of Music and founder and chairman of the School of Creative Arts at Brandeis University. Among his many honors and fellowships were a Fulbright, a Guggenheim, and an award from the National Institute of the Arts.

John Steinmetz’s Three Pieces for Ten Winds (2013) has its New York premiere on this program. The work was written for the NYWQ and Consortium. Steinmetz writes this note about the work: “Three Pieces lasts about 17 minutes. The second movement runs directly into the third. There’s no story or program, but I had lots of different things in mind: sounds, moods, energy patterns, and especially visionaries’ experiences of spaciousness, of feeling part of a vast pattern, of connectedness with everybody and everything.” The three movements are: 1. What the Birds Said; 2. Visions; and 3. Dance. The work was commissioned by a consortium of ensembles, organizations, and individuals. Bassoonist and composer John Steinmetz is a native of Fresno, California and moved to Southern California to attend the California Institute of the Arts. He teaches bassoon at UCLA and serves on the board of Renaissance Arts Academy, a public school offering intensive arts training regardless of background or experience. He frequently writes for various publications, including Chamber Music magazine.


Charles Neidich’s world premiere work, And Then There Were…(2014) is his third woodwind quintet, the previous two also written for the New York Woodwind Quintet. The first, Sound and Fury, was composed in 2001 in memory of two NYWQ colleagues, flutist Samuel Baron and oboist Ronald Roseman. His second quintet, La Mano Sinistra, was written in 2008 and revised in 2009. He writes: “In the present quintet as in my past two, I have endeavored to break the traditional limitations of the woodwind quintet. Of course, writing for my colleagues in the New York Woodwind Quintet, each a virtuoso and instrumental pathbreaker and collectively the leading wind chamber musicians in the United States today, has allowed me the freedom to write for extreme virtuosity and extreme drama. It is based on a five note chord – Bb, B-natural, C, C-sharp, E and its inversion creating an eight-note chord: B-flat, B-natural, C, C-sharp, E, F, F-sharp, G, and is in five interconnected sections and like many of my works will incorporate changes of lighting and theatrical elements.” Charles Neidich regularly appears as soloist and collaborator in chamber music programs with leading ensembles including the Saint Louis Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, Tafelmusik, Handel and Haydn Society, Royal Philharmonic, Deutsches Philharmonic, MDR Symphony, Yomiuri Symphony, National Symphony of Taiwan and the Juilliard, Guarneri, Brentano, American, Mendelssohn, Carmina, Colorado, and Cavani string quartets. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and is a sought-after participant at many summer festivals. Mr. Neidich is on the faculties of Juilliard, Queens College of the City University of New York, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College and has held visiting positions at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, at Yale, and Michigan State University. Last spring, he was the recipient of the William Schuman Award given by Juilliard for outstanding performance and scholarship.

Mendelssohn wrote his String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13 in 1827 when he was 18. The work was arranged by New York Woodwind Quintet member, William Purvis.


About the New York Woodwind Quintet


Now in its seventh decade, the New York Woodwind Quintet has maintained an active performance schedule in the United States and abroad while also teaching the next generation of woodwind performers. The Quintet has commissioned and premiered more than 20 compositions, some of which have become classics of the woodwind repertoire. They include quintets by William Bergsma, Jon Deak, Ezra Laderman, Evis Sammoutis, Gunther Schuller, William Sydeman, Wallingford Riegger, Alec Wilder, and Yehudi Wyner. The Quintet has featured many of these in recordings for such labels as Boston Skyline, Bridge, New World Records, and Nonesuch, and released Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet on the Naxos label. Elliott Carter’s work, Nine by Five, was commissioned by Juilliard for the New York Woodwind Quintet in honor of the 25th anniversary of Joseph W. Polisi’s tenure as president of the School. The work remains a staple in the woodwind quintet repertory, as does Carter’s 1948 woodwind quintet.

The Quintet’s members also honor the legacy of departed members, including the late Samuel Baron, by continuing to perform his transcriptions of works such as Bach’s Art of the Fugue and the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the late Ronald Roseman, by performing his Wind Quintet No. 2 and Sextet for Piano and Winds which was dedicated to the New York Woodwind Quintet and completed just before he died. Continuing that tradition, the group regularly performs numerous transcriptions by William Purvis and several compositions of Charles Neidich. Current NYWQ members are flutist Carol Wincenc, oboist Stephen Taylor, clarinetist Charles Neidich, bassoonist Marc Goldberg, and French hornist William Purvis. The New York Woodwind Quintet has been an ensemble-in-residence of Juilliard since 1989 where they teach individually, as well as coach and administer the woodwind chamber music seminar and program.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall

New York Woodwind Quintet

Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital

Carol Wincenc, flute

Stephen Taylor, oboe

Charles Neidich, clarinet

Marc Goldberg, bassoon

William Purvis, French horn




IRVINE FINE Partita for Wind Quintet

JOHN STEINMETZ Three Pieces for ten winds (2013)*

CHARLES NEIDICH And Then There were…(2014)**

MENDELSSOHN arr. PURVIS Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13, No. 2

*New York Premiere, written for NYWQ and Consortium

**World Premiere


FREE tickets for the recital will be available beginning March 5 online at For further information, call the Juilliard Box Office at (212) 769-7406 or go to



23 - 30 March 2014

International Competition “Young Virtuosos” 2014

Sofia, Bulgaria

International Competition “Young Virtuosos” 2014

The Organizing Committee of the International Competition "Young Virtuosos" is proud to announce its jubilee tenth 2014 edition in the categories Piano, Flute and Clarinet. The competition will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria in the National School of Music "Lubomir Pipkov" from 24th to 30th March 2014.

Open to young performers, music theorists and composers from throughout the world, the competition provides them with new opportunities to compete and communicate with their colleagues, to explore and exchange original ideas, to interpret classical and contemporary music. The agenda also includes a number of artistic meetings, a workshop, an “Academy of Mastery”, as well as concert performances by renowned musicians.

The first edition of ‘Young Virtuosos’ was in 2004, when director Milka Miteva suggested it as a way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the school. The competition is organized annually and takes place in the Concert Hall of the National School of Music, with the assistance of the Board of Trustees and the exclusive support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Since 2013 the Competition is member of the
European Union of Music Competitions for Youth - EMCY.

Download the International competition “Young virtuosos“ 2014 Brochure.

Schedule of the competition 23 - 30 March 2014


17 - 21 March 2014

Santo Domingo


23 March 2014 - 12 noon

Burt Hara Master Class at the Boston Conservatory, VIP Michael Norsworthy, Host

Boston , Massachusetts

All Clarinetists are invited to participate in this upcoming class with Burt Hara, the newly appointed Associate Principal Clarinet in the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Class starts at 12 noon. Admission is free, and hosted by VIP Michael Norsworthy, Clarinet Professor at this great Conservatory.


26 - 30 March 2014

Association of Concert Bands National Convention

Allentown, Pennsylvania

 36th Annual ACB Convention 2014 in Allentown, Pennsylvania



Ronald Demkee, Conductor

Special guest Soloist: Senior VIP Stanley Drucker - Legendary Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic for 61 Years

8:30 pm, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Holiday Inn, 9th & Hamilton Streets Allentown, PA

Stanley Drucker, clarinet;   Patricia Risley, mezzo soprano

Program from the following


Marches from “West Point” Symphony for Band........................................ Morton Gould

Four Last Songs........................................................................... Richard Strauss/Reisteter

3. Beim Schlafengehn   4. Im Abendrot

Patricia Risley, mezzo soprano

Waltzes from “Der Rosenkavalier”................................................ Richard Strauss/Cailliet

Alte Kameraden March....................................................................................... Carl Teike

*Concertino............................................................................ Carl Maria von Weber/Davis

*Two Irish Songs..................................................................... arranged by Steve Reisteter

(The Last Rose of Summer and Black Ribbon Band)

*Stanley Drucker, clarinet

Jericho Rhapsody.......................................................................................... Morton Gould

Irish Washerwoman................................................................................... Leroy Anderson


·         This evening’s concert marks the fourth performance by the Allentown Band for an ACB National Convention. This year (2014) marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of both Richard Strauss and Carl Teike.

·         Lucien Cailliet served as Associate Conductor of the Allentown Band from 1934 until 1969. He published more than 200 compositions and arrangements, many of which are for band.

·         Ronald Demkee was elected Conductor of the Allentown Band in 1977.

·         Stanley Drucker recently retired from the NY Philharmonic where he served as Principal Clarinet for sixty years.

·         Steve Reisteter has been Principal Clarinet with the Allentown Band since 1984. His compositions and arrangements are played by school, collegiate, professional and military bands across the United States.

·         Patricia Risley, an Allentown native, has sung with the NY Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Colorado, Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera, Opera Pacific, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Innsbruck Festival, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Opera, Fort Worth Opera and the Spoleto festival, USA.

Performance Venue Location - Holiday Inn  - Allentown Center City

Convention Band Conductor - Captain Michelle A. Rakers, Assistant Conductor of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band

Website  -


The Registration Form is available on the convention website.  An email will be sent to all ACB members using your email address on file to notify you when the registration information is available.  If your email address has changed recently, please notify the ACB Secretary as soon as possible.


26 - 30 March 2014

hülsta woodwinds International Woodwind Competition

Muenster, Germany


hülsta woodwinds. International Woodwind Competition
26 to 30 March 2014, Münster, Germany

Organized by hülsta and GWK (Society for the Fostering of Cultural Activities in Westfalia), the international woodwind competition hülsta woodwinds aims at supporting highly gifted young woodwind players. In this competition, we look for more than technical perfection, which to us is a matter of course. In a globalized hightechworld, which destroys individuality to the same extent as it pretends it to be venal in products of mass consumption, we again focus on the artistic personality. We are looking forward to laureates who convince by both virtuosity and genuineness, by an extraordinarily deep musical understanding as well as by the authenticity of their performance. We are looking for characters who will spellbind the connoisseur and even the expert, who will bewitch the amateur and enthrall the enthusiast, and who will also captivate the layman, making him and her a true long-term listener to music. We very much thank the Music Conservatoire Münster, a reliable partner of the GWK for many years, for collaborating with us in the third international hülsta woodwinds-competition.


Dr. Susanne Schulte
Managing Director GWK

Heiner Goossens
Managing Director hülsta



GWK is a non-profit society for the support of excellent young artists. GWK is sponsored by Kulturstiftung der Westfälischen Provinzial Versicherung, RWE AG, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, NRW.BANK, Sparkassenverband Westfalen-Lippe, WGZ Bank and Stiftung Westfälische Landschaft.

hülsta is an international manufacturer of quality furniture. “Living with values” is the company-philosophy we live by. Our high profile (60% public recognition) commits and motivates hülsta to master craftsmanship, quality, sustainability and innovation. For a long time the company has been dedicated to sponsoring cultural events, especially those in the fields of music and the visual arts. []


28 - 29 March 2014

University of Montana Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 

Missoula, Montana

2014 Buddy
DeFranco Jazz Festival
Great Music: Spectacular Jazz Education
The University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts in conjunction with the School of Music is proud to announce the 2014 edition of the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival which will occur on March 28-29, 2014. The emphasis of this instrumental and vocal jazz festival is on education, improvisation and the jazz language.

The 2014 Festival Artists includes such talents as Dave Pietro (saxophone), Vern Sielert (trumpet), Jim White (drum set), Erik Applegate (bass), Dana Landry (piano) and Montana’s own Clipper Anderson (bass).  On both evenings, experience a spectacular musical event with the High School Best Section Big Band and outstanding soloists from the daytime events along with more musical artistry.
The Festival also supports other jazz performances throughout the week through Jazzoula; a special ‘After Hours’ session with the festival guest artists and local greats.
The fun and learning continues throughout each day with clinics, ensemble critiques, workshops, open rehearsals and master classes with guest artists, local musicians and faculty from the University of Montana.
The UM Buddy DeFranco Festival promises to be an exciting opportunity to learn more about the language of jazz and a great weekend of music and jazz education.

Visiting Guest Artists

A native of Southboro, Massachusetts, Dave Pietro has been on the New York music scene since 1987. His talents as a gifted saxophonist, composer, and educator have made him an in-demand musician who has performed at jazz clubs, jazz festivals, schools and concert halls in more than 30 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. 

Vern Sielert
is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at the University of Idaho.  From 2001-2006 he was Director of Jazz Ensembles at the University of Washington, and he has also served on the faculties of Baylor University, Illinois State University and Millikin University.  Sielert has also directed jazz ensembles at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois.  He holds BM degrees in jazz studies and music education, and a MM degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and a DMA in trumpet performance from the University of Illinois.

Jim White
is an active performer and educator. His first musical experiences took place in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied percussion with Paul Yancinch, Mike Cebulski, Sonny Emory, and Jeff Sipe. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies/Composition from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. While a student at the University of North Texas, White performed with the renowned “One O’clock Lab Band” for three years. In 1992, Maynard Ferguson recruited White for his “Big Bop Nouveau” band with which he toured internationally. White is featured on Ferguson’s recording, Footpath Cafe.

Bassist Clipper Anderson is a musician who defies labels. Equally comfortable with straight-ahead, traditional, free jazz or bebop, he plays with genuine reverence for the music and an unassuming mastery that speaks for itself. He is a virtuosic improviser, known for creating intelligent lines, which are often executed with stunning speed and precision. He is the quintessential support player who steadily holds the pocket and creates a solid foundation for whomever he shares the bandstand with. He is also a well-respected vocalist. Earshot Jazz has aptly described Clipper as “ a player for the connoisseur to savor,” and rightly so.

Bassist, composer, bandleader, and songwriter Erik Applegate has been called “a top-notch acoustic bass performer” by Jazz, and his music has been performed live and heard on radio stations around the world.  Erik has appeared with jazz artists including the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Nnenna Freelon, Milt Jackson, Jeff Coffin, Mulgrew Miller, Greg Gisbert, Eddie Daniels, Ingrid Jensen, Dick Oatts, George Garzone, Tom Harrell, Don Aliquo, Clay Jenkins, Ron Miles, Scott Wendholdt, Jack Walrath, Kirk Whalum, Dave Pietro, Deborah Brown, Marlena Shaw, Peter Eldridge, Bob Dorough, Billy Pierce, Alan Dawson, and others.  He toured with renowned pianist James Williams and in a trio with Harold Mabern and Ed Thigpen, and has appeared at jazz festivals, clubs, and concert series throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Australia.

Dana Landry
is Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, where he directs UNC Jazz Lab Band I  and teaches graduate courses and studio jazz piano. In addition to directing the Jazz Studies Program, he is the Artistic Director of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival and the Director of UNC Jazz Press.
For more information & questions please contact: Rob Tapper (406) 243-6889


28 - 29 March 2014

University of Louisville 50th Anniversary Clarinet Festival

Louisville, Kentucky

Celebrating 50 Years of Clarinet Tradition

Register today to perform in the Festival Clarinet Choir and attend seminars led by some of the country’s finest musicians!

The Festival will feature performances and seminars by nearly 40 UofL alumni musicians from symphony orchestras, military bands, and universities.

SEMINAR TOPICS: Reeds and Mouthpieces Bass Clarinet Technique Circular Breathing Alexander Technique Wellness and Performance Injuries “Stage Fright to Standing Ovation”

Participation is open to all high school and collegiate students. Participants will perform in a Festival Clarinet Choir concert at 5:00 pm on March 29, as well as have the opportunity to attend all concerts and seminars.

Participation is $30.

Registration Form (PDF)


29 March 2014

Troy University Clarinet Day, VIP Timothy Phillips, Director

Troy, Alabama


29 March 2014

University of Maryland Clarinet Day - VIP Robert DiLutis, Director

29 March 2014

 Reus, Tarragona, Tortosa, Benicarl...ó and Manresa

  1. There will be on Saturday, March 29, the Clarinets meeting organized by the school and Conservatory of music de la Diputación de Tarragona reus of clarinet of professional grade of the centers of Reus, Tarragona, Tortosa, Benicarl...ó and Manresa (approximately 70 clarinetists) addressed to all students.

    The day will feature the following program: groups of Clarinets, presentation of "Marvin" Clarinets and a Conference on "Smartmusic" Info:



    30 March 2014

    Rutgers University Woodwind Day - VIP Dr Maureen Hurd-Hause, Director with VIP Jessica Phillips-Rieske (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)

    New Brunswick, New Jersey

    Featuring Mason Gross Faculty Members
    Kaoru Hinata, flute  
    Paul Cohen, saxophone
    Special Guests
    Joseph D’Auguste, Director, Professional Music Academy

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