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WKA Spring Newsletter 2014 (May)


1 - 4 May 2014

VIP Piero Vincenti, Director



2 May 2014

Northeastern University with VIP John Bruce Yeh, Acting Solo Clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony

Chicago, Illinois



























3 May 2014

Burt Hara Master Class at California State University at Fullerton


3 - 17 May 2014

Audi Mozart 7th Wind Competition

Rovereto, (TN), Italy




4 May 2014

Cardiff University Clarinet Convention - VIP Leslie Craven, Director

Cardiff, New South Wales - United Kingdom


ROBERT PLANE Principal Clarinettist B.B.C.National Orchestra of Wales

will give master classes and play a recital including Boulez "Domaines". ROMA CAFOLLA composer and music educationalist - has written much new repertoire for the clarinet to be recorded in April '14 with Virtuosi LANA TROTOVSEK and YOKO MISUMI who will be guest srtists at the Convention giving premieres of some of the works with Leslie and giving master classes to trios. Virtuoso violinist Lana recently returned from huge success playing Prokofiev violin concerto no.1 with Valery Gergiev and the Marinsky orchestra will offer individual coaching after the trio classes to all violinists attending.

New sponsors for clarinet convention include:

Ian Haystead of ReeDimensions publishing, Forton Music, Hummingbird and Maskarade, Gonzalez reeds - courtesy of vice president of Argendonax Eduardo Davolos (distributors - Dawkes Music) and grateful thanks to present sponsors D'Addario, Barnes and Mullins (Vandoren), MARCA, John Packer LTD, June Emerson Wind Music Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain

Application forms on Convention page

NEW - Leslie plans to hold master classes, chamber music and ensemble coaching weekends at his home in the near future - for fees (individual and group) please email Leslie (see contact page)

ROMA CAFOLLA Roma wrote a concerto for Leslie premiered in Wales by him some years ago and reviewed for CASS by Alistair Logan (see review in press releases). Roma has written many more beautiful pieces for Leslie. He intends to record the these new works in April this year at Nimbus Studios Wyastone Estate near Monmouth.


CHRISTOPHER BALL's music published by June Emerson Edition now on latest syllabus of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music .Christopher Ball's beautiful Concerto for Clarinet recorded by Leslie Craven on the Quantum label is now on the grade 7 list of the ABRSM (first movement with cadenza) and also his arrangement of the Folk Song "Over the Hills and far Away" is on the grade 5 list (recorded by Leslie for Clarinet Classics on the disc "Expressions". Clips of both can be sampled on CD page on this site)
Christopher has in addition, very recently written a clarinet quintet recorded by Leslie in September last year.



6 - 8 May 2014

VIP Jan Jakub Bokun Tour


10 May 2014

Cayahoga Falls, Ohio

CENTRAL INSTRUMENT COMPANY  -   739 Portage Trail Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 44221   330.928.6000 | 800.442.6000 | FAX 330.928.2911


Welcome to Foundation



Welcome to the Clarinet Symposium! We are proud to present two of the world's greatest living legends of the clarinet, Theodore Johnson with The Cleveland Orchestra (retired) and Stanley Drucker with The New York Philharmonic (retired). Tom Reed, Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at Ashland University will present a bass clarinet class. This is an educational event, not just listening to clarinet performances. All participants will rehearse twice and perform in a master clarinet choir conducted by Theodore Johnson. There will also be a master class on the Fundamentals of Clarinet and a master class where you will listen to conservatory students who are on the cuff of starting their professional careers. (Click here to see our poster)

I invite you to look over our website and then sign up on our secured site. We ask that you fill out our short questionnare. After you register, you can print out your receipt to use as identification on May 10, 2014. You will also receive an email acknowledgement. We will send you a reminder a couple days before the symposium. The registration fee will include lunch and dinner and is non-refundable.

Remember to bring your instrument and a music stand, both clearly labeled.

Here is the current Agenda for May 10, 2014.  (click here)

The Clarinet Symposium will be held at Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Road, Medina, Ohio 44256.  (click her for directions) 

Thank you for checking us out.  We believe this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and very rewarding.


Jim Stahl

Theodore Johnson
(click for bio)

Stanley Drucker
(click for bio)

Tom Reed
(click for bio)

Sponsors:         Clarinet Students of Highland High and Middle Schools
                            Highland Schools Foundation
                            Central Instrument Company, Inc.

Exhibitors will display and sell reeds, mouthpieces, ligatures, and a variety of accessories including a selection of clarinet music. New step-up and professional clarinets will also be on display for those who are shopping for a new instrument.

We hope you will join us!

Register by completing the following steps:

STEP 1  Click on this link and fill out our registration form.

STEP 2  Add Register for Clarinet Symposium to the cart below and checkout.

At this time you will provide your personal information. 
Please print this receipt for admission on May 10, 2014.

STEP 3  You will receive a confirmation email. 

You will need to bring your instrument and a music stand with your name clearly labeled.



Price: $28.00 






10 May 2014

Hillside, New Jersey


10 - 11 May 2014

Ghent, Belgium


11 May 2014

VIP's Charles Neidich and Ayoka Oshima in Duo Clarinet Concert

New York City


12 - 14 May 2014


13 May 2014


Murcia, Spain



2nd meeting: May 2014, 12th to 17th

At the end of the second meeting of the IV International Clarinet Seminar, there will be the possibility, that Professor


 Yehuda Gilad will select a talented clarinetist to continue clarinet studies at the University of Southern of California (USC)

 in Los Angeles on the next courses. It will be the student responsibility to follow the regular admission process that USC

 establish for international students. The student might be recipient of a partial scholarship from USC in accordance to the

 degree that he or she would attend.

El 1º será del: 13 al 18 de Diciembre 2013

El 2º será del 12 al 17 Mayo 2014



13 - 17 May 2014

Charleston, West Virginia

Performing Arts Competitions

Upcoming Performing Arts Competitions:


2014 Woodwinds (Oboe, Flute and Clarinet)


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NSAL invites woodwind (oboe, flute and clarinet) artists to compete in the 2014 NSAL Music: Woodwind Competition.

Contestants must first compete on the chapter level. To compete at the chapter level, submit a completed application to the chapter that is closest to your home or school. Chapter contact information is listed in “Contact a Chapter” (see link below left). The first place winner at the chapter level may then proceed to the national competition. Participants compete for a first place award of $10,000, and a series of other awards. Local chapters will pay travel, hotel, and conference registration expenses for the chapter winner to attend the National Competition.

The 2014 National Woodwinds competition will be held at the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston, West Virginia from May 13 – 17, 2014

Competition Flyer     Competition Rules     Repertoire     Judges     Application Form

Chapter Contacts & Competition Schedules



17 - 18 May 2014



18 May 2014

Great Falls, Montana


18 May 2014



22 May 2014


23 - 24 May 2014

BJ Segorbe (Casteelon)


24 May 2014

South Brisbane, Australia

30 May 2014

VIP Stephan Vermeersch, President of the European Clarinet Association -  Master Class

Pristina, Kosovska Mitrovica


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