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May 2018 Newsletter


For all serious Music students heading for or in college to consider

The German Higher Education System


       With the prevailing problems evident in the US College system with astronomic tuition rates, as high as $50,000 per year, and multiply this for 4 years for a Bachelors degree, then adding another $100,000 for a Masters degree, plus Living expenses. and the luring of students to take college loans and result in college debt that may never be repaid,the government will not excuse a student loan default, and with the government cuts in funding and worse, why should American students go to school in the US?   For music majors, with no tangible future beyond graduation here, It is in the hands of students to decide and take the initiative.  In noting the successes of American students for Orchestral positions and winning International Competitions, it is a sad commentary to see that very few Americans win Internationally, and why?  Possibly that they get 2nd rate professional training, or/and they are so financially strapped that they cannot afford to compete?  There are numerous Musik  Hochshulen  (Conservatories) offering high standard programs along with schools outside of Germany, notably the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria,  (Wenzel Fuchs, Professor,  the Sibelius Conservatory in Helsinki, Finland, Harri Maki, Professor,     Learning the language is important (Check but courses are taught in English.   For more  information about the German programs, check   Tel: 212 758 3223

A sampling of German Musik schools include the following:

Many of the great schools include :

Musikhochule Lubeck  (Sabine Meyer, Reiner Wehle, Professors)

Musikhochshule Karlsruhe  (Wolfgang Meyer, Professor)

Musikhochule Hans Eisler Berlin (Shirley Brill, Professor)

Berlin Philharmonic Karajan Orchestra Academy (Wenzel Fuchs)

and many more listed above



2 May 2018

VIP Gregory Raden (Solo Clarinetist in Dallas Symphony) Master Class at RDG Woodwinds

Los Angeles, California


4 May 2018

New York Woodwind Quintet at the Tenri Cultural Center

New York City

4 May - 14 November 2018

Geneva International Clarinet Competition

Geneva, Switzerland

The 73rd Geneva International Music Competition is presenting piano & clarinet. The clarinet competition will be held from 3-14 November 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The competition is open to all clarinetists born after 8 November 1988, regardless of gender or nationality. Candidates  who  have  already  won a first Prize at one of the earlier Geneva Competitions are not allowed to enter for the same discipline again.

> Application deadline is May 4th, 2018. Candidates must register directly on our website.
> Download the regulation & complete Clarinet Competition programme

  • Sharon Kam, Israel, President
  • Jerry Chae, Korea
  • Michael Collins, Great Britain
  • Lorenzo Coppola, Italy
  • Romain Guyot, France
  • Kari Kriikku, Finland
  • Richard Stolzman, USA


  • 4 May : Application deadline
  • 5-6-7 June : Video selections (preliminary round)
  • 3 November : Official registration of the candidates - drawing lots
  • 4-6 November : 1st round: Recital I
  • 8-9 November : 2nd round: Recital II
  • 11 November : 3rd round: Semi-final
  • 14 November : 4th round: Final with orchestra
A. Preliminary round – video recording
  • C. Debussy : Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano (7')
  • G. Donizetti : Etude N° 1 for clarinet solo (5’)

The works chosen for the preliminary round may be performed again during the competition. All pieces must be performed by heart, except for the contemporary piece (Recital I), the Mozart Quintet (Semi-final round) and the compulsory concerto (Final round). Candidates may choose the order in which their wish to perform their programme during each round.

B. Recital I: (max. 60 candidates - max. 30 min.)

  • Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano (12')
  • One of the following pieces at choice:
    - F. Donatoni: "Clair» (1st mvt) for clarinet solo (4')
    - H. Holliger "Rechant" for clarinet solo (6')
    - M. Jarrell: "Assonance" for clarinet solo (9')
    - Mantovani: "Bug" for clarinet solo (6')
    - J. Widmann: "Fantaisie" for clarinet solo (7')
    - K. Stockhausen: « der kleine Harlekin » for clarinet solo (9’)
    - E. Denisov: Sonata for clarinet solo (8’)

C. Recital II: (max. 18 candidates –max. 45 min.)

  • J. Brahms: Sonata for clarinet and piano Op. 120 n°1 or Op. 120 n°2 (24')
  • Rest of the programme at free choice of candidates (20 min.)

D. Semi-final: (max. 6 candidates)

  • W. A. Mozart: quintet for clarinet (or bass clarinet) and string quartet K. 581 (35')
  • One of the following pieces at choice:
    - L. Bassi: fantasy on "Rigoletto" for clarinet and piano (13')
    - Lovreglio: fantasy on "Traviata" for clarinet and piano (12')
  • One of the following pieces at choice:
    - L. Bernstein: sonata for clarinet and piano (12')
    _ Poulenc: sonata for clarinet and piano (14')
    - W. Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes (12’)
    - B. Martinu: Sonatina for clarinet and piano (12’)
    - M. Arnold: Sonatina for clarinet and piano, Op. 29 (9’)

E. Final with orchestra (3 finalists)

  • Compulsory piece: a concerto for clarinet and orchestra – prize-winner of the Composition Prize 2017 (15-20 min.)
  • One of the following concertos at choice:
    - C. M. v. Weber: Concerto N°1 in F minor Op. 73 (1811)
    - B. H. Crusell: Concerto N°2 in F minor en Op. 5 (1818)
    - J. Rietz: Concerto in G minor Op. 29 (1857) (Simrock)

With L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève / Orchestre de la HEM Genève
Quatuor Debussy (Lyon)


  • 1st Prize : CHF 20,000.- (= approx. € 18,500.-)
  • 2nd Prize : CHF 12,000.- (=approx. € 11,000.-)
  • 3rd Prize : CHF 8,000.- (=approx. € 7,350.-)


  • A Breguet watch will be presented to the winner of a First Prize
  • Audience Prize: CHF 1,500.-
  • Young Audience Prize: CHF 1,000.-
  • Students Prize: CHF 1,000.-

The Audience Prize is awarded by the audience at the Final performance.
The Young Audience Prize is awarded by young students of partner schools.
The Students Prize is awarded by students in musicology and of partner Universities of Music.


In addition to its official prizes, the Geneva Competition offers a career development programme, providing precious support and advice to help boost laureates' careers. The programme includes two years of concert management, as well as CD recordings, international tours, a festival and professional workshops. It is coordinated by the Geneva Competition’s official concert agency: Promusica-Genève.

You can download the regulation & complete Clarinet Competition programme here.

Application deadline for the Geneva Clarinet Competition 2018 : 4 May, 2018

Online registration

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