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April 2015 Newsletter

VIP Ricardo Morales (Solo Clarinetist in The Philadelphia Orchestra) Online


30 March - 2 April 2015


3rd International Clarinet Competition - Lisbon, Portugal - complete information linked here


2 April 2015


VIP Peter Wight (Solo Clarinet in the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony) Master Class at the University of Southern California at Northridge - VIP Julia Heinen, Host


2 - 4 April 2015

Kososka, Mitrovica, Serbia

6 April 2015

VIP Julia Heinen Master Class at the Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles (UCLA) - VIP Gary Gray, Host

Any and all are welcome to join Professor Gary Gray and the UCLA clarinet in welcoming Dr. Julia Heinen to the Herb Alpert School of Music for a masterclass on Monday evening, April 6, from 7 - 9 pm.

Critics rave, “Julia Heinen is a sensation,” “Absolutely brilliant,” “Plays with intensity, conviction and impressive virtuosity.”

As a soloist, Julia Heinen has performed hundreds of recitals throughout the United States and had the distinct pleasure of premiering several works written specifically for her. In February of 2003, she performed a recital including several new works at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall culminating in a compact disc recording including several of these pieces released in the Fall
...of 2007 by Centaur Records. A recording of new chamber works for the Tapestry Ensemble: a quartet of oboe, clarinet, cello and piano released in October 2011 by PARMA. A new recording “Latin Romance” featuring works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Eychenne and Guastavino for clarinet and piano with Dmitry Rachmanov was released in June 2013.

In addition to Dr. Heinen’s solo performances she is often heard as a chamber musician performing most notably with the Tapestry Ensemble, a quartet of oboe, clarinet, cello and piano and the TEMPO New Music Ensemble. She is also an accomplished ensemble player having served as principal clarinetist with the American Wind Symphony, a professional wind ensemble which tours the United States and Europe. As an orchestral player, she has served as principal clarinetist with the Augusta, Dubuque, Greenville, LaCrosse, Rochester and Valdosta Symphony Orchestras and was featured several times as a concerto soloist with those ensembles. In addition, her orchestral performances also include several concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra.

As an artist and clinician for the Buffet and Rico Corporations, Dr. Heinen does frequent clinics and masterclasses in many universities and colleges throughout the United States. Originally from Minnesota, she currently lives in Los Angeles, where she serves as professor of music at California State University, Northridge, teaching clarinet and coaching chamber music. She served as the artistic director of ClarinetFest® 2011 and continues her work with this organization as the state of California Chair of the International Clarinet Association. She holds a masters degree from the University of Michigan, an artist diploma from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Her teachers have included Herbert Blayman, Robert Marcellus and J. Cloyde Williams.

Julia Heinen is a Buffet Group USA and Rico Reeds Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Tosca clarinets and Reserve Classic reeds.

7 - 18 April 2015

3rd International Clarinet Competition - VIP Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Director

Ghent, Belgium

7 April 2015

8 - 10 April 2015

Albaida, Valencia

8 April 2015

Pierre Genisson new CD Release at Buffet New York Showroom

9 April 2015  (Thursday)

VIP Yehuda Gilad - Renowned Clarinet Professor at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California Master Class at the Buffet New York Showroom - 4 - 6 PM

153 West 36th Street, 4th Floor - Between Broadway & 7th Ave..., New York, New York 10018



9 April 2015

VIP Antonio Tinelli on Tour with Ulm University Symphony

Noci - Abbazia, Italy

9 - 11 April 2015 - Website:

Charleston, South Carolina


9 and 12 April 2015

VIP Richard MacDowell in Concert and Master Classes at Brevard College and West Carolina University

 10 - 18 April 2015

 VIP Charles Neidich Performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 with Australian Chamber Orchestra on USA Tour on short notice replacing Martin Frost who is recovering from a shoulder injury


VIP Charles Neidich will join the Australian Chamber Orchestra and its Artistic Director & Lead Violin Richard Tognetti, in their USA Tour.
On very short notice, he is replacing previously announced Martin Fröst who is recovering from a shoulder injury. Charles Neidich will be performing as soloist in the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. The tour kicks off on April 10th at the Bing Concert Hall of the Stanford University Palo Alto, California. 

Tour Program:
PROKOFIEV (arr. Barshai) Visions Fugitives
MOZART Clarinet Concerto
HAYDN Symphony No.83 in G minor ‘La Poule’
MOZART Symphony No.40
Fri 10 Apr 7.30pm | Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Sun 12 Apr 3pm | Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA
Tue 14 Apr 7.30pm | Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville, GA
Thu 16 Apr 8pm | Princeton University, Richardson        
The tour schedule, with Charles Neidich as soloist, can be found below. We will continue updating as the tour progresses.

Tour Program:
PROKOFIEV (arr. Barshai) Visions Fugitives
MOZART Clarinet Concerto
HAYDN Symphony No.83 in G minor ‘La Poule’
MOZART Symphony No.40
Fri 10 Apr 7.30pm | Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Sun 12 Apr 3pm | Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA
Tue 14 Apr 7.30pm | Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville, GA
Thu 16 Apr 8pm | Princeton University, Richardson


10 - 11 April 2015

ICA 2015 Southwest Clarinet Festival

 Flagstaff, Arizona


14 April 2015

VIP Ben Redwine  Master Class and Jazz Concert at University of Oklahoma - Dr Suzanne Tirk, Host

Norman, Oklahoma


15 April 2015

Vienna, Austria

15 - 18 April 2015

Wroclaw, Poland

16 April 2015

VIP Nathan Williams Master Class at California State University at Fullerton - Dr Hagan Rosengren, Host

The CSUF Clarinet Consort is excited to have clarinetist, Nathan Williams, give a master class here at the university.

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 6pm - 8pm
Located in the Choir Room
Free Admission, $8 Parking (Nutwood Parking Structure)

This two-hour event will be featuring Graduate students of Professors, Hakan Rosengren and Burt Hara.

Joseph Tutor: Concerto, A. Copland
Carter Willman: Grand Duo Concertant, C.M. von Weber
Marta Xavier: Concerto, W.A. Mozart
Gabriela Castro: Clarinet Quintet, J. Brahms
Claire Grellier: Introduction et Allegro, C. Widor

Accompanied by, Dr. Mikail Korzhev

17 - 18 April 2015

Tennessee Tech University Clarinet Day - VIP Wonkak Kim, Director



18 April 2015

Senior VIP Stanley Drucker Soloist with South Shore Symphony Orchestra Performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622

Rockville Center, New York


The South Shore Symphony:

Mostly Mozart with Clarinet Soloist Stanley Drucker

Saturday, April 18 - 8:00PM 

Guest Conductor: David Bernard

Tickets: $20 for Adults and $15 Seniors & Guild Members


Brahms – Symphony No. 2
Nielsen – Helios Overture
Mozart – Clarinet Concerto in A K622 (featuring Stanley Drucker, Clarinet Soloist)

Stanley Drucker was the Principal Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic for 49 years and continues to astonish audiences – A Long Island legend comes to the Madison Theatre.

The South Shore Symphony is celebrating its 30th season as one of Long Island’s Top orchestras. Under the direction of Scott Jackson Wiley, it performs a wide variety of classical and popular music in the Rockville Centre Area. What makes it unique is that it has some of the best professional and amateur musicians who volunteer their time and skills to perform for you. With moderate ticket prices, exciting musical selections and top level guest performers, The South Shore Symphony concerts are a great way to enjoy live music.

18 April 2015

Millersville University (Pennsylvania) 10th Single Reed Day - VIP Dr Christy Banks, Director

18 April 2015

University of Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska


Midwest Clarifest

Hosted by: Dr. Diane Barger, UNL's Hixson-Lied Professor of Clarinet


Deadline: April 1, 2015


About Midwest Clarifest

All clarinetists of middle school through college age are invited to participate. Clarinetists and band directors who teach privately or in the public schools are welcome to participate along with their students.



Midwest Clarifest Logo

The festival includes:
  • Morning Recital
  • Clarinet Reading Session
  • Master classes
  • Lecture Recitals


Deadline: April 1, 2015

For more information, please contact Dr. Diane Barger


18 - 21 April 2015

Virovitica, Croatia

virovitica international music meeting

Clarinet course and competition

Virovitica, Croatia, April 18.-21., 2015.


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In the spring of 2015, in the organization of Glazba na kvadrat d.o.o. and cooperation with Music School Jan Vlašimsky, the Town of Virovitica will host a one-of-a-kind professional development model intended for music school and academy students of clarinet from Europe. The seminar program has been carefully planned and adapted to suit the needs of beginners, as well as of more advanced attendees who have already chosen to pursue their career in music.

The project is intended not only to offer a possibility of the official professional development of its attendees, but it has been given a new dimension through bringing musicians closer together, by exchanging experience between music school students and academy students from all over Europe.

The individually-based music workshops will last for 4 days. The emphasis will be on individual approach and chamber music. The highlight of the seminar will be a competition and concert performed by tutors and attendees.

Come to Virovitica. It will be worthwhile!

Course and competition


Course is designed for clarinetists of all ages who want to improve the techniques of playing, and the skill of the occurrence and competitions. During the four days we will try, in addition to work on the basic techniques of breathing, position your mouth and chest techniques, instruct students in the art of performing and teach them how to cope with the psychological challenges that carry the performances and competitions. Besides individual participants will continue to work in chamber ensembles. At the end of the lessons learned will be able to show the final concert, and those who so desire will be able to compete and win valuable prizes.


The competition is open exclusively to seminar attendees for their improvement.

The competitors will compete in three categories:
1st category: primary school attendants
2nd category: high school attendants
3rd category: music academy undergraduates and graduates

Competitors in each category will perform one or more pieces of the overall length of up to 10 min. Playing buy heart is not obligatory and the piano will be in charge of official accompanist.
The jury will be composed of professors lecturers, who will hand awards to the best in its category.
18. - 21. April 2015.

Time and venue:

18. - 21. April 2015.

Music School Jan Vlašimsky Virovitica,
Antun Mihanović Street 21, 33000, Virovitica
Contact: +385 33 721 910

Registration fee is 1,000 HRK (130 €).
Passive participation in the seminar is 250 HRK (35 €)
The deadline for applications with an enclosed copy of the payment slip is 10. April 2015. The number of participants is limited so applications will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications can also be sent electronically with scanned payment slip.



Accommodation for all active participants is free.
All participants pay cleaning service (kunas 80.- ).
Catering is provided at a very reasonable price.
The cleaning service is charged irrespective of the chosen catering service.
Full board:  kunas 120.- /day, including dinner following the concert on April 21. 2015. 
Half board:    kunas 90.-/day.
Breakfast:        kunas  25.-/day.
Dinner following the concert: kunas 30.-


Davor Reba
Makančeva 17
10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska
Tel: +385 91 1515 999

Musci School Jan Vlašimsky Virovitica,
Antun Mihanović Street 21, 33000, Virovitica
Contact: +385 33 721 910


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19 April 2015

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


This year's Verve Gala benefit is being ho...sted by celebrated architect, Richard Fleischman, and Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Blackstone at their neighboring homes on picturesque Lake Erie in Brantenahl.

Nourish your senses and your soul!

Guests arriving for the Verve Gala will enter a classic Lake Erie mansion, the home of celebrated architect, Richard Fleischman. There they will enjoy delicious world cuisine by Julienne Hillyer and fine wines provided by Vintage Wine Distributor. A unique silent auction comprised of one-of-a-kind experiences is a new component of the benefit this year and will be open for bidding. After dinner and drinks, Cleveland's own Lolly the Trolley will transport the guests to Eugene and Janet Blackstone's home next door where they will experience the main event; an outstanding concert featuring world-renowned pianist Roman Rabinovich, winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. He will be joined by ChamberFest Cleveland's co-artistic directors Diana Cohen, concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic, and Franklin Cohen, principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra.

The exquisite and unique Blackstone home, designed by Fleischman, is built around a massive pipe organ. Guests will be treated to a special performance by David M. von Behren, accomplished organist and winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, one of the most elite music accolades given to young Classical musicians in the country. Following the performances, Diana and Franklin will unveil the much-awaited Season Four of ChamberFest Cleveland's summer program entitled "Crossing Borders". This will be an evening to remember.

For sponsorship and ticket information contact Cheryl Carter, Managing Director, ChamberFest Cleveland at 216.471.8887, or email


19 April 2015

British Clarinet Ensemble Play In Day

United Kingdom

British Clarinet Ensemble

20th Anniversary Play Day

Sunday 19 April 2015


Kingshott School, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 7JX

A day of clarinet ensemble playing directed by Charles Hine with tutors from the BCE

Further details:  or  01572 756128

Ensemble playing on the day 

  • all participants will have the opportunity to explore the best of the clarinet choir repertoire alongside members of this leading ensemble (more than one choir depending on numbers).  
  • parts are not sent in advance so you need to be prepared to sight read the music on the day.  You should be at least Grade 6 or equivalent level to get the most out of the sessions.
Booking information
·         please indicate if you play Eb, Alto, Bass or Contrabass and can bring these instruments to the day.
·         indicate your playing standard.
·         bring a packed lunch – tea, coffee and squash available
·         bring a music stand!


  • The fee for the day  is Ł30.00 per person
  • CASSGB members Ł25, students Ł25

 Draft Programme




Arrival & registration

1.30 – 2.15



Session 1


2.15 – 3.30

Session 3




3.30 – 3.45



Session 2

3.45 – 5.00

Session 4 with final play through




BCE 2015 Play Day Application Form

Name …………………………………………………………………………………………………..








Telephone number………………………………………




Instrument:  Clarinet   Eb   Bb   Alto   Bass   Contrabass


Please circle the instrument(s) you will be bringing



Your approximate playing standard…………



If under 18, Parent/Guardian please complete the following details


Age of child ………………………Date of birth………………………………………………


Parent/Guardian signature……………………………………………………………………



I enclose my cheque for Ł


To book for the play day please send this form, with a cheque and SAE made payable to British Clarinet Ensemble to:


John MacKenzie

BCE Play Day

1 Brookdene



Rutland     LE15 7LQ


or: book on the BCE Website


Further enquiries:   01572 756128


20 - 24 April 2015

Raasay Bass Clarinet Festival - Sarah Watts, Director

Rasaay, Scotland


The Raasay solo bass clarinet course will celebrate its seventh year in 2015 and has attracted players from

 all over  the world.


The course is open to all standards and the focus is on improving all aspects of bass clarinet playing from basic to


 more advanced techniques throughout the week


During the week participants will have opportunities to have an individual lesson and work on a solo piece of



A strong emphasis is placed on chamber music with several sessions being devoted to group warm-ups, the


 Raasay bass clarinet choir and plenty of chances to play in smaller bass clarinet ensembles. Scottish music will be




There will be talks on areas of techniques such as how to avoid squeaks and how to play high notes and a session


 on listening and discovering all about the world of solo bass clarinet.

Although mostly separate from the bassoon course, we will join forces in rehearsals and concert to form the


 Raasay bass clarinet and bassoon choir - quite a sound!


There will be plenty of time during the week to explore the island and to socialize and soak up the special


 atmosphere that is Raasay.


2015 Course Fees:

Ł340 or Ł225 for students in full time education

Accommodation to be booked separately. Please contact Sarah for accommodation options.


21 April 2015

VIP Ricardo Morales in Master class and Recital at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy!  Ricardo Morales, Corrado Giuffredi, Valeria Serangeli, Morrie Backun ‪#‎MoBaGelato‬ - Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy


23 April 2015

Vienna Clarinet Connection with the Vienna Symphony

Vienna, Austria

» Come una fantasia: ...stellen you are from...»

«Symphony Orchestra of the Volksoper Wien Robert Meyer, spokesman for vienna clarinet

  connection Guido Mancusi, Angelika Messner, conductor book program: Emmanuel

 Chabrier Espańa Waltz of Georges Bizet Overture to» Carmen «Pablo de Sarasate


 fantasy op.» «25 for violin and piano (arr. for clarinet and Orchestra by Helmut Hödl)

 (pause) Guido Mancusi Tonspiele / festive fantasy for Orchestra of Johann Strauß

 (son) of fantasy from» Die Fledermaus «(arrangement for clarinet and Orchestra by



 KAPADIA;» Narrator: Robert Meyer) Thu 23.04.2015 | 19: 30 | Vienna | Wiener

 Konzerthaus. Large hall


27 April - 10 May 2015

Malta International Competition and Festival



30 April 2015

VIP J Lawrie Bloom (Bass Clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony) Master Class at the University of Southern California at Northridge - VIP Julia Heinen, Host

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