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2 - February 2015


VIP Sabine Grofmeier Duo Recital - Italian Consulate in Wolfsburg, Germany




2 - 7 February 2015


Concorso Europeo di Clarinetto






3 February 2015


Penn State University Master Class with John Weigand - Professor at West Virginia University at Morgantown


State College, Pennsylvania

3 February 2015


Kaufmann Center


New York City





        Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School invites you to attend a series of Musical Evenings featuring intimate performances by world-renowned artists. These annual concerts are truly exceptional evenings of music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres in beautiful private homes. Proceeds support music education for public school children at Special Music School.


TUE • FEB 3, 2015 - 6:30 PM
Featuring VIP Anthony McGill, clarinet

"Mr. McGill played with rhythmic brio and impeccable clarity. Yet even in passages that seem jocular on the surface, he brought out the hints of poignancy and resignation that run through the music."   - The New York Times


All events are 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Cocktail receptions at 6:30 pm
Concerts begin promptly at 7:30 pm

Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets now!


To inquire about ticket availability and prices please call 212 501 3350 or email

An integral part of Kaufman Music Center, Special Music School is the first and only school of its kind in the United States: a public school with a combined academic and pre-conservatory level music curriculum beginning in kindergarten. At Special Music School, a child with a demonstrated musical gift has the opportunity to receive the highest level of training possible to develop a musical career.

The school is a public-private partnership between Kaufman Music Center and the New York City Department of Education. The Center, which is dedicated to excellence in music education and performance, houses the school and funds the entire music program - the private lessons, classes and ensembles - from grants and contributions.

Kaufman Music Center | Merkin Concert Hall | Lucy Moses School | Special Music School | Contact Us©2014 Kaufman Music Center

New York's Creative Home for Listeners, Learners and Performers






4 February 2015 - 4 - 6 PM


VIP J Lawrie Bloom, Bass Clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony -  Master Class at the Buffet-Crampon New York Showroom



5 - 6 February 2015

Ankara, Turkey




6 February Deadline 2015


The United States Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition


Fort Myer, Virginia




Online International Competition with Oscar Navarro -  Information available from Website




7 February 2015 - 8 PM


Festival Chamber Music Concert Series 


Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall


New York City 


Festival Chamber Music, now in its 23rd season, presents the third concert of its 2014-2015 five-concert series. The musicians speak informally about the music and the composers before each piece on the program.



  • Charles Neidich, Clarinet
    Eriko Sato, Violin
    Ruth Sommers, Cello
    Yuri Funahashi, Piano



  • BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1
  • PAUL SCHOENFIELD Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
  • ZEMLINSKY Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 3













8 February 2015


Rome, Italy






8 February 2015


Texas A & M University- Kingsville Clarinet Day - Kellie Lignitz-Hahn, Director


 Texas A&M University-Kingsville is hosting its first TAMUK Clarinet Day on

Sunday, February 8th, 10:00am to 6:00pm


This is a free event and open to the public.



Our featured guest artist is Vanguel Tangarov, who will be

presenting the final concert and giving a master class to both

college and high school students. Come and enjoy a day of

clinics, master classes, performances, and exhibitions! A repair

clinic by Heather Karlsson for band directors and college music

educators offers invaluable instrument repair tips. Other

clinicians include Thomas Kmiecik, a Reserve Method Clinician

for D'Addario & Company, who will perform and present a clinic

geared towards all clarinetists. Additional guest artists include

Jonathan Guist, Ronald Scott, Julie Linder, and Kellie



Don't forget to join in and perform in our Community Clarinet Choir. Students of all levels and on all instruments in the clarinet family are invited to play. Music will be sent on request. Don't miss this great opportunity to sit side-by-side with our very own TAMUK Clarinet Choir members and join us for an exciting day performing fun clarinet choir pieces.


Exhibitions will include booths by Selmer, Buffet, D'Addario & Company, and various local music stores. Come and test out new clarinet equipment and accessories you can't find anywhere else! 



10:00am  Registration (free) and Exhibitions (open all day)

10:30 Clarinet Clinic and Community Clarinet Choir Rehearsal 

11:30 Instrument Repair Workshop

12:30 Lunch

1:30 TAMUK Clarinet Choir Performance followed by the Community Clarinet Choir

2:30 Master Class with guest artist Vanguel Tangarov

4:00 Potpourri Concert

5:00 Final Concert presented by Vanguel Tangarov




8 February 2015


VIP Sabine Meyer performs with Quator Modigliani


Paris, France




8 February 2015


Velizi Clarinet Competition - France 





9 February 2015


VIP and Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic Anthony McGill   appears at Ocean County College Clarinet Day


Toms River, New Jersey


             On Monday, February 9, 2015, at 8:00 p.m., the Grunin Spotlight Series will feature Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, Building #12, Ocean County College, Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  For easy access, please use Parking Lot #2.  Tickets are on sale now.

             Named principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, effective September 15, 2014, Anthony McGill became the Philharmonic’s first African-American principal player, and he has been recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians.

             McGill served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the past decade and has also appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the American Symphony Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra, both at Carnegie Hall; the Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Orchestra 2001, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

             As a chamber musician, McGill has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with such quartets as the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Pacifica, Shanghai, Miro, and Daedalus, with Musicians from Marlboro and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and on such series as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the University of Chicago Presents.  Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Santa Fe, and Seattle chamber music, to name a few.

            McGill has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang.  On January 20, 2009, he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

           He has appeared on “Performance Today,” “MPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning,” and “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.”  In 2013, with his brother Demarre, he appeared on “NBC Nightly News,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” and on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry.

           In demand as a teacher, McGill serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music.  He has also given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.

          Anthony McGill: Monday, February 9, 2015, 8:00 p.m., Main Stage.

          Tickets: $30 single / *$20 Grunin Series.

          +Meet & Greet: Black Box Theatre, following concert – $10 single / *Free Grunin Series.

          [+ Master Class: Main Stage, 2:00 p.m. – $10 single / Free for students.]




9 February 2015


Northeastern State University Oklahoma Woodwind Day


Talequala, Oklahoma



Please join us for the 2015 NSU Woodwind Day

Monday, February 9, 2105

NSU Center for Performing Arts

All events will take place in the NSU Fine Arts Building, 605 N Grand Ave

12:30 Registration, CPA lobby
1:00 Welcome Recital
2:00 Master classes with Guest Artists
3:30 Group Choirs *Bring Your Instruments*
5:00 Feature Guest Artist Recital

Registration fee is $20.00, which includes admission to all the events. Registration is payable by cash or check on the day of the event, however we encourage you to pre-register.

Register for the 2015 NSU Woodwind Day

For questions or more information, contact, Dr. Patricia Surman, Dr. Anne Watson, or Dr. Tommy Poole.


11 February 2015


Paris, France



12 February 2015


VIP Anthony McGill Master Class and Concert at Hunter in String Theory Concert Series


Chattanooga, Tennessee

Anthony McGill

             String Theory, in partnership with Lee University and the Hunter Museum of American Art, will continue its sixth season with a concert featuring Anthony McGill, clarinet, and Gloria Chien, piano, on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. 


            String Theory was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Chien and brings acclaimed chamber musicians from around the world to perform in the intimate setting of the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. 

Mr. McGill and Dr. Chien will perform Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie,” selected preludes by Scriabin, Schumann’s “Romances Op. 94,” Berg’s “Four Pieces Op. 5,” and Weber’s “Grand Duo Concertant Op. 48.”


            Prior to the concert will be an Art Connections event, which gives String Theory attendees the opportunity to visit the Hunter galleries at 5:30 p.m. to hear former Hunter Chief Curator Ellen Simak and Maestro Robert Bernhardt discussing works from the Hunter collection that relate to the music featured in the evening's concert. 


           A master class with Mr. McGill will take place that day at 1 p.m. at the Hunter, and the public is welcomed to attend. 

Recently named principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, Mr. McGill also served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the past decade. He has been recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. He has appeared as soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra, all at Carnegie Hall. Other recent performances have been with the Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Orchestra 2001 and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

Mr. McGill is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the first Sphinx Medal of Excellence. He serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa. In 2009, Mr. McGill performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. In 2013, he appeared on NBC Nightly News, the Steve Harvey Show and on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry.


           Dr. Chien, who began playing piano at the age of five in her native Taiwan, has been called “a coat-of-many-colors pianist.” She holds a doctor of musical arts, a master’s and a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She is a Steinway Artist.


           A prize winner of the World Piano Competition, Harvard Musical Association Award, and the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Chien has presented solo recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard Musical Association, Sanibel Musical Festival, Caramoor Musical Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She has been praised by “The Strad” for “super performances…accompanied with great character.” 


           Dr. Chien was appointed the director of the Chamber Music Institute at Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has participated there for six years. She has been a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2012, and now frequently plays at Alice Tully Hall in New York as well as other venues around the country with CMS on Tour.  

Individual concert tickets are $25 for Hunter members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students with a valid student ID and $25 for groups of 20 or more people. 

For more information on String Theory at the Hunter or to purchase tickets, call 267-0968 or visit




13 February 2015


Berliner Philharmoniker Octet Performs at the Queen Elizabeth Hall - VIP's Wenzel Fuchs and Stefan Dohr performing


London, United Kingdom



Carl Nielsen: Serenata in vano for clarinet, horn, bassoon, cello & double bass

Franz Berwald: Septet in B flat

Franz Schubert: Octet Op 166


Hear musicians from the world-famous Berliner Philharmoniker perform in an intimate chamber setting.

The concert opens with two rare treats - Carl Nielsen's Serenata, a mellow work full of warm melodies, followed with Franz Berwald's Septet. Written in 1828, it combines elements of Mozart's tunefulness with a more dramatic tone befitting of its period.


The second half is filled with Schubert's grand Octet. The largest chamber work by the composer - in scope and length - it draws on Schubert's innate ability as a songwriter, using his own lieder 'Der Wanderer' and his Singspiel Die Freunde von Salamanka for melodic inspiration.

'Their famously luxuriant, powerful sound comes from the combination of blend and individual virtuosity.' (Neil Fisher in The Times)

'this is an orchestra of soloists, in both musical excellence and attitude: self-governing, self-selecting... they describe themselves as an "Orchestral Federation"




13 February 2015


Brahms Transcription Recital at Diers Recital Hall at State University of New York at Fredonia


Come hear members of the some of the greatest chamber music ever written by Brahms. Both Opus 120 Clarinet Sonatas, and the Opus 114 Clarinet Trio.




14 - 15 February 2015


14 - 16 February 2015






16 - 20 February 2015


Master Classes with VIP Marco Antonio Mazzini


Lima, Peru




17 February 2015


Senior VIP Donald Montanaro - Associate and Eb Clarinetist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Professor at the Curtis Institute Emeritus - Master Class at Texas Christian University


Fort Worth, Texas



17 - 19 February 2015


Master Classes with VIP Sabine Meyer




18 February 2015


Buffet-Crampon New York Showroom




18 - 20 February 2015


Rome, Italy



20 February 2015


Ghent, Belgium



20 February 2015



21 February 2015



21 February 2015




Björn Nymanin mestarikurssi klarinetisteille

Perjantai, helmikuu 20, 2015 - 10:00 - 20:30
Vapaa pääsy

Harri Mäen organisoima Björn Nymanin mestarikurssi (Erasmus-vaihto


"Being one of the leading clarinetists of his generation in the Nordic region, Björn Nyman is a sough-after chamber musician and soloist. He is a winner of numerous prestigious prizes, and has performed as soloist with orchestras like the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Bayeriche Rundfunk, Odense Symphony Orchestra. He is regularly performing on main chamber music festivals and holds the position as Principal Clarinet in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra."

Opetus perjantai 20.2.

  • 10–13.30  Wegelius-sali (Töölönkatu 28)
  • 14-20.30 Nervanderinkatu (Nervanderinkatu 13)
    • 14–16.00        Opetustila N-416
    • 16.30–20.30    Opetustila N-515


Opetus jatkuu lauantaina 21.2.2015


Harri Mäki
harri.maki (at)



21 - 22 February 2015


Reggiola, Italy


21 February 2015


Clarinets for Conservation Treasure Coast Clarinet Day


Jensen Beach, Florida




21 - 22 February 2015







International Clarinet Association - ICA South-Eastern Festival - Dr Denise Gainey, Director

Hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and In Association with the UAB Clarinet Symposium

Birmingham, Alabama


Join us on February 21-22, 2015 for the International Clarinet Association Southeastern Regional Clarinet Festival at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in conjunction with the UAB Clarinet Symposium. Special guest artists include VIP Jessica Phillips Rieske, acting principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Jessica appears courtesy of Backun Musical Services), and Morrie Backun, of Backun Musical Services, along with a host of performances and lectures by clarinetists from around the region and the country. The event is open to clarinetists from 6th grade on, and there will be events designed for professional, amateur, and young players, including the Festival Clarinet Choir (conducted by Mitchell Estri...n, University of Florida) for high school and adult players, and the Blazer Clarinet Choir (conducted by London Silas Shavers, Northwest Mississippi State Community College), for middle school students. Vendors will include Backun Musical Services, Rodriguez Musical Services, Art's Music Shop, among others.
For more information, check our website (updates coming!):


Inviting All Clarinetists to Birmingham, Alabama

Clarinetists of all ages and abilities are invited to gather for the International Clarinet Association South-Eastern Festival, in conjunction with the UAB Clarinet Symposium.  This will be an exciting and inspirational weekend of workshops, master classes, clarinet choir, recitals and clinics by some of the nation's finest clarinetists.

For more information, please contact Dr. Denise Gainey,, (205) 975-0558

Call for Proposals

To propose a solo or ensemble performance or clinic, please contact Denise Gainey, Proposal deadline is December 5, 2014. Soloists, chamber/ensemble performers, lecturers and clinicians must be ICA members.







24 February 2015 - 7 PM


Vienna Clarinet Connection & Karl Menrad (east)

Finds, music + word Gypsy / Balkan / Klezmer specialties

Goldschlagstraße 169

1140 Vienna, Austria


The "Czernowitz sketches" by Alexander Kukelka in connection with texts and scenes of Bukovina seal.

For their 20th anniversary, we invite Austria's top clarinet quartet to a very special evening.
Together, created with the actor Karl Menrad the Vienna Clarinet Connection a musical-literary evening. Concerts showcased Alexander Kukelkas "Czernowitz sketches", a clarinet quartet in twelve sets. Connect the pieces with texts of Bukovina seal.
About one and a half centuries - until 1918 - was the Bukovina and its capital Czernowitz not only interface between Orient and Occident, but offered German, Jewish, Polish, Romanian and Ruthenian cultures a habitat in Europe has no equal sought.
Czernowitz was colorful, a multi-ethnic mosaic, a city with a great historical luminosity, so that her story has remained as a "myth Chernivtsi" stick in the collective memory. But despite all the unifying opposites was in Czernowitz, in this "multicultural melting pot" at the eastern edge of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, the love of the German language. Finally, there were two world wars - vorranig the Second World War -. The destroyed this diversity and expelled the ethnic groups and have scattered to the winds
The "Czernowitz sketches" let all the past again rise, both in the form of various literature (poetry, short stories, etc.) as well as through music. Like a kaleidoscope, open spaces of sound that can rise from today's Ukrainian-Romanian Bukovina in the mind's eye of the listener people, stories and landscapes in their plasticity.
The word does not come off when actor Karl Menrad (folk theater, playhouse) raise its voice and texts by Alfred Gong, Gregory of Rezzori, Rose foreigners, Paul Celan and many more reads and recites the written word in the silence of the room.

Vienna Clarinet Connection Helmut Hödl - clarinet,  Rupert Fankhauser - clarinet,  Hubert Salmhofer - basset horn,  Wolfgang grain Berger - Bass Clarinet

Karl Menrad - voice, reciting Alexander Kukelka - Composition, text selection, musical and scenic rehearsals



24 - 28 February 2015



26 February 2015




26 February - 1 March 2015




27 February - 1 March 2015





28 February 2015 - Deadline for Application to the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition


          The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) was designed in 1988 to recognize outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Applicants between the ages of 18 and 22 undergo a rigorous, taped audition process for a panel of internationally acclaimed musicians. Winners are invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend as part of the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, and receive an incredible performance opportunity with a weekend of personal and professional growth.


          The 2015 YYPA Application can be found at To connect with us on social media and share our posts, please find us here: More information, including the Official Rules, can be found on our website:



28 February 2015


Texas Clarinet Colloquium Clarinet Day at Texas A & M University - VIP Mary Alice Druhan, Director


Commerce, Texas



28 February 2015


Gettysburg Clarinet Day at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music - Aaron Scott, Director


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania



Calling All Clarinetists!

It is my pleasure to invite you to the
Gettysburg Clarinet Day 2015 on the beautiful campus of Gettysburg College.  This event will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music in Schmucker Memorial Hall, Gettysburg College.
Recitals and Masterclasses will be conducted by Eugene Mondie, Assistant Principal and E-flat Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra and The United States Army Clarinet Quintet, “Pershing’s Own.”  Events will begin at 9:00 am and end at 4 pm, a detailed schedule is available at
Pre-registration fee is $20 per person.  This includes lunch at Gettysburg College Dining Center, event materials and necessary equipment.  The registration form is included in the attachment to be mailed or you can register online.  Please visit the website for more details regarding online registration and more information at

Please forward this email and/or distribute the provided PDF attachment to any interested clarinetist from your groups and studios. 

All participants should bring their clarinets to try equipment and instruments at the Professional Wind Instruments of New Jersey and Vandoren tables, as well as to play in the
Clarinet Ensemble Reading Session at 9 am.   (All auxiliary instruments welcome.)

Other Masterclasses for the day include:


Instrument Selection Master Class
Professional Wind Instrument Consultants of NJ




28 February 2015




New York City


                 An incredible woodwind line-up marks February's installment of The Brothers Balliett's Spectrum series.

                 Legendary clarinetist
Charles Neidich, famous for his role in creating new works for the clarinet by composers like Milton Babbitt, Elliot Carter and Helmut Lachenmann, presents a solo set featuring works by Isang Yun alongside his own compositions. He is joined by Mariko Furukawa.

Ryan Muncy is joined by colleagues from International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) to present new works for saxophone, and will premiere the new collaborative Balliett concerto for baritone saxophone and flutes.


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