Welcome to Clarinetopia 2015

May 20 update:   There are still vacancies for Clarinetopia 2015.  The application page says that May 22 is the deadline for registration and payment of fees, but that late applications will be accepted, so you are encouraged to apply right away.  Direct any questions to clarinetopia@gmail.com.  We’re looking forward to another great seminar this year.

March 1 update: Clarinetopia 2015 will return to Michigan State University with Michael Webster and Guy Yehuda as co-directors.  We are delighted to announce that all of last year’s faculty will return: Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima from New York; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Guy Yehuda from Michigan; Michael Webster and Leone Buyse from Texas.  In 2014 the performance level of the students continued to improve, and their comments agreed that the faculty has a unique way of communicating useful information in a collegial, supportive, persistent, and often humorous way.  Different faculty members would often approach the same problem from a variety of viewpoints, resulting in a rich learning experience for all.  New for 2015 will be an appearance by the International Trio (Wesley Warnhoff, clarinet;  Diana Moisejenkaite, violin; Edisher Savitsky, piano) and Clarinet Day, described below.

What is Clarinetopia?

Clarinetopia is a clarinet seminar entering its seventh year after three successful seasons at Stony Brook University and three at Michigan State University. Participants may live on campus for the entire seminar at very reasonable cost. Students under the age of 18 may take advantage of this opportunity when accompanied by a parent or guardian. People of all ages may also choose to attend for a daily fee. Clarinetopia is an opportunity to immerse in the art of clarinet performance with student and faculty recitals, master classes, and presentations described in more detail in the schedule of events. Clarinetopia caters to all serious clarinetists: students, professionals, teachers, adult amateurs – anyone who loves the clarinet and wants to deepen and broaden his or her understanding of performing and teaching. Up to twenty performers will be selected on the basis of submitted recordings to perform in the master classes and a similar number of participants may attend all events and share the learning experience without actually performing. We are delighted to have the superb facilities of the Michigan State University School of Music, which offers a beautiful campus, affordable housing, a wide variety of delicious meals, and convenient access from Lansing or Detroit via airplane, bus, or automobile.

New: Clarinet Day

Calling all pre-college and adult amateur clarinetists! Join us for Clarinetopia Clarinet Day at the MSU Community Music School on Saturday, June 6. Clarinetists of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in a variety of clarinet activities, including a masterclass and clarinet ensemble.  At the end of our time together students will join in a clarinet choir and  perform for family and friends. Clarinet Day is organized and directed by MSU and Clarinetopia faculty member Tasha Warren-Yehuda.  See faculty bios for details. These activities will take place at the MSU Community Music School (CMS) in the Performance Hall and Ensemble Room from 12:45-5:30 PM simultaneously with the Clarinetopia schedule.  Clarinet Day participants are then invited to attend the Neidich recital in the evening.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
12:45 – 1:00 Check-in
1:00 – 2:30 Group Lesson/Masterclass, Performance Hall
2:30 – 3:15 Lecture on Clarinet Performance Issues, Performance Hall
3:15 – 4:30 Rehearsal for Clarinet Chamber Ensembles/Clarinet Choir, Performance Hall & Ensemble Room
4:30 – 5:00 Break, Lobby
5:00 – 5:30 Clarinet Ensembles/Choir Concert, Performance Hall