May 1, 2014 Update
Clarinetopia 2014 is ready to go. We are delighted to announce that these members of last year’s faculty will all be returning: Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima from New York; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Guy Yehuda from Michigan; Michael Webster and Leone Buyse from Texas. (Ted Oien has had to decline due to family obligations.) In 2013 our largest and most skilled group of students yet agreed that the faculty had 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.
What is Clarinetopia?
Clarinetopia is a clarinet seminar entering its sixth year after three successful seasons at Stony Brook University and two 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.