Welcome to Clarinetopia 2016

Sept. 1, 2015 Update

Applications are now being accepted for Clarinetopia 2016, which will run from Wednesday, June 1 through Sunday, June 5. Please direct any questions to clarinetopia@gmail.com.  We’re looking forward to another great seminar this year.  Clarinetopia 2016 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, Guy Yehuda, and Tasha Warren-Yehuda from Michigan; Michael Webster and Leone Buyse from Texas. We are also happy to add mouthpiece expert Ramon Wodkowski to the 2016 faculty.  Our students’ comments agree that the faculty has a unique way of communicating useful information in a collegial, supportive, persistent, and often humorous way.  Different faculty members 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 eighth year after three successful seasons at Stony Brook University and four 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; 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, which offers excellent performing venues at the School of Music, a beautiful campus, affordable housing, a wide variety of delicious meals, and convenient access from Lansing or Detroit via airplane, bus, or automobile.

Clarinet Day II

Calling all pre-college and adult amateur clarinetists!  After a successful inaugural year in 2015,  Clarinetopia Clarinet Day will return on Saturday, June4. 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 4, 2015 (tentative)
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