From 2013 …I loved how diverse the faculty was and the topics they discussed…Each master class was unique and very informative. The fact that many topices overlapped among master classes helped me realize how crucial those topics were, and helped them be easy to remember. By these eclectic master classes I was given the tools to practice these overlapping topics using various methods.
- - Tony ParkStarting the day with Dr. Webster’s stretching/relaxation/yoga class was very helpful.
- - Tony ParkGreat Program! Really enjoyed the faculty recitals and it was interesting to hear a variety of approaches from the teachers.
- - David Boutin-BourqueI would like to thank all the faculty for the past 5 days. I really gained a lot and look forward to coming back as a performer next year.
- - Kevin SakaiI appreciated all the coordination that was involved, the generosity of the faculty during the master classes, the yoga, and the warm-ups – learning new ways to warm up and build embouchure, posture.
- - Catherine HungerfordThe atmosphere – very relaxed and informal, but serious and professional…the clarity of the schedule…the Neidich and Buyse classes were very useful and informative. I had a blast – looking forward to next year!
- - Brian GayIncredible faculty and master classes! A wonderful conference, thank you so much.
- - Wes WarnhoffThe master classes were wonderful; learned a lot! Leone’s “Stage Presentation” class was perfect and helpful! Round Tablu discussion felt so personal and I felt connected with the professors! Loved asking helpful questions!
- - Sarah HardakerI had a great time! Very informative and a great experience overall.
- - Jeffrey MaranoI felt that the faculty connected with the students here. I love the kindness expressed by the faculty and participants throughout the event. The yoga was a great way to start the day. Really great faculty! I loved the morning yoga and warm-ups; hearing about different warm-ups and exercises to improve was helpful.
From 2012 …
I loved how giving and open all the members of the faculty were. Enjoyed yoga, breathing and collective worm-ups!! Masterclasses were beyond interesting! I went crazy taking notes! I feel eager to practice! Faculty concerts were a treat!! Loved it all !!!!
The faculty helped us to have a more comprehensive understanding of playing the clarinet. The atmosphere created between students and teachers was very encouraging.
The master class experience was my favorite part. Not only did I get to learn of complications in my own playing, but by listening to the others I could learn how to address similar issues with my own students as well as how to correct those issues.
Friendly faculty and participants. Great recitals. Engaging master classes. Enjoyed the yoga, warm-ups, intonation, mock audition.
I loved the many different outlooks and opinions we heard about from the Clarinetopia faculty.
I appreciate the faculty’s knowledge and willingness to teach with all they have to offer. The variety of explanations, perspectives, yet they all piggyback together to the common goal of good performance.
Excellent faculty! Having access to them during meals is really helpful.
Great pianists with whom to work.
The range of repertoire was great as was the quality of the performers. The special sessions on intonation, warmups, yoga, and all the faculty presentations were excellent!
I appreciated the variety and reputation of faculty members, group warmup, faculty recitals, positive attitude.
This has been a phenomenal program!
— Matt Wurtzel
The seminars on practicing and contemporary techniques were very interesting and fun. Great, friendly faculty. I had a great time and feel like I have substantially improved. I didn’t expect to be able to learn flutter tonguing that fast!
— David Davani
Excellent teachers, stupendous master classes, great environment for learning.
Awesome faculty! It’s extremely important to be able to hear commentary from several artist/instructors. Clarinetopia is a great concept.
Variety of instruction, world-class faculty, preparedness and professionalism of collaborative pianists. Leone’s breakfast was the best!
Excellent team of professors: very encouraging and safe environment to take musical risks. Well-prepared accompanists and performers. Enjoyed morning yoga and contemporary techniques class.
— Ruth Aguirre
Collaboration of teaching styles and ideas. The breakfasts were delicious and incredibly nice! The pianists were amazing. Let’s have yoga every morning!
The schedule was well planned and you were very conscious of the time in the schedule. I like that! Even though I was a participant and did not perform, I felt included in all the sessions. The breakfasts were a generous offer and I like how the day started together.
— Cheryl Rothkopf
The staff was so willing to share their experience and knowledge. Thank you so much for this opportunity!
From previous years…
I really enjoyed the intimate, one-on-one attention the faculty gave everyone. The master classes and lectures were extremely relevant and interactive.
— Brad Pipenger
The friendly, easy-going atmosphere.
Intimate and personal…Everyone was really supportive of each other and encouraging.
— Alison Aldrich
I learned useful information about performing and auditioning that really gave me an idea of what I will face in the real world.
The level of enthusiasm of all the faculty
The seminar was fantastic. I enjoyed the individual attention during each master class, the faculty, and the venue.
The closeness of the group. I loved the knowledge of the faculty. They were so open to helping each of us.
— Emily Bailey
The accessibility and enthusiasm of the staff. The intonation lesson was great. It was motivating to spend so much time in a friendly environment with such enthusiastic instructors. I am very encouraged by the experience and hope to come back in the future.
The organization, hospitality, variety of topics covered, high level of teaching and performing. I highly recommend Clarinetopia in every aspect. Congratulations on a job well done!
— Mary Jane Rodgers
I appreciated how personal the attention was and how willing the faculty were to share their thoughts and experiences. I had a great time and learned so much.
— James Westbrook
[I most appreciated] all of your spirits and willingness to give every second of our allotted time to the participants and performers. You are not only so talented but generous. Thank you so much for providing such a fantastic festival! I learned more than I could imagine!! I had such a great time meeting and playing for everyone. The masterclasses provided me with direction and confidence and inspiration!
— Deborah Vitanza
I really learned from performers and teachers in Clarinetopia. I’m glad to hear teachers’ experiences and advice. I really enjoyed this seminar. Yoga will help my practice and warm up, too. Teachers’ good advice was great, so I will share to my friends. This was my first seminar in the U.S. I really think I’m happy to come here.
— Aki Oshima
Excellent faculty with great experience. Great learning environment/master classes. I learned so much about the audition preparation process. I learned many different techniques to work on clarinet playing/music making.
The talented faculty, the amazing classes/lectures, the different topics addressed, the length (3-4 days is a great length). The opening dinner (and ice breaker) was great for getting to know each other; the audition round table was perfect! The yoga was a super idea as well. This conference was such a great idea and was executed well. Mike Hershkowitz and all of the staff (especially Sophie) were incredible the entire time.
The information about preparation. I enjoyed and learned the most from the lectures. Thank you! I enjoyed this very much.
Faculty recital, master classes, lectures. It has been such a pleasure to be exposed to clarineting and high levels of performance again (after being in the “real world” for 2 years). The constructive comments in masterclasses have been right on!
— Andrew Verdino
The master classes were phenomenal; who could ask for a better mix of faculty? I really appreciated the opportunity to play. The yoga and warm ups were also major treats. Also, the stage presence lecture was wonderful!
— Patrick Fulton
Thank you for the INCREDIBLE seminar @ Stony Brook! I am glad you’re going to do it again next year. I can’t wait fast enough! You created an atmosphere that was positive and encouraging. Criticisms were always constructive and supportive, and delivered in a manner such that everyone could benefit from everyone else’s experience. It’s great that everyone gets to share in the masterclasses. That’s not easy to do. I came away really jazzed and motivated.
— Sheri Rolf