​Department of Music Spring 2021

Clarinet Masterclass Series

4 p.m. Mondays February 1 - May 10 

Welcome to the 2021 UW - Stevens Point Clarinet Masterclass Series! We have an extraordinary line-up of professional clarinetists coming in to work with us virtually, talk about their expertise, and share their knowledge. These classes are reoccurring between February 1st and May 10th on every Monday 4pm Central Time. You are welcome to pick-and-choose the classes you'd like to attend or come to all of them. Everyone, no matter your age or level, is welcome to attend. Links will be sent out to those who register. 

There are limited spots available if you'd like to perform for one of these masterclasses. Just email smanasre@uwsp a short video of you playing that you feel is representative of your ability level. Players who are selected to perform in the masterclasses will be notified at least 2 weeks in advance. 

 February 1 - Sam Ross

Clarinet player Staff Sergeant Samuel Ross joined "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in September 2018. Staff Sgt. Ross began his musical training on piano at age 8, percussion at 11, and clarinet at 15. After graduating in 2003 from Russellville High School, he attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music performance in 2007. He continued his studies at the University of North Texas in Denton where he earned a master's degree in clarinet performance in 2009 and studied with John Scott. He has also studied with Yehuda Gilad of the University of Southern California and Gregory Raden of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining "The President's Own," Staff Sgt. Ross served with the West Point Band at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., from 2012-18, where he also performed with the Academy Wind Quintet. In addition, he has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock; and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and Lone Star Wind Orchestra, both in Texas. Staff Sgt. Ross also taught privately in the Lewisville, Texas, school district for four years.

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 February 8 - Jennifer Fraley

Dr. Jennifer Fraley is Lecturer of Clarinet at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, where she teaches the clarinet studio, woodwind techniques, and music appreciation. She performs frequently with percussionist Benjamin Fraley as Sources Duo, an ensemble that focuses on new or rarely heard works for clarinet and percussion. In addition to performing, Dr. Fraley is the creator of The E-flat Clarinet Project, a repertoire and pedagogical resource website that promotes practice techniques and solo repertoire featuring the E-flat clarinet. Jennifer Fraley is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and performs on Yamaha clarinets exclusively.

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 February 15 - Hakeem Davidson

Hakeem Davidson earned his DMA in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University where he was a student of Dr. Guy Yehuda. He was a regular rotating section member of the MSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, appearing on the last two CDs recorded by the Wind Symphony. Aside from playing in MSU ensembles, he has been performing with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra since 2018, and spent a summer performing in the American Modern Orchestra, collaborating for performances with new composers and conductors.

Hakeem is the applied clarinet instructor at Albion College. He previously taught clarinet and saxophone at the Okemos Academy of Music (Okemos, MI) and coached the Fresno Youth Orchestra wind section (Fresno, CA).

Hakeem has performed in a variety of chamber music settings in Germany, and also toured as the clarinetist in the Pure Winds Quintet throughout Mid-Michigan in its inaugural season.

His doctoral document is entitled Memorization; a Study for Memorized Musical Performances details the psychological functions of memory and serves as a guide to help musicians develop the skill of memorizing.

Originally from Desoto, Tx, Hakeem studied with Dr. Carol Jessup at the University of Texas at Arlington. He then went on to earn a master's degree as one of Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr's final two students.

Aside from music making, Hakeem enjoys going to museums, hiking, and long road trips.

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 Wednesday, February 19 - David Yandl

Clarinetist David Yandl brings a unique sensitivity to the standard repertoire and contemporary works. Active as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, he has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Symphony Center, and at festivals in the U.S. and Europe.

Recent highlights include Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble and chamber music performances at the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Vänersborg, Sweden. David was a semifinalist in the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and his performances have been broadcast on WFMT 98.7 (Chicago).

As an orchestral musician, David performs frequently with the Grand Rapids and West Michigan Symphonies and was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also performed with the Boise Philharmonic, Concertante di Chicago, Holland Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and The West Point Band.

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, David performs recital, orchestral, and musical theatre repertoire on a range of woodwinds. During an eight-week run as woodwind soloist in Laurence Mark Wythe's "Tomorrow Morning The Musical," the show was named "Critic's Pick" by the Chicago Tribune. He regularly performs in theatrical productions at the International Festival of the Voice in New York alongside veterans of the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway stages.

In demand as an educator, David is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Other appointments include faculty positions at DePaul University, Michigan State University, Alma College, and Hope College. A passionate advocate for music as an agent of social change, David has taught in tuition-free programs for underserved urban youth in Chicago including Project S.O.A.R. and El Sistema-affiliate Y.O.U.R.S.

David holds bachelor's and master's degrees from DePaul University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University. He completed additional studies at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio in Madrid, Spain. Important teachers and mentors include Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Yehuda Gilad, Theodore Oien, and John Bruce Yeh.

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 February 22 - Sarah Manasreh

Dr. Sarah Manasreh is Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where she teaches applied lessons, clarinet ensemble, single reed methods, music theory, and aural skills. Prior to coming to UWSP, she was the clarinet professor at Alma College, the clarinet and saxophone professor at Albion College, and the instructor of clarinet and music theory at Lansing Community College. She has also taught various classes in music theory, applied clarinet, woodwind pedagogy, chamber music, aural skills, and woodwind methods at the University of Arkansas, Michigan State University, and Florida State University.

As an active performer, Dr. Manasreh has enjoyed a diverse performing career throughout the United States and Europe. She has served as principal clarinet for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Alma Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and Arkansas Philharmonic, and as an auxiliary clarinetist in the Jackson Symphony, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and the Fort Smith Symphony. Dr. Manasreh spent many years as an active woodwind doubler performing in jazz combos, big bands, and in Broadway productions such a Legally Blond, Little House on the Prairie, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Rat Pack is Back, and many more.

As a solo performer, Dr. Manasreh often pushes the boundaries of traditional clarinet performance – engaging in commissions, premieres, and unusual programs – most notably with pieces for clarinet and electronics. In addition to performing solo recitals throughout the United States, she has most recently performed as a soloist with the UWSP Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble as well as the Stevens Point Community Band.

Dr. Manasreh is an active member of the International Clarinet Association – most recently as a member of the social media committee. In addition to her duties with ICA, she has formed several student-led groups at UWSP that promote wellness and equity in music.  Specifically she established the Student Coalition for Equity in Music which provides students with knowledge on diversity, equity and inclusion and fosters student discussion and action within the field of music.

Dr. Manasreh completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at Michigan State University as Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr's last doctoral student. She earned her master's in music performance from The Royal Northern College of Music and her bachelors in music performance from Florida State University. 

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 March 1 - Wonkak Kim

Korean-born clarinetist Wonkak Kim has captivated audiences around the world with his "excellent breath control" (The Washington Post) and "exuberant musicianship" (Fanfare). Kim appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues throughout the United States such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Constitution Hall as well as in Paris, London, Madrid, Ghent, Geneva, Seoul, Osaka, Costa Rica, Poland, and Brazil. A Naxos Recording Artist, he has garnered international acclaim through his extensive discography: Gulfstream, a collection of new American chamber music, received many distinctions, including"Music US Choice" (BBC Music Magazine), "Recording of the Month" (MusicWeb International), and American Record Guide Critic's Choice, and was praised for its "very highest quality" (Gramophone, UK). The International Clarinet Association Journal lauded Kim's "sensitive playing, a lovely sound and consummate facility" in François Devienne: Clarinet Sonatas. On his most recent Naxos release of Stephen Krehl's Clarinet Quintet, American Record Guide wrote: "Kim renders the Clarinet Quintet with a clear and nicely rounded timbre…with seamless blend and excellent legato." Kim's live and recorded performances have been featured on Radio France, BBC Radio 3, Swedish Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CJPX Radio Classique Québec, Hong Kong RTHK-HK, Korean Broadcasting System, and NPR stations around the US. An avid chamber musician, Kim has been invited to Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, Oregon Bach, Norfolk, and Pan Music (South Korea) festivals, working with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Tokyo, Artis, Brentano and Zemlinsky string quartets.

Kim joined the music faculty at the University of Oregon School of Music as Assistant Professor of Clarinet in 2017. Prior to his appointment at UO, Kim served as Associate Professor of Clarinet at Tennessee Tech University (2012-2017), where he received numerous faculty awards. He is a frequent guest artist and teacher at world's renowned institutions, including the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Yale School of Music, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Kim served on the faculty at Buffet Clarinet Academy, Lift Clarinet Academy, Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop and was invited to present lectures at Harvard University and Princeton University's Graduate Seminar. Kim was also adjudicator for Backun International Competition, Silverstein International Contest, and Chamber Music Northwest Clarinet Celebration Competition. Kim is a College Music Society Ambassador to Korea and regularly invited as a guest professor in Korean universities and conservatories. Kim is Buffet Crampon, Silverstein, and Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet Tosca Clarinet and Vandoren products.

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 March 8 - Eric Mandat

Eric P. Mandat, Clarinetist/Composer. For nearly 40 years clarinetist/composer Eric Mandat has been at the forefront of clarinet extended performance techniques exploration, particularly multiphonics, microtones, and timbral modulations. Through his work with these extended techniques, Eric has developed a deeply personal artistic expression as a performer and composer, and he is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost authorities on clarinet extended techniques.

Eric enjoys an extremely diverse performance career as a soloist and chamber musician. He tours regularly as a concert artist, premiering and performing his works throughout the world, and at international festivals in Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States. For 15 seasons he was a member of the Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW ensemble, performing under eminent composer/conductors Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and George Benjamin, among others. As an improviser, Eric was a member of Tone Road Ramblers, an eclectic sextet dedicated to free improvisation exploration, for more than 25 years. He continues to perform regularly in solo and small group improvisation contexts. Eric's ongoing solo improvisation projects with live electronics have received wide acclaim at performances throughout the United States and in Europe.

Eric has received numerous honors and awards for his work as a composer/performer, including multiple Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowships for Composition. He has been awarded more than 25 artist residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and at Brush Creek Center for the Arts. His recent work Parallel Histories: an Excursion for two clarinetists and wind ensemble was premiered in June, 2016 by The President's Own Marine Band at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with two of his former students, Jay Niepoetter and Jihoon Chang, soloists.

Eric has taught at Southern Illinois University Carbondale since 1981, where he is currently Visiting Professor of Clarinet and Distinguished Scholar. Eric was the recipient of the 1999 Southern Illinois University Outstanding Scholar Award, the university's highest honor for research/creative work.

A dedicated and in-demand teacher, Eric has presented recitals, master classes, and lectures on extended performance techniques at more than 120 conservatories and universities around the world, and he regularly appears as guest artist at clarinet-specific events throughout the United States.

Eric received his degrees from the University of North Texas (B.M.), the Yale School of Music (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.). His teachers include Richard Joiner, Lee Gibson, Keith Wilson, Stanley Hasty, and Charles Neidich.

Eric Mandat is a Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist and Clinician.

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 March 15 - Kip Franklin

Kip Franklin is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of South Alabama. A native of Michigan, Dr. Franklin has performed in concerts with the Saginaw, Midland, Jackson, Dearborn, and Toledo symphonies, as well as in festivals throughout the United States and in Europe. An advocate of new music, Dr. Franklin was a part of the consortium for David Maslanka's Eternal Garden: Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano (2009) and his Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble (2014). He has presented and performed at many International Clarinet Association Conventions. Prior to USA, Dr. Franklin was on the faculty of Saginaw Valley State University.

In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Franklin served as a woodwind adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. As a guest clinician he has presented master classes at numerous high schools and universities across the country. His international experience includes studies at the Centro Studi Carlo della Giacoma (Italy), the Vianden Music Festival (Luxembourg), and the Institut Français des Alps (France).

Dr. Franklin is a member of the International Clarinet Association, The College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. His clarinet teachers include Caroline Hartig, Kennen White, Theodore Oien, and Guy Yehuda. Dr. Franklin also studied music theory and composition with Gordon Sly, José-Luis Maurtua, and David Gillingham.

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 March 29 - Jesse Krebs

Jesse Krebs has performed guest recitals in Costa Rica, England, Thailand, Ireland, and throughout the United States.  He joined the music faculty at Truman State University (Kirksville, Missouri) in 2005, and in addition to instructing the clarinet studio and directing the Truman Clarinet Choir, he regularly teaches Perspectives in Jazz, Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint, and the Music and Political Protest Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar.  Before coming to Kirksville, he was the Clarinet Instructor and the Director of Chamber Winds at Bainbridge College in Georgia, and he served on the summer faculty for the Cultural American Music Program in the Florida Keys. With colleague Dr. Xin Gao, he hosted the inaugural American Single Reed Summit at Truman in 2018.
Dr. Krebs frequently performs as a substitute with the Kansas City Symphony and has been featured as a concerto soloist with the North Carolina, Central Florida, and Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestras.  He has also played with the Tallahassee, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Quincy and Missouri Symphony Orchestras, and with the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.  In 2002, he was one of three American semifinalists selected for the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition and competed in Stockholm, Sweden.  He received a Doctor of Music in clarinet performance from the Florida State University, where he was a graduate teaching assistant and played under the baton of guest conductors Krzysztof Penderecki and Bobby McFerrin.  He received a Master of Music from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he won the university concerto competition and received the Presser Foundation Scholarship.  His clarinet teachers include Frank Kowalsky, James Gillespie, Kelly Burke and Curtis Craver.
Dr. Krebs performed on recitals at the International Clarinet Association Conferences (ClarinetFest) in Ostend, Belgium (2018), Lincoln, NE (2012), Austin, TX (2010) and Kansas City, MO (2008), and he presented a lecture on the clarinet soloists of the John Philip Sousa Band at the 2006 ClarinetFest in Atlanta, GA.  He also participated on the judging panel for the 2010, 2011, and 2015 ICA Research Competitions, and served as the ICA Research Coordinator from 2016 to 2018.  Dr. Krebs was a guest performer at the 2011 Iowa Clarinet Day, the 2016 Arkansas Clarinet Day, the 2016 Eastern Kentucky Clarinet Festival, the 2017 South Dakota Clarinet Day, and the 2018 Midwest ClariFest (Nebraska).  His articles have been published in The Clarinet journal, The Instrumentalist magazine, the NACWPI journal, and the Missouri School Music magazine.  He has performed on Iowa Public Television, has recorded with the North Texas Wind Symphony (Klavier and GIA labels), and has given guest artist recitals and master classes at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (Dublin), Mahidol University (Bangkok), Imperial College (London), the University of Costa Rica, the Illinois State University, the University of Central Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University, UNC-Charlotte, the University of Northern Iowa, Winona State University, Northwestern State University, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the National Music Museum.  Dr. Krebs also presented a clinic on teaching clarinet at the 2009 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference and was featured as concerto soloist with the Truman Wind Symphony at the 2014 CBDNA Conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He has premiered works by composers Paul Chihara, Robert Tindle, Man-Ching Donald Yu, Victor Marquez, Thomas Dempster, Charles Gran, and Nicholas Maluf.
The accomplishments of his clarinet students include receiving a Fulbright Grant to teach in Spain, attending the Tanglewood, Brevard, and Aspen summer music festivals, winning the MMTA Collegiate Woodwinds Competition and the Truman concerto competition, presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and receiving graduate acceptance into some of the most prestigious music programs in the country.  Under his direction, the Truman Clarinet Choir performed at the 2012, 2016 & 2020 Missouri Music Educators Association Conventions, the 2012 Buffet Crampon/Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival in Greensboro, NC, the 2013 MTNA National Conference in Anaheim, CA, the 2016 International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest Conference, and the 2017 Missouri Bandmasters Association Convention.  Dr. Krebs was awarded the 2016 William O'Donnell Lee Advising Award and the 2018 Truman Academic Innovation Award.  He has been nominated five times for the Truman State University Educator of the Year Award, and was selected as a finalist in 2011 and 2019.  He was also nominated for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award.  He is an Honorary Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, and Sigma Alpha Iota National Music Fraternities, holds membership in the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Societies, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Vivre Musicale chamber music society.

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 April 5 - Kristen Denny Chambers

Dr. Kristen Denny-Chambers,  clarinetist, teacher and composer, has performed as a freelance, chamber and orchestral clarinetist in several venues including the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, the Fort Smith Symphony, Wyoming Symphony, Longmont Symphony, Colorado Light Opera and the Tulsa Symphony. Having no formal compositional training, Kristen wrote a clarinet exercise book called Prep Steps Before You Kroepsch in 2016 with the goal of bridging the gap between high school and college level clarinet methods. Her recently released book, Finger Fitness Études, incorporates finger technique drills into tuneful and light-hearted études. Composed in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the études showcase a new compositional voice that was simply waiting for the right moment for inspiration. With a purposeful goal of inclusion, Finger Fitness Études is meant for clarinet and all auxiliary clarinets with a special section devoted to bass clarinet. Kristen is on a roll and has started her own clarinet music brand called Clarinet Playground where “everyone’s invited” and already has plans for four additional books expected to be completed during the years of 2021-2023.Kristen is now teaching full-time in her home studio, performing with local groups, taking care of her two small children and brainstorming for her next book project. Dr. Denny-Chambers holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Tulsa, a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Doctoral Degree in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Kristen's primary teachers include Shannon Scott, Diane Barger and Daniel Silver. Please visit clarinetplayground.com to learn more! 

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 April 12 - Carl Galland

Dr. Carl Galland has distinguished himself as an international and national clarinetist. He made his international solo debut in Kadriorg Palace of Tallin, Estonia collaborating with the St. Petersburg String Quartet in 2017 and his New York debut in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall in 2018. He has additionally collaborated as a soloist with the Sewanee Chamber Orchestra and has placed and been a finalist in several music competitions. This includes first prize in the 198th Army Reserve Solo Competition in Rochester, NY receiving "Best Overall Performance" from Perishing's Own Army Band members (2014) and second prize in the IV Alion Baltic Solo Competition (2017).

Dr. Galland has participated in international summer music festivals such as Marrowstone Music Festival, Madeleine Island Chamber Festival, Alion Baltic Music Festival, and Sewanee Music Festival. He attended the University of Texas at Austin before receiving a Doctorate and Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where he was was the Teaching Assistant for Jon Manasse and Kenneth Grant. His principle clarinet teachers include Jon Manasse, Kenneth Grant, Nathan Williams, and Richard MacDowell.

As an educator, Dr. Galland teaches clarinetists of all ages and skill sets including college level students as well as 4th grade through high school and adult students. An actively performing pedagogue, Dr. Galland has an upcoming lecture recital at the International Clarinet Association (ICA) Conference in Forth Worth, TX in 2021 on Performing the Music of Brahms With a Historically Inspired, Creative Interpretation, and an upcoming virtual clarinet recital featuring all-women composers in the South-Central College Music Society Conference in March 2021 with works by Clara Schumann and Libby Larsen. Dr. Galland also actively teaches clarinet masterclasses at schools such as Nazareth College and James Madison University.

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 April 19 - Chris Howard

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Chris Howard currently serves as Instructor of Clarinet and Chamber Ensembles at Eastern Connecticut State University, as a clarinetist with the United States Coast Guard Band, and as bass clarinetist for Seven, a reed quintet based in Eastern Connecticut. As a member of the Coast Guard Band, he has performed with the Concert Band and Chamber Winds in more than 30 states, Japan, and Taiwan, and has been featured as a concerto soloist on several occasions. He is also an active member of the Coast Guard Band's Clarinet Quartet, with performances at New York City's Weill Recital Hall and multiple appearances at the International Clarinet Association's annual conventions. He performs regularly with the Hartford and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, Mr. Howard served as principal clarinetist and concertmaster with the U.S. Navy Band Northwest in Seattle, WA, principal clarinetist of the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra in Bremerton, WA, and second and solo E-flat clarinetist with the Tallahassee Symphony in Tallahassee, FL. As a clarinet technician, he apprenticed with Pete Rodriguez in San Antonio, TX and studied with Kristin Bertrand in New York City. Chris is the owner and operator of Howard Woodwind Company, a specialty clarinet workshop. He holds degrees in clarinet from the University of Texas at Austin and Florida State University. Chris lives in Glastonbury, CT, with his wife, Kacey, his two children, a cat, and a dog.

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 April 26 - Laura McLaughlin

Dr. Laura McLaughlin is on faculty at Carroll University and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is a founding member of the Chicago-based new music ensemble Lakeshore Rush, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary music. Two recent pieces of research include her article published in the December 2020 issue of The Clarinet, journal of the International Clarinet Association where she interviews John Bruce Yeh about his varied musical career, and her etude book titled 12 Progressive Etudes for E-flat Clarinet was published last summer in 2019. Laura received a BM degree from Eastern Michigan University, a MM degree from Michigan State University, and a DMA degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary teachers include Dr. Linda Bartley, Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano.

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 May 3 - Berginald Rash

Hailed for his ‘especially stylish’ playing (The Guardian), acclaimed American clarinetist Berginald Rash is an exciting international artist having performed at the Boyne Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and having won the Great Music in Irish Houses 2015 Support Act Residency with the Mondrian Trio. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, he was awarded the Recital Artist Diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he was an 1848 Scholar and Teaching Fellow. A versatile and skilled pedagogue and clinician, he has served on the PRIZM Music Camp & International Chamber Music Festival faculty and has given a masterclass at Truman State University. Mr. Rash has been heard with such orchestras as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, and the London-based Chineke! Orchestra with whom he has performed on BBC 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty and made his BBC Proms, Snape Maltings Proms, Gent Festival Van Vlaanderen, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall debuts among others.

Comfortable as both a chamber musician and soloist, Mr. Rash has collaborated with members of such orchestras as London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt hr-Sinfonieorchester, Atlanta Symphony and with the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet. He has been a featured concerto soloist at the National Concert Hall and Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. Berginald Rash is a Devon & Burgani Artist on the Fluency series, has been featured on the cover of the International Clarinet Association’s September 2020 publication of The Clarinet, and is a recent TEDx speaker.

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 May 10 - Jenny MaClay

Vandoren Artist-Clinician Dr. Jenny Maclay enjoys a diverse career as a clarinet soloist, recitalist, orchestral player, chamber musician, pedagogue, and blogger. Currently, she is the Visiting Instructor of Clarinet at Brandon University (Canada) and was Visiting Lecturer of Clarinet at Iowa State University in 2020. Online, Dr. Maclay is known as Jenny Clarinet, where she created her eponymous popular blog, and she is also the Social Media Coordinator for the International Clarinet Association.

In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Maclay is also interested in travelling and researching clarinet cultures around the world. To date, she has visited and performed in over 30 countries, and she enjoys meeting other clarinetists during her travels. Upcoming artist residencies include the Tjørnuvík Artists Residency in the Faroe Islands, where she will perform and promote clarinet compositions by Faroese composers. She has also been named an Artist-in-Residence Niederösterreich, and she will study the clarinet compositions of Ernst Krenek and his wife Gladys Nordenstrom during her residency in Austria in 2022.

Dr. Maclay was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Harriet Hale Woolley Award for musical study in Paris, where she was an artist-in-residence at the Fondation des Etats-Unis. She received her Master of Musique, interprétation, et patrimoine at the Versailles Conservatoire in the class of Philippe Cuper and her Doctorat en musique interprétation at the Université de Montréal in the class of André Moisan. She has achieved a number of other notable musical honors, including selection as a prizewinner, finalist, and semi-finalist for such international competitions as Concerts Artists Guild and Astral Artists, and other recent prizes include 1st prize at the 2017 Clé d'Or international music competition and highest-ranking clarinetist at the 2016 Tunbridge Wells International Young Artist Competition in England. Most recently, Jenny has been invited as a featured soloist for the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest 2021 "Flowers without Borders" stage to promote musical diversity. Recent performances include a virtual recital for the U.S. Embassy France and a collaborative duo recital with Sauro Berti, solo bass clarinetist of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma at ClarinetFest 2019.

Dr. Maclay has performed with orchestras throughout Europe and North America. In 2017, she toured with the Jeune Philharmonie franco-allemande et hongroise, an international orchestra comprised of musicians from over 20 different countries. During past seasons, she has performed with several orchestras, including the Ensemble Orchestral Les Voyages Extraordinaires, Écoute Ensemble de Musique Contemporaine, Orchestre d'Harmonie de Levallois, Florida Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony, and Ocala Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has performed several masterworks in prestigious venues, including the Mozart clarinet quintet at La Seine Musicale and the Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris.

Dr. Maclay received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a Fulbright Scholar alternate. Her teachers include Philippe Cuper, Karl Leister, André Moisan, Mitchell Estrin, Todd Waldecker, John Cooper, and Donald Dowdy. She was the youngest presenter of refereed research at the 2014 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. Recently, Dr. Maclay has been an invited artist and presented lectures on musicpreneurship at Louisiana State University, University of Memphis, University of Iowa, Loyola University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Alabama Birmingham, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, University of Southern Mississippi, and has been a featured soloist at the keynote ceremony of the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference.

Jenny Clarinet has been featured in The Clarinet and the Clarineat podcast and has been named one of Feedspot's "Top 20 Clarinet Blogs, Websites, and Influencers to Follow." To date, she has published over 300 articles which have been read in over 177 countries and translated into multiple languages, and she has contributed articles which have been featured in The Clarinet, Vandoren WAVE newsletter, Deutsche Klarinetten-Gesellschaft, Rodriguez Musical Services blog, and Lisa's Clarinet Shop blog. Her first book, an examination of unaccompanied clarinet repertoire, is currently in publication. Jenny Maclay is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician and performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.

When she's not onstage or in a practice room, Dr. Maclay enjoys travelling and has visited over 30 countries. During her travels, she likes to befriend the local cats and enjoys reading books at kitschy cafés. Her caffeination of choice is espresso or Earl Grey tea.

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