ClarinetFest 2011

WOW! What a ClarinetFest! Hats off to artistic directors Julia Heinen and Bill Powell and the ICA Board. A mountain of great concerts, presentations, exhibits, dear friends (like Pedro Rubio above) and more! Hard to know what to say, but will mention two amazing presentations I attended.

On the first day of the conference I attended a great master class by USC clarinet professor, Yehuda Gilad. Prof. Gilad has attracted much attention in recent years as his students have risen to prominence in the orchestral and academic clarinet worlds – that’s a smooth way of saying that his students are winning jobs right and left. After attending his master class I now understand why.

Prof. Gilad skillfully worked with six students for two and half hours to an enthusiastic audience in a room that was standing room only. After hearing him just once I was left with the very strong feeling that he is a master teacher. I think one of the strongest comments I can make is that I am eager to try out some of his innovative and creative ideas in my own playing and with my students. AND, I found out at an exhibit that Prof. Gilad is featured teaching in some new online video master classes at I’m going to check these out soon!

On the fourth day of the ‘Fest I attended a fantastic presentation entitled, “Remembering Joe Allard: A 100th Anniversary Tribute.” A panel led by Edward Joffe discussed Allard’s remarkable life and legendary teaching. The panel also included Eddie Daniels, John Cipolla, Gary Bovyer, and Joe Soldo.

The presentation featured video of Allard performing on a DVD of the 1964 Bell Telephone Hour TV show. There was also audio of Allard teaching a master class. Additionally, panelists performed the premiere of a specially commissioned clarinet quartet, Quartet for Joe Allard,  by noted composer/musician Tom Ranier. The presentation was very well attended with some real “heavyweight” studio players from LA also present. I can’t wait to start unpacking all I learned at this fabulous presentation!


About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Canada, Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will again return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2019. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. Dr. Dean has given more than 500 clinics, master classes and performances at high schools, universities, conferences and other venues. For 11 years he was a clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and he's also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-viewed ClarinetMike Blog, the Internet’s #1 clarinet blog read in 150 countries on 6 continents: After a successful 25 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, and Bob Ackerman. His web page,, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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4 Responses to ClarinetFest 2011

  1. Pingback: “Remembering Joseph Allard” Handout from ClarinetFest 2011 | ClarinetMike Blog

  2. Lizette says:

    when is clarinetfest 2012?

  3. Pingback: Updated Joe Allard Handout Available | ClarinetMike Blog

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