International Woodwind Duo Symposium on April 13-14, 2018 at Sam Houston State University!

The Awea Duo (Jennifer Brimson Cooper and Mas Sugihara)

HEY WOODWIND DUOS! Below is information on a new conference for woodwind duos, the International Woodwind Duo Symposium at Sam Houston State University in
Huntsville, Texas on April 13-14, 2018! Application Deadline to perform and present is January 15, 2018.  CLICK HERE for information.

ClarinetMike says, “APPLY! Todd Oxford and I (Duo 35) have already applied to perform, YOU should too!”


International Woodwind Duo Symposium
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas
April 13-14, 2018
IWDS Website

​The Awea Duo is excited to host the inaugural International Woodwind Duo Symposium at Sam Houston State University. This conference will provide performance, networking, and educational opportunities to professional woodwind duos, composers, and students while offering unique concert experiences to the local residents.  Recitals, lectures, masterclasses, panel discussions, and duo competition will be scheduled for Friday afternoon-evening and Saturday morning-afternoon.



King-Lyman Duo

​Oboist Nancy Ambrose King and Bassoonist Jeffrey Lyman have performed together as the King-Lyman Duo since 2005. Both professors at the University of Michigan, they have recorded, commissioned, and premiered numerous works together. They commissioned John Steinmetz’s Songs and Dances’for Oboe and Bassoon, as well as the world premiere of Chun-Wai Wong’s A Breath of Life. They were featured in one of the first performances of Dirk-Michael Kirsch’s Concertino for Oboe, Bassoon and Orchestra in Tokyo at the Conference of the International Double Reed Society. Their YouTube channel, Katz-King-Lyman, features duos and trios by Poulenc, Grandval, Planel, Jolivet, and Villa Lobos. They also appear in duos by Steinmetz and Paganini on YouTube. They are featured in Jeffrey Lyman’s CD El Basson Mexico. In addition to being professors at the University of Michigan, Drs. King and Lyman are widely respected soloists as well as chamber musicians, who bring their interest in expanding and promoting the repertoire for oboe and bassoon to the King-Lyman Duo.​


Citizens of Nowhere

Faculty colleagues at Georgia State University, saxophonist Jan Berry Baker and clarinetist Kenneth Long formed Citizens of Nowhere in 2011. They have commissioned numerous works for saxophone and clarinet, including Mischief (Goldstein), Citizens of Nowhere (Demos), and Ragahoro Breakdown (Wanamaker) and have given performances across the US and Mexico of the works recorded on their debut CD, Citizens of Nowhere (Albany). Jan Berry Baker, an advocate of new music, is Co-Artistic Director and saxophonist with Atlanta new music ensemble Bent Frequency. She regularly performs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, and Atlanta Opera and can be heard on recordings with the Grant Park Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, and on her most recent CD, Diamorpha (Centaur) with the Bent Frequency Duo Project. She is an endorsed Selmer Paris and Vandoren performing artist. Kenneth Long is associate professor of clarinet at Georgia State University and principal clarinetist of the Atlanta-based contemporary ensemble Bent Frequency and the Atlanta Chamber Winds. Dr. Long has performed 13 seasons with the Utah Festival Opera and performs frequently with the Atlanta Symphony and Ballet Orchestras. He can be heard on the Albany, Aucourant, and Summit labels.

About ClarinetMike

American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 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.” Dr. Dean’s career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Royal Northern College of Music, and Eastman School of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Canada, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. He recently returned for a fourth summer to the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival. He is featured on 6 commercial CD’s including his soon-to-be-released new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube. He was clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and he’s also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He has given more than 500 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, conservatories, conferences, festivals, high schools, junior high schools, and a diverse array of venues. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his noted and widely-read ClarinetMike Blog – viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents, His blog is the #1 clarinet blog on the Internet according to Google Search and a recent ranking on Feedspot. His articles also appear in professional journals such as the Southwestern Musician, The Bandmasters’ Review, WINDPLAYER, and NACWPI Journal. He is a past president and former officer on the National Board of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). After a successful 20 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is currently an active clarinet and woodwind performer, teacher, clinician, blogger, and consultant based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Bob Ackerman, and Jess Youngblood. He is a BG France Performing Artist and his professional website is Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s new Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.
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1 Response to International Woodwind Duo Symposium on April 13-14, 2018 at Sam Houston State University!

  1. Jens Rossel says:

    GREAT IDEA! To recommend: Gunnar Berg’s SONATA for flute and clarinet, composed 1942!

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