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 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 returned to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2018. 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. He's performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-read ClarinetMike Blog, in 150 countries on 6 continents. He was recently a tenured Associate Professor of Clarinet for 11 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He returned to his native Texas in 2012 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, Bob Ackerman, and Pam Youngblood. 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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One 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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