ClarinetMike to Give World Premiere at Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy!

ClarinetMike Performing at the Orfeo Music Festival 2017 in Vipiteno, Italy

In a couple weeks, I leave for Italy! As previously posted, I’m again returning as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival in the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing) on July 5-19, 2018.

One of the works I’ll be performing at the Orfeo Music Festival is a new work, Small Voice of Calm, written for me by British Composer, Raymond Head. Joining me on the World Premiere is my wonderful Orfeo colleague Dena Kay Jones on piano. I’m excited to report that the composer will be in attendance at the premiere! Below are specifics on the premiere, some information from the composer and a blurb on the venue. Also, CLICK HERE to check out a Facebook Event I created for the premiere.

ClarinetMike says, “If you happen to be wandering around the Alps in early July, come on by!”

Small Voice of Calm for clarinet and piano by Raymond Head
(World Premiere)
Michael Dean, clarinet
Dena Kay Jones, piano

Orfeo Music Festival 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018, 8:30 pm (20:30)
Chiesa di Santo Spirito, Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing)


Small Voice of Calm for Clarinet and Piano  (1st Performance)
by Raymond Head
Dedicated to Dr. Michael Dean

“This piece was inspired by a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, the 19th century American Quaker who became a household name in the USA and the UK. Despite all the earthquakes, wind and fire of our minds, if we let it, the “still small voice of calm” reappears to soothe us. Essentially this is what happens in the piece:  sudden, violent interjections are gradually pacified by the quiet authority of the insistent repeated melody.”

Raymond Head is the Musical Adviser to the Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham UK, and a composer, teacher and Holst Scholar.   He was one of the featured commentators in a recent Tony Palmer film Gustav Holst – In the Bleak Midwinter which was shown on the BBC.

For more than 30 years Raymond has lived in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK and is a composer and a teacher of piano and singing. He was trained at Dartington College of Arts, UK where he encountered Indian music for the first time.

He was an early follower of Stockhausen but in the end rejected him in favour of writing music that was modern yet communicative. He believes music should be capable of the widest range of expression from angst to lyricism and even humour.

CD’s of his music are on the Prima Facie ASC label. A string orchestral piece is to be recorded in the Ukraine in August for the Toccata Classics label and a wind quintet Toda Cambia is to be premiered in Wales later this year. His music is published by Sky Dance Press, UK. His professional website is

VENUE: The Chiesa di Santo Spirito (Church of the Holy Spirit) was built in 1399. It is the oldest gothic church in Vipiteno Italy (Sterzing). In the nave are late Gothic-style frescos (1402) of the South Tyrolien painter Hans von Bruneck. (More)

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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3 Responses to ClarinetMike to Give World Premiere at Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy!

  1. tommy frasca says:

    So happy for you. So very exciting!!!! Would love it if you could record the performance and then post it for all of us to hear in your fan club. Have fun and remember to have lots of Vino and Gelato.
    Best ,
    Tom Frasca your FB friend

  2. Pingback: ClarinetMike World Premiere Video and Sheet Music Now Available! | ClarinetMike Blog

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