ClarinetMike says, “Ciao! Come Study Clarinet in the Italian Alps at the Orfeo Music Festival in July 2019!”
NEWS! I’ve accepted an appointment to again return as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival in the beautiful Italian Alps in Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing) this coming summer, July 5-19, 2019.
Check It Out! Orfeo Music Festival 2019 Website: www.orfeomusicfestival.com. Festival concerts are held at historical venues such as Vipiteno’s Medieval and Renaissance churches as well as at a beautiful modern theater. The study program takes place in one of the best music schools in the region located in a beautiful 13th-century historical building. Festival participants stay at local hotels within walking distance of all venues. Click here.
Who? YOU! Who should apply to go to Orfeo 2019? University, college, conservatory and graduate students, advanced high school students, talented amateurs, and teachers looking for professional development should apply. Please contact me if you have questions or want help with applying: email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
Friends! A variety of students attend the Orfeo Music Festival. The majority are university and high school students, but there are also younger students as well as talented adult amateurs and others. Most Festival participants are from the USA, but there is a definite international flavor with faculty and students from Russia, Austria, China, Germany, England, Australia, Korea, and other countries.
Apply! Click here. Regular application deadline is March 1, 2019. However, registration is accepted until about April 15, 2019 with higher fees. Application Fee is discounted by $50 if paid by February 15, 2019. I am happy to help you with applying, just contact me: email@example.com or click here.
Scholarships! The Orfeo Music Festival has a limited number of merit scholarships available. Click here for more information.
Fee Table! How much does Orfeo 2019 cost? Click here.
Facebook! Check out and join my official ClarinetMike In Italy 2019 Facebook Page. I’ll be posting updates, pictures, video, application information, and all kinds of cool stuff about Orfeo 2019! Click here.
Perform! Below I’m performing at last summer’s Orfeo Music Festival 2018 in Vipiteno, Italy. I’m giving the World Premiere of Raymond Head’s Small Voice of Calm with my fabulous Orfeo colleague, Dena Kay Jones, at Vigil Raber Saal in downtown Vipiteno, Italy.
American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise and acclaim 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. Michael 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, Canada, Spain, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. He is currently planning an international recital and master class tour of Israel for spring 2023. He is on the faculty of the international Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence.
Michael Dean performed with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and has also performed with the Dallas Chamber Wind Ensemble, Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Abilene Opera, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35 with saxophonist Todd Oxford. As a clarinet performing and recording artist, he has commissioned, premiered, edited, toured with, and recorded new and lesser-known clarinet works. He is featured on 6 commercial CDs, including the soon-to-be-released Postcards from Silver Lake CD. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube and Facebook.
He has given more than 800 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, colleges, conservatories, festivals, conferences, and high schools. His ClarinetMike Blog and ClarinetMike QuickTips are widely read on the internet and social media and viewed in more than 150 countries on 6 continents. His articles also appear in professional journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, The Bandmasters’ Review, and NACWPI Journal. He is a past president and former National Board Officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).
A committed teacher and noted pedagogue, Dr. Dean’s students enjoy successful careers as professional performers, educators, and administrators and are consistently accepted into prestigious university music schools. They consistently win awards and distinctions at competitions and festivals including solo & ensemble, all-region, all-state, and various concerto and other competitions. After a successful 20+ years of teaching the clarinet and music 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, 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, Philip Aaholm, Carol Jessup, and Jesse Youngblood. He is a BG France Performing Artist and his professional website is clarinetmike.com. Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.
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