TEXAS-SIZED NEWS! ClarinetFest 2021: Fort Worth, Texas June 30-July 3, 2021!!

ClarinetFest 2021: Fort Worth, Texas June 30-July 3, 2021!!

This past weekend it was announced that the International Clarinet Association (ICA) will hold its annual international ClarinetFest® conference in 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas! Clarinetists from all over the world be on hand for an astounding 4 full days of clarinet concerts, recitals, master classes, clinics, presentations, competitions, exhibits and MORE: Wednesday, June 30-Saturday, July 3, 2021! The festival will be co-hosted by the amazing Mary Alice Druhan and Jennifer Daffinee with a talented host team of Jody Webb, Cheyenne Cruz and Gary Whitman. [Mary, Jennifer, Jody, etc. have been doing outstanding work with their excellent annual Clarinet Colloquium.]

ClarinetFest 2021 will be especially cool for me and my Dallas-Fort Worth students.  My A+ Music Studio at ClarinetMike World HQ is in Hurst, a suburb of Fort Worth. (Hurst to Fort Worth is about the same distance you can throw a saxophone!)

ClarinetMike says, “I’ll post more information on ClarinetFest 2021 as it becomes available. But, mark your calendars right now for ClarinetFest 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas on Wednesday, June 30-Saturday, July 3, 2021!”

Here’s information on International Clarinet Association (from the ICA website):

The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and  clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; encourages communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.

To these ends, the association is dedicated to fostering communication and fellowship of clarinetists on a worldwide basis through publishing a quarterly scholarly journal, The Clarinet, producing an annual clarinet festival, ClarinetFest®, supporting a research library with materials available to all members, and promoting a variety of other endeavors related to the clarinet and clarinet playing.

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: clarinetmike.wordpress.com. 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, clarinetmike.com, 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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