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ClarinetFest® 2017 is just around the corner and our artistic leadership team is working around the clock to prepare an event that will blow you away. One of the most exciting aspects to our annual festival is the inclusion of world-class competitions. These competitions draw applications from our members from all over the globe and this year is no exception. You’ll have a chance to see these competitions in person in Orlando and see some incredibly talented musicians compete for the fabulous prizes so generously donated by our sponsors. Here’s a preview of the competitions!

2017 ICA Young Artist Competition

The Semi-Final and Final rounds of the 2017 ICA Young Artist Competition will be held at ClarinetFest® 2017. This competition is open to all clarinetists that haven’t reached the age of 27 as of January 1, 2018 and who aren’t currently under major artist management. The semi-finals will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Thursday in the Sawgrass Room. The finals will take place from 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM on Saturday in the same location.

These 2017 semi-finalists were selected from the 26 outstanding applications received and are as follows:

Ting-Wei Chang – Taiwan

Samuel Day – USA

Sarah DiPiazza – USA

Kelsey Gallagher – USA

Kristi Hanno – USA

Ivan Hernandez – Mexico

Liu Yin-Ling – Taiwan

Michael Moy – USA

Claudia Ng – China

Aileen Razey – USA

Sunho Song – Korea

Jin-Chen Su – Taiwan

The competitors will be assisted by pianist Eunhye Grace Choi and will perform the following works for the panel of judges:

Robert Schumann – Fantasiestucke, Op. 73 (All three movements to be played on A clarinet)

Meyer Kupferman – Soundspells Fantasy for clarinet solo (1986)

Eugene Bozza – Concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra or piano (All three movements)

The judges for the semi-final round are Jonathan Cohler, Linda Bartley, Alexander Fiterstein, Christopher Nichols and Allison Storochuk. For the finals, the judges are Stanley Drucker, Julian Bliss, Julie DeRoche, André Moisan and Vanguel Tangarov. We are thrilled to have these judges for the competition and know that the feedback they will provide to the participants will be infinitely useful. The 2017 Young Artist Competition is coordinated by Mitchell Estrin.

Without the support of our sponsors, this competition would not be possible. The Young Artist Competition has been generously sponsored in part by The Buffet Group, D’Addario Woodwinds, Henri Selmer Paris, Yamaha Corporation and Royal Musical Instruments.

This year will be sponsored by Yamaha Corporation and Royal Musical Instruments.

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This year, the winners will be receiving the following prizes:

First prize – $2,500 USD and a professional clarinet donated by Yamaha Corporation and a 30 minute solo recital at ClarinetFest® 2018

Second prize – $1,000 USD and a Classical Limited Bb professional model instrument donated by Royal Musical Instruments, a young manufacturer who introduced their new line of clarinets at Clarinets this past August. The instruments are designed by clarinetist and teacher Yuan Gao and his Royal global team. Designed to help an advancing clarinetist develop their depth of sound, tonal flexibility while maintaining a clear center to their voicing, this professional instrument will help any advancing clarinetist define their voice. Royal is proud to introduce this professional model to the clarinet community and to offer it as a prize to the ICA.

Third prize – $500 USD and a professional line mouthpiece to be announced

The International Clarinet Association assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies.

2017 ICA High School Competition

The Final round of the 2017 ICA High School Competition will be held at ClarinetFest® 2017. This competition is open to clarinetists that are 18 years old or younger as of June 30, 2017. The finals will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Friday, July 28, in the Sawgrass room. The 2017 finalists were selected from 33 highly qualified applications and are as follows:

Besnik Abrashi (USA)

Andrew Chang (USA)

Javier Morales (USA)

Noah Yi (USA)

Siyuan Yin (China)

Alisha Zamore (USA)

The competitors will be assisted by pianist Dianne Frazer and will perform the following works for the panel of judges:

Béla Kovács – Hommage à Khatschaturian

Francis Poulenc – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, movements 2 & 3

The winners of the 2017 ICA High School Competition will be awarded the following prizes:

First Prize: $1,000 U.S.

Second Prize: $750 U.S.

Third Prize: $500 U.S.

The judges for the initial round were Gabrielle Baffoni, Stojo Miserlioski and Timothy Phillips, and the final round judges are Elizabeth Gunlogson, Osiris Molina and Danielle Woolery.

We are immensely grateful to the judges for the ICA High School Competition, who are committed to nurturing the great talent in these young players through their feedback. The 2017 High School Competition is coordinated by Margaret Donaghue.

The International Clarinet Association assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies.

2017 ICA Orchestral Audition Competition

The Final round of the 2017 ICA Orchestral Audition Competition will be held at ClarinetFest® 2017. This competition is open to clarinetists of all ages who are not employed full-time as salaried members of a professional symphony orchestra. The finals will take place from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM on Thursday, July 27, in the Mangrove/Sawgrass room. The 2017 finalists were selected from 35 highly qualified applications and are as follows:

Margaret Albrecht

Tiberiu Baicoianu

Catherin Conlin

Talia Dugan

Barret Ham

Julia Janda

Charlotte Kies

Yu-Rou Li

Erin Miesner

Michael Moy

Bryce Newcomer

Tzu-Ting Wang

The competitors will be performing the following excerpts for the panel of judges:

Mozart: Concerto, K. 622, Movement I, exposition

1st Clarinet Excerpts

a. Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 – 3rd mvt. Trio section only, no repeat

b. Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique – 3rd mvt. [43] to [44]

c. Brahms: Symphony No. 3 – 2nd mvt. Beginning to m. 22

d. Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue – Beginning to [2]

e. Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 – 2nd mvt. Beginning to 1 after [B]; 4 before [C] to 102

f. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade – 2nd mvt. Cadenza only; 4th mvt. [I] to [K]

g. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 – 2nd mvt. Beginning to 32; 3rd mvt. Beginning to 17

The winners of the 2017 Orchestral Audition Competition will be awarded the following prizes:

First Prize:
$1,000.00 and Gregory Smith model clarinet mouthpiece

Second Prize:
$500.00 and Gregory Smith model clarinet mouthpiece

The Orchestral Audition Competition is generously sponsored in part by Gregory Smith.

Judges for the preliminary round included: Gregory Raden, principal clarinet of the Dallas Symphony, Ralph Skiano, principal clarinet of the Detroit Symphony and Erin Svoboda, associate principal/E-flat clarinet with the Utah Symphony.

Our final round judges will be Stanley Drucker, retired principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, Janice Minor, section clarinet with the Cincinnati and Richmond Symphonies and Peter Wright, principal clarinet with the Jacksonville Symphony. The 2017 Orchestral Audition Competition was coordinated by Scot Humes.

The International Clarinet Association assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies.

2017 ICA Research Competition

The finalists of the 2017 ICA Research Competition will also be presenting their research at ClarinetFest® 2017. The presentations will be separated into two sessions. The first session will take place from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM on Wednesday, July 26, in the Gold Coast room. This session will include the following presentations:

Lori F. Ardovino (U.S.A.) – The Jazz Clarinet: Its Evolution and Use in the Early Jazz Orchestra Before 1920

Nancy G. Williams (U.S.A.) – A Clarinetist’s Guide to Eighteenth-Century Classical Solo Ornamentation

Tiffany Valvo (U.S.A.) – Improvisation in the Applied Studio: Building Connections and Musicianship

The second session will take place from 3:30 PM – 5:oo PM on Wednesday, July 26, also in the Gold Coast room. This session will include the following presentations:

Whitney Coyle (U.S.A.) – Using an artificial mouth to measure tuning homogeneity

Kristine Dizon (Portugal) – Croatian Clarinet Concertos: The Cultivation of Musical Traditions after 1952

Maryanne Lacaille (U.S.A.) – A Tribute to Three Clarinet Legends: Pete Fountain, Sidney Bechet, & Billy Amstell

The first place paper will receive US $1,000 and guaranteed publication in The Clarinet journal (subject to editing); and the second place paper will receive US $500. Judges for the 2017 ICA Research Competition are Keith Lemmons, Scott Warfield and Osiris Molina. The competition coordinator is Jesse Krebs.

The International Clarinet Association assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies.

More Important Information Regarding ClarinetFest® 2017

In addition to the above competitions, the winning composition for clarinet choir from the 2017 ICA Composition Competition will be performed on Saturday, July 29, at 7:30 PM during the Professors Choir concert. This new work was written by Sean Osborn and is titled Meditation and Funk.

Have you registered for ClarinetFest® 2017 yet?

There is still time to register and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount! You have until June 2nd to take advantage of this pricing! Visit clarinet.org to register today!

Housing Options for ClarinetFest® 2017

The conference hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, and all events and exhibits will take place inside the hotel. The hotel is fully air conditioned for maximum comfort, but you can also enjoy the Florida sunshine and pool outside.

Attendees will have easy access to all events and exhibits, which will be displayed in a large ballroom at the hotel just a few steps from the guest room elevators. The DoubleTree Hotel underwent a full renovation in early 2017. A block of rooms has been reserved with favorable rates, with up to four people sharing a room.

There are numerous restaurant options at the hotel and within walking distance. CityWalk, the dining, retail and entertainment complex at Universal Orlando Resort, is located a short distance away. Many other dining choices can be found a short drive away in the International Drive and Sand Lake Road areas.

Getting to the DoubleTree Hotel from Orlando International Airport

There is transportation available by bus, taxi and shuttle van. For complete information, please consult the Orlando International Airport website: www.orlandoairports.net/parking-transportation.

If you plan on taking advantage of tourist attractions in the area before or after the conference, you should know that many attractions are best reached by car. If you arrive to Orlando by air, you can consider renting a car for maximum flexibility. Our conference hotel is located on the route of the I-Ride Trolley, which provides an easy ride to shopping, dining, and attractions in the International Drive tourist area.

Orlando Attractions

Orlando is world-famous for its theme parks. These include two parks at Universal Orlando Resort (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida), Sea World Orlando, and four parks at Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios). A drive of an hour or two will bring you to the additional choices of Legoland Florida Resort in Winter Haven, and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center near Titusville provides a unique opportunity to view the launch sites used in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs. At the Shuttle Launch Experience, visitors can experience the sights, sounds and feelings of a shuttle launch. There is a magnificent display of Space Shuttle Atlantis, poised in the air with the payload doors open and the robotic arm extended.

APPOINTMENTS

Yann Ghiro was recently appointed bass clarinetist for the Cleveland Symphony.

Wonkak Kim was appointed assistant professor of clarinet at University of Arizona.

Jorge Montilla was recently appointed assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Iowa.

PASSAGES

Former student of Louis Cahuzac and clarinet legend Eduard Brunner (1939-2017) passed away on April 27, 2017.

Groundbreaking clarinetist Laura Flax (1952-2017) passed away on March 12, 2017.

Influential clarinetist and woodwind doubler
Jeffrey Lerner (1928-2017) passed away on
January 18, 2017.

Legendary clarinetist Gervase de Peyer (1926-2017)
passed away on February 4, 2017.

Legendary clarinetist and pedagogue
George Silfies (1929-2017) passed away on
January 9, 2017.