We’re inching ever closer to ClarinetFest® 2019, which will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, from July 24-28! The theme of this year’s conference, “Embracing the World,” has inspired many unique proposals covering a diverse range of topics and wonderful new repertoire to be premiered. The artistic leadership team and the ICA Board and Staff can’t wait to share these events with our members, and we hope that each attendee leaves Knoxville feeling uplifted and inspired.
Knoxville is located in East Tennessee and is one of the most beautiful and visited areas in the United States. There are many family-oriented destinations in the area and also activities for the adventurers among us. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge (home of Dollywood!), and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are all within an hour’s drive of Knoxville. To discover additional opportunities for recreation in the Knoxville and East Tennessee area, refer to www.visitknoxville.com.
We are grateful to our ClarinetFest® 2019 sponsors: Buffet Crampon, D’Addario Woodwinds, Rovner, RZ Woodwinds, Selmer Paris, Vandoren, and Yamaha for their generous contributions to the International Clarinet Association. The conference will begin with the opening recital featuring legendary honorary members and new inductees as well as the 2018 ICA Young Artist Competition winner!
Wednesday night’s chamber music recital will feature the Knoxville Symphony’s Resident String Quartet with soloists. The Thursday evening concert features clarinet soloists performing with the Air Force Band of Mid-America.
Friday night’s Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert under the direction of James Fellenbaum will take place at the historic Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. You can read more about this incredible venue and even see a 360 degree tour on our blog HERE.
The Saturday night concert features the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra with more outstanding soloists.
Other exciting events planned for ClarinetFest® 2019 include the second annual Guido Six Clarinet Choir Festival and a Guinness World Records attempt to break the current record for the largest clarinet choir ever assembled. We invite all attendees to take part of this historic event!
You can read more about the incredible headline artists as well as see the complete list of performers in your March issue of The Clarinet! We’ll also be sharing more details about the festival on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so be sure you’re following!
We can’t wait to see you in Knoxville, Tennessee for ClarinetFest® 2019!
2019 ICA Honorary Member Inductees
This year’s ICA Honorary Member inductees are Ron Odrich, Alan Stanek and Eddy Vanoosthuyse. These incredible individuals will be honored during ClarinetFest® 2019 for their contributions to the clarinet and to the ICA. Click on each photo to read more about our new inductees!
ICA Capital Campaign Moves to Crowdrise
The ICA’s Capital Campaign has moved from YouCaring to a new “home base” on Crowdrise.com. The goal of our campaign is to insure the long-term fiscal health of the association and provide more membership benefits. We are grateful to those who have donated! Donations received in 2019 will go to support prize money for our 2019 competitions, travel grants for younger members to perform and present at ClarinetFest® 2019 in Knoxville, the Harry Sparnaay Scholarship, and funding to continue our work with the Bill Cook Foundation, whose initiative helps to provide instruments and musical instruction to children in the poorest regions of the world.
We hope you’ll consider donating (no amount is too small!) to our Capital Campaign. Please visit www.crowdrise.com/o/en/
ICA Adds New NAXOS Benefit for Members
Did you know that by being a member of the ICA, you gain access to the incredible NAXOS Music Library as part of your member benefits?
To learn more about how you can use this recently added benefit, visit https://ica.wildapricot.
ICA Resource Library Receives New Donations
The ICA Resource Library is housed at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland. The library features a large collection of clarinet music and resource materials available exclusively to ICA members. Members can visit the library or borrow materials from the collection by mail. The collection recently received substantial donations from the late Harry “Bud” Rubin, and the parents of Annette Luyben, Robert and Annette Luyben.
Donated materials were organized by ICA’s past historian Alan Stanek and are now available to ICA members. The items donated by Bud Rubin include an immense collection of rare cassette tapes featuring performances from past ClarinetFests® by Mitchell Lurie, Sidney Forrest, Stanley Drucker, Guy Deplus, Karl Leister and more. Materials from Annette Luyben include programs, flyers, obituaries, photos and other various documents from the early days of the ICA.
For more information on how to view these wonderful new donations as well as the remainder of the collection, please visit https://ica.wildapricot.org/
ICA Weekly Hashtag Project
This year, the ICA has launched the Weekly Hashtag Project, a brand-new social media campaign on Instagram and Facebook. Each week, we’ll introduce a new hashtag challenge related to the clarinet (past challenges have included black and white and Mozart). Participants are invited to post photos and videos related to each theme, and we’ll choose our favorites to share on Instagram and Facebook. Tag your photos and videos with @icaclarinet or #icaclarinet for the chance to have your photo featured! Here are some of the recently featured photos from the #blackandwhite project!
We also share other ICA and clarinet content on our social media pages, so make sure you like and follow us so you don’t miss any exciting news or announcements! You can follow us on Instagram (www.instagram.com/icaclarinet
ClarinetFest® 2020 will take place in Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA, June 24-28. Artistic Team Leader Leslie Moreau and the Artistic Leadership Team – Gerry Errante, D. Gause, Shawn Copeland, Karl Busch, and Joshua Anderson – will work hand in hand with the ICA Board of Directors and Staff to present a memorable conference at the luxurious Peppermill Reno Hotel Resort. To stay connected and in the know, be sure to like the ClarinetFest® 2020 Facebook page!
|Kip Franklin will serve as Audio Reviews Editor. He currently teaches at the University of South Alabama.
You can read more about Kip in his Five Minute Interview HERE.
Jeff O’Flynn will serve as Associate Audio Reviews Editor. He is the assistant professor of clarinet and woodwind coordinator at Utah Valley University.
You can read more about Jeff in his Five Minute Interview HERE.
Originally from Mississippi, Dylan M. Scroggins graduated in 2017 from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied with Dr. Jackie McIlwain and received his Bachelor’s in Music Education. Currently, Dylan is working on his Master of Music degree at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is studying with Dr. Oskar Espina-Ruiz and working with UNCSA ArtistCorps ArtsEngaged to bring music to high-need schools in the Winston-Salem area. Dylan is a member of the ICA Youth Committee and blogs at clarinetdylan.com.