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CLARINETOPIA, June 13-17, 2012


MSU College of Music
West Circle Drive, Music Auditorium
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Caroline Hartig
Phone: 517-355-7645


Welcome to CLARINETOPIA 2012

2012 Faculty: Charles Neidich, Caroline Hartig, Alan Kay, Elsa Ludewig Verdehr, Michael Webster, Leone Buyse

June 13-17, 2012 College of Music, Michigan State University

What is Clarinetopia? 
Clarinetopia is a residential seminar for clarinetists aged 18 and over, entering its third year after two successful seasons. It will take place at MIchigan State University from 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 to c. 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2012. This is an opportunity to immerse in the art of clarinet performance with five of America’s most respected performer/teachers: clarinetists Charles Neidich, Caroline Hartig, Elsa Ludewig Verdehr, Michael Webster, Alan R. Kay, and flutist Leone Buyse.  They will offer recitals, master classes and presentations described in detail in the schedule of events.

Clarinetopia will cater to all serious clarinetists: students, professionals, teachers, adult amateurs – anyone who loves the clarinet and wants to deepen and broaden his or her understanding of performing and teaching.  The faculty will offer master classes for up to twenty performers, selected on the basis of submitted recordings, and a similar number of participants who will attend all events and share the learning experience without actually performing.


Clarinetopia 2012 Faculty

Charles Neidich
Clarinetopia is pleased that Charles Neidich is available to fill in for Steve Williamson, who just won the principal clarinet position with the Chicago Symphony. A native New Yorker, Charles Neidich began his clarinet studies with his father, Irving Neidich, at the age of eight, and continued them with the renowned teacher Leon Russianoff and, later in Moscow, with Boris Dikov. His reputation has grown steadily since his 1974 New York recital début while still a student at Yale. A series of prizes helped launch his early career: the Silver Medal in the 1979 Geneva International Music Competition, Second Prize in the 1982 Munich International Competition and one of three Grand Prizes in the 1984 Accanthes International Competition in Paris. In 1985, he won the first major clarinet competition in the United States, the Walter W. Naumburg Competition, which catapulted him into prominence as a soloist. Mr. Neidich has been influential in restoring original versions of works and bringing them before the public. A list of the clarinet classics he has restored to their original form includes works as diverse as the Mozart Concerto, Concerti of Weber and Copland, the Soireestücke of Robert Schumann, and the Andante and Allegro of Ernest Chausson. Mr. Neidich is also an ardent exponent of new music and has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Edison Denisov, Helmut Lachenmann, William Schuman, Ralph Shapey, Joan Tower, Katia Tchemberdji, Vasilii Lobanov and others. He has championed John Corigliano's Concerto, performing it throughout the United States notably with the Syracuse and Jacksonville Symphonies in performances. Charles Neidich has made numerous recordings on both modern and historical instruments, both as soloist and with his period-instrument wind ensemble Mozzafiato. From 1985 to 1989 he was professor of clarinet at the Eastman School of Music, and is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College The New School for Music, and CUNY Queens College.

Caroline Hartig
An acclaimed clarinet soloist and recording artist, Caroline Hartig has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and has appeared as soloist with orchestras and contemporary-music ensembles in major concert halls in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall (where she made her solo debut), Merkin Concert Hall, and the Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music and Symphony Hall (Boston). She has performed as a guest artist for the International Clarinet Association and has been heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. An advocate for contemporary music, she has commissioned and performed works by leading composers including Pulitzer-Prize winners William Bolcom and Donald Martino. She can be heard on the compact disc Dancing Solo (Innova 512) featuring the solo and chamber clarinet works of composer Libby Larsen. “It is in Dancing Solo that Ms. Hartig really demonstrates her musicality and prodigious technique…simply virtuosic”(The Clarinet). Additionally Hartig is heard on the compact disc Clarinet Brilliante (Centaur 2572) honored as a “Critics’ Choice” by the American Record Guide: “Hartig dazzles with numbing, blazing fluidity and rich, luxuriant fervor…coiled virtuosity” and Clarinet Brilliante II (Centaur 2808) praised by ARG noting, “The playing is mastery itself… “ Hartig’s latest CD Chalumeau (Centaur 2965), is comprised of contemporary unaccompanied benchmark solo clarinet works including Bolcom’s “Chalumeau” commissioned and premiered by Hartig in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to an active solo and recording career, Hartig is in demand as a master teacher and clinician and is Professor of Clarinet at Michigan State University. She is a faculty artist at the Centro Studi Carlo della Giacoma in Todi, Italy and the Vianden International Music Festival, Luxembourg. A Buffet Crampon Artist, Hartig performs on the Buffet Festival clarinet. As a Vandoren Performing Artist Caroline Hartig endorses and performs on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces. For more information

ELSA LUDEWIG-VERDEHR has performed, lectured and given master classes at numerous National and International Clarinet Congresses and for several years was a participant in the Marlboro Music Festivals and touring groups.  She has appeared frequently in the U.S and abroad as a recitalist, clinician and soloist with orchestras and was principal clarinetist of the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra for 24 years.  As a member of the Richards Wind Quintet, she played in more than half of the United States, Canada and at the White House. As a member of the Verdehr Trio she has toured in all states of the US, in 20 European countries as well as in Asia, Australia, South and Central America and has produced over 30 CDs and DVDs. She has solo recordings on Grenadilla and Mark labels.  She is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and her students occupy numerous university and orchestral positions throughout the US and abroad. In 2007 she was awarded honorary membership in the International Clarinet Society for her "lifetime achievements as a performer and teacher".

Michael Webster 
Michael Webster is Professor of Clarinet at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and Artistic Director of the Houston Youth Symphony. Formerly principal clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, he has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Described by the Boston Globe as “a virtuoso of burgeoning prominence,” he has performed in all of New York City's major halls, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, Da Camera of Houston, Context, the Tokyo, Cleveland, Muir, Ying, Leontóvych, Enso, and Chester String Quartets, and the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Chamber Music West and Northwest, Norfolk, Victoria, Stratford, Domaine Forget, Angel Fire, Steamboat Springs, Park City, Sitka, La Musica di Asolo, Skaneateles, and Orcas Island. Webster has given recitals and master classes all over the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. With his wife, flutist Leone Buyse, and pianist Robert Moeling he plays in the Webster Trio. His recordings appear on the Arabesque, Albany, Bridge, Centaur, C.R.I., Crystal, and Nami (Japan) labels. As composer and arranger he has been published by G. Schirmer, International, and Schott. Highly respected as a teacher, he is a member of the editorial staff of The Clarinet magazine, contributing a regular column entitled “Teaching Clarinet.” A Buffet artist-clinician, Webster plays Buffet clarinets exclusively.

Alan R. Kay
Alan R. Kay is Personnel Coordinator and a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and serves as Principal Clarinet with New York’s Riverside Symphony and the Little Orchestra Society. He also performs as principal with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mr. Kay’s honors include the C.D. Jackson Award at Tanglewood, a Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, Juilliard’s 1980 Competition, and the 1989 Young Concert Artists Award with the sextet Hexagon later featured in the prizewinning documentary film, “Debut.” Mr. Kay is a founding member of Windscape and Hexagon; he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His summer festivals include the Bravo! Vail Valley and Yellow Barn Festivals, and his innovative programming at for the New York Chamber Ensemble is a feature of the Cape May Music Festival. The NY Times recently called his performance of Messiaen’s Abîme des Oiseaux “spellbinding.” Mr. Kay taught at the Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany in 2004 and teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. He has served on the juries of the International Chamber Music Festival in Trapani, Italy, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. A virtuoso of wind repertoire, Mr. Kay has recorded with Hexagon, Windscape, the Sylvan Winds, Orpheus and numerous other ensembles.

Leone Buyse
Leone Buyse is the Joseph and Ida Kirkland Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston. Previously a principal flutist of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops and member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic, she has appeared as soloist with those orchestras and also with the Utah Symphony and l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Brentano, and Muir String Quartets, and in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma. A renowned educator, she has taught at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the University of Michigan, and the Aspen, Sarasota, and Norfolk music festivals, and has presented recitals and master classes across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Her solo recordings are available on the Crystal, Boston Records, Albany and C.R.I. labels. Former students hold positions at major universities and in many major orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, and Kansas City, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, and the Singapore Symphony.

We are delighted to have the superb facilities of the Michigan State University College of Music as our venue. Michigan State offers a beautiful campus, affordable housing and meals, and convenient access to campus from Detroit or Lansing airports or by train and automobile.


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