Since 2002, Ohio University has hosted an annual Clarinet Gala, a full day of clarinet events for all ages and interests. Since 2012, it has also hosted an Honors Clarinet Choir, comprised of outstanding high school and college clarinetists selected via audition from throughout the region. See below for a description of Clarinet Gala 2020 and 2019. For a list of visiting artists who have performed and/or taught at Ohio University, click here.
Set your calendars for Saturday, March 21, 2020, the date of the 2020 Ohio University Clarinet Gala, featuring the host, Ohio University Professor of Clarinet Rebecca Rischin and Yamaha guest artist Julie DeRoche, Professor of Clarinet and Performance Studies Chair at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Once again, the 2020 Honors Clarinet Choir, featuring outstanding high school and college clarinetists selected via audition from all over the region, will rehearse and perform along with the talented clarinet students at Ohio University. For a tentative schedule, click here.
The 2020 Ohio University Honors Clarinet Choir, under the leadership of Dr. Rebecca Rischin, Professor of Clarinet, will rehearse and perform at Ohio University’s Clarinet Gala on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in conjunction with the Ohio University Flute Fest and Bassoon Extravaganza. The purpose is to give talented high school and college clarinetists the opportunity to perform excellent repertoire in a highly select group under the leadership of Dr. Rischin and with the collaboration of talented Ohio University college clarinet students. An additional aim is to provide the opportunity for outstanding high school and college clarinetists to visit the OU campus and experience the unique opportunities available to them as OU students.
All college and high school clarinetists are eligible to audition. The Honors Clarinet Choir will comprise approximately 10-20 clarinetists selected competitively from live and recorded auditions.
All events will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Ohio University’s Robert Glidden Hall, the School of Music. The day will comprise two rehearsals in the morning and afternoon and a grand finale concert at 5:00pm. It will also include master classes by visiting artist Julie DeRoche featuring Ohio University college students and members of the Honors Clarinet Choir; a hosts recital featuring Dr. Rischin and the OU professors of flute and bassoon; and a feature recital with Prof. DeRoche and a guest flutist. The day will begin at 8:30am with registration and end with a Grand Finale Honors Flute/Honors Clarinet/Honors Bassoon Choirs concert at 5:00pm. See the schedule at top for full information.
All events for the Honors Clarinet Choir will take place on March 21, 2020, so hotels are not necessary. Should you wish to stay overnight, however, here is a list of hotels in Athens:
A pizza lunch will be provided. The Clarinet Gala will end in time for dinner.</>
College clarinetists and high school students (grades 9-12) interested in auditioning for the Ohio University Honors Clarinet Choir must complete an application form to be emailed or mailed with their recorded audition. Students should submit a compact disc or MP3 or YouTube video with their application with the required selections (see “Audition Information” below). Each selection should not be edited or spliced, but performed continuously. Please clearly mark the recording with the student’s name, grade, school, email address, phone number, and ordered titles of selections including composer, title of piece, and title of movement, if applicable. Indicate on what type of auxiliary instrument selections are performed if applicable. The application and compact disc or MP3/Youtube recording must be received by Friday, February 14, 2020.
High school clarinetists should play a portion of a prepared solo or etude that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability (approximately 7 minutes), and a 3-octave chromatic scale beginning on the lowest E (eighth-notes at quarter-note=120, slurred ascending, staccato descending). A solo from the class A list from the OMEA contest list is recommended. College clarinetists should prepare a movement of a standard concerto or sonata such as Mozart, Weber or Brahms that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability and a movement of a 20th or 21st century piece. Students are also encouraged to audition on the auxiliary instruments (Bass clarinet, Eb clarinet, Alto clarinet, Contra-alto clarinet, Contra-bass clarinet). Audition requirements for the auxiliary instruments are the same as for the Bb clarinet.
Audition results for will be emailed to students at the latest by Monday, February 24, 2020. Students accepted who would like to participate in the Honors Clarinet Choir must mail their acceptance form and $40 fee with a postmark date no later than Friday, February 28, 2020. Upon receipt of the acceptance form and fee, Prof. Rischin will email students accepted the required music no later than Sunday, March 15, 2020.
University clarinetists and high school students auditioning in December 2019 or January or February 2020 for fall 2020 admission to Ohio University, the Ohio District 17 Honor Band in winter 2020 or those selected from seating auditions for the Ohio University Honor Band in December 2019 can simultaneously be considered for the Ohio University Honors Clarinet Choir. No application form or recording is necessary, as the OU entrance audition, District 17 audition, or OU Honor Band seating audition will count as the Honor Clarinet Choir audition.
For further information, please contact Rebecca Rischin
On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Ohio University hosted its sixteenth clarinet gala, a full day of clarinet events for all ages and interests, in collaboration with Flute Fest and Bassoon Extravaganza. In its seventh year was the Honors Clarinet Choir, featuring outstanding high school and college students selected competitively from schools from all over Ohio, Illinois, Virginia and West Virginia. All events took place in Robert Glidden Hall, the School of Music, on the campus of Ohio University in Athens.
The featured guest was Buffet/Legère artist Steven Cohen, Associate Professor of Clarinet at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He presented a wonderful master class featuring Ohio University students and selected students from the 2019 Ohio University Honors Clarinet Choir, and a fantastic recital with Dr. Anne Marie Scotto, Adjunct Instructor of Music Theory and Collaborative Piano at Ohio University. The recital featured works by Françaix, Nielsen and Britten.
In addition to Cohen’s recital and master class, the day included a presentation on performance anxiety with Rebecca Rischin, Professor of Clarinet at Ohio University; and a hosts recital featuring Rischin; Alison Brown Sincoff, OU Professor of Flute; Matthew Morris, OU Associate Lecturer of Bassoon; and Anne Marie Scotto. They performed works by Carnicer y Batlle, Gabaye, Glazounov, Guaraldi and Washburn. The Honors Clarinet Choir, Honors Bassoon Choir, and Honors Flute Choir presented a super grand finale concert performing works by Gabrieli, Debussy, Chamberlain, Cardon, Shaw and Harvey. Current Ohio University students also performed in the flute, bassoon, and clarinet choirs. Featured soloists with the Honors Clarinet Choir were Juan Gonzalez and Jose Rodriguez, OU Master’s students in Performance, and Kayla Stubblefield, OU junior in Music Therapy. The day also featured a pizza lunch, and members of the Honors Clarinet Choir received t-shirts with an Ohio University Clarinet Gala/Honors Clarinet Choir design. Woodwind instrument and accessories exhibitors graced the Glidden Hall lobby.
Photo at top: 2019 Ohio University Honors Clarinet Choir. Left: Rebecca Rischin, host and Steven Cohen, guest artist.