Clarinet and Saxophone Day

Saturday, September 30, 2017

With guest artist opening recital on Friday, September 29

Join us for a day of clinics, masterclasses, and performances for saxophonists and clarinetists of all levels. Featuring guest artists clarinetist Prof. Marie Picard (Conservatoire de musique de Québec and Domaine Forget), saxophonists Drs. Jonathan Nichol and Jeffrey Loeffert of h2/4 Duo, Western wind faculty, and vendor exhibitions.

Cost: $25/person or $100/school group rate* (admission is for full event including opening recital on Sept. 29, lunch and all classes on Sept. 30.)

*Band Directors! The group rate is for unlimited clarinetists and saxophonists in your program. Register with your name & contact info, school’s name, then register for 4 people. Faculty will contact you soon after for complete student information.

$10 for opening recital only (see "Purchase Tickets" link below.)

At-the-door registration is available (cash only) on Friday, September 29 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Music Building lobby) and Saturday, September 30 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. (Talbot College lobby).

Register before Sunday, September 24 to receive choir music and confirmation info in advance and the possibility of receiving a scheduled lesson.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, September 29, 2017

7:00 p.m.                  Registration/tickets (von Kuster Lobby)
8:00 p.m.                  Guest Artist Recital: h2/4 Duo (von Kuster Hall)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

8:00 a.m.                  Registration (von Kuster Lobby)
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.     Opening Recital: Western Faculty & Guests (von Kuster Hall)
9:40 – 10:30 a.m.   Marie Picard Masterclass (von Kuster Hall)
                                   h2 Duo Masterclass (Paul Davenport Theatre)


10:40 – 11:30 a.m.  Guest Artist Masterclasses (continue)
                                    Rehearsals for Clarinet and Saxophone Choirs
11:40 – 12:30 p.m.  Clarinet/Saxophone Clinics #1
                                    Private Lessons
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.     Exhibits: Talbot College 100 & 101
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.     Cafeteria Lunch (included with registration)

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.       Clarinet/Saxophone Clinics #2
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.       Exhibits & Private Lessons
3:00 – 3:50 p.m.       Choir Sectionals & Private Lessons
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.       Clarinet/Saxophone Clinics #3


5:00 – 5:30 p.m.       Final Clarinet & Saxophone Choir Concert (PDT)
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.       Reception

Clarinet and Saxophone Day – Opening Recital

Friday, September 29 - 8 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building

Join us for our inaugural Clarinet and Saxophone Day concert, featuring saxophone guest artists, Drs. Jonathan Nichol (U. Oklahoma) and Jeffrey Loeffert (Oklahoma State). As two of the members of the renowned h2 quartet, h2/4 continues the ensemble's mission to commission and perform compelling new works for the saxophone.

$10 (general admission) - concert only
Purchase online or call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800. Cash only at the door. If you plan to attend Clarinet and Saxophone Day, do not purchase concert tickets via the Grand Theatre. Concert admission is included within the $25 registration fee (full details above).

Visiting Artists

jonathan nicholDr. Jonathan Nichol, University of Oklahoma - Jonathan Nichol is an active performing saxophonist who champions new music and has presented concerts throughout the United States, Bosnia, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Thailand. He has premiered pieces by renowned composers including Marc Mellits, Charles Ruggiero, Forrest Pierce, Paquito D’Rivera, Daniel Wohl, Marvin Lamb, Jeffrey Loeffert, Igor Karaça, Tina Tallon, and Drew Baker. Jonathan was a solo-artist semi-finalist in the 2009 Concert Artist Guild Competition and a finalist with the award-winning h2 quartet in the 2012 Concert Artist Guild Competition. Learn More

jeffrey loeffertDr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Oklahoma State University - Jeffrey Loeffert serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone at Oklahoma State University. During the summer months, Loeffert teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in Oklahoma, New Music on the Point in Vermont, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. A dedicated teacher, Loeffert recently received the Oklahoma State University College of Arts & Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Friends of Music Distinguished Music Professor Award.Learn More

marie picardProf. Marie Picard, Conservatoire de musique de Québec and Domaine Forget - Born in Québec, Marie Picard was unanimously awarded in 1977 the "Premier Prix de Clarinette" and the "Prix de musique de chambre"  by the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. The following year she studied with Mr. Bernard Portnoy at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

She taught at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Hull for three years, and soon became a member of the Québec Symphony Orchestra, where she played second and bass clarinet until 2012. She toured the province with a group called “Les chambristes de l’OSQ” at the occasion of the centennial of that orchestra. In 1988 she joined the faculty of the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec to teach clarinet and chamber music.
She performed at the International Clarinet Association Conference in 1990, 2002 2015, and gave a clarinet and bass clarinet masterclass during the ClarinetFest 2007 in Vancouver. Those appearances led to different invitations to give recitals and masterclasses, namely at Western University, Ontario, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and Hungary, Belgium, Israël and China.
Each summer, her teaching activities extend to the International Music and Dance Academy of the Domaine Forget, where she frequently performs in chamber music or as a soloist, often times for the CBC. Furthermore, during the summers of 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003, she was a guest teacher at the International Clarinet Camp in Hungary, and also at the Festival Musicalta, Alsace, in 2001 and 2002.

Contact us

Dr. Jana Starling, clarinet

Dr. Bobbi Thompson, saxophone

Sasha Gorbasew, Recruitment Coordinator or 519-661-2111 ext. 80532

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