Happy first day of fall! It doesn’t feel like fall here in southeastern Alabama – it seems like the temperature will never go down! My calendar tells a different story though, with several upcoming performances and projects.
When I posted a few months ago, I had just started The E-flat Clarinet Project. It has been a challenge to juggle playing, teaching, and website upkeep over the last six weeks, but I’m so happy to be working on a project I love which also helps others in the clarinet community. Check out my recent post on D’Addario’s new Reserve E-flat clarinet reed.
I started practicing some new pieces (including a recent commission!) over the summer while I was a guest instructor at the New England Music Camp. It was a lot of fun working with the clarinetists in the band and orchestra. The break from the temperatures in Alabama was pretty nice too!
A few of the pieces will be on my solo album, which should be completed some time next year. Both of the pieces with piano will be recorded this December with my Troy colleague Hui-Ting Yang. I’m excited to start rehearsing with her soon!
There are several Northwest Florida Symphony concerts coming up for me this year, as well as a really crazy concert program for Sources Duo! Duo information will be updated as soon as we confirm all of our tour performance dates and locations. Check the performance page for all upcoming events!
Happy Summer to all you music teachers out there! Of course, there’s not a lot of time off with band camps, course development, and other projects. Before I get lost in my own list of summer projects, I thought I’d post about a few things I did over the last few months.
- The new Stanley Drucker concert collection is finally out! I wrote liner notes for the first disc.
- Troy Clarinet Day: This is one of the busiest days of the year, but it is always so worth it! Like always, Dr. Tim Phillips put together a fantastic group of guest artists.
- Concert with the Sarasota Orchestra: I got a last minute call to play E-flat clarinet with Sarasota on Bernstein’s On the Town. The orchestra was fantastic!
- Performances of Battling Boggarts with Tim Phillips, Mark Walker, and the Troy University Symphony Band: We played this piece five times this year! In early April, we performed as a part of Troy’s Alabama All-State showcase concert, and then we played it again several weeks later for concerts at several Florida high schools.
Ben and I working on some recording projects!
- The first piece on my album is recorded! Huge thanks to Brian and Rachel Nozny for engineering and producing. The rest of the album will be recorded later this year.
My biggest project for the summer so far has been The E-flat Clarinet Project. This is the beginning of an online resource I’ve been planning since my first year of my doctorate. My treatise research focused on materials to help clarinetists teach and practice E-flat clarinet, and my hope is for this page to assist clarinetists looking for information, repertoire, and general resources related to the instrument. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I’m pretty excited to finally have a website up and running!
Happy Summer practicing!
Today and tomorrow morning are full of sound checks for Bang on a Can’s Summer Festival Marathon tomorrow. We will be playing for 6+ hours starting at 4pm. There has been so much music every day that I think we are prepared for it!
Tonight I’ll be in one last pre-marathon concert: premiering short works for soprano, vibraphone and clarinet/bass clarinet in Mass MoCA’s Chalet.
Hello from North Adams, Massachusetts! Ben dropped me off early this afternoon after a quick look through the art galleries. The Bang on a Can festival will officially begin in a few hours when all the staff and performers meet for dinner at the museum. Looking forward to meeting everyone and getting started with rehearsals tomorrow!
Bang on a Can Summer Festival website