Clarinettissimo 2016 will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd, from 12:00-9PM at Seattle Pacific University. We have master classes, equipment dealers, a clarinet choir, a Workshop, and performances. This year's special guest is Deborah Bish. As before, all events remains FREE and open to the public.
We are also excited this year to be offering continuing education CLOCK HOURS.

Schedule of Events *subject to change*
Performances will be at Nickerson Studios. <---CHANGE
Master Classes, Clarinet Choir Rehearsal, and Workshops will take place in the E. E. Bach Theater in McKinley Hall
Vendors, information, and Clarinet Choir Parts will be in Beegle Hall.

Saturday, October 1

12 noon - Vendors open - come try clarinets, mouthpieces, barrels. Browse accessories and music.
1:30pm - Sean Osborn master class - email Sean Osborn to sign up to perform in the master class. Anyone may observe. Don't know what a master class is? click here
3:30pm - Mary Kantor Master Class - email Sean Osborn to sign up to perform in the master class. Anyone may observe. Don't know what a master class is? click here
5:30pm - Dinner Break. Vendors close for the day.
7pm - Deborah Bish Recital Nickerson Studios. <---CHANGE
Canzonetta, Op. 19 Gabriel Pierne
Two Pieces for Clarinet and PianoPaquito D'Rivera
Variations sur un air du pays d'OcLouis Cahuzac
What Elsa's New?Eric P. Mandat
Fuzzy Bird SonataTakashi Yoshimatsu
Rhapsody in BlueGeorge Gershwin(Arranged by Timofei Dokshitser)

Sunday, October 2
12 noon - Vendors open - come try clarinets, mouthpieces, barrels. Browse accessories and music.
1pm - workshop on Tone
2:30pm - Deborah Bish Master Class - email Sean Osborn to sign up to perform in the master class. Anyone may observe. Don't know what a master class is? click here
4:30pm-5:30pm - Community Clarinet Choir rehearsal - anyone can participate. Parts available at info desk.
5:30pm - Dinner Break. Vendors close for the year.
7pm - Clarinettissimo 2016 concert. Nickerson Studios. <---CHANGE
Andante and AllegroErnest ChaussonMary Kantor
Concerto for Clarinet and Piano, in A major, K. 622Wolfgang MozartSean Osborn
Solo de ConcoursAndre MessagerDeborah Bish
Quartet in d minor, Op. 9 No. 3Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Osborn)Sean Osborn, Jennifer Nelson, Mary Kantor, and Florie Rothenberg
TBATBAClarinet Choir - William Blayney, conductor

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Kennelly Keys Music

Seattle Pacific University


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Deborah Bish is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University. She has performed with the Arizona Opera, the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Arkansas Symphony among others, and is currently a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured as a recitalist, clinician, and chamber musician the world over, including performances at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall; the Shanghai Conservatory in Shanghai, China; the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFests in Lincoln, Austin, Vancouver, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City; the College Band Director’s National Association Convention in Atlanta; the Florida Music Educator’s Association Convention in Tampa, Florida; the Wallowa Lake Chamber Music Festival in Enterprise, Oregon; and the Festival Internacional de Inverno in Vale Vêneto, Brazil. Dr. Bish is very active in the commission, research, and performance of new works. Her recent projects include a recording of the works of Gregory Wanamaker, featuring two pieces written for her by Wanamaker titled clarikinetics and Sonata. Dr. Bish holds degrees from Arizona State University, where she studied under Robert Spring, and Florida State University, where she studied under Frank Kowalsky.

Sean Osborn has traveled the world as soloist and chamber musician, and during his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times dubbed him " excellent clarinetist," the Boston Globe called him "...a miracle," and Gramophone "...a master." With over forty concertos in his repertoire, Sean has also recorded dozens of CDs for London, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Albany, and others, as well as premiering works by Philip Glass, John Adams, John Corigliano, Chen Yi, and Jennifer Higdon to name a few. He has performed at many festivals including Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music, Aspen, Zagreb Bienalle, Pacific Rims, and Colorado. Sean has received grants from many organizations, including the NEA and the Aaron Copland Fund. He is also an award-winning composer whose works have been played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others. As an educator, he has presented over 100 master classes around the world, developed many multi-media educational series, and served on the faculty of the University of Washington and the Cornish College of the Arts.

Professor of Clarinet at Seattle Pacific Universty, Mary Kantor received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Washington and graduated from the Academy of Music in Vienna with Honors in clarinet performance, class of Rudolf Jettel. She is currently principal clarinetist with the Bellevue Philharmonic and the Seattle Choral Company, a member of the Shalom Ensemble, and plays with the Temple B'nai Torah musicians for Friday night Shabbat services. As a soloist, she has performed the Mozart Concerto and Richard Strauss' Duet-Concertino with Philharmonia Northwest. She has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, as well as on numerous movie soundtracks. She also coaches both the Seattle Youth Symphony and Cascade Youth Symphony clarinet sections, and appears in Who's Who in America, 59th and 60th editions.

Dash Point native Jennifer Nelson is currently Principal Clarinet with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Auburn Symphony Orchestras. She also has a very active freelance career, including playing Broadway-style shows at the Fifth Avenue and Paramount Theaters, occasional extra with the Seattle Symphony and Opera Orchestras, and recordings for various television and motion picture scores. She is also Lecturer in Clarinet at the University of Washington, and Affiliate Artist Faculty in Clarinet at the University of Puget Sound, in addition to having several students in her private studio in Seattle for many years. Ms. Nelson has also traveled throughout the United States with the national touring companies of Phantom of the Opera and New York City Opera. In addition to her stateside concerts, Jennifer's orchestral and recital performances have also taken her to Mexico, Japan, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Honduras, and most recently, India.

Dr. Florie Rothenberg enjoys an active performing career, playing with several Seattle area concert and pit orchestras, including the Auburn Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Tacoma Opera. She has worked in film scoring in Seattle, and has her own CD, Voices of Trees, Modern Works by Women Composers for Clarinet and Piano, available on Origin Classical Records. Splitting her time between performing and teaching, Florie Rothenberg works with clarinetists of all ages and levels, drawing students from around the entire Puget Sound region. She has taught at Central Washington University and the University of Arizona, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound Community Music. Dr. Rothenberg earned a D.M.A. from the University of Arizona, a M.M. from the University of Michigan and a B.M. from the University of the Pacific. Her teachers include Jerry Kirkbride, David Shifrin and William Dominik.
William Blayney is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist. He has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, 5th Avenue Theater and this year has been asked to play Principal Clarinet with the Seattle Philharmonic. Mr. Blayney is an authority on historical clarinet recordings and has given lectures and master classes at ICA conventions, the Eastman School of Music, University of Florida, and LSU in Louisiana. Mr. Blayney also conducts the Northwest Clarinet Choir, All City Clarinets, and the Greenwood Concert Band.

Pianist Jihye Chang is an internationally engaged solo pianist, chamber musician and teacher. She has appeared at Orleans Festival in France, Virtuosi X Festival and Festival Inverno de Garanhuns in Brazil, New Music Festivals at the University of Louisville and Ball State University, and has given masterclasses and lectures at several universities in the United States and abroad. Her recordings can be found on labels including Sony Korea, Centaur, Parma, and Albany. She was a recipient of the Henry Kohn Award from the Tanglewood Music Center, an Honorary Fellowship from the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and first prize of the Mikhashoff International Pianist-Composer Competition. Currently she is a lecturer at Florida State University, a faculty at the Brevard Music Center and the Nuevo Mundo Festival in Aruba, as well as a core member of the Intersection Ensemble in Nashville, TN.

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Mary Kantor
SPU, Beegle Hall 1 & Bach Theatre, Seattle, Washington

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