Register now for the Clarinet Mentors Live Event June 25 - 30, 2019 in conjunction with the Chamber Music Northwest Clarinet Celebration


Join me for inspiring concerts, masterclasses, group ensembles, an amazing array of clarinet gear, and to be part of our in-person Clarinet Mentors Community

Listen to what participants said about our last event (12 minutes into the video) Be inspired!

Tentative Schedule as of February 2019

There are several concerts and recitals featuring some of the best clarinetists in the world. Each evening (except Friday) there is a featured clarinet concert with a different theme. There will also be daytime recitals and concerts. The Clarinet Celebration is the vision of David Shifrin, one of the best clarinetists in the world, to bring many clarinetists together in this awesome event.

Here is a tentative schedule of events for the Clarinet Celebration and Clarinet Mentors Amateur Adult Workshops:

Tuesday June 25th - There will be a gala opening concert in the evening which all Clarinet Mentors Community Members are invited to. (Please note this concert is also on Monday the 24th, but we will start the Clarinet Mentors portion with the Tuesday evening concert.)

Wednesday June 26th, Thursday June 27th, Friday June 28th and Saturday June 29th:

Get ready for four intense days of fabulous and inspirational concerts, special participatory clarinet workshops, masterclasses, gear tryout sessions, a large community clarinet choir for you to play in, a world-class faculty and more! 


Tuesday June 25th 8:00 pm- Mostly Mozart - featuring David Shifrin and Friends

Wednesday June 26th 8:00 pm - Clarinet Jazz featuring Ken Peoplowski. This may be limited seating - we're still waiting to hear if this is included in our package. I'm working on it!

Thursday June 27th 8:00 pm -TBA probably with Corrado Giufreddi and Jose Franch-Ballester

Friday June 28th NOON - New Music Noon - modern repertoire 

Saturday June 29 - 8:00 pm - works for a bunch of clarinets including likely Reich NY Counter point and Schickele Monochrome

Sunday June 30 - 4:00 pm - winner of the Artist Competition Mozart Concerto and Mozart Serenade for 13 Winds

On most of these days, we will have events from 9:00 to about 5:00. Here is a sample schedule:

 9:00 - 10:00  Clarinet Technic Workshop (different theme each day)
10:00 Break
10:15 - 11:30  Clarinet Choir (bring your clarinet and join in)
11:30  Break
11:45 - 1:00  Masterclass (mini private lessons with world-class teachers)
1:00  Lunch
2:00 - 3:30  Masterclass
3:30 - 4:00  Time To Try Out Gear etc. (Michelle will be available to help you find gear that works best for you!)
4:00/4:30/5:00  Fireside chat with guest artist if available - 1 hour (We also could have another masterclass in this time slot)

Sunday June 30th - afternoon

There will be a matinee concert featuring the winner of the clarinet competition, and more of the Clarinet Celebration Faculty.


Clarinet Mentors Masterclasses

The Clarinet Mentors group will have masterclasses uniquely for us led by Michelle Anderson and some of the amazing guest artists at Clarinet Celebration.

This is your chance to learn many new clarinet skills in a very supportive environment. Participants will receive a mini lesson with Michelle, and other guest artists, in a supportive group setting. Each player will choose a focus that they would like to improve, and play a brief piece of music that illustrates this. Michelle will provide some pointers and technics to improve, with the goal of making it feel easier for each performer. All participants learn a great deal by watching other players, since we all face similar challenges. These events alone make the whole festival worth attending!

There are approximately 25 masterclass positions available. There will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for those that want a mini-lesson during these sessions. 

These will be participatory, so there is much to learn for everyone.


World Class Clarinet Recitals

There are four incredible clarinet recitals featuring some of the world's greatest players. All participants in the Clarinet Mentors Live Event have access to the feature recitals in the Chamber Music Northwest Clarinet Celebration. This includes three evening concerts featuring Romie de Guise-Langlois, Corrado Giufreddi, David Shifrin, Jose Franch-Ballester and many more superb artists. It is extremely rare to hear so many skilled players in one setting. These events alone make the whole festival worth attending!

Clarinet Ensembles

Pull out your clarinet and have a great time playing music with like-minded clarinetists. We will have a Clarinet Mentors Clarinet Choir, with repertoire suitable for a variety of experience levels, led by Michelle. This will be a great way to play some fun music, and also learn some ensemble skills. Making music together in this supportive environment will be a highlight of our time together. (Plus, who knows what mysterious and famous clarinetists may drop in to help us out...)

"All Things Clarinet" For You To Try Out

This will be an amazing opportunity to try out mouthpieces, reeds, ligatures, barrels, bells and clarinets (and more). Rarely do you get to try out so many things in one place. You can discover what sounds best with (and perhaps radically enhances)  your clarinet setup.

Young Artist Clarinet Competition

You will have access to all of the live events that are happening at Portland State University during this exciting clarinet competition. Some of the best clarinetists in the world are gathering to judge the next generation of great performers. You can watch the live rounds of competition, and we all benefit from the inspiring concerts and recitals that are part of this event. 

Some of the performers that you will hear:

David Shifrin

Winner of the 2000 Avery Fisher Prize, clarinetist David Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Denver symphonies.

He has appeared in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In addition he has appeared in recital and as soloist with orchestra throughout Europe and Asia.

A three-time Grammy nominee, he has been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest since 1980 and a faculty member at Yale since 1987. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, he served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004.

He was one of Michelle's childhood "Clarinet Heroes".

Jose Franch Ballester

Originally from Spain, Mr. Franch-Ballester is considered one of the finest classical soloists and chamber music artists of his generation. He has been hailed for his “technical wizardry and tireless enthusiasm” (The New York Times), his “rich, resonant tone” (Birmingham News), and his “subtle and consummate artistry” (Santa Barbara Independent). The recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, and winner of both the Young Concert Artists and Astral Artists auditions, he is a solo artist and chamber musician in great demand.

As a concerto soloist Mr. Franch-Ballester made his New York debut in 2006 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center. He has also performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and various orchestras in his native Spain.

He is also a dedicated music educator, developing new audiences through countless educational concerts and workshops for young people and community audiences. He is assistant professor of clarinet and chamber music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.


Corrado Giufreddi

A truly versatile artist, Corrado Giuffredi is renowned as a classical, chamber, jazz and klezmer musician. His orchestral appearances include performances with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Orchestra Filharmonica della Scala, to name a few. In addition to numerous recordings, Corrado has also premiered a number of works including Penderecki’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.

His performances are stunning!

And... there will be workshops, including clarinet maintenance, jazz clarinet and more.

Register Now for this Live Clarinet Event

This will be an event for you to learn many things to help you play clarinet better. You will also be inspired by world-class performers, and will enjoy trying all kinds of new clarinet gear. Don't miss this fun and educational clarinet event that is designed for you, the amateur adult clarinetist!

Check out the list of artists

  • David Shifrin
  • Benjamin Lulich
  • Seunghee Lee
  • Richard Hawkins
  • Ken Peplowski
  • Mary Backun
  • James Shields
  • Corrado Giuffredi
  • Michelle Anderson
  • Jose Franch-Ballester
  • Romie de Gruise-Langlois
  • and more....

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