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 October 2018

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.

Tuesday June 25th - There will be a gala opening concert in the evening which all Clarinet Mentors Community Members are invited to.

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! 

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 - 10:15 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 Ricardo Morales, Corrado Giufreddi, and 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".

Ricardo Morales

Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003, having held the same position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since the age of 21, under the direction of James Levine. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician have been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world. He has been asked to perform as principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, as principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also performs as principal clarinetist with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra, at the invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa.

He is a true master of the clarinet, and a super-nice guy (in Michelle's opinion).

For more details of his amazing clarinet career, click here.

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!

More Details to Follow

Once you register (using the button below) you will receive event updates. This page will be updated as hotel information and detailed schedule information becomes available.

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
  • Ricardo Morales
  • Seunghee Lee
  • Richard Hawkins
  • Ken Peplowski
  • Barbara Heilmair
  • James Shields
  • Corrado Giuffredi
  • Michelle Anderson
  • Jose Franch-Ballester
  • Romie de Gruise-Langlois

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