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Karl Leister and Dr. Barrett performing at Clarinet Cornucopia

Clarinet Cornucopia

Each year the NIU Clarinet Cornucopia features outstanding guest artist performances and master classes around a central theme. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin clarinetists of all ages and abilities come together for learning, camaraderie and fun. 

The Cornucopia Clarinet Choir provides an opportunity for everyone to perform. Various sessions address topics such as music for the clarinet, practice techniques, equipment and auditions.

The Clarinet Cornucopia is hosted by Greg Barrett, NIU clarinet faculty, with assistance from the students in the NIU Clarinet Studio and the Office of External Programs.

 

2014 - Join us Saturday, February 1, 2014 with Anat Cohen for "The Clarinet and All That Jazz."

 

2013 - The Clarinet, Playing Together        

Catherine Hudgins, National Lyric Opera and Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra, and William Hudgins of the Boston Symphony Orchestra were featured in a day focusing on duet and ensemble performances. 

 

           

William Hudgins with NIU students Harry Choin, Michael Ouellette and Jimmy Zucker.

 

Patrick Sheehan and Steven Boyd

Cornucopia Choir Director Patrick Sheehan and band director from Ironwood, Michigan, Steven Boyd. 

 

Catherine and William Hudgins flanked by master class performers, Frank Delo, Clarissa Saliwanchik, Xavier Fisher, Michael Ouellette, Harry Choin, Professor Gregory Barrett, Marjorie Shearer and Amanda Kayser.

 

                                                                  

Duet partners Greg Barrett, NIU and Andrea DiOrio, North Central College.

 

 

  NIU graduate students Frank Delo and Amanda Kayser.

 

2012 - The Clarinet and the Orchestra

Burt Hara, Minnesota Orchestra and Patrick Sheehan, director of the Cornucopia Choir gave us a wonderful day.

 

master class participantsMaster class participants Steve Gooden, Xavier Fisher, Harry Choin, Amanda Kayser and Calla Olson with Burt Hara and host Greg Barrett.

Burt Hara

Greg Barrett and Burt Hara

Patrick Sheehan and Cornucopia ChoirConductor, composer and arranger Patrick Sheehan with the Cornucopia Choir rehearsing Hector Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.

 

 

2011 - German Romantic

Eli Eban, Indiana University and Principal Clarinet Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, was the guest artist for a day devoted to 19th century German and Danish music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 - Finnish Modern

Mikko Raasakka, principal clarinet of the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Finland, was the guest artist.

Mikko Raasakka taught a master class

 

 

 

 

 

Mikko Raasakka (front row, left) taught a master class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornucopia Choir performed Vento by Jukka Tiensuu
The Cornucopia Choir played Jukka Tiensuu's "Vento."

 

Dr. Barrett, Mikko Raasakka and composer Chris Renk Composer Chris Renk's commissioned clarinet duet was performed in the duet competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 - Clarinets in Motion

Steve Cohen from Northwestern University's School of Music joined mime artists T.Daniel and Laurie Willetts for music, mime, motion, and dance.

NIU dancers with Cornucopia Choir

 

2008 - The Clarinet Cornucopia was on sabbatical

2007 - The Operatic Clarinet

We explored the operatic side of the clarinet and its literature with Lyric Opera of Chicago principal clarinetist Charlene Zimmerman.

Cornucopia participants with Charlene Zimmerman, Lyric Opera principal clarinet

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2006 - The Clarinet and Mozart

The 2006 Cornucopia featured music of Mozart. The guest artist was Russ Dagon, Milwaukee Symphony and Northwestern University (retired).

Russ Dagon, retired Milwaukee principal clarinet, and student at the Cornucopia masterclass

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2005 - Karl Leister

The 2005 NIU Clarinet Cornucopia featured Karl Leister, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (retired).

Karl Leister, Berlin Philharmonic (retired) and Greg Barrett performing at Cornucopia

2004 - Sounds of Japan

Clarinet music from Japan was the focus in 2004. Guests were John Bruce Yeh, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Clarinet Quartet of the US Air Force Band of Mid-America.

John Bruce Yeh, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in the Cornucopia masterclass

John Bruce Yeh coaching a student in the masterclass.

 

2003 Schindelmeisser Concerto for Four Clarinets and Orchestra

Michael Lowenstern, David Etheridege, Greg Barrett and Lawrie Bloom

Michael Lowenstern, David Etheridge, Greg Barrett and Lawrie Bloom following their performance of Schindelmeisser's Concerto for Four Clarinets and Orchestra with the NIU Wind Ensemble.

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2002 Diverse Music for the Clarinet

Featured guest artists were James Campbell, Indiana University, Rich Corpolongo, jazz clarinetist, and Michele Gingras, Miami University of Ohio, and her Klezmer group, the Cincinnati Klezmer Project.

Cornucopia Clarinet Choir rehearsing

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