Clarinet Cornucopia

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join NIU School of Music's Professor of Clarinet Gregory Barrett, NIU graduate conductor Bryan Flippin, and clarinet guest artist Jean-Marc Fessard for a day dedicated to Clarinet players! Throughout the day you will participate in a group warm-up session, masterclasses, Cornucopia Choir rehearsals and concert, and enjoy Jean-Marc Fessard's recital and the Ensembles Concert.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in the School of Music Concert Hall Lobby. Warm-up begins at 9 a.m. There is a scheduled lunch break at noon. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or visit any of the surrounding restaurants in DeKalb.

There is a $20 event registration fee. A link to payment will be sent in the confirmation email.

The registration deadline is March 2. We will send you PDFs of your music for the Cornucopia Choir.

Please complete all registration form fields that apply. If you are a middle school or high school student, please select "undergraduate student" for type of student and complete the following questions to the best of your ability.

Clarinet Cornucopia Registration

Questions? Contact Brigid Findley at

Clarinet Cornucopia Program of Events

Time Location Activity
8:30–8:55 a.m. Concert Hall lobby Check-in
9–9:45 a.m. Concert Hall Welcome from Brigid Findley, coordinator of admissions. Warm-up and master class with Greg Barrett
10–10:45 a.m. Concert Hall Cornucopia Choir rehearsal #1 with Bryan Flippin.
11 a.m. Recital Hall Recital with guest artist Jean-Marc Fessard, clarinet; Armand Witold Fessard, clarinet; and Minjung Kim, piano.
1 p.m. Recital Hall Lecture with Jean-Marc Fessard: The Evolution of the Clarinet.
1:45–2:45 p.m. Recital Hall Master class with Jean-Marc Fessard.
3–3:45 p.m. Concert Hall Cornucopia Choir rehearsal #2 with Bryan Flippin.
4–5 p.m. Concert Hall Cornucopia Ensembles Concert featuring guest ensembles, NIU ensembles and Cornucopia Choir.

Guest Artist Jean-Marc Fessard

Jean-Marc Fessard comes from the great tradition of the French clarinet school that he represented at the International Congress at Phoenix, USA. He was awarded from the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris (1er Prix clarinet, bass-clarinet and chamber music), the Paris University (Master Musicology), the Gdansk Music Academy (PhD). He was prizewinner of the Concours d'Interpretation Jacques Lancelot (1st prize), the Paris International Competition (3rd prize, 1996), Ilzach (1st prize 1997) and Gdansk (1st prize and Special prize of the Hamburg Brahms Society 1997).

Jean-Marc Fessard leads an international career both in chamber music and as a soloist accompanied by prestigious ensembles (National orchestras of Polish Radio, Poznan, Szczecin, Katowice, Bakou, Gdansk, Chamber orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic, Wallonie Chamber Orchestra, Polish chamber orchestra, Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, Elysee, Ebene, and Wieniawski Quartets).

Involved in creating contemporary music, dedicatee of many works, and member of the Ensemble Sillages, JMF is a frequent contributor to Polish radio and television, the BBC and Radio France. In April 2011 he had performed the Tansman clarinet concerto at the Warszaw Polish Radio Studio I. In November 2011 he had recorded D'un silence… the clarinet concerto by Piotr Moss with the National Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Michal Klausa.

JMF has recorded some 30 CD for such labels as Naxos, Dux, Universal, Clarinet Classics,Signature Radio-France Triton, Leibovitz, Kalidisc, Ameson, Harp&Co and Quantum, which regularly receive excellent reviews in the specialised press.

Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen described his version of the Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps by Olivier Messiaen as ‘simply admirable'. He has just recorded for Naxos Alexander Tansman's Concerto and Concertino for clarinet.

Polish Music for clarinet and piano including rare works by Szalowski, Perkowski, Moss, Rathaus will be available in October 2011 ("Clarinet Classics" in London).

Jean-Marc Fessard has been invited to give masterclasses in the Czech Republic (Prague Conservatory), Russia (St Petersburg Conservatory), Poland (Gdansk, Poznan, Lodz, Katowice), the UK (Royal College of Music, London), Beijing University, National Conservatory and China Conservatory in Beijing, Mexico (National Conservatory Mexico).

He is a member of the jury of the Gdansk International Brahms Competition and the Lodz Alexander Tansman International Chamber Music Competition.

Jean-Marc Fessard is the author of The Evolution of the Clarinet (published by Billaudot Paris), a work on the history of the clarinet, and is director of publications for Billaudot-Paris which published his clarinet method Ecoute, je joue!

Greg Barrett


Gregory Barrett
NIU School of Music
1425 W. Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115