Ask clarinetists what type of music they like performing the most, and they most likely will answer, "chamber music." In addition to the extensive repertoire for clarinet duos, trios, quartets, and choir, clarinetists are fortunate to have the opportunity to perform with other instruments in first-rate duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and more.
Through an organized chamber music program, clarinetists at Ohio University have the opportunity to study and perform chamber music of all styles, periods, and types of instrumentation: from standards like the Brahms Trio, Op. 114, and Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock to the most contemporary pieces for clarinet and percussion. Through our New Music program, students may elect to study contemporary music in depth.
The Ohio University Clarinet Choir, established in 2000, is a wonderful medium for learning basic chamber music and clarinet section skills, including cueing, blending, tuning, projecting, shaping phrases, combating performance anxiety, and interacting and communicating with others in a positive and productive musical fashion. Students become acquainted with the auxiliary instruments of the clarinet family, thus enriching their expertise as current and future performers and teachers. Most of all, they gain musical enjoyment and a feeling of camaraderie.
The Ohio University Clarinet Choir had the honor of being invited to perform at the Ohio Music Educators Association annual conference in Cincinnati on February 8, 2002. The program, entitled "Clarinet Concerto Extravaganza," featured six outstanding student soloists-Elizabeth Aleksander, Andrea Bitunjac, Ying Chang, Kelly Colby, Weilun He, and Angela Opell-in duo concerti by Krommer, Mendelssohn, and Ponchielli. The Ohio University Clarinet Choir was again invited to OMEA 2005. The performance occurred on Friday, February 4, 2005 at the Cincinnati Convention Center. The program featured a variety of works in classical, contemporary, and jazz/swing styles.
Last updated on March 2, 2018.
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