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ClarinetFest® 2011

The International Clarinet Association, in conjunction with the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communications, held ClarinetFest® 2011 on the campus from August 3-7. This event, which is the annual conference for the ICA, was the largest in the association’s history, bringing over 1400 attendees and 300 performers from more than 35 countries onto our campus. The 5 day conference featured 85 concerts, 13 lectures, 9 masterclasses, 5 competitions and one concert at the spectacular Hollywood Bowl on a perfect starlit night.

Co-artistic director and professor of clarinet, Dr. Julia Heinen spent over 3 years planning this spectacular event. In addition to Heinen, a number of CSUN music faculty and students played key roles in the success of this conference. Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov, professor of piano, performed beautifully as a collaborative artist with some of the world finest clarinetists including Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Mark Nuccio, acting principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic; and native Southern California clarinetist, Burt Hara, principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Dr. John Roscigno did an outstanding job conducting 6 clarinet soloists with the ClarinetFest® Festival Orchestra -- ending with a rousing encore of “Flight of the Bumblebee” arranged for all six soloists and orchestra by emeritus professor, Dr. Daniel Kessner. Dr. Larry Stoffel, professor of bands, along with the CSUN Wind Ensemble did a wonderful job performing a night of clarinet concertos with 8 of the world’s most renowned clarinetists.

Everyone who performed and all audience members were extremely impressed with the world-class facilities that our campus had to offer. The beautiful Valley Performing Arts Center was the centerpiece of the conference, which included 6 performance venues and two large exhibit spaces. Los Angeles has never seen such a large gathering of clarinetists!

Some of the exhibitors at ClarinetFest

John Roscigno and the Festival Orchestra clarinet soloists

Dmitry Rachmanov with Ricardo Morales

John Roscigno and the ClarinetFest Festival Orchestra and Soloists

ClarinetFest at the Hollywood Bowl

Julia Heinen introducing the CSUN Wind Ensemble

CSUN Wind Ensemble with Dr. Larry Stoffel and the Vendome Quartet

John Roscigno with clarinetist Stanley Drucker and the Festival Orch.

John Roscigno and clarinetist, Stanley Drucker