Utah Clarinet Festival

02/03/2018 to 03/03/2018
Weber State University - Browning Center
United States of America
North America

Geolocation is 41.1924454, -111.94187390000002

About the Festival

The Utah Clarinet Festival is a weekend of clarinet performances, clinics, and master classes open to clarinetists of all ages and skill levels. The festival is organized and hosted by the clarinet professors at Utah colleges and universities. This is the seventh annual festival.

The 2018 Utah Clarinet Festival will be held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah

  • When: Friday, March 2, 2018. Clinics will be presented every hour on the hour lasting 45-50 minutes from 1:00 until 5 :00 pm (for specific classes see schedule below). A clarinet recital featuring local clarinet teachers and professionals will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening. Saturday, March 3, 2018. This day will feature a clarinet choir reading session beginning at 9:00 a.m. for clarinetists at all levels, followed by 45 to 50 minute clinics, and master classes every hour on the hour from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm (for specific classes see below). At 5:30 p.m., Dr. Blake McGee will present a short clarinet recital.
  • Where: Weber State University, Ogden Utah in the Browning Center Lobby, Choral Room and Allred Theater.
  • Cost: The event is $20 for one day or $30 for both days. All events and concerts are included in the registration fee with donations appreciated for parents and guests who may attend. Registration tables will be set up at the main entrance (west, bottom floor) of the Browning Center on Friday from noon until 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 am. If you'd like to play for Dr. McGee or Dr. Morrison at a master class, space is limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis. If interested, contact Dr. Feller at dfeller@weber.edu.
  • Vendors: Vendors will display equipment for trial and purchase on Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please support our vendors and purchase products!
  • Parking & Registration: If you plan to attend on Friday, March 2nd, park in the paid parking lot directly west of the Browning Center. Saturday parking is free either directly west and/or south of the Browning Center. When registering, enter the main door of the Browning Center (facing west). You'll see our registration table just inside with forms, maps and program guides.



Utah Clarinet Festival

Dr. David E. Feller


D'Addario & Company

Riverton Music

Summerhays Music


Event Schedule


Schedule subject to change. All participants will receive a final schedule with updated master class assignments at registration on March 2.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Noon Registration Opens Browning Center Lobby  
1:00 PM Exhibits OpenBrowning Center Lobby Browning Center Lobby
rooms 113 and 210
Test out instruments and equipment at the exhibits
1:00 PM Dr. Madeline Johnson Browning Center Room 136 "Preparing to Perform"
2:00 PM Dr. Bill Holman Browning Center Room 136 "Introduction to "Advanced Clarinet Studies:
The Art of Chunking" by P. George and Phyllis A. Louke.
Clarinet edition by Robert Patterson"
3:00 PM Dr. Jaren Hinckley Browning Center Room 136 "Obnoxious Things You Did in Junior High Band
That are Actually Helpful to
Your Success as a Musician!"
4:00 PM Myroslava Hagen, Jenifer Olson Browning Center Room 136 "Reeds, Mouthpieces and Clarinets!
It's all about finding the right equipment
to develop your sound."
5:30 PM Dinner Break, Exhibits Close    
7:30 PM Utah Clarinetists Recital Browning Center Room 136 Programs provided separately



Saturday, March 3, 2018

8:30 AM Exhibits Open, Registration continues Browning Center Lobby  
9:00 AM Clarinet Choir Reading Sessions Browning Center Room 136 College level, High school, and Junior high
school clarinetists combined. (Conductor TBA)
10:00 AM Dr. Jeffrey O'Flynn Browning Center Room 136 "Developing Fast Fingers"
10:00 AM Dr. Nicolas Morrison Browning Center Room 113 High School Clarinet Master Class
11:00 AM Utah Symphony Clarinetists
Performance and Discussion
Browning Center Room 136 With Erin Svoboda - Utah Symphony Associate
Principal and E-Flat Clarinet
and Lee Livengood - Utah Symphony Clarinet
and Bass Clarinet
12:00 PM Lunch Break    
1:00 PM Dr. Blake McGee Browning Center Room 136 College Master Class
2:00 PM Pamela S. Lemons Browning Center Room 136 "How to Maximize Your Performing Ability."
3:00 PM Dr. Blake McGee Browning Center Room 136 "ReedWorks: A Guide to Single Reed Adjustment"
4:00 PM Dr. Henry Caceres Browning Center Room 136 "Jorge Montilla's Use of Latin American Rhythms
and Folk Dances in His Compositions"
4:00 PM Russell Harlow Browning Center Room 113 "Clarinet Voicing: The Secret to a Great Sound"
5:00 PM Exhibits Close    
5:30 PM Festival Finale Concert: Dr. Blake McGee M. Thatcher Allred Theater Programs provided separately


*All classes and clinics are subject to change.

Dr. Blake McGee is Associate Professor of Clarinet and Music History at the University of Wyoming. A native of the west coast, Dr. McGee performed as a member of the Portland Opera, Vancouver Symphony, and the Oregon Mozart Players chamber orchestra. He is currently principal clarinet of the Wyoming Symphony. He is a highly active chamber musician performing regularly with the Wyoming Reed Trio and Woodwind Quintet, The Wu-McGee Duo, and as a member of Lights Along the Shore, a trio specializing in original arrangements of eclectic music from around the world. Additionally, he tours annually throughout the country as a recitalist.

As an avid reed-maker and researcher, Dr. McGee has begun developing new methods for evaluating clarinet reeds based on design parameters. In 2009, McGee was invited to present his research methods and findings at the International Clarinet Association's conference in Portugal. In 2016, he published a book titled "ReedWorks: A Guide to Single Reed Adjustment" that covers a variety of topics on working with single reeds. He regularly provides master classes on reed adjustment and reed making for clarinet and saxophone studios at universities nationally and continues to research the topic extensively.

Dr. McGee earned degrees in Clarinet Performance and History from the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon.

If you have questions or comments regarding this event, please contact Dr. David E. Feller, dfeller@weber.edu or call 801-626-6436.


Festival sponsors include D'Addario & Company, Riverton Music and Summerhays Music.