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Clarinet Study at Hartt

Welcome to the clarinet department of the Hartt School. Classical clarinet training at Hartt is a comprehensive program designed to prepare musicians for careers as performers in the 21st century. Students receive a weekly, one-hour private lesson with Ayako Oshima or Curt Blood, each an internationally recognized artist/teacher on their instrument.

Whether you aspire to work as a professional clarinetist, music educator, producer, or manager, we have a place for you in the Hartt clarinet studios. As a clarinet student at the Hartt School, you will be challenged to be the finest player that you can be, through the study of scales, standard etudes, recital literature, and orchestral repertoire. Students take part in orchestral repertoire classes, as well as weekly studio classes, which will cover more clarinet-specific work, such as tone production, finger technique, etc.

The top rank of clarinetists will have the opportunity to audition for Hartt's 20/20 program, a full-tuition paid chamber music program for our elite instrumental students in all areas. In addition, annual competitions allow winning students to perform concerti with the orchestra or wind ensemble.

Large ensembles play a significant role in the musical life of our clarinetists. Practical application of technical and musical knowledge acquired in private lessons is effected through various ensemble performance opportunities. Whether it's the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, or Symphony Band, you will perform concerts that will challenge and inspire you. Competitive seating auditions are held each semester for these groups. To ensure fairness, these are screened auditions. This means that if you work hard and improve your skills, there is no limit to what you can achieve, regardless of your major.

We thank you for your interest in the Hartt School, and hope that you will contact us if you have any questions about our clarinet studios.

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