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Summer Clarinet Master Classes with Adam Berkowitz

August 8th through August 12th, 2016

Middle School Session: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
*Optional afternoon session for MS students
High School Session: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

This series of performance-oriented master classes will help students improve their musicianship through a guided review of basic technique, intensive study of solo and ensemble repertoire, and efficient practice habit development. Students will delve into recordings of prominent clarinetists of yesterday and today, and look at instrument and reed maintenance to maximize achievement. Advance your musicianship while gaining a greater understanding of what makes a well-rounded clarinetist.

Daily Schedule for Middle School and High School Clarinetists:

45 minutes of warm-up, with a focus on basic technique, long tones, and scales
45 minutes of sight-reading and developing efficient practice skills
30 minutes of clarinet care or guided listening
60 minutes of solo and ensemble repertoire study

Program Highlights for Middle School and High School Clarinetists:

  • Basic Technique in Review
  • The Line: A Review of Proper Clarinet Hold
  • Feeling the Breath: Exploring Fast Air
  • Focusing on Sight-Reading
  • The What, Where, When, and How Much of Practice
  • Problem Solving in the Practice Room
  • Orange Peels and Clarinets: Reed and Clarinet Maintenance
  • Artist History: Recordings of Prominent Clarinetists of the Past and Present

Middle School students should have a minimum of two years of playing experience before enrolling in this program. High School students should have a minimum of three years of playing experience before enrolling. Students who wish to enroll, but do not have the required experience should request an audition. To arrange for an audition please contact Barbara Hill, Summer Program Manager, at harttcomm@hartford.edu or (860) 768-4451..

About Adam Berkowitz

Adam Berkowitz has built a reputation as an energetic teacher and performer.  Based in West Hartford CT, he is adjunct faculty at the Hartt School Community Division where he has a studio of private students.  In 2007, Adam completed a DMA in Clarinet at Rutgers University where he studied with Maureen Hurd. Adam is the author of Advanced Contemporary Techniques for the Clarinet, a method book that guides students through the use of extended techniques in daily practice. This book was the subject of his 2011 presentation at ClarinetFest in Los Angeles.  As half of Lituus Duo, Adam performs regularly with saxophonist/composer T. L. Hine. Adam is also interested in electronic music, and has: composed pieces for clarinet and Ableton Live9, remixed Michael Lowenstern’s Aftermarket, and developed performance software in Max6. Adam also loves to spend time with his wife Ilana and sons, Noam and Yaron.

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