Summer Clarinet Master Classes with Alan Francis
August 8 through August 12, 2016
Middle-school program: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
*Optional middle-school full-day option: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
High School Session: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.768.4451.
About Alan Francis
- Education: B.M., The Hartt School; M.M., The Hartt School; Teacher Certification Program, The Hartt School
- Clarinet Study: Kalmen Opperman, Robert Genovase, Keith Wilson, William Goldstein, Henry Larsen
- Orchestral Performance Experience: Member of the Hartford Symphony (Principal, Assistant Principal, Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet), New Britain Symphony (Principal), Simsbury Light Opera Company Orchestra (Principal), Hartford Chamber Orchestra (Assistant Principal), Asylum Hill Chamber Orchestra, Farmington Valley Choral Society Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony, Goodspeed Opera House Orchestra, Baroque Arts Chamber Orchestra of Washington D.C. (Principal), Inter Service Repertory Orchestra (Principal)
- Band Experience: The United States Army Band of Washington D.C. (Assistant Principal, Eb, Bass, Eb Alto, Bb Contra Bass), Wind Ensemble of The Baroque Arts Chamber Orchestra of Washington D.C., Hartford Pops Band (Principal, Assistant Principal, Principal Second)
- Chamber Music Studies: Robert Bloom, Julius Baker, Keith Wilson, Kalmen Opperman, Henry Larsen, Williwm Goldstein, Harvey Goldstein
- Chamber Music Experience: Solisti di Fiati Octet (founder), Hartford Symphony Woodwind Quintet, Harmonie Hartford, Die Friespieler Octet, Pro Arte Quintet of Washington D.C.
- Teaching Experience: Band and Orchestra Teacher, West Hartford Public Schools, from 1975 to 2008; Band and Orchestra Teacher, West Hartford Public Schools, Summer School 1980 to 1984; Clarinet Teacher, Windsor Public Schools 1972-1975
- Hartt Community Division faculty member since 2002