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Summer Clarinet Masterclasses with Adam Berkowitz

August 13th - August 17th 2014

Middle School Sessions, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
High School Sessions, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


This series of performance-oriented masterclasses 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 Margaret Wyporek, HCD Music Program Manager, at wyporek@hartford.edu or (860) 768-4451.


About Adam Berkowitz

  • Hartt Community Division faculty since 2007.
  • Education: DMA in Clarinet from Rutgers University, MM in Performance from SUNY Purchase, Bachelor’s in Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College.
  • Teachers have included: Maureen Hurd, Ayako Oshima, Michael Galvan, David Krakauer, Ken Grant, and Robert DiLutis.
  • Author of Advanced Contemporary Techniques for Clarinet: A Step by Step Guide to Mastery in 4 Key Areas.
  • Featured presenter at ClarinetFest 2010.

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