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December, 19, 2014
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM


Meeting Room W184


Janice L. Minor

Janice L. Minor
Anthony J. Costa

Anthony J. Costa
John Kurokawa

John Kurokawa
Sarah Nowlin

Sarah Nowlin

Clarinets BIG and small- How to Utilize Them ALL!

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic will help band and orchestra directors to improve their clarinet sections by addressing important fundamental ensemble skills such as leadership roles, part independence and player confidence. This clinic will also address the idiosyncrasies of each instrument in the clarinet family (B-flat, E-flat, Alto clarinet, and Bass clarinet) such as intonation, tone color, blend/balance, and technical challenges.

Janice L. Minor - Biographical Information

Founded in 1995 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music,The Prestige Clarinet Quartet is group of four versatile clarinetists, armed with a wide array of exciting repertoire performing recitals and conducting master classes throughout the United States. Each of the quartet’s members is active as an orchestral player, solo recitalist, chamber musician, clinician, and music educator. For two consecutive years, the Prestige Quartet was the winner of the WGUC-90.9 FM (Cincinnati, Ohio) Young Artists Program, featuring the ensemble on live radio broadcasts. A winner of the International Clarinet Association’s Recording Competition, the quartet’s performance of Augustin Kubizek’s Three Sketches op. 44/2 is available on the “Music from the ICA” compact disk. The Prestige Clarinet Quartet has been a featured ensemble at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Columbus, Ohio, Atlanta, Georgia, Kansas City, Missouri, Los Angles, California, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium in Norman, Oklahoma, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Bayview Music Festival in Michigan. Janice L. Minor is the clarinet professor at James Madison University and the Saarburger Serenaden: International Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany. An active chamber and orchestral musician she has performed with the Montpelier Wind Quintet, Prestige Clarinet Quartet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Richmond Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, and on soundtracks for The Discovery Channel/National Geographic. Appearances as soloist, chamber musician and clinician include the U.S. Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany, U.S. Army Band Pershing’s Own, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Eighteenth Century Ensemble, Aspen Music Festival, Lucca Music Festival in Italy, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Primary teachers include Ronald de Kant, Larry Combs, John Yeh, Robert Marcellus, Clark Brody, and Ben Armato. A Buffet Crampon U.S.A. performing artist, her current CD, The Recital Clarinetist with pianist Paulo Steinberg, is being produced and distributed by Summit Records. For more information please visit

Anthony J. Costa - Biographical Information

Anthony J. Costa is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Penn State University. Costa has served as utility clarinetist/bass clarinetist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Opera Orchestra and is an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Wheeling (WVA) Symphony Orchestra and the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra. Costa is a devoted chamber musician and has performed across the United States as a member of The Prestige Clarinet Quartet, The Pennsylvania Quintet, and the Razbia Ensemble. A champion of contemporary music, Costa has collaborated with such renowned composers as John Corigliano, Gunther Schuller, John Harbison and Osvaldo Golijov. With the Chihara Trio (Timothy Deighton-viola and Enrico Elisi-piano) Costa presented a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

John Kurokawa - Biographical Information

John Kurokawa currently serves as the principal clarinetist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Instructor of Clarinet at Wright State University. He holds degrees in woodwind performance from Bowling Green State University (specializing on clarinet, flute, and saxophone) and clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Kurokawa has been a frequent soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic, featuring the works of John Adams, Mozart, John Williams, and Gerald Finzi. He has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and is also the principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Lakeside Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, he has presented concerts across the midwest with the Prestige Clarinet Quartet, Wright Winds, and Dayton Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet. Mr. Kurokawa is a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs exclusively on the Yamaha CSG clarinet.

Sarah Nowlin - Biographical Information

Sarah Nowlin is Director of Instrumental Ensembles at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Nowlin has dedicated nine summers teaching clarinet and chamber music and conducting the Intermediate Band at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Previously, Ms. Nowlin was Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Xavier University and the Instructor of Clarinet at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Ms. Nowlin is an active performer as a section clarinetist with the Dayton Philharmonic and a founding member of the Prestige Clarinet Quartet. She has also performed with the Richmond Symphony and Sorg Opera Company. Her research on the music of Antonin Kubizek has given her the opportunity to perform at the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and perform and lecture at the International Clarinet Festival. She has toured the United States, presenting clarinet/chamber music workshops, clinics and master classes.