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December, 20, 2023
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM




Kylie Stultz-Dessent

Kylie Stultz-Dessent

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Squeaks Be Gone! Clarinet Tips for Ensemble Directors

Clinic Synopsis:

In this session I will discuss several aspects of clarinet playing, including the inner workings of the clarinet embouchure – a topic often neglected in beginning methods. I will provide participants with useful tips, exercises, and resources to assist clarinetists in their programs. Attendees will learn to identify and correct clarinet “problems” based on the types of sounds their students produce and develop a better understanding of the intricacies involved in the clarinet embouchure.

Kylie Stultz-Dessent - Biographical Information

Clarinetist Dr. Kylie Stultz-Dessent is a versatile artist with a varied career as an educator, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) in Fort Wayne, IN. Prior to her appointment at PFW, Dr. Stultz served on faculty at Ball State University and was the clarinet instructor at the award-winning Carmel High School in Carmel, IN where she maintained a studio of 50+ precollege students.  

Dr. Stultz regularly performs throughout the country in orchestral and chamber music settings. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Richmond, Indiana, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in Carmel, Indiana, and the Columbus Philharmonic in Columbus, Indiana. Recently, Dr. Stultz has performed solo and chamber recitals at Bradley University and Campbellsville University. She is a founding member of 10th Muse, an all-female reed trio dedicated to performing works by historically-marginalized composers. A champion of new music, Dr. Stultz has premiered and commissioned new works by award-winning composers Erik Franklin, Ingrid Stözel, Leigha Amick, Chris Dessent, and Luke Ellard. Recent conference engagements include the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest, the American Single Reed Summit, the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference, and the College Music Society’s Great Lakes Conference.  

As a sought-after pedagogue and educator, Dr. Stultz regularly teaches clinics throughout the Midwest. In 2014 she co-founded the Indiana Clarinet Experience (ICE), a week-long clarinet institute that focuses on clarinet instruction, chamber music, music appreciation, and musicality. Dr. Stultz directs this camp on the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music campus each June and draws students from around the Midwest and beyond. The 2021 ICE participants were selected to perform at ClarinetFest 2021 and the camp has been featured in the International Clarinet Association Journal. Additionally, Dr. Stultz serves on faculty for the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic and is a member of the International Clarinet Association’s Pedagogy Committee. She is a Selmer Performing Artist and holds degrees from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (BM and DM) and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (MM). Her principal teachers include James Campbell, Jonathan Gunn, and Tasha Warren.