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December, 18, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM




Charles West

Charles West

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Symphony of Solutions: Taming the Unique Challenges of the Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

Clinic Synopsis:

A lecture-demonstration discussing tuning and tonal issues which are unique to the clarinet and whose solutions and explanations are easily confused with other wind instruments. Solutions and suggestions for problems of pitch, tone, voicing and technique gathered from five decades of college teaching successes and failures. How we can give players of these instruments a maximum opportunity for success.

Charles West - Biographical Information

The International Clarinet Association recently recognized Charles West for outstanding lifetime achievement as a clarinet performer, teacher and scholar. He has performed recitals and concertos throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America Australia and Asia, recorded repertoire ranging from standard sonatas to avant-garde on labels including Klavier, Wilson Audiophile, Centaur, CRI, Crystal, and is heard on a Grammy Award-winning Telarc CD. His former students enjoy careers performing in premiere military ensembles and symphony orchestras and as university professors, teachers, technicians, and as leaders in the clarinet community. A Fulbright Scholar and Past President of the International Clarinet Association, his career includes nearly thirty years as Principal Clarinetist in six professional orchestras and opera companies. He has held teaching positions in four North American universities, with guest professorships in South America, Asia, and Australia, recently coming out of retirement to teach at East Carolina University. Before retiring from Virginia Commonwealth University, he received the VCUArts' highest faculty award, the VCUArts Award of Excellence. He is a Buffet Crampon USA performing artist, an Honorary Member of the International Clarinet Association, and his books on woodwinds are published by GIA.