Hello and welcome to the ClarinetFest 2014 Blog! It’s an uncharacteristically cool summer morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the festival begins. With attendees arriving, the halls are abuzz with eager performers, lecturers, and presenters echoing what can only be an exciting week of clarinet to come. The campus has been busy for days with rehearsals and volunteers working tirelessly to provide exceptional performances and classes for the attendees, and every amount of work and effort culminates as the doors open, badges are issued, and the halls and classrooms fill.
Our first day brings several research competitors, performances, and our first lectures on entrepreneurship, this year’s aptly chosen ClarinetFest topic. In a time where the successful must be more than talented and hardworking, the young performer is continually seeking new ways and new mindsets to help build their career and ensure a successful future. This festival will hopefully be one of many experiences that the clarinet community will draw from as we continue in a fast and constantly evolving field.
In addition to the entrepreneurial lectures, ClarinetFest 2014 will be filled with master classes, performances, and several competitions throughout to keep every attendee engaged and enlivened with various musical inspirations. If you were unable to attend this year, check back daily to read a full report on each scheduled event. You can see the daily schedules along with their programs and short abstracts here. Be sure to like the posts and follow the ClarinetFest Blog to be alerted when new reports are published each morning. Let’s get #ClarinetFest2014 trending! Wherever this day finds you, we hope you have a great one.
See y’all again soon,
Melissa Morales is a Master’s student at DePaul University studying with Julie DeRoche and Larry Combs. She currently teaches at The People’s Music School and performs with The Candid Concert Opera’s Orchestra Nova and the Chicago Symphonic Winds.