There was a wonderful afternoon of research presentations on Wednesday to conclude the I.C.A. Research Competition on LSU’s campus.
Kristine Dizon (USA) presented a report on The Chronological Clarinet: Musical Identities of Widor, Milhaud, Smith, and Mandat. By looking at these four unique musical identities we were able to see how the writing for clarinet has developed through its time.
Erica Low (USA) presented her research, Examination of Embouchure Force During Clarinet Performance. This was extremely interesting and involved using TekScan FlexiForce sensors to measure pressure from the top teeth, bottom lip/reed, and thumb rest while performing certain short exercises on the clarinet. This included changing dynamics, pitch bending, and articulation. There are many future possibilities for this research. Look for Erica’s upcoming article in The Clarinet.
Elizabeth Stimpert (USA), looked at Collaboration and the Creation of New Music for Bass Clarinet. Her presentation included interviews with Sparnaay, Bok, Lowenstern, Jonathan Russell, and Evan Ziporyn. It also covered collaboration more specifically including its different roles and types. Elizabeth also commissioned a work for the repertoire displaying her enthusiasm for new music and bass clarinet.
Jeremy Wohletz (USA) has visited Bali in order to study Gamelan music and was inspired to transcribe it for clarinet choir. In his presentation, East Meets West: Transcribing Balinese Gamelan for Clarinet Choir he gave an overview to Gamelan. He then played musical examples of the Gamelan instruments and the corresponding clarinet assigned. He experimented with ways to create the shimmer effect present in Gamelan in the choir by using traditional fingerings and microtonal fingerings. Look for Jeremy’s arrangement of Bopong by Wayan Lotring.
The judges for the competition were Peggy Dees, Wesley Ferriera, and Margaret Donaghue Flavin. Thanks to Doug Monroe for his coordination of this year’s competition!
First Place: Erica Low
“Examination of Embouchure Force During Clarinet Performance”
Second Place: Jeremy Wohletz
“East Meets West: Transcribing Balinese Gamelan for Clarinet Choir”
–Notes by Dr. Dawn Marie Lindblade
Dr, Lindblade is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Clinician at Clarinet Pro Workshops, Austin Texas.