DePaul's clarinet studio is well known for its high level of clarinet
education, its productive and collegial atmosphere, and its successful
alumni. Our goal is to give students the tools needed for success as
clarinetists and musicians, no matter the career path they choose. We
strive to give our students a clear understanding of what it takes to be
a professional, and we do this in an environment of constructive
support. We are one studio, with four teachers, and a terrific set of
enthusiastic and talented students.
The Clarinet Studio
There are approximately 22-25 clarinet studentsat DePaul, of whom 16-18 are undergraduate students and 6-8 are master's and certificate students. All students have contact with the faculty members through weekly studio class, and students often study with more than one faculty member during their career at DePaul. The faculty members are good colleagues with similar teaching ideas, playing styles and attitudes. This applies to DePaul's clarinet students as well, who support each other's growth and become a cohesive unit.
While at DePaul, clarinet students have opportunities to perform in
DePaul's orchestras, wind ensembles and chamber music groups. They may
also take orchestral repertoire courses, courses in studio teaching as a
career and in the business of music. Studio class topics include the
study of performance, how to teach, supervised peer teaching, reed
making and adjustment, repertoire, orchestral excerpts, audition
preparation and much more.
Studio and playing assignments are based on the needs of the
particular student, but all students receive a well rounded education to
improve technical basics, such as embouchure and tongue position, tonal
development, consistent intonation, articulation, breathing, technical
development and how to practice, how to take a successful audition, etc.
Study materials consist of much of the basic scale and etude
repertoire, solo and chamber literature, and orchestral literature and
excerpts. Our goal is to prepare students for the probability of
success in many different careers in music.
Recent Student Performances
Premire Rhapsodie Claude Debussy
Shepherd on the Rock. Op. 129 Franz Schubert
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 167 Camille Saint-Sans
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano Aram Khachaturian
Dance Preludes Witold Lutoslawski
Concertpiece No. 2, Op. 114 Felix Mendelssohn
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115 Johannes Brahms
Sonatina Bohuslav Martin
Fantasiestcke, Op. 73 Robert Schumann
Duos for Flute and Clarinet Robert Muczynski
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
DePaul alums have won positions in major orchestras, teach at
universities, high schools and elementary schools, work in arts
management or in recording studios and have successful free-lance
performance careers. We are proud of the many successes of our students
and alumni, who continually prove to us that they leave DePaul not only
as good clarinetists, but as confident individuals and educated,
Orchestra positions held by DePaul alumni include:
- Indianapolis Symphony
- Minnesota Orchestra
- National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.
- Philadelphia Orchestra
- San Antonio Orchestra
- San Francisco Symphony
- Syracuse Symphony
- L'Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Canada
- Ottawa Symphony, Canada
- Osaka Philharmonic, Japan
- U.S Marine Band, The Presidents Own
We love to keep up with our alums. What are you doing now? Please contact Julie DeRoche at firstname.lastname@example.org to update us on your accomplishments.