Clarinet Cornucopia is a festival for clarinetists who enjoy playing and learning about their favorite instrument and its extended world. Founded in 2002, Clarinet Cornucopia focuses on a different theme each year. Information and photos from past events can be found at Gregory Barrett's website.
The Cornucopia Choir returns under the directorship of Patrick Sheehan. All participants are invited to join the choir, which rehearses twice during the day.
All events take place in the Music Building on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
|8:30 a.m.||Registration, Concert Hall lobby.|
|9:00||Master Class, Classical Fundamentals, with Gregory Barrett, Room 155|
|9:45||Cornucopia Choir rehearsal, conducted by Patrick Sheehan, Room 155|
|11:15||Medley Recital of jazz-inspired classical works, Recital Hall|
|12 p.m.||Lunch on your own|
|1:15||Concert, Concert Hall|
|2:20||Master Class Part 1, Recital Hall|
|3:35||Master Class, Part 2, Recital Hall|
|4:45||Cornucopia Choir rehearsal, conducted by Patrick Sheehan, Concert Hall|
|6:00||Dinner on your own.|
|7:30||Clarinet Ensembles, Performance, Concert Hall, followed by a cake and punch reception in the Concert Hall lobby|
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE DAY
All participants are invited to join the Cornucopia Choir, which rehearses twice during the day and performs as part of the evening concert. Be sure to note your instrument on the registration form. Registrants interested in participating in the choir will receive an email from director Patrick Sheehan with pdf's of the music.
Medley Recital: Adult professional performers/teachers and graduate students perform; all must register for the event. If you are interested in playing in this recital, submit a brief written performance proposal to Dr. Barrett by January 16 (receipt deadline). Send to email@example.com or Greg Barrett, NIU School of Music, Northern Illinois University, 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL 60115. If you do not plan to bring your own accompanist, Dr. Barrett will have a list of NIU accompanists who will rehearse once on the morning of the event before the performance. Participants are expected to contact the accompanist directly; there is no charge to registrants for this service. Performance at 11:15.
Evening Concert: NIU and guest clarinet ensembles and the Cornucopia Choir perform at 7:30 p.m. If your ensemble would like to be considered for performance at the evening concert, contact Dr. Barrett by January 16. Performance at 7:30 p.m.
Morning Master Class: Clarinet Playing Fundamentals - open to all players
If you would like to perform in Dr. Barrett’s master class at 9 a.m., send a CD or audio file of your performance of the repertoire you would like to play to Dr. Barrett. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Barrett, NIU School of Music, Northern Illinois University, 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL 60115. There is no charge for participation. Receipt deadline: January 16.
Afternoon Master Class - for advanced jazz musicians
If you would like to perform in the advanced jazz skills master class at 3:35 p.m., send a CD or audio file of the tune you would like to play to Dr Barrett. Send to email@example.com or Greg Barrett, NIU School of Music, Northern Illinois University, 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL 60115. There is no charge for participation. Receipt deadline: January 16.
Maps and Parking
Clarinet Cornucopia is held in the Music Building on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, 65 miles west of Chicago and 45 miles southeast of Rockford. The Music Building is located on Lucinda Avenue and can be found on Mapquest.com by using the address 400 Lucinda Ave. Directions to the campus and maps are available on this website. Parking in campus lots is free on weekends; do not park in restricted spaces.
Lunch and dinner are on your own. A list of restaurants will be available at the registration table.
You may register using the registration form. Mail forms and check to: Office of External Programs, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., NIU, DeKalb, IL 60115-2828. Checks should be made payable to to Northern Illinois University. Forms with credit card payment may be faxed to (815) 753-8372.
If weather or an emergency forces the closure of NIU, this event will be canceled and registration fees will be refunded. Call the office at (815) 753-1450, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., We will do our best to contact registrants directly by email or phone. If after hours, check the website and our voicemail. If the event has not been canceled and an individual decides not to attend for any reason, including weather, no refund will be made.
NIU reserves the right to substitute guest artists and change the schedule.