REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 4 AND SAVE!!
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. The 2013 theme is Clarinet Duos. Information and photographs from past Clarinet Cornucopias can be found at Gregory Barrett's website.
This year’s performers/clinicians are William Hudgins and Catherine Hudgins. William is the principal clarinetist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Catherine performs frequently with the Boston Symphony, Portland (ME) Symphony, and as principal clarinetist with the National Lyric Opera.
The focus of the 2013 festival is the performance of duos, one of the most common performing situations for a clarinetist in an orchestra. Usually the two unique parts are closely related and the players must match each other in tone, intonation, and style of interpretation.
The Cornucopia Choir returns under the directorship of Patrick Sheehan. All participants are invited to join the choir, which rehearses twice during the day. Music will either be sent to registrants by email about a month before the festival or handed out on March 9.
For the advancing pre-professional clarinetist, expert coaching of standard orchestral excerpts is offered in a free-ranging audition preparation master class.
All events take place in the Music Building on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
This event has received financial support from the NIU School of Music. Thanks to a special grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the registration fees this year have been reduced and high school students are invited to attend gratis. A copy of a student ID will be required for all students when they register.
|8:30 a.m.||Registration, Concert Hall lobby.|
|9:00||Master Class with Gregory Barrett. Concert Hall stage|
|9:45||Cornucopia Choir rehearsal, conducted by Patrick Sheehan, Concert Hall stage|
|11:15||Medley Recital, Recital Hall|
|12 p.m.||Lunch on your own|
|1:15||Recital, William Hudgins and Catherine Hudgins, Recital Hall|
|2:20||Master Class, Part 1, with William Hudgins and Catherine Hudgins, Recital Hall|
|3:35||Master Class, Part 2, with William Hudgins and Catherine Hudgins, Recital Hall|
|4:45||Cornucopia Choir rehearsal, conducted by Patrick Sheehan, Concert Hall stage|
|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. Music to practice will either be sent to registrants by email about a month before the festival or provided at the festival.
Medley Recital: Adult professional performers/teachers and graduate students perform. If you are interested in playing in this recital, submit a brief written performance proposal to Dr. Barrett by February 4 (receipt deadline). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 March 9 before the performance. Participants are expected to contact the accompanist directly; there is no charge to registrants for this service.
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 February 4.
If you would like to perform in Dr. Barrett’s master class, send a CD or audio file of your performance of the repertoire you would like to play to Dr. Barrett by February 4 (receipt deadline). 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 additional charge for participation.
Afternoon Master Class
Guest artists William Hudgins and Catherine Hudgins coach students in a free-ranging audition preparation master class.
If you would like to perform in the afternoon master class, prepare a CD or audio file of two contrasting orchestral excerpts that you would like to play. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Barrett, NIU School of Music, Northern Illinois University, 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL 60115. Excerpts played by first and second clarinet together are preferred.
Receipt deadline: February 4.
A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of March 8 and 9 for participants at the Holmes Student Center Guest Rooms on the campus of Northern Illinois University. The rooms cost about $65 (not including tax) for a single or double and may be reserved by calling (815) 753-1444 by March 1. Mention the name of the event to the desk clerk for this rate. For a list of other DeKalb and area hotels, call (815) 753-1450.
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.
Print and complete the registration form and mail with your payment to: Office of External Programs, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2828. Your form must be accompanied by your payment. You may pay by check (payable to Northern Illinois University) or credit card. In order to receive gratis registration, a copy of a student id card must accompany all high school student registrations.
In the event that the event organizers decide to cancel the event because of the weather, or if NIU is closed for any reason, registration fees will be refunded. If you suspect the event might be cancelled, call the office, which is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We will do our best to provide information about this: Check our website, your email in-box, and your telephone messages. If it is after 4:30 p.m. on a weekday or anytime during a weekend, you’ll find a message on our voice mail. The number is (815) 753-1450. If the event is not cancelled, but an individual decides not to attend for any reason, including weather, there are no refunds.
NIU reserves the right to substitute guest artists and change the schedule.
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, we are again able to offer reduced fees for this year's event and gratis registration for high school students.
Early Bird Fees (must be received by February 4) Note: Students are expected to provide a copy of a student ID. A registration form is required for each attendee.
free for high school and NIU students
$20 per person for college students
$40 per person, general public
After February 4
free for high school and NIU students. Note: Students are expected to provide a copy of a student ID.
A registration form is required for each attendee.
$30 per person for college students
$55 per person, general public