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 2014 theme is The Jazz Clarinet. Information and photographs from past Clarinet Cornucopias can be found at Gregory Barrett's website. Click here for a press release summary.
This year’s featured performer is award-winning jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen. Ms. Cohen is a major player in the jazz world with a truly unique clarinet sound. She has performed at jazz venues and festivals all over the world. Writes the Chicago Tribune, “The lyric beauty of her tone, easy fluidity of her technique and extroverted manner of her delivery make this music accessible to all."
Following the concert, performed with her band, Ms. Cohen will give a two-hour jazz master class focusing on beginning jazz skills (part 1) and advanced jazz skills (part 2).
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.
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 again 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, 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, Anat Cohen, clarinet, and her band, Concert Hall|
|2:20||Master Class, Part 1, Beginning Jazz Skills, with Anat Cohen, Recital Hall|
|3:35||Master Class, Part 2, Advanced Jazz Skills, with Anat Cohen, 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.
Concert: Anat Cohen, clarinet, performs with her band. Performance at 1:15 p.m.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
A block of rooms has been reserved for participants for the nights of January 31 and February 1at 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 January 15. 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.
You may register online using a credit card or you may print and mail or fax (credit card only) 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.
Note: Registration for Clarinet Cornucopia includes admission for one to the Anat Cohen concert and jazz master classes. Extra tickets may be purchased for $20.00 each, either online or with the registration form.
High School and NIU Students: You are asked to register in advance by completing and mailing or faxing the registration form; do not use the online registration process. Be prepared to show your student ID when you check into the event on February 1.
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.
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 and NIU students.
Early Bird Fees (must be received by January 10)
After January 10