Category Archives: Events/Performances

May 12th, 2017: Tenth Anniversary Concert

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Featuring:                                                             

John Bruce Yeh     Jorge Montilla     Chloe Feoranzo    Michael Lowenstern and Eric Mandat    

conducted by John Clemons 

Premieres by Leo Schwartz and Noah Potter                                      

 

 

 

 

Weber Concertino Competition

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Rules & Important Information*

  1. Applicants must be in high school.
  2. Applicants must submit a video recording of Concertino in E-flat Major Op. 26, by Carl Maria von Weber on or before April 21, 2017, 11:59pm CST.
  3. Piano accompaniment is encouraged, but not required.
  4. Application fee is $25.00 USD. A payment invoice will be sent after all application materials have been received.
  5. Video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube. Please include a link to your video in the application form below.
  6. All applications and payment must be received by April 21, 2017, 11:59pm CST.
  7. In order to be eligible to receive the grand prize of $500 USD, the winner is required to perform at the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble Gala Concert on May 12th, 2017.

Video Requirements*

  1. Videos must be recorded in one continuous take.
  2. Videos may not be edited, enhanced, cut, or in any way altered.
  3. While professional recording equipment is not required, quality of recording and recording venue is important to consider. Choose a space and choose equipment which will most accurately represent how you sound. For tips on how to create an audition video, please view the video, “How to Create an Awesome Prescreen Recording,” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKjWN_J-ZWA&feature=youtu.be
  4. Please set video privacy settings to “unlisted” at the time of application. For instructions on how to post videos and edit privacy settings for YouTube videos, please visit https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

*Failure to follow competition policies and procedures will result in disqualification.

CHICAGO CLARINET SYMPOSIUM: MAY 12-13, 2017

Northeastern Illinois University.  5500 North St. Louis Avenue.  Chicago, IL.  60625

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Artistic Director:  Dr. Rose Sperrazza          Assistant Director:  Cally Laughlin

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Masterclasses

  • Speak Your Mind: Artistic Expression and the Soloist with John Bruce Yeh
  • To “C” or not to “C”:  Operatic Clarinet Excerpts and Perspectives with Charlene Zimmerman
  • All Write Already: Compose Your Own Cadenza Workshop with Eric P. Mandat
  • BASS-ically Speaking: The Highs and Lows of the Bass Clarinet with Michael Lowenstern
  • Teaching with Toys:  Creativity in the Clarinet Studio with David Bell
  • E-flat-uation: Learning to Love the Eb Clarinet with Jorge Montilla
  • I’ve Got Your Bach…and Telemann: An Approach to Skill Building through Unaccompanied Works with Kathy Pirtle
  • Tell Your Story! Improv 101 and Jam Session with Chloe Feoranzo
  • Arranging for the Clarinet Quartet with Erin Miesner and  Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet
  • Sound Health: Somatics in the Clarinet Studio with Rosemary Engelstad

Shared Recitals

John Bruce Yeh and Jorge Montilla
Michael Lowenstern and Eric Mandat
David Bell, Kathy Pirtle, Andrea DiOrio

Gala Concert

Chicago Clarinet Ensemble, 10th Anniversary Concert with Michael Lowenstern, Jorge Montilla, Chloe Feoranzo, and John Bruce Yeh

General Rate: $115 for the Two-Day Symposium
Student Rate: $80 (must be enrolled full time)
Daily Rate: $65
Individual Master Class or Concert Rate: $15 (pay at the door)

Registration and Accommodations

(detailed schedule will be posted in February)

Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition: October 22th, 2016

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Eligibility:  Any combination of woodwind ensembles ranging from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 8 players. In lieu of screening recordings, each group must send a short referral/recommendation letter from a teacher or professional reference, or a link to a live performance.  Please send the letter, via email, to Dr. Rose Sperrazza, rsperrazza@comcast.net.  Applications may be filled out and submitted on line (see below).

Repertoire:  Original or transcriptions are acceptable.  Please choose repertoire that shows the group at its best within the 8-minute time limit.  Performances that exceed 8 minutes will be disqualified.

Date/Location:  The competition will be held at Northeastern Illinois University, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL  60659. on October 22, 2016 at 3:00PM.  The competition will be open to audience members and begins at 3:00PM.  Each group will be notified of acceptance within one week of application submission.

Requirements:  There are no age restrictions.  Groups of all experience levels are welcome but please be advised that letters of recommendation will be strongly considered.  There is a $15 fee per member of each ensemble.  Payment may be in the form of check (Chicago Clarinet Ensemble) or Pay Pal (you will be invoiced after acceptance).  Payment must be made in full within 5 business days of the ensemble’s official acceptance.

Prize:  $1,000.  Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

Adjudicators:  To Be Announced

Deadline: October 17, 2016 (repertoire list can be sent after this date)

Transportation and Lodging:  Participants from outside the Chicago area must make their own hotel, transportation and meal arrangements.  Northeastern Illinois University does not have dormitories.  We recommend the Holiday Inn of Skokie, Illinois due to its proximity to the university.  We may be able to arrange a shuttle to and from the competition.  Holiday Inn

April 16, 2016: A Variety show starring Patti Vasquez and Jorge Montilla

WGNlaughThe Chicago Clarinet Ensemble presents a variety show with Chicago comedian and WGN radio host PATTI VASQUEZ.  She kicks off the night with her hilarious stand up comedy and then interviews the musicians and performers.  Venezuelan super star clarinet virtuoso JORGE MONTILLA joins Chicago Clarinet Ensemble for a new arrangement of Piazzolla’s Muerte del Angel.  Enjoy performances by Chicago’s South Shore Color Guard (original choreography by Asher Waldron), soprano Kathy Cowan, and kid dance duo Katherine and Alexander Waterman.  Get some variety in your life on April 16th at 7:30PM!

Saturday, April 16th, 7:30PM. NEIU Auditorium, 3701 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL
General Admission:  $15; Students:  $10; NEIU
Purchase Tickets HERE.

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Chicago Woodwind Competition: October 17th, 2015

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Eligibility:  Any combination of woodwind ensembles ranging from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 8 players. In lieu of screening recordings, each group must send a short referral/recommendation letter from a teacher or professional reference. Please send the letter, via email, to Dr. Rose Sperrazza, rsperrazza@comcast.net.  Applications may be filled out and submitted on line (see below).

Repertoire:  Original or transcriptions are acceptable.  Please choose repertoire that shows the group at its best within the 8-minute time limit.  Performances that exceed 8 minutes will be disqualified.

Date/Location:  The competition will be held at Northeastern Illinois University, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL  60659. on October 17th, 2015 at 3:00PM.  The competition will be open to audience members and begins at 3:00PM.  Each group will be notified of acceptance within one week of application submission.

Requirements:  There are no age restrictions.  Groups of all experience levels are welcome but please be advised that letters of recommendation will be strongly considered.  There is a $15 fee per member of each ensemble.  Payment may be in the form of check (Chicago Clarinet Ensemble) or Pay Pal (you will be invoiced after acceptance).  Payment must be made in full within 5 business days of the ensemble’s official acceptance.

Prize:  $1,000.  Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

Adjudicators:  To Be Announced

Deadline: October 1, 2015 (repertoire list can be sent after this date)

Transportation and Lodging:  Participants from outside the Chicago area must make their own hotel, transportation and meal arrangements.  Northeastern Illinois University does not have dormitories.  We recommend the Holiday Inn of Skokie, Illinois due to its proximity to the university.  We may be able to arrange a shuttle to and from the competition.  Holiday Inn

Chicago Clarinet Ensemble and Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans: October 16th, 2015

Doreen Ketchens, the “Queen of Clarinet” from New Orleans is coming to Chicago!

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans will be featured on the Jewel Box Series at Northeastern Illinois University on October 16th, 2015 at 7:30PM.  Chicago Clarinet Ensemble is completely jazzed about performing Leo Schwartz’s new arrangement of Gershwin’s Summertime with DoreDoreen for Pixoen.  Get your tickets early for this concert because we expect a full house!

Get your tickets HERE.  Use the code “CCE” for a $5 discount!