USA Clarinet Day

USA Clarinet Day 2016

USA Clarinet Day 2018

Saturday, March 17th, 2018
University of South Alabama
Laidlaw Performing Arts Center

We welcome all interested clarinetists to participate in USA’s second­ annual Clarinet Day. Participants will experience a day of recitals, master classes, clarinet choir, workshops, and exhibits.

The event will feature guest artist Dr. Jonathan Holden and USA's Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Dr. Kip Franklin.

Jonathan Holden is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University, Principal Clarinetist of the West Michigan Symphony and a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. A frequent guest of numerous orchestras, he has performed with ensembles such as the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Baton Rouge and Lansing symphony orchestras, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Mobile Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Vireo Ensemble (clarinet, violin, cello, piano) and the Argot Trio (clarinet, violin, piano).

Holden is an ardent soloist and chamber music collaborator. He has made guest appearances with ensembles such as the Degas, Ciompi and Voxare string quartets and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician by invitation of the British Clarinet Congress, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, Festival South, Festival Contempoaneo (Brazil), Alfredo de Saint Malo Festival (Panama), Chamber Music Wilmington, American Music Festival and Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival. He has given performances, clinics and masterclasses at collegiate establishments in the US and overseas including Vanderbilt, Michigan State University, the national conservatories of Panama and Paris and the universities of Memphis, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and Rio de Janeiro.

A proponent of new chamber music, Holden's latest work with the Argot Trio has yielded notable fundraising success and the commissioning of several new trios to be included on a forthcoming CD, Made in Mississippi, featuring works inspired by the birthplace of America's music. Contributing composers include Luigi Zaninelli, Michael Burns, Alan Theisen and James Sclater. The Argot Trio's recording of a new work by Steven Holochwost was released in 2013 on the Albany label. Holden has also prepared and performed works for composers Bright Sheng, Peter Sculthorpe, Ricardo Tacuchian and Judith Zaimont.

Jonathan Holden received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where he studied with eminent soloist and chamber musician Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, as well as Nathan Williams and Theodore Oien. He received his BM and MM performance degrees from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Joy Farrall, Andrew Webster and celebrated recording artist Dame Thea King.


Dr. Kip Franklin


Registration and Fees:

$25 by March 10th, 2018

Registration fee includes:

  • admission to all exhibits, events, and recitals
  • participant lunch

Online payment for Clarinet Day is unavailable. Please register using the form below and bring your payment with you when you arrive on March 17th (checks may be made out to "USA Department of Music").

Schedule of Events:

10:00am­ Registration Opens
10:30am­ Welcome, Warm Up, Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
11:30am­ Masterclass with Dr. Jonathan Holden
12:30pm­ Lunch (provided)
1:15pm USA Clarinet Studio Showcase Recital
1:30pm Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
Kip Franklin Lecture
2:30pm­ Q&A with Drs. Holden and Franklin 
3:00pm Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
3:45pm Mass Clarinet Choir Performance
4:00pm­ Finale Recital Featuring Dr. Holden, Dr. Franklin, and Dr. Holm
5:00pm­ USA Clarinet Day Concludes


Dr. Kip Franklin



Frequently Asked Questions:USA Wind Ensemble Clarinets

Q: What should I bring with me for Clarinet Day?
A: You should have your instrument and equipment, music if playing in a master class, a notebook or staff paper for taking notes, a pencil or pen, and money for meals and the vendors. It might be wise also to bring a light snack in case you get hungry before dinner time.

Q: What is a master class?
A: A master class is a group session in which a teacher coaches a student. These usually involve a single student performer, but include feedback and advice for all in attendance. They are valuable ways to learn from one another and excellent opportunities to perform.

Q: What will the vendors be selling?
A: Reeds, music, accessories, mouthpieces. There will also be clarinets and other equipment available for trial and purchase.

Complete the form below to register!