USA Clarinet Day

USA Clarinet Day 2016

USA Clarinet Day 2017

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
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. Denise Gainey and USA's Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Dr. Kip Franklin.

Dr. Denise GaineyDenise A. Gainey is Associate Professor of Clarinet and Instrumental Music Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a Backun Artist/Clinician, an educational recording artist for Carl Fischer Music, and is secretary of the International Clarinet Association. Gainey is an active clinician and recitalist throughout the United States and performs regularly with the Alabama Symphony. She has compiled and edited a collection of clarinet solos, Solos for Clarinet, published by Carl Fischer in 2001 (as Denise Schmidt), and is currently writing a book on the life and work of master teacher Kalmen Opperman. She received the Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University, the Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from The University of North Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet from The University of Kentucky. Gainey’s major teachers include Kalmen Opperman, James Gillespie, Frank Kowalsky, and Fred Ormand.

Dr. Kip Franklin


Registration and Fees:

$25 by February 20, 2017

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 February 25th (checks may be made out to "USA Department of Music").

Schedule of Events:

9­:30-10:00am­ Registration
10:00am­ Welcome, Warm Up, Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
11:00am­ Denise Gainey Masterclass
12:00pm Presentation by D’Addario
12:30pm­ Lunch (provided)
1:15pm USA Clarinet Choir Showcase Recital
1:30 Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
Kip Franklin Lecture
2:30pm­ Presentation by Buffet Crampon
3:15pm Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
3:45pm Mass Clarinet Choir Performance
4:00pm­ Finale Recital Featuring Denise Gainey, Kip Franklin, and Robert Holm
5:00pm­ USA Clarinet Day Concludes

Confirmed Vendors:

  • Buffet Crampon
  • D'Addario


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!