USA Clarinet Day 2017 this Saturday February 25

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

Dr. Kip Franklin

Dr. Kip Franklin welcomes clarinetists of all ages and abilities on February 25 to the USA campus for Clarinet Day 2017! This event is a daylong workshop that provides its participants with an opportunity to immerse themselves in listening and learning about all facets of clarinet playing. Dr. Franklin will be joined by Dr. Denise Gainey, Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Participants will interact with our artists through workshops, clinics, vendors, recitals, and master classes of all kinds. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event will culminate in a Guest Artist Recital by Dr. Gainey, assisted by Dr. Franklin and pianist Dr. Robert Holm.

For a complete schedule of events and details regarding registration, fees, and events, please visit Clarinet Day 2017 or contact Dr. Franklin via email:

USA Clarinet Day 2017
Schedule of Events (tentative)

9:30-10:00 Registration

10:00 Welcome, Warm Up, Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal

11:00 Denise Gainey Masterclass

12:00 Presentation by D’Addario

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal

2:00 Kip Franklin Lecture

2:30 Presentation by Buffet Crampon

3:15 Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal

3:45-3:55 Mass Clarinet Choir Performance

4:00 Finale Recital featuring Denise Gainey, Kip Franklin, Robert Holm and Chris Steele

5:00 USA Clarinet Day Concludes

About the guest artist

Denise 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 a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from The University of North Texas, and a 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.

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