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Clarinetworks 2018

April 14, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM   |   Location: Weston Center For The Performing Arts

Clarinetworks 2018

Join the TLU School Of Music for a fun and exciting day for clarinetists of all ages and abilities, sponsored by Vandoren®, Buffet Crampon, Strait Music Company (Austin), High School Music Service (San Antonio), and Henri Selmer Paris. Registration is $10/person and includes admission to concerts, classes, and lunch. CPE credit is available for educators.

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Featured Artists and Clinicians 

Dr. Michael Lowenstern | Felix Peikli | Mark A. Craig | Roman Cisneros | Jennifer Daffinee | Gina Sheer | Paula Corley 

Tentative Schedule 

  • Concerts starring Grammy nominated clarinetist Dr. Michael Lowenstern, Vandoren Emerging Artist winner Felix Peiki, TLU Professor Beth Bronk, TLU Wind Ensemble, and clarinet faculty
  • Classes for clarinetists of all ages and abilities (view rubric to determine ability level)
  • Master class with Dr. Lowenstern for bass clarinetists (students and band directors)
  • Lunch (provided with registration)
  • Music store displays with items to try and buy
  • Instrument give-a-ways (all registered participants eligible), which include a Buffet Crampon Prodige clarinet and other great prizes from sponsors D'Addario, Selmer Paris, and Strait Music, and High School Music. Directors will also be entered in a drawing to win a Buffet Crampon 1180 bass clarinet for their band program.

**Michael Lowenstern will conduct a class for clarinet teachers, directors, and a select few student performers. If you wish to perform for Dr. Lowenstern (solo), please send an inquiry to Professor Corley – Performances will be limited.

The TLU School of Music is home to a thriving Band, Choir, and Orchestral program with majors in Music Performance, Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Music. Performance venues include The Weston Center For The Performing Arts, Ayers Recital Hall, Wupperman Little Theatre, and Jackson Auditorium. The music school is fully accredited by NASM. 


Dr. Michael Lowenstern

Michael Lowenstern is one of the world’s preeminent bass clarinetists. He splits his time between being the most-watched bass clarinetist on YouTube and as the Group Creative Director for Amazon Advertising in New York. On stage, Michael brings not only his formidable skill and finesse on the bass clarinet, but also his sense of humor, a deep appreciation for pop culture - an enthusiasm which can only be called infectious – and his cool toys. His shows employ computers, props and electronic gizmos. Michael brings everything from consumer electronics to the occasional piece of home-made electric gear - assuming it wasn't confiscated by the TSA! Michael holds a PhD in music and composition, and has over 60 albums to his credit, including two Grammy Award-winning recordings.

Felix Peikli

Born in Oslo, Norway Felix Peikli was introduced to music through the local marching band at the age of eight. Soon after, he received a Benny Goodman album from his grandfather which ignited his passion for clarinet and jazz. Throughout his high school years, Felix developed a national reputation in his home country, appearing on television, in numerous jazz festivals, and winning several national music awards. He won a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music summer music institute where met his mentor Harry Skoler. Felix received a Bachelor of Music Performance from Berklee and won the Vandoren Emerging Artist Search in 2012. In 2015 he released his first album “Royal Flush.” Felix is a performing artist for Buffet Crampon and for Vandoren.

Mark A. Craig

Mark A. Craig has been a clarinetist with the USAF Band for over twentytwo years, and has worked in over 37 countries. He has been stationed in Massachusetts, Germany, California, and now in his home state of Texas, with the USAF Band of the West. He serves as the Group Leader for Spectrum Winds, as the Band Library Manager, and as unit Staff Arranger. He specializes in bass clarinet, working as a professional musician all over the U.S., Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and the Middle East. Mark is also the founder & President of Craig Music Publishers. His arrangements have been featured on CD’s recorded by US Air Force Bands in MA, CA, and TX, on Texas Public Radio and on NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show "Fresh Air". Mark’s arrangement of Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy (ALRY Publications) won the 2016 National Flute Association's "Best New Published Work for a Woodwind Quintet" award.

Roman Cisneros

Roman Cisneros is currently one of the most sought after clarinetists in the Houston area. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he was under the guidance of Jon Manasse. After graduation, Roman toured North America for 8 years with the 3rd National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, he has toured Japan 13 times as 2nd clarinetist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble.

Jennifer Daffinee 

Staff Sergeant Jennifer Daffinee is a clarinetist with the United States Air Force Band of the West where she performs with the Concert Band, the Ceremonial Marching Band, and the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet. Daffinee holds degrees from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and she is completing her Doctorate in clarinet performance from the University of North Texas. Jennifer maintains a private studio in the San Antonio area and has served as an adjudicator, clinician, guest lecturer, and guest artist at many secondary schools and colleges across the United States.

Gina Sheer

Gina Scheer is a graduate of University of North Texas. After completing her music education studies, she became the Assistant Band Director at Killian Middle School in Lewisville, a position she held for four years. In 2013, Gina formed the Lone Star Clarinet Camp which offers summer clarinet workshops in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and in Austin. Gina is an active regional artist clinician for Vandoren and has presented at The Midwest Clinic, Texas Music Educators Association and for The Texas Bandmasters Association. Gina’s family includes Zach, a percussion specialist and two young sons – Jordon and Adam.

Paula Corley

Paula Corley is completing her 6th year on the faculty at Texas Lutheran University. Paula is known for her expertise in clarinet pedagogy and as the ‘mayor’ of clarinet city, an online resource for clarinet players and teachers. She is the author of two books for developing clarinetists and has appeared at over 40 music conferences throughout the US. Paula is a performing artist and clinician for Vandoren Paris and for Buffet Crampon Clarinets. She is featured on the “Play Wind” developed by Buffet Crampon Paris for clarinet teaching and performing. Her articles have appeared in WAVE (Vandoren’s online newsletter), The Texas Bandmasters Review, and in The Instrumentalist. In 2018, Paula will become the Pedagogy Chairperson for the International Clarinet Association. She has two commissioned works for clarinet – Unfamiliar Territory by Michael Markowski, premiered in 2013 with the TLU Wind Ensemble and conductor Beth Bronk; and Road Trip – a clarinet quintet by Clifton Jones, premiered and recorded with clarinetists from the USAF Band of the West.

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