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ClariNetworks 2019

9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Weston Center For The Performing Arts
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ClariNETWORKS 2019 was held on April 6th at the Caroline M. Weston Center for the performing Arts on the campus of Texas Lutheran University with 250 clarinetists from 15 schools attending. Guest artists for the event were Boris Allakheverdyan of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ani Berberian of The United States Air Force Band, and David Gould of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Vandoren Regional Artist Rebecca Berinsky, D’Addario Regional Artist Sara Ruiz, and Associate Director of Bands at Cypress Woods High School “TJ” Peterman were featured instructors. ClariNETWORKS is an annual event made possible through the generosity of Buffet Crampon and Vandoren. Other sponsors include D’Addario, Strait Music of Austin, and High School Music Service of San Antonio. Paula Corley is the host and director of ClariNETWORKS.

The opening concert featured the TLU Wind Ensemble under the director of Professor Beth Bronk and featured Ani, Boris and the TLU clarinet studio. The afternoon concert featured Boris in an exciting program of traditional repertoire, Klezmer, and a duet with artist David Gould.

All students performed in two large group classes, each with a different clinician. Students chose their level based on a rubric rather than by age or experience. The directors only masterclasses are a very popular component of ClariNETWORKS. This year, Ani Berberian worked with two high school clarinet sections: Cedar Park High School under the direction of Chris Yee and Llano High School under the direction of Kevin Jordan. David Gould conducted a second class for Bass Clarinetists with 20 bass clarinetists participating.

Buffet Crampon donated an E11 Clarinet which was won by was Makenna Brown of Tivy High School. Vandoren donated a generous director prize package with mouthpieces, reeds, ligatures and a reed trimmer which was won by Dobie Middle School. Strait Music gave away a new ProTec clarinet case, stand light, and a metronome tuner combination. D’Addario presented an Evolution Mouthpiece with 5 boxes of reeds and High School Music Service gave away a large gift basket filled with clarinet accessories.

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Take classes with the pros. Special sessions for directors and bass clarinetists. Concerts, displays, and lunch all included with registration.

Group Registration Fees: Students are $10/each and directors accompanying school groups can attend free of charge. Individual online registrations are $15. Group registrations are encouraged. Every director who brings a group will receive FREE reeds for their students.

Register to win a Buffet Crampon Clarinet and Vandoren Accessory Packages (mouthpieces, ligatures, and reeds) courtesy of Strait Music, High School Music Service, and D'Addario Woodwinds.

All registered attendees will participate in two group classes with a clarinet expert. Choose your classes based on ability level at registration:

  • Level 1: student can play one octave below third-line Bb in whole, half, and quarter notes
  • Level 2: student can play from lowest E to Bb just above the treble staff in eighth notes
  • Level 3: student can play from lowest E to highest F in complex rhythms (= Rose Study)


Dr. Ani Berberian of the US Air Force Band in Washington, DC will present a special class for directors with tips and advice for improving your clarinet section. Have a concert selection you need help with? Willing to bring your clarinet section? Register by March 22, 2019 and be entered in a drawing to have your students work with Dr. Berberian live in the directors class.


All bass clarinetists and directors will be treated to a bass specific class taught by David Gould of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Bass Clarinetists are encouraged but not required to bring a short musical excerpt to play for Mr. Gould.


Hear two performances with our guest artists. The morning concert will feature works for clarinet and wind ensemble with the TLU Wind Ensemble. The afternoon concert will feature Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan in a recital of traditional and Klezmer clarinet music.


Originally from Wisconsin, Rebecca Berinsky has taught clarinet in Texas since 2006. In addition to maintaining a full private studio, Berinsky stays active as a performer. She is a member of the Round Rock Symphony and Waterloo Sound Conspiracy, a local chamber music ensemble. Berinsky has performed with the San Antonio Chamber Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Brazos Valley Symphony. She holds degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan (BM) and University of Texas (MM).

Berinsky will be teaching levels one and two at ClariNETWORKS 2019.


Sara Ruiz is a passionate and enthusiastic clarinet educator. Prior to relocating to the San Antonio area, she taught primarily at Clark Middle School and Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas. Sara studied at Eastern Michigan University with Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano and the University of North Texas with James Gillespie. Her former students have become members of Texas All State Bands and to study music at universities throughout the country. She is currently working as a private teacher in the greater San Antonio area and New Braunfels, TX where she lives with her husband and two adorable pups.

Sara will be teaching levels one and two at ClariNETWORKS 2019.