How to create a great recital program (and how it’s similar to planning a dinner party)

Potentially unpopular opinion: I love creating recital programs. I have lists with ideas for future recital themes and programs, and it continues to grow with each new piece I discover. There is an art to[…]

Sneaky Air Saboteurs

When something goes wrong, clarinetists have a lot we can point the finger at – reeds, mouthpieces, ligatures, slippery hands…the list is endless! But the majority of the time clarinetists encounter problems, it’s usually the[…]

Common Clarinet Emergencies and How to Fix Them

Picture this: you’re having a productive practice session. Things are going smoothly, you’re feeling great, you’re even having a good reed day, and then… Emergency strikes! Clarinet players are bound to cross certain inevitable problems.[…]

30 Famous French Clarinetists

Happy Bastille Day – vive la France! I will always consider France my adopted country, so to celebrate this French national holiday I’ve listed 30 famous French clarinetists. As always, this list is not intended[…]

The Clarinet ABC Game

Are you bored, looking to pass some time during a long road trip, or just looking for dorky clarinet games? Challenge your clarinet friends to a game of clarinet ABCs, where you take turns coming[…]

50 Famous American Clarinetists

Happy Independence Day, America! To help celebrate and put you in a patriotic state of mind, here are 50 famous American clarinetists, listed alphabetically by last name. (Disclaimer: This list is not intended to be[…]