Clarinet Choir to Perform at International Clarinetfest

Clarinet Choir photo

Eastern Kentucky University’s Clarinet Choir has been invited to perform at the International Clarinet Association’s annual conference, ClarinetFest, in Lincoln, Neb., Aug. 1-5.

Directed by Dr. Connie Rhoades, EKU’s Clarinet Choir was chosen from hundreds of applicants from around the world. After submitting a recorded performance, the group was selected by the ICA’s panel, becoming the only university clarinet choir accepted to perform at the “Heritage to Horizon” ClarinetFest.

Clarinet ensembles from Chicago, Houston, Scotland and around the world will be performing during the conference, and master classes and exhibits will be held for the several thousand attendees.

EKU’s Clarinet Choir will perform four pieces during its half-hour performance slot, including the world premiere of “Jubilation,” an original composition by EKU faculty member Dr. Richard Byrd. Other pieces may include “Fandango” by Frank Perkins, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach and “Monochrome III” by Peter Schickele. The Clarinet Choir will perform its ICA program at its campus concert in Gifford Theater on Thursday, April 26, at 8 p.m.

The group is composed of 12 EKU students: Shelby Carter, Boston, Ky.; James Evans, Lebanon; Samantha Harris, Berea; Zachary Lowery, Covington; Kelsey Underwood, Louisville; Chris Brock, Richmond; Sarah Barnhill, George Patti, Megan Scholer, Florence; Jessica Delaney, Maura Adamson and Rebecca Sepulveda, Lexington.

Rhoades, who was also invited to perform as a soloist at the conference, said: “These students have never been to ClarinetFest, and I am excited for them to experience it all; to hear other professional clarinetists from around the world, and attend the master classes and exhibits. It will be an excellent experience for everyone.”

Published on January 30, 2012