Pre-College Clarinet

June 24 - 30, 2018

For students completing grades 8-12

Designed for senior high students, this program focuses on strengthening musicianship and fundamental techniques through group classes and private lessons. Classes include technique and repertoire sessions, masterclasses, individual practice, and daily seminars including topics such as orchestral excerpts and college audition preparation. Students are exposed to a wide range of repertoire and gain perspective on all facets of clarinet practice and performance. New to the program this year, clarinetists will have the opportunity to perform in woodwind quintets, clarinet ensembles, and woodwind chamber ensembles coached by ISYM faculty members as part of the ISYM Pre-College Academy.

Here is what a typical day in the Pre-College Clarinet program will look like:

  • 8:30- 9:30 am: Warm Up/Technique Class
  • 9:45- 10:45 am: Clarinet Choir
  • 11:00- noon: Pre-College Chamber Music hour (woodwind quintets and ensembles)
  • Noon- 1:00: lunch
  • 1:15- 2:15 pm: Individual Practice
  • 2:30- 3:30 pm: Master Class
  • 3:45-4:45 pm: Electives
  • 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
  • 10:30 pm- lights out

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Program Faculty Artist:
J. David Harris, University of Illinois

Clarinetist J. David Harris has won critical acclaim for his elegant and expressive playing. As the principal clarinetist with Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Harris combines technical mastery, depth of musicality, and a solid ensemble style to his playing. In addition, he has been featured as a soloist, performing many of the standard concerti by Weber, Mozart, Nielsen, and Bernstein among others. 

Professor Harris joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign music faculty in 1990. Prior to that, he served on the faculties of Louisiana State University, Kent State University, and Interlochen Arts Academy. Celebrating his thirtieth year as a university Professor, Harris' success as a teacher is found in his students who hold positions in universities and orchestras across thecountry. 

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Andrea R. DiOrio, North Central College

Andrea R. DiOrio is among Chicago’s most highly sought after clarinetists.  DiOrio has performed in over fifteen operas with the Lyric Opera Orchestra.  Additionally, she has performed with numerous local orchestras including the Grant Park, Elgin, Quad Cities, Illinois Philharmonic, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras.  As a chamber musician, DiOrio is clarinetist and Director of Operations for Picosa, a core member of the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble, and a former member of the MAVerick Ensemble. 

DiOrio currently serves as Clarinet Instructor at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, a position she has held since 2010.  She has previously served in the music departments of Benedictine University and Loyola University Chicago. DiOrio earned music degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University.  Her teachers include J. David Harris, Charlene Zimmerman, Russell Dagon, and John Bruce Yeh.

photo credit: Michelle Geoga

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