Pre-College Clarinet

Update (5/25/21): this program has been cancelled for 2021. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Designed for high school 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.

Format: interactive instruction via Zoom.


  • For students completing grades 8-12.
  • Advanced young clarinetists (grade 6 and up) are welcome to register as an auditor. A minimum of two years experience on the clarinet is expected.

Tentative Pre-College Clarinet Daily Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Warm Up/Technique Class
11:-00 AM – 12:00 PM: Masterclass
1:30 – 2:30 PM: Guided Practice/Individual Lessons
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Special Topics Sessions

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form
  • Participants only: Upload a 5 minute recording of your playing. Audio or video (cell phone quality) is acceptable, and your recording should contain 2 contrasting selections of your choice. Recordings are NOT used to determine your acceptance but for faculty purposes for class preparation. Files must be named “Last Name, First Name_Title of Selection”. Recordings are due no later than Sunday, June 13, 2021.
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.
  • Additional accepted student information will be available after April 15, 2021.


  • $350 – Participant
    Participants will full access to all Pre-College Clarinet program materials and sessions, including private lessons with the program faculty.
  • $100 – Auditor
    Auditors do not perform but are welcome to attend both the 11 AM and 2:30 PM sessions each day. Auditor eligibility: Students completing grades 6-8 with a strong foundation on the instrument.

Program Faculty

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 GrantPark, 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

Janice L. Minor, University of Illinois

Janice L. Minor enjoys an active career as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player, clinician, and music educator. She has performed and appeared in a wide variety of venues and festivals throughout the United States and Europe including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Rococo Theater in Schwetzingen Germany, the Puccini Theater in Italy, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the AspenStaunton and Music at Penns Woods Music Festivals, as well as the Lucca Music Festival in Italy and the Saarburger SerenadenInternational Music Festival in Germany. National and international conference appearances include performances and clinics at the International Clarinet Association/ClarinetFest, the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the National Flute Association, the International Double Reed Society Conference, and The Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference. Solo appearances with orchestras/wind ensembles include the United States Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germanythe Lucca Festival Orchestra in Lucca, Italy, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the Cincinnati Eighteenth Century Ensemble, and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral player, she has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony OrchestraCincinnati PopsCincinnati Opera, Richmond Symphony OrchestraRoanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke and performed on soundtracks for The Discovery Channel and National Geographic. 

A native of Long Island, New York, Dr. Minor began her formal clarinet studies attending the Juilliard School of Music Preparatory Division. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York-Purchase College where she studied with Ben Armato of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She graduated from Northwestern University with a double Master of Music degree, receiving high honors, Pi Kappa Lambda, in music performance and music education, where she studied with Clark Brody and Robert Marcellus. Dr. Minor worked with Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetists, Larry Combs and John Bruce Yeh, while earning an Artist Diploma from DePaul University. She was awarded the teaching assistantship at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree studying with Ronald de Kant.

Dedicated to her role as artist-teacher, Dr. Minor is a passionate educator who is frequently invited to present master classes and clinics throughout the country and abroad. Her previous teaching positions include Clarinet Professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the Saarburger Serenaden: International Music Festival and School in Saarburg, Germany, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and served as Clarinet Artist-in-Residence and Woodwind Recruitment Consultant at LIU Post, Department of Music teaching clarinet and leading recruitment activities for the woodwind area. Additional teaching positions include Director of Instrumental Music in District 64 Park Ridge/Niles, Illinois and the GEMS World Academy-Chicago.

Janice L. Minor is a Buffet Crampon U.S.Aand D’Addario performing artist-clinician performing exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets and D’Addario woodwind products. She is a music reviewer for The Clarinet, the official journal of the International Clarinet Association.

Her recently released CD The Recital Clarinetist with pianist Paulo Steinbergis now available on Amazon, iTunes, Summit Records website and several national and international music distributors.