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. 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.
- For students completing grades 8-12.
- Application Form
- Submit a 5 minute recording of your playing. Please fill out this form. Audio or video (cell phone quality) is acceptable, and your recording should contain 2 contrasting selections of your choice. Recordings will be reviewed beginning May 21. (Please note that this is for placement only in a chamber ensemble.)
- Resident - $750 (tuition, room and board)
- Commuter - $550 (tuition and lunch only)
Pre- College Scholarship
- Students who graduate 11th grade in 2020 and who participate in the below pre-college programs during Summer 2020, will be considered for the ISYM Pre-College Scholarship. This scholarship awards $2,000 to the selected students to attend a Music degree program at Illinois starting in the Fall 2020 term. To receive the award students must apply and be admitted to the University of Illinois with any Music degree as the “first choice” major. The Scholarship will be renewed for a total of four years provided the student stays in good academic standing and make progress to the music degree. Other conditions of the scholarship may be included on official scholarship notice sent after the offer of admission.
On opening Sunday, Pre-College Flute participants will have an audition to determine placement in the clarinet choir.
Typical Pre-College Clarinet Daily Schedule:
- 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
Program Faculty Artists
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 operaswith 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 Aspen, Staunton and Music at Penns Woods Music Festivals, as well as the Lucca Music Festival in Italy and the Saarburger Serenaden: International 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, Germany, the 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 Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke 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.A. and 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.