High school students to work with experts during TROY Clarinet Day

March 25, 2019

High school students from a variety of states will take part in the 12th annual Clarinet Day at Troy University on Saturday, March 30.

The event, which in the past has drawn students from as far as Missouri, gives high school clarinet players a chance to learn with world-renowned masters of the craft and perform with TROY clarinetist.

This year’s Clarinet Day lasts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in John M. Long Hall on the Troy Campus and features two guest artists who will lead master classes: Jan Jakub Bokan of Poland and James Zimmermann of the Nashville Symphony.

“These students get to play in a big clarinet choir with TROY students, they have rehearsals throughout the day and get to perform pieces they worked on with one another,” said Dr. Tim Phillips, Associate Professor of Clarinet. “Jan Jakub Bokan will have a master class in the afternoon, an open lesson where students can interact, and James Zimmermann will also have a recital and a master class.”

Additionally, a clarinet repair expert will attend the festival, providing a clinic for students on clarinet maintenance and repair.

Vendors will also be on site, with Buffet Crampon offering a new $2,000 clarinet to the winner of an essay contest.

“We do an essay contest with high school students where they talk about value of music education, how it’s impacted their life, because we want to pick somebody who will really be invested,” Phillips said.

Students who wish to attend can register at 8 a.m. Saturday or email for more information.