Students learn from guest artists during TROY’s annual Clarinet Day

Clarinet Day is held annually in the spring and allows budding musicians to learn more about the instrument and TROY's programs.

Clarinet Day is held annually in the spring and allows budding musicians to learn more about the instrument and TROY's programs.

Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music gave students from across the southeast the opportunity to learn from world-renowned guest artists and clinicians during the 17th annual Clarinet Day held March 23.

The day-long event featured multiple recitals, clarinet choir rehearsals and clinics from the guest artists, including Alexander Fiterstein from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, Helen Goode-Castro from Cal-State Long Beach, David Gould from Vandoren USA in New York City, Pamela Shuler from Eastern New Mexico University and Katrina Phillips of Alabama State University. Dylan Thompson of MRW Artisan Instruments also brought new clarinets and accessories for the students to try and buy.

“Troy University Clarinet Day is always my favorite day of each academic year and it would not be possible without the support of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the John M. Long School of Music, and my clarinet students, who do an excellent job helping me all along the way,” said Dr. Timothy Phillips, clarinet professor and event organizer. “Most importantly, Clarinet Day is an opportunity for high school students to see what it’s like to be a clarinet student here, and hopefully it makes them choose Troy University for their college education.”

The day ended with a grand finale concert for parents and guests.

“The students performed beautifully in the clarinet choir, and I was thrilled to see their interaction with the guest artists,” Phillips said. “The students gained new ideas about clarinet playing and an idea of what it’s like to be a Troy University clarinet student. I hope this renewed their desire to practice thoughtfully and consistently, and to think about their future as clarinetists.”

The event was sponsored by BG France, Buffet Crampon, World Clarinet Alliance, D’Addario and Vadoren.

For more information on TROY’s clarinet program, email tphillips16791@troy.edu.

Guest artists pose around the grand piano.
Guest artists performed recitals and taught clinics during the 2024 Clarinet Day.
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