The Clarinetist’s Guide to The MidWest Clinic 2016

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I was fortunate to be able to speak with incredible authors, brand ambassadors, and entrepreneurs at the 2016 MidWest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Here is more information about their products and companies, listed in order of appearance in the above video. Special thank you to over 37 backers on Kickstarter, our season sponsor D’Addario Woodwinds, and to Backun Musical Services for generously providing a festival pass.

The Eloquent Conductor

by Glenn D. Price

The Eloquent Conductor is a comprehensive resource designed to develop a detailed and nuanced conducting technique. The conductor is prepared to communicate specific meaning with clarity of intent that may be immediately understood by novice and professional musicians alike. This resource supports the true mission of the conductor—to discover meaning in the score, and to efficiently and effectively lead the musicians to a performance that brings a realization of that meaning to life.

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The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music

by Richard Floyd

With more than fifty years of experience, Richard Floyd is a highly distinguished teacher and conductor in Texas and across the United States. Over the years, he kept a journal to document rehearsal strategies that not only improve technique within the ensemble but also achieve artistic, musical results.The book is a look into the precious pages of Floyd s journal. Each chapter contains inspiration for the conductor and simple, unique exercises designed to achieve artistry in every rehearsal.

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Buffet Crampon USA

Matt Vance

Buffet Crampon is a manufacturer of woodwind musical instruments, including oboes, flutes, saxophones, and bassoons; however, the company is perhaps most famous for their clarinets, as Buffet is the brand of choice for many professionals. Featured instruments at the MidWest Clinic include the exciting new Prestige and Prodige clarinets.

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NUVO Instrumental

Max Clissold and Brittany Baumann

Learning to play a musical instrument isn’t easy! It requires concentration, frequent practice, an enthusiastic teacher, a suitable instrument and some degree of passion. Many traditionally designed instruments present hurdles that add to the challenges and inhibit the learning process unnecessarily. We produce instruments that minimise those hurdles and make learning easier, faster and more accessible.

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Rice Clarinet Works

Chris Bowmaster and Sara Boolba

Wesley Rice is the owner and founder of Rice Clarinet Works – a company which specializes in clarinet repair and restoration, as well as the manufacture of various clarinet-related products. A clarinet player himself, Wesley has used his performance background to bring more than 1000 clarinets to artist-level playability over his career.

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DX DT Engineering and Research

Chris Hekimian

This system is a great improvement over paper woodwind fingering charts.  It is durable, easy to use, versatile and it eliminates fumbling across multiple sheets and books to find a note. This tool provides an unambiguous and large view of the finger stations in a smaller form factor than a conventional chart can.  This translates to better readability under any conditions.

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Murry Fisher

Standaconda was created to address a challenge many musicians, from students to concert performers, face all too often. Over time, even the best music stands lose their ability to support heavier books of music. A career musician and music educator came up with Standaconda as a way to easily and affordably solve this problem with the thousands of “seasoned” music stands living in band rooms, rehearsal halls, and performance venues around the world, instead of replacing them. 

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Pereira 3D Clarinet Innovations

Ryan Pereira

3D printing is a state-of-the-art innovation never before harnessed for clarinet. Through a careful design process I landed on a high impact polymer material and bore designs that, together, create a truly unique and improved playing experience. The barrels create a focused sound with comfortable playability. Use code “Clarineat” at checkout to save 10% on your purchase!

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Etymotic Research Dosimiter

Charlene Clements

A single noise exposure may not result in hearing loss, but permanent damage to the inner ear from noise adds up over time. The accumulation of too much noise day by day, year after year, is the determining factor in hearing loss risk. A sound level meter is a device that measures noise at a particular point in time, while a dosimeter measures sound levels for many hours and calculates the cumulative noise dose in percent.

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D’Addario Woodwinds

Tom Kmiecik

In 2004, Rico was acquired by D’Addario & Co, the world’s foremost manufacturer of musical instrument accessories. A family owned and operated business, D’Addario’s success is built on a passion for innovation and quality. The research and development arm of D’Addario is one of its strongest assets. Headed by James D’Addario, its engineering department has accumulated many important manufacturing and product patents in the field.

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Walt Olstermeyer

The founders owned a retail music store in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Band directors would come in and complain that students would not wet the reeds long enough because they did not like the taste of the cane. The ladies in the store remembered the flavored toothpicks and wondered if we could flavor a cane reed. In 1994, after eight years of research, the Flavoreeds Company perfected a method of coloring and flavoring a cane reed so that it was pleasant tasting, without changing the good playing characteristics of a premium reed.

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Annabelle Moe and Claire Hammond

Moe-Bleichner was founded by two instrument makers, and as such operates based on very strict quality control and high standards. We only keep brands on board, which uphold those standards and in which we believe.

 We prefer to serve locally owned and operated dealers to support small businesses.

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Backun Musical Services

Kristen Sheridan and Joel Jaffe

Backun Musical Services evolved out of necessity, not by design. A family business with humble roots as an instrument repair shop, Backun Musical was founded by Morrie Backun in 2000. Years later, our family name is known around the world for some of the most innovative woodwind products of the last century.

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David Maslanka


Maslanka’s music for winds has become especially well known. Among his more than 130 works are forty pieces for wind ensemble, including seven symphonies, fifteen concertos, a Mass, and many concert pieces. His chamber music includes four wind quintets, five saxophone quartets, and many works for solo instrument and piano. In addition, he has written a variety of orchestral and choral pieces.

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Vandoren USA

Mike Fenoglio

Vandoren has been committed to beautiful music through quality, innovative products since the company was founded in 1905. Now in its fourth generation, the Vandoren family continues to craft the highest quality reeds, mouthpieces, ligatures, and accessories in the world and maintains close relationships with the artists, educators, and students who depend on them.

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Whether you’re a beginner or a professional composer, our user-friendly music composition software gives you all the tools that you need to make your own sheet music. You can write, listen, share and discover music scores right in your web browser on any device.

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Reed Geek

Mauro DeGioia

ReedGeek, Inc. provides woodwind players with powerful products that deliver superb quality and outstanding value. ReedGeek’s products vastly outperform other approaches and possess unique features unavailable elsewhere.

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2 replies on “The Clarinetist’s Guide to The MidWest Clinic 2016

  • Jim Armstrong

    Hi Sean,
    Good job showing us around the show floor. I also watched you with Michelle live the other day. Hope your hand is getting better. I want to comment about your little theme at the end of the tour. Very nice! As an older person, I enjoy the clarinet in lounge type music, such as that. It seems that now a days, you need to play as many notes as fast as you can and wave the clarinet all over the place. Wish you the best in the future!


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