In this episode of the podcast I’m joined by Jenny Maclay who runs the popular online blog called JennyClarinet.com, where she posts fun educational materials for the clarinet community. In October 2017 Jenny launched a program called the Baermann Bootcamp, and it went a bit viral in the clarinet community online. Even though october is technically over (I was hoping to get this episode out much sooner and I apologize for the delay) Jenny explains how you can start your own boot camp at any time. We also discuss her website, and this episode marks the return of the lightning round, which was exclusive for Patreon backers for the last 10 episodes but I’ve decided to bring back to the general audience due to popular demand and the fact that the insights shared in the lightning round are just too good to miss.
- Jenny’s blog www.jennyclarinet.com
- “Baermann Boot Camp”
- Is it too late to start?
- How long does it take?
- Seeing 30 countries before age 30
- ClarinetFest 2017
- Private teaching and performing
- Freelancing in Paris
- The Freelancing Triangle (only accept anything if the answer is “yes” to at least two of the following)
- Does it pay?
- Does it advance my career?
- Is it enjoyable to do?
- What do you like about working with composers
- Lightning round (see below)
Lightning Round Answers
What is on your music stand right now?
What is an album or piece of music that changed your life indefinitely?
If you could play any instrument other than the clarinet which would it be and why?
If you could go back in time to meet any musician or composer who would it be and why?
- Leonard Bernstein
What advice would you give your 21 year old self?
- Have fun with music.
What is one book that every clarinetist should read and why?
- Clarinet Virtuosi of the Past
How many clarinets do you own?
- Approximately 15.
About Jenny Maclay
Clarinetist Jenny Maclay enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, orchestral player, and chamber musician. Ms. Maclay was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Harriet Hale Woolley award for musical study in Paris, where she received her Master of Musique, interprétation, et patrimoine at the Versailles Conservatoire in the class of Philippe Cuper. She has achieved several notable musical honors, including selection as a semi-finalist and finalist for such international competitions as Concert Artists Guild and Astral Artists. Most recently, Ms. Maclay received 1st prize at the 2017 Clé d’Or international music competition. She made her solo debut at the age of 16, as first prize winner of the Huntsville Symphony Young Artist Competition. She was the only North American high school student invited to participate (on a full scholarship) in the inaugural year of the Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy. Additionally, she was the highest ranked clarinetist at the 2016 Tunbridge Wells International Young Artist Competition in England.
Maclay has performed with orchestras throughout Europe and North America. In 2017, she toured with the Jeune Philharmonie franco-allemande et hongroise, an international orchestra comprised of musicians from over 20 different countries. During past seasons, she has performed with several orchestras, including the Ensemble Orchestral Les Voyages Extraordinaires, Écoute Ensemble de Musique Contemporaine, Orchestre d’Harmonie de Levallois, Florida Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony, Ocala Symphony, and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Maclay has performed several masterworks in prestigious venues, such as her performance of the Mozart clarinet quintet at the pre-opening at La Seine Musicale in Paris. Ms. Maclay received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a Fulbright Scholar finalist. Her teachers include Philippe Cuper, Mitchell Estrin, Donald Dowdy, Todd Waldecker, and John Cooper. She has performed in the master classes of noted clarinetists Stanley Drucker, Yehuda Gilad, Jon Manasse, and Charles Neidich, at such venues as the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest and Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. She was the youngest presenter of refereed research at the 2014 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. Ms. Maclay has presented recitals and master classes at the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, University of Southern Mississippi, and was a featured soloist at the keynote ceremony of the 2015 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference.
Ms. Maclay maintains a popular blog, Jenny Clarinet, where she regularly posts educational articles and advice for musicians. Her first book, an examination of unaccompanied clarinet repertoire, is currently in publication. Ms. Maclay is a Vandoren Regional Artist and performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.