High School Clarinet Institute

The clarinet institute is an outstanding opportunity for clarinet students from around the world to experience one focused week of music making, master classes, private lessons, chamber music coachings, and performing. During your time here, you will study with and hear some of the most distinguished clarinet educators and artists in the country.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 15, 2019 to June 21, 2019
Tuition: $1,270
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

We are no longer accepting applications for this summer 2019 program.

With daily master classes and a focus on solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts, this program will help you prepare for study at the college or conservatory level.

In master classes, you will be presented with the requisite skills essential to mastering the clarinet. You will also experience an orchestral mock audition. Other activities and topics include:

  • The art of performing
  • Solo competition
  • Student and faculty performances
  • Auditions and preparation
  • Instruction and review of fundamentals

The institute concludes with a public performance.


Audition Requirements

Video file #1: Choose one movement from the pieces listed below, or choose a piece of comparable difficulty.

  • Cavallini – Adagio and Tarantella
  • Debussy – Premiere Rhapsody
  • Mozart – Concerto
  • Poulenc – Sonata (1st movement)
  • Schumann – Fantasy Piece No. 1, 2 or 3
  • K. Stamitz – Concerto No. 3
  • von Weber – Concertino/Concerto No. 1 or 2
  • Crusell - Concerto No. 3

Video file #2: Choose one movement from an additional piece.

Selections of contrasting style, and piano accompaniment when appropriate, are recommended.

Additional Opportunities

Students interested in a multi-week, ensemble-based experience are invited to also apply for the high school orchestra and wind ensemble program, which takes place immediately following the one-week clarinet institute. Students are welcome to attend both in succession.

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a clarinet major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

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Pavel Vinnitsky

Faculty, Interlochen Clarinet Institute

Clarinetist, New York Philharmonic; Clarinet Faculty, New York University