Guy Yehuda, internationally acclaimed clarinetist and professor of clarinet at the University of North Florida, will conduct an advanced master class and perform a recital Jan. 24 during Arkansas Clarinet Day at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
Clarinet Day, an annual tradition across the state, is dedicated to the study and playing of the clarinet and is open to all clarinet teachers and students.
This year’s event is organized by Dr. David Carter of Fort Smith, UAFS assistant professor of music (clarinet and saxophone). Other activities will include a clinician recital, clarinet clinics, clarinet equipment sessions and a mock audition for All-State qualifiers.
“Widely-respected Arkansas band director Travis Beard, who retired from Russellville High School, will be on hand to present a clinic for area teachers,” said Carter.
Carter said that presenting live performances by world-class musicians is an invaluable element of any serious music education program.
“Guy Yehuda is in great demand -- as a performer, a clinician, and an educator -- and we are thrilled to have him on our campus for this great annual event,” he said. “Mr. Yehuda’s work benefits the region’s young clarinetists as well as our college students.”
Yehuda has toured extensively in Europe, North America and Israel. As principal clarinetist, he has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne (Switzerland) Contemporary Festival Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Charleston, S.C.), the Haifa (Israel) Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He also has performed as guest clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Jacksonville (Fla.) Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to Carter, other professors participating in Arkansas Clarinet Day include Dr. Steven Becraft, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia; Bradford Behn, Oklahoma City University; Dr. Angela Carter, UAFS; Dr. Nophachai Cholchithanta, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Dr. Nicolas del Grazia, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville; Dr. Kelly Johnson, University of Central Arkansas in Conway; and Sarah Mickey, Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.
“Arkansas Clarinet Day began several years ago with Dr. Johnson, who taught at Arkansas Tech at the time,” Carter explained. “The event travels each year to a different Arkansas college campus and typically draws 200 to 300 ‘beginner through college’ clarinet students and teachers.”
Registration for Arkansas Clarinet Day begins at 8 a.m. in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at UAFS. Cost for the entire day is $5. For more information, contact Carter at 479-788-7544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.