Arts Integration at West Virginia University

When I double-majored in Clarinet Performance and Civil Engineering at WVU twenty years ago, I was the first person ever to do so. Seeing the younger engineering students remaining active in the music department, pushing the limits of new music, and integrating arts and engineering makes my heart so extraordinarily happy.

As with the HONY post on a horn player and her search for a new horn, Demarre McGill speaks about his attachment to his Powell flute in this short video from the Dallas Symphony. He also speaks to the difficulty of not only being that struggling musician but also how that struggle affected his parents. Bravo, sir!


Demarre McGill, Flutist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Summer Clarinet Opportunities in California

Dear Clarinetist

We have two unique summer opportunities for you which would compliment each other perfectly and allow you two weeks of clarineting in California. While these two festivals are not related, it would give those of you who are looking to spend two weeks at Clarinet Festivals a chance to do so.

The California Clarinet Clinic will be held from June 23-27 in the beautiful Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles which is walking distance to the ocean and steps away from hiking in Temescal Canyon. The CCC will focus on mind/body issues and dealing with performance anxiety through hypnosis, music therapy, Alexander technique and yoga. It is a unique and special opportunity and available spaces are filling up quickly. The clarinet faculty of the CCC will be Michele Zukovsky, Peter Wright, Alcides Rodreguez, William Powell and Julia Heinen. Each participant will receive lessons with each of these faculty members in addition to opportunities to perform in masterclasses of orchestral and solo repertoire. The application for admission can be found online at

The HIdden Valley Music Seminar, featuring Mark Nuccio, will be held from June 25 – June 29 in beautiful Carmel Valley, CA. A short plane ride from LAX or Burbank airports to either Monterey or San Francisco airports would bring you to this delightful Northern CA festival and your second week of clarineting would feature additional intensive study with another world class clarinetist. The HVMS (…) offers 8, 2.5 hour masterclasses focusing on topics from audition preparation to fundamentals in clarinet playing including articulation, sound development, practice techniques and phrasing using the human voice. There will be other topics as well. It also includes a combined recital from Mark Nuccio and his NY Philharmonic colleague, Judith LeClair, Principal Bassoon.

Please consider spending your clarinet time in California this summer. We know you will have an amazing and unforgettable experience.


Julia Heinen & Mark Nuccio

Mark Nuccio
New York Philharmonic, Associate Principal & Solo Eb Clarinet
Manhattan School of Music, Clarinet Faculty
Buffet Group USA, Artist & Clinician
D’Addario Woodwinds Artist Advisor & Clinician

Julia M. Heinen DMA
Professor of Music (clarinet)
California State University, Northridge (Los Angeles)
Co-Artistic Director of Clarinetfest 2011
Buffet Group USA and D’Addario Performing Artist
California State Chair of the International Clarinet Association
(818) 613-4305 cell

Lessons for Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I am planning to have lessons today as normal, given the warmth of the air and melted ice from this morning. If you cannot make it this evening, please send me an email or text.

Mrs. Noyes

What happens when two tremendous artists come together? Absolute, musical magic. Check out this video Time for Three posted to their Facebook page: