2017 McGill Clarinet Day

Event

McGill University's clarinet faculty present the 1st annual McGill Clarinet Day on October 21, 2017. It's a day of classes, workshops and recitals for clarinet students, performers and enthusiasts of all ages and levels!

Join us in Clara Hall at McGill University's Schulich School of Music for a full day of clarinet events from 9:00am-6:00pm. See schedule below.

Clarinet Day will include exhibits by our sponsors Buffet Crampon,  Twigg musique and Vandoren.


Instructors

Todd Cope (Principal Clarinet OSM)

Biography:

Todd Cope is currently Principal Clarinet of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.  Prior to his appointment with the OSM, Todd was a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Canada) and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.  Todd graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied with Richie Hawley.  He also completed a Professional Studies Certificate at the Colburn School where he studied with Yehuda Gilad.  Other teachers include Carmine Campione, Greg Raden, and Deborah Ungaro Fabian. 

As a concerto soloist, he has been featured with the l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, the Music Academy of the West and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, among others.  His solo performances have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley.  In addition, Todd has performed with the Sun Valley and Gran Teton Summer Symphony Orchestras, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and has held fellowships at the Aspen and Eastern music festivals, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West, and the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria. 

 

Dedicated to education, Todd has given masterclasses and taught privately across North America and is currently on the faculty at the Schulich School of Music at McGill Unversity.  Todd is an exclusive Buffet Crampon and Vandoren performing artist.  

Alain Desgagné (Associate Principal Clarinet OSM)

Biography:

Alain Desgagne has been a Professional Clarinetist for more than 25 years. He started his career in the Victoria Symphony as second clarinet, then moved on to become the Solo Clarinet of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and is now, since 2001, Associate Principal Clarinet of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under the Direction of Kent Nagano.  Throughout the years, he has been an active soloist and Chamber Musician (notably with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the WSO and the group Kiosque à Musique)

Mr. Desgagne is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and has been teaching and performing at several prestigious Music Festivals such as: Marrowstone Music Festival in Washington State, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Prisma in British Columbia. In 2010, he was a guest lecturer at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

He has been a guest solo clarinetist with many orchestras such as the Seattle International Music Festival, I Musici and the National Orchestra of Italy in Martina Franca.

Mr. Desgagne had the privilege of serving on the Board of the OSM and Maison Kekpart, a youth organisation in the south shore of Montreal.

Simon Aldrich (Principal Clarinet Orchestre Métropolitain)

Biography:

Called "a spectacular player" by The Los Angeles Times, holder of a doctorate and two masters degrees from Yale University and nominated for an Opus Award as "Discovery of the Year", Simon Aldrich is currently solo clarinet of l'Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, as well as a member of Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. He has also been solo clarinet of the Chicago Classical Symphony and the Colorado Philharmonic. His teachers have included David Shifrin, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Robert Marcellus and Emilio Iacurto and he has also attended Northwestern University and McGill University. He has performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Orchestra London, Chicago Classical Symphony, Chicago North Shore Chamber Symphony, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre Métropolitain and the Fanshawe Orchestra. With Nouvel Ensemble Moderne Simon has performed across Canada, the United States, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Australia and Japan. His cd of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Concerto won an Opus Award for Best Contemporary Recording in 2002. He is heard regularly on CBC radio and has recorded for the CD labels Atma, SNE, Analekta, CBC, UMMUS, Montaigne Auvidis, Amberola and Sächsische Tonträger. Simon is an Assistant Professor of Music at McGill University and is artistic director of The Jeffery Summer Concerts in London, ON. and has had articles on the composer Johann Melchior Molter published in the American journals Continuo and The Clarinet.

Michael Dumouchel (Solo Eb Clarinet OSM)

Biography:

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, clarinetist Michael Dumouchel studied with Stanley Hasty, Robert Marcellus, and Harold Wright. Currently, Mr. Dumouchel holds the posts of solo E-flat clarinet and second B-flat clarinet with the  Montreal Symphony Orchestra - posts he has held for more than 30 years. As a chamber musician, Mr. Dumouchel has performed with Musica Camerata Montreal for the past 25 years. Mr. Dumouchel also teaches clarinet at McGill University. He has recorded on London/Decca, Centrediscs, CBC, DGG, and CRI.

Guest appearance by André Moisan (Solo Bass Clarinet/Saxophone OSM)

Biography (in French):

André Moisan est réputé pour sa maîtrise de toutes les clarinettes, ainsi que pour sa musicalité raffinée et la clarté de son jeu.

Depuis 1977, il s’est produit régulièrement en concert, à la radio et télévision, tant comme soliste que comme chambriste. Ses nombreux concerts à l'étranger, notamment au Carnegie Hall, au Royal Concertgebouw et à Radio-Berlin, lui ont valu de se hisser parmi les interprètes de premier plan. Il a eu le privilège de jouer sous la direction de chefs réputés, surtout avec l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Il faisait d'ailleurs ses débuts avec cet orchestre en 1977 sous la direction d’Andrew Davis et par la suite il fut régulièrement soliste invité sous la baguette de Charles Dutoit et depuis, avec Kent Nagano.Il occupe, au sein de l’OSM, le pupitre de saxophone solo et de clarinette basse depuis mai 1999. Il est également professeur agrégé à la faculté de musique de  l’Université de Montréal où il enseigne depuis 1989.

Il fut membre de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) de 1977 à 2001 et  il fut aussi membre du Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (le NEM) de 1989 à 1996.

Au cours de sa carrière, André Moisan a reçu de nombreux prix et boursier du conseil des arts à maintes reprises. Il a d’ailleurs été en nomination à quatre reprises pour le prix Opus comme soliste, chambriste et chef d’orchestre.

Animateur et pédagogue accompli, il a dirigé pendant dix années à l’OSM, pour la série Matinées Jeunesse dès 1998, ainsi que pour la série Jeux d'enfants. Finaliste à plusieurs reprises, il a  remporté le prix Opus du « Concert famille » de l’année 2003 pour un concert de cette série et à nouveau à titre de chef d’orchestre avec l’OSM en 2007. André Moisan dirige régulièrement au Canada et à l’étranger.

Virtuose reconnu internationalement pour son jeu sur toutes les clarinettes imaginables ainsi que tous les saxophones, André Moisan a commencé l'étude de ceux-ci avec son père, qui fut saxophoniste et clarinettiste à l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal de 1952 à 1998. Il s’est ensuite perfectionné auprès de Robert Crowley, également soliste à l'OSM, puis à Chicago avec Larry Combs, soliste de l'OSC, et finalement à Berlin avec Karl Leister, qui fut lomgtemps clarinette solo du Philharmonique de Berlin.

L'année 1996 marquait l'enregistrement de son premier disque solo, Impressions de France, et depuis,  il a enregistré 8 autres disques sous étiquette ATMA, tous classés « enregistrement de référence » par la critique internationale. Et pour pour 2017 nous serons témoins de la sortie de ses 2 nouveaux cd’s chez ATMA classique dont un, avec le Quatuor Molinari dédié à la musique d’origine juive (Klezmer) avec une création du compositeur et chef d’orchestre Longueuillois, Airat Ishmouratov, l’autre étant consacré à la musique du monde et au Jazz avec grand orgue, programme qui fut d’ailleurs présenté à la co cathédrale de Longueuil en octobre 2016.


Schedule

All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register online!

Venue: Clara Hall, Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC.

  • 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:30-10:15am: Warming up 101 with Michael Dumouchel. Warm up exercises paving the foundation for successful clarinet fundamentals.
  • 10:15- 11:00am: Break/Vendors
  • 11:10-12:00pm: The History of the Clarinet with Simon Aldrich - The development of the clarinet from the chalumeau and baroque clarinet, through the classical clarinet, to the modern clarinet.
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch Break (School Tour/Vendors)
  • 1:00-1:40pm: Preparing for the big day. An inside look at preparation for concerts, auditions and interviews with Todd Cope.
  • 1:45-2:30pm: Faculty Recital (program TBA)
  • 2:30-3:45pm: Masterclass with Alain Desgagné
  • 3:45-4:15pm: Break/Vendors
  • 4:15-5:30pm: No Stress No Fun with André Moisan  - Live interaction and masterclass regarding performance anxiety and how to overcome it.
  • 5:35pm: McGill Q&A (room TBA)
  • 8:00pm: McGill University Symphony Orchestra Concert (optional)

Contact Information

Contact: 
Todd Cope
Email: 
montrealclarinetday [at] gmail.com