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Creating an easier & more enjoyable music-making experience for students.




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The D'Addario Woodwinds Method Program offers clinics that center around creating an easier and more enjoyable music-making experience. Available throughout the United States and Europe, Method Program sessions are available for clarinet and saxophone students and are offered in various intervals of time.

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Northeast

  • Rucha Trivedi

    Washington D.C. | Instrument: Clarinet

    Clarinetist Rucha Trivedi is a teacher and performer in Northern Virginia. She is also a clinician for the D'Addario Woodwinds Method Program.

    Rucha received a Masters in Music from the University of North Texas in 2014, studying with Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano, and a Bachelor of Music in Music and French studying with Dr. Linda Bartley.

    Rucha was selected by an international panel as one of six finalists in the International Clarinet Association's Young Artist Competition 2014. While at UNT, Rucha was named a winner in the UNT Concerto Competition, performing Francaix's Clarinet Concerto, I. Allegro with the UNT Symphony Orchestra.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Rucha likes to speak about tone production, efficient practice techniques, and the importance of reed and instrument maintenance. She ties all of these concepts in with her philosophy that, as a teacher, her job is to inspire her students to approach the art of making music with a positive attitude.

     

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South

  • Sara Eastwood

    Orlando, FL | Instrument: Clarinet

    Clarinetist Dr. Sara K. Eastwood maintains an active career as a recitalist, orchestral musician and educator in the North Florida and South Georgia area. She currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. She received both her Bachelor of Music and Masters in Music at the University of Michigan and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Florida State University. Her primary teachers include Fred Ormand, Daniel Gilbert, Frank Kowalsky, Jonathon Holden and Deborah Bish.

    Clinic Philosophy
    As a clarinet educator, Sara emphasizes fundamental skills of clarinet performance, which include tone production, rhythm, technique, intonation, articulation and reed care. She actively engages in the students' learning process to both inspire and help students achieve their full potential.

     

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  • Gary Paulo

    Atlanta, GA | Instrument: Saxophone

    Gary Paulo has been a resident of Atlanta since 1990, and has been teaching and performing in the area since graduating Indiana University in 2001. He is the Artist Affiliate for Saxophone at Emory University and is beginning his 13th year as woodwind staff at Lassiter High School. He also maintains a large private studio as well as clinics at many of the metro Atlanta high schools. Gary has performed with artists spanning many different genres of music. He is regularly called to play saxophone in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony and Albany Symphony. He has performed with Zac Brown Band, the Temptations, the Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards, the Joe Gransden Big Band, and Jazz Orchestra Atlanta. He has also performed in regional NASA conferences, and is a member of the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet. Gary's primary saxophone teacher was Eugene Rousseau at Indiana University, and in 2008 earned an MM in saxophone performance at Georgia State University.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Gary's teaching philosophy is grounded in fundamentals, as he was instructed growing up. He believes the correct foundation of technique affords the student with limitless possibilities of musical experiences. He uses a systematic approach to develop technique, air and embouchure for creating the best possible facility and tone on the instrument. Gary serves the student as a vehicle to explore solo and chamber repertoire for woodwinds and introduces his students to equipment that will help them be more successful. In addition, it is paramount in his teaching that he addresses problems with solutions and works with his students to develop a strategy for continued success.

     

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  • Krista Weiss

    Kentucky | Instrument: Clarinet

    Krista Weiss is an active performer in the Cincinnati area as well as the Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Northern Kentucky University. Krista holds degrees from Indiana University (BM and MM) and has recently performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and Dayton Philharmonic. In addition to her position at NKU, she maintains a large private teaching studio in the Cincinnati area.

    Krista currently serves as the Operations Director for the D'Addario Woodwinds Method Program. Since joining the DWMP in 2013 she has presented clinics on woodwind fundamentals and equipment at over a hundred schools across the Midwest.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Krista's ultimate goal as an educator is to enable students to play their instruments with ease. Her clinics focus on establishing solid fundamentals, developing efficient practice techniques, honing musicianship, and exploring the pedagogical benefits of different equipment choices for clarinetists and saxophonists.

     

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  • Neal Postma

    North Carolina | Instrument: Saxophone

    Dr. Neal Postma holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (DMA), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM) and the University of Colorado (BM). He currently serves on the faculties of Winthrop University and Claflin University teaching applied lessons on saxophone, chamber music, and music appreciation. As a concert saxophonist Neal has been the featured artist at festivals around the United States. He also has given recitals at universities and various regional, national and international conferences. Additionally, he serves as the President of the American Single Reed Summit.

    Clinic Philosophy
    I strive to make every clinic unique and tailor each of them to the needs of the students present. Fundamentals are the cornerstone of my teaching philosophy, and I discuss how mastery of basic skills can take students from good to excellent!

     

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  • Neal Postma

    South Carolina | Instrument: Saxophohne

    Dr. Neal Postma holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (DMA), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM) and the University of Colorado (BM). He currently serves on the faculties of Winthrop University and Claflin University teaching applied lessons on saxophone, chamber music, and music appreciation. As a concert saxophonist Neal has been the featured artist at festivals around the United States. He also has given recitals at universities and various regional, national and international conferences. Additionally, he serves as the President of the American Single Reed Summit.

    Clinic Philosophy
    I strive to make every clinic unique and tailor each of them to the needs of the students present. Fundamentals are the cornerstone of my teaching philosophy, and I discuss how mastery of basic skills can take students from good to excellent!

     

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  • Kristen Sheridan

    Northern VA | Instrument: Clarinet

    Kristen Sheridan is a clarinetist based in Fairfax, VA. She teaches 50 private students and is the sectional coach for 10 middle & high schools in Northern Virginia. Kristen is an artist for Backun Musical Services, a clinician for D'Addario Woodwind Method Program, and the director of the newly-formed Sewanee Clarinet Academy. She has presented at teacher in-services and conferences on the subjects of teaching middle and high school clarinet sections and establishing a successful private studio. She earned her BM at the University of Michigan and MM at the Manhattan School of Music with Ricardo Morales and is an alumna of the Sewanee and Aspen Music Festivals.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Kristen's clinics are fun, educational, and helpful for students and directors alike. Her goal is to help sections build skills and find equipment that makes them play at a higher level within the ensemble. Students will learn how reeds and mouthpieces are made and the difference good equipment can make. She works with students to teach proper technique using music or exercises the director chooses. This includes tips on tonguing, fingering, embouchure, pitch... she is happy to focus on anything the director wishes.

     

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  • Dawn Marie Lindblade

    Northern Oklahoma | Instrument: Clarinet

    Dr. Dawn Marie Lindblade-Evans, Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Central Oklahoma, is a sought after clinician and performer. In May 2016, she toured China and performed with the Sugar Fish Reed Trio and taught classes in Guangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing.

    She has previously held positions at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. In addition, during the summers Dr. Lindblade-Evans is the primary clinician for Clarinet Pro Workshops.

    Dawn Marie studied with renowned pedagogues Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Dr. James Gillespie and Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano.

    Dr. Lindblade-Evans is a Selmer Paris Performing Artist and performs on Seles Presence clarinets. Additionally, she is also a Performing and Woodwind Method Clinician for D'Addario & Company.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Dr. Lindblade-Evans' clinics focus on building confidence in phrasing and musical decisions, playing as a section, solidifying understanding of clarinet fundamentals, and making one's clarinet playing as effortless as possible. She believes that each student deserves to play on equipment that supports their goals and assists their progress.

     

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  • Nicholas Councilor

    Austin, TX | Instrument: Clarinet

    Dr. Nicholas Councilor is a devoted music educator and currently maintains a large clarinet studio of middle and high school students in the Austin area. He has previously served on the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is an active clinician and teaches dozens of master classes each year to students throughout Texas. He has also previously held teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin and has been on the faculty for the University's Longhorn Music Camps since 2013. Dr. Councilor holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Eastern Michigan University.

    Nicholas is a member of the Round Rock Symphony and frequently performs with the San Antonio Symphony. He has also performed as guest principal clarinetist with the Dallas Winds. Nicholas is also an avid chamber musician and is a prizewinner of the Fischoff, Coleman, and Plowman chamber music competitions.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Dr. Councilor's clinics focus on developing fundamental aspects of clarinet playing and improving artistry and musicianship. Through the exploration of different equipment options, students can discover which products work best for them. With these discoveries, students will have greater success and find more joy in music, which will allow them to cultivate important skills-such as hard work ethic and attention to detail-that will benefit them throughout their careers and lives.

     

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  • Andrew Martz

    Dallas/Fort Worth, TX | Instrument: Saxophone

    An active teacher and performer, Mr. Andrew Martz maintains a large private studio of saxophonists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and teaches weekly masterclasses for the saxophone sections at Keller High School (Keller, TX) and Keller Central High School (Fort Worth, TX).

    Mr. Martz currently serves as the baritone saxophonist with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Lone Star Saxophone Quartet and has performed extensively throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region and the United States, including international performances in Canada, Ireland, Germany and Austria. While performing is an integral part of his career, Mr. Martz's strong pedagogical practices and successes as an educator shape his everyday life. Mr. Andrew Martz is currently ABD at the University of North Texas and holds degrees from University of North Texas and Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH).

    Clinic Philosophy
    Mr. Martz's clinics focus on developing saxophone fundamentals, honing musicianship, and exploring equipment choices for the saxophone and their pedagogical benefits. He believes that, through encouraging students to be enthusiastic and thought provoking performers while striving to acquire strong problem-solving skills, then he can enable them to develop an important skill that will be beneficial in their future careers and lives.

     

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  • John De La Paz

    El Paso, TX | Instrument: Clarinet

    Clarinetist John De La Paz has performed and taught throughout the United States, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico and in Europe. As a performer, Mr. De La Paz has been in demand as both collaborative musician and soloist. He has performed as a soloist and ensemble member at International Clarinet Association conferences and the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposiums. Mr. De La Paz held the position of Concert Master for the internationally acclaimed University of Nevada Las Vegas Wind Orchestra. Along with recordings on the Klavier and Naxos music labels, Mr. De La Paz has also performed in world premieres of several works by internationally recognized composers.

    Additional ensemble performances include ACE (Arizona Contemporary Ensemble) Nextet (a "new music" ensemble at UNLV), the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Mr. De La Paz's orchestral training includes studies with Mr. Gregory Smith (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) Jzsef Balogh (Budapest Radio Symphony), Dr. David Ross (El Paso Symphony Orchestra) and Professor Emeritus Jerry Kirkbride (University of Arizona). Currently, Mr. De La Paz is pursuant of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona.

    Clinic Philosophy
    John's goals include teaching students how to be their own best teacher. Giving students the tools necessary to be diagnosticians and artists is central to his clinic philosophy. John also incorporates a great deal of music history and theory in all of his teaching.

     

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  • Shaun Michael Guzman

    San Antonio, TX | Instrument: Clarinet & Saxophone

    Shaun Guzman dedicates his time and talents to producing well-prepared and thoughtful musicians as a private instructor. Mr. Guzman has been a D'Addario Reserve Woodwind Clinician for the San Antonio area for three years. He is the bass clarinetist of Prickly Pear Clarinet Choir, a local clarinet ensemble. He is an artist of ALRY Publication, arranging Capriccio Espagnol for Clarinet Choir. Mr. Guzman is a performer for numerous theaters/ensembles in San Antonio. Mr. Guzman attended Texas State University and performed with the Texas State Wind Ensemble and Orchestra as both clarinetist and bass clarinetist. Shaun manages a local music store.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Shaun's teaching philosophy has always been to break things down to help students to comprehend ideas, and then to build on that comprehension, once established. He feels that it is imperative to encourage and teach students to not just play or read music, but to feel music with both the body and mind; this, to him, is where true musicianship is formed and flourishes.

     

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  • James Barger

    Amarillo, TX | Instrument: Saxophone

    James Barger is an active performer of solo and chamber music throughout the United States and is in demand as a classical and jazz saxophonist and educator. In 2016, he joined the faculty of West Texas A&M University as Assistant Professor of Saxophone where he teaches courses in applied saxophone and jazz improvisation. Additionally, he maintains an active private studio of high school and junior high students.James Barger holds degrees from Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University. His primary teachers have been David Dees, Stephen Jones, Don Lefevre, and Mark Alewine.

    Clinic Philosophy
    James addresses fundamentals of tone production, sound quality, and technique while reinforcing musical concepts of rhythm, intonation, articulation, and phrasing. Special attention is given to specific instrument tendencies and reed care. James hopes to give students the tools to be confident in their music-making and fulfill their personal musical goals.

     

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Midwest

  • Patrick Rehker

    Chicago, IL | Instrument: Clarinet

    Patrick currently free-lances in the Chicagoland area. He plays full time with the Rockford Symphony and has performed with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Elgin, Illinois, Quad City Symphonies as well as the Illinois Philharmonic and the Highland Park Strings. He has also performed with the Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Paramount, Drury Lane, Timeline, Porchlight, Marriott, Writer's, Royal George and Court Theatre Companies, as well as the American Girl Revue. He holds studios at Concordia University, Moraine Valley Community College, The Chicago High School for the Arts, among others. Patrick received his Masters from Northwestern and Bachelors from Middle Tennessee State University.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Patrick believes in making clarinet playing as easy as possible so you can focus on enjoying the art of music-making. He does this by reviewing the basic fundamentals: embouchure, tongue position, and air support. He also likes to focus on the proper equipment to help make the process effortless.

     

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  • Cynthia Krenzel

    Iowa | Instrument: Clarinet

    Cynthia Krenzel regularly performs as a soloist, recitalist, and clinician. Recent international appearances include performances in Italy, Belgium, Mexico and Romania. A dedicated pedagogue, Cynthia helped found the annual event Iowa Clarinet Day and is the state chair for Iowa. Cynthia has commissioned a number of works for clarinet, including Nikola Resanovic's "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano". Dr. Krenzel is also involved in promoting SABRE technology-an innovative interface between acoustic instruments and 21st century computer technology. Cynthia is Associate Professor of Music at Central College Pella, IA. Her primary teachers include Hakan Rosengren, Linda Bartley, and Andrea Splittberger-Rosen.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Cindy's clinics focus on the fundamentals, with the overall goal of making playing easier and more fun. By understanding embouchure and properly using the airstream, many problems common to student musicians can be solved. She works on the premise of conquering the basics so that the music can be the focus.

     

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  • Larkin Sanders

    Kansas City, MO | Instrument: Clarinet

    Dr. Larkin Sanders is a native of Branson, Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri where she works as the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for the Friends of Chamber Music, is the Secretary of the American Single Reed Summit, maintains a private clarinet studio, and performs with Xiphias Trio and other various ensembles. Most notably, Larkin is the founder, executive-artistic director, and a clarinetist of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, a summer music festival in Branson, Missouri. Dr. Sanders is also a Woodwind Method Clinician for D'Addario Woodwinds, for which she frequently gives masterclasses and lectures. She is also a Selmer Paris Artist and performs on Selmer Présence clarinets in addition to D'Addario Reserve mouthpieces and Reserve Classic reeds.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Larkin's clinics focus on sound production and developing the students' unique voices. Developing musical skills increase students' capacities for other invaluable life skills including-but not limited to-critical thinking, teamwork, and creativity.

     

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  • Jessica Harrie

    Columbus, OH | Instrument: Clarinet

    Jessica Harrie is active as a freelance clarinetist and teacher in the Columbus, Ohio area. She serves as the associate editor of The Clarinet, as well as a member of the editorial board for submissions. She is a D'Addario Reserve Method Clinician for the state of Ohio. Harrie received her DMA in performance from Michigan State University, her MA in performance from Middle Tennessee State University and her BM in music education and performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her primary teachers include Guy Yehuda, Ted Oien, Caroline Hartig, Todd Waldecker and Gary Sperl.

    Clinic Philosophy
    Jessica's clinics focus on the fundamentals of clarinet playing, including tone production, air support and articulation among other topics. She also likes to help students understand the importance of disciplined practice, from warm-up to performance preparation through exploring critical practice and listening.

     

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  • Laura McLaughlin

    Wisconsin | Instrument: Clarinet

    Laura serves on Carroll University and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh music faculties and is a co-founding member of Lakeshore Rush, a Pierrot Ensemble currently in residence at University of Illinois Chicago. She is also a member of Duo LaRo, the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, and has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, and Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra.

    Laura holds degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA), Michigan State University (MM), and Eastern Michigan University (BM). Her primary teachers include Dr. Linda Bartley, Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano.

    Clinic Philosophy
    In her clinics, Dr. McLaughlin explores tone development, new music techniques for clarinet, yoga for musicians, and how to take an active approach to developing your own career in music. Through her clinics, Dr. McLaughlin gives students the tools to create positive change in their: performance, outlook on a career in music, and their physical and emotional well-being as it pertains to performing.

     

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