The goal of the clarinet studio is for all students to reach their potential as clarinetists and musicians regardless of their major. Playing clarinet well and musically is fun, fulfilling, and foundational for the future pursuit in music. The atmosphere in the clarinet studio at ISU is one of mutual support, friendship, and respect. All clarinet music majors receive personal instruction by either Dr. Gresham or Dr. Dervin.
Private lessons take place each week with the professor. In lessons, students work on developing proper technique in every aspect of clarinet playing (breath support, relaxation, finger technique, articulation, etc.) as well as on developing a musical mind and a musical approach to everything that is played. (We learn technique to play musically, not the other way around!) A lot of repertoire is covered in lessons, so be prepared to practice!
Master class meets weekly. During this time students perform for each other, presentations are given on various topics by the professor or guest artists, performances take place as larger clarinet ensembles, and more.
Techniques class for freshmen and sophomores meets weekly. This is an opportunity for intensive work in developing technique through scales, warm-ups, and various etudes and exercises.
Chamber music is highly encouraged at ISU. Each semester we form several woodwind quintets and other ensembles (including clarinet quartets and trios), which are coached weekly by faculty and graduate assistants.
The following suggestions are representative of acceptable repertoire for undergraduate admission auditions. You are NOT limited to what is listed. Students should not hesitate to use music similar in nature and difficulty.
If you are applying to the School of Music be certain to review the Illinois State University audition information.
Note that these are guidelines to give an idea of the level of repertoire we are looking for. It is okay to play something not listed above. The goal of the audition is to demonstrate how well you can play the clarinet, so be sure to include at least two contrasting and complete movements or etudes. The music needs to show off your technical ability and your musical ability. Feel free to contact Professor David Gresham with any questions regarding your audition music.