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Clarinet Day

MSU's Clarinet Day will be held Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Baird Music Hall.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.


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Bring your clarinet to play in our MSU Clarinet Day Honor Choir.

ixi-chen-thumbnail.webpThis year's guest performer Ixi Chen, clarinet professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Born in Taiwan and raised in California, Chen enjoys an active career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, artistic director, and educator. Following her studies at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and the University of Southern California (USC), Ixi accepted the post of Second Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2001. In 2004, she joined the clarinet faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2006, she founded the chamber ensemble concert Nova, whose fusion of traditional and contemporary elements seeks to cultivate a new audience for art music. Ixi has participated in numerous music festivals, including those at Aspen, Tanglewood, Evian, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Jerusalem, Thessaloniki, and Saint Petersburg. In 1996, she moved to Germany, where she played principal clarinet and assistant principal/E-flat clarinet with the Philharmonic of the Nations, and later attended the famous Hochschule fur Musik in Karlsruhe. In 1998, she pursued graduate work at USC and served as the principal clarinet of the American Symphony. In 2007, Ixi participated in the Munich ARD Festival and toured Europe with the festival’s chamber musicians. Ixi’s teachers include Rosario Mazzeo; Gary Gray at UCLA; David Krakauer at MSM; Wolfgang Meyer at the Hochschule fur Musik; and Yehuda Gilad at USC.  

Chen will give a masterclass, and a clinic on how to create your own path to make a career in the world of music and stay relevant with digital content. 

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Sponsors include Hurst Music, Morehead State Public Radio, Yamaha, D'Addario and Buffet Crampton & Cie. 

The event is supported by the Buckner and Sally S. Hinkle Endowment for the Humanities and the Department of Music, Theater, and Dance