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Clarinet Day

Morehead State University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will hosted its 8th Annual MSU Clarinet Day, Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Baird Music Hall.



  • Free Admission
  • Masterclass with Dr. Tony Costa (Penn State University)
  • Presentation on D'Addario reeds and mouthpieces with Krista Weiss
  • Free samples of reeds and other D'Addario goodies
  • Demo instruments and accessories from Miles Ahead Music
  • Bass clarinet clinic session with Dr. Costa
  • Play in our Honor Clarinet Choir led by Dr. Lori Baruth
  • Guest Artist recital with Dr. Costa and William A. Murphy

Guest Artist

This year's guest artist is Tony Costa.costa_2018.jpg

Dr. Anthony J. Costa is associate professor of clarinet at Penn State and clarinetist with the Pennsylvania Quintet, the Prestige Clarinet Quartet, and the Chihara Trio.

Costa is a devoted chamber musician and has performed across the United States as a member of the Pennsylvania Quintet, the Prestige Clarinet Quartet, the PC2 Trio, and the Razbia Ensemble. He has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at the 2007 and 2011 International Double Reed Society conference, the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest (in 1998, 2006, 2008, 2011-2017), and the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium (in 2005 and 2008). A champion of contemporary music, Costa has collaborated with such renowned composers as John Corigliano, Gunther Schuller, John Harbison, Paul Chihara, and Osvaldo Golijov. Having recorded the works of composer Rick Sowash on recent releases (Eroica and Sanctuary at 3AM), Costa can frequently be heard on classical radio stations across the United States. With the Chihara Trio (Timothy Deighton, viola, and Enrico Elisi, piano), Costa presented newly commissioned works by several composers (including Paul Chihara, from whom the trio took its name), and presented a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in March 2010. In the summer of 2010, Costa taught and performed in Alaska at the Fairbanks Summer Music Festival. Committed to mentoring young clarinetists, Costa’s students have participated in such esteemed festivals as Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Brevard Summer Music Festival, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School. His students have been finalists in the International Clarinet Association’s High School Competition and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition and have performed as members of the Columbus, Cleveland, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestras. 

The event is sponsored in part by MSU’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Buckner and Sally S. Hinkle Endowment for Humanities, Morehead State Public Radio, Yamaha Corporation of America, Miles Ahead Music, Hurst Music and D'Addario.

Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Lori Baruth, associate professor of clarinet, at 606-783-2490 or

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