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6th Annual MSU Clarinet Day slated for April 8

Morehead State University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will host its 6th Annual MSU Clarinet Day, Saturday, April 8, at Baird Music Hall.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sessions will start at 10 a.m. The day will conclude with a free concert that is open to the public at 3:30 p.m. in Duncan Recital Hall within the Baird Music Hall.

The event is a day-long clarinet workshop: masterclass, a clinic on the Alexander Technique, guest artist recital, and new this year, a clarinet honor choir for all participants to play in.

This year’s guest artist is Dr. Anthony Taylor, associate professor of clarinet at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and principal clarinetist for the Winston-Salem Symphony (pictured above.)

Dr. Taylor has been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina College of Visual and Performing Arts and principal clarinet of the Winston-Salem Symphony since 2007. He has been an artist/teacher for the Eastern Music Festival since 2013 and served on the faculty of the Hot Springs Music Festival (Arkansas) from 2008–12.

He has formerly held positions with the Spokane Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitman College. Dr. Taylor’s clarinet playing can be heard on recordings on the Navona, Centaur, Naxos American Classics and Gothic recording labels, and the most recent releases are two Centaur records projects with New Music Raleigh. The most recent is the world premiere recording of Brett William Dietz’s opera introspective Headcase, and another recent release is the debut recording of composer DJ Sparr, 21207. He has appeared at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, with a notable performance of John Adams’s clarinet concerto Gnarly Buttons in 2010 and in 2011, the world premiere of UNCG composer Alejandro Rutty’s work for Guitars, two clarinets and Ableton Live-based electronics.

In recent years, Dr. Taylor has been expanding his pedagogical skills through extensive study of human movement and the Alexander Technique, and expects to complete his ATI certification as a teacher of the Alexander Technique some time during the 2016–17 academic year.

He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Florida State University and Washington State University. His former teachers include Steve Cohen, Ron Aufmann, Richard Hawkins, Frank Kowalsky, Jim Schoepflin and Joseph Brooks.

The event is sponsored in part by MSU’s School 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, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 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