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International clarinetist, Dan Gilbert shares a
whole day on Tuesday, April 27, at the Aurora School of Music. Dan
Gilbert has conducted Master classes and clinics all over the world
and has joined the Cleveland Orchestra for over twelve years of
his life. He was our Guest Artist for the Artist-in-Residence
Certificate Program at the Aurora School of Music that
day. Morning til afternoon with Daniel Gilbert was
unforgettable for all.
Clarinet faculty, Jenny Hublin, selected her top
eight students to participate in this program. Ms. Jenny
has been teaching at the school for over five years with
a reputation of her students playing in the Cleveland
Woodwind Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
(COYO) and the Akron Youth Symphony (AYS) on a regular basis.
The individual evaluation and mini-clinics began at
9:00 am. Each student had the privilege to play a piece of their
choice before Mr. Gilbert who gave them instant feedback
and a session of "trial and error" flavored with lots of
encouragement. By the end of the evaluation portion of the day at
11:30 am, Mr. Gilbert was very impressed with the caliber
of the students he heard. Mr. Gilbert appreciated each
student's solid preparation not only
in their solo work, but in their chamber
music as well whether with piano (played by Ms. Vera) or
with other clarinetist in ensemble settings.
public Master Class and Performance began at 12:30
pm. Unlike our typical ASM master classes where the Guest
Artist would select two or three student to teach, Mr.
Gilbert decided to coach all clarinet
students, whether individually or as part of a group. All
kinds of secrets were revealed from performance skills to
practicing tips. One could feel that such
an exciting opportunity of learning from a
world-class and internationally acclaimed clarinetist was once
in a life time. Some of us would lose sleep over the
overwhelming inspiration of the day.
An electrifying performance (
video available here) by Dan Gilbert, Jenny Hublin, and Vera
Holczer ended the day after which students, teachers and the
audience all had a chance to enjoy Dan Gilbert's personal
insights to playing with the Cleveland Orchestra and his
current life as a musician, husband and a father of his
six and ten year old girls.
"I have so much respect for what's going on at the Aurora School
of Music which is this powerhouse of an institution, I'm very
impressed. I didn't know much about it before today in fact, and
what used to be a doctor's office is now this thriving musical
Mecca in Aurora."-said, Daniel Gilbert, Clarinetist.
Listen to the WCLV 104.9 FM LIVE drive time interview of
that day with Daniel Gilbert and Vera Holczer here: