GVSU Clarinet Day

Monday, April 1, 2024

More information and registration coming soon!

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Clarinet Players if you want to  ….

  • make practice work for you
  • solve technical problems
  • play in solo and ensemble without being nervous
  • get into a top university program
  • play a successful ensemble audition
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Come to the GVSU clarinet day and find out how!! 

The exclusively undergraduate clarinet program at GVSU has grown into one of the most successful undergraduate programs in the country.  Our clarinet students are winning national and international competitions and we have spectacular success combining high level clarinet study with broadly diverse programs.  

We invite you to discover the secret to this success!

Ensemble Directors:  Send your clarinet students to us for the day!  We will send them back motivated and ready to play!   Come yourself to enjoy sessions that will help make your clarinet section sound better.

Clarinet Day Schedule (2023)

9:15 Registration - LAT Lobby
9:30 Master Class with High School students -  Dr. Arthur Campbell - SVS Recital Hall
10:30 Mass Clarinet Choir Rehearsal – Katie Cadwell - Choir Room 1410
11:00 GVSU Student Presentations - Choir Room 1410
12:00 lunch in groups with GVSU University students – buy or bring your own lunch

  • Please note that food services may not be able to accommodate allergies or other restrictions.  Bring your lunch if you have serious allergies. (Dr. Campbell does. He understands. If you are eating nuts keep them away from him!) 

1:00 Clarinet Choir rehearsal – University Choir and Mass Clarinet Choir – Katie Cadwell, Dr. June, Dr. Campbell - Cook Dewitt Center
2:00 Student Showcase Master class with Dr. Alex Kollias coaching GVSU students - Cook Dewitt Center
3:00 Clarinet Choir Concert with Guest Soloist Dr. Gary June - Cook Dewitt Center
3:30 Clarinet Day Ends


This day is completely free!


Various on campus Lunch options: Please recognize that GVSU may not be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Those with restrictions are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Register online at the link below.

Clarinet Day Faculty and Guest Artists

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Arthur Campbell

Reviews in preeminent classical music publications over the past two decades have consistently celebrated Arthur Campbell as one of the world's leading clarinet virtuosos. Campbell was nominated with his wife pianist Helen Marlais, for the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical musicians today.

Spring 2012 saw Germany's classical music magazine Fono Forum select the Campbell/Marlais duo for the "Star of the Month" award, and Stereo Magazine selected their most recent recording as "CD of the Month". In 2010, The New York Times hailed Campbell as an "eloquent soloist" following his Merkin Hall concerto debut. His recording Brahms: Clarinet Chamber Music, won critics choice awards in Luxembourg, France, and Spain and critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Campbell has received rave reviews in the American Record Guide, Fanfare Magazine, The Clarinet, Opus Magazine (France), Ensemble Magazine (Germany), Fono Forum (Germany), Stereo Magazine, Audiophile Audition, BandDirector.com, ClassicalCDReview, International Record Review, Scherzo Magazine (Spain), Cd Compact (Spain), www.musicweb-international.com, Le Monde de la Musique (France), Pizzicato Magazine (Luxembourg), and Diverdi (Spain). Visit: www.ArthurCampbell.net to read reviews.

Campbell's classical recordings are exclusively with the German Audiophile label Audite and he has recorded contemporary repertoire releases for Everglade RecordsCentaur RecordsGasparo Records, and the ICA Recording Project. (In addition to his highly praised performances of the standard canon, Arthur Campbell is recognized as one of the foremost champions of contemporary repertoire of his generation. The official journal of the International Clarinet Association, regarding the premiere recording of Three Scenes for Solo Clarinet written for him by Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran states, "The performance of this work is exceptional. Campbell's tone, phrasing and dynamic contrast really portray the essence of this piece, a work which will most likely become a standard in the clarinet repertoire." More recently, Campbell's live performance of Benjamin Broening's Radiance at the 2011 National SEAMUS Convention was selected for the Best of SEAMUS award. Also in great demand as a master teacher, Dr. Campbell has presented master classes at top pedagogical institutions literally throughout the world.

Campbell received the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, where he studied with renowned clarinetist and pedagogue Robert Marcellus. Campbell has won several international and national competitions and holds the distinction of being one of only three people ever to have completed a doctoral degree as a student of the late Marcellus. A native of Canada, Campbell grew up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick where he studied at the Mount Allison University Conservatory of Music. Home base is now Grand Rapids Michigan with his wife, pianist and renowned piano pedagogue, Dr. Helen Marlais. Campbell is Artist Faculty and Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University, where he has built a thriving studio of clarinet students from around the corner to around the globe. Dr. Campbell was named the 2013 GVSU Alumni Association Outstanding Educator.

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Gary June

Dr. Gary June is a clarinetist and educator based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds teaching positions at both Saginaw Valley State University, where he is the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet, and Grand Valley State University, where he teaches clarinet and general music courses. As an orchestral musician, he has held the position of 2nd/Eb clarinet with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and was an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has likewise regularly played with Sinfonia da Camera, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. As a committed educator of primary and secondary-aged students, he spends summers teaching and playing at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Illinois Summer Youth Music Pre-College Clarinet Camp.

Dr. June can be heard on the GVSU New Music Ensemble’s celebrated recording of Terry Riley’s In C: Remixed and Sinfonia da Camera’s to-be-released recording of Bohuslav Martin’s ballet, Stin. He holds degrees from Grand Valley State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder, and recently completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as the clarinet studio Teaching Assistant and wrote his thesis on contemporary Finnish clarinet music. His principal teachers include Dr. Arthur Campbell, Daniel Silver, and J. David Harris. 

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Katie Cadwell

Katie is the 5th grade and middle school band director at Fruitport Middle School and the assistant marching band director at Fruitport High School in Fruitport, MI.  She did her undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI receiving her degree in music education with clarinet performance honors.  Katie holds a master's degree from Michigan State University in Lansing, MI in instruction and curriculum. Katie also studied at the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon where she worked towards a master’s degree in music education.  Katie is a member of MSBOA and MCBA.  In her spare time, Katie likes to spend time with her wife and two dogs, Hazel and Ruby.


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Alexander S. Kollias

Alexander S. Kollias is a clarinetist devoted to exploring the multitude of characters within the clarinet voice. As a chamber musician, he is the principal clarinetist with the Hartford Independent chamber Orchestra (HICO), as well as a founding member of Kalmia Ensemble. He also has appeared multiple times as a featured guest soloist with the string ensemble, Cuatro Puntos. The group featured Kollias on their most recent album, Through The Eyes of Children. Kollias is a founding member of the traditional jazz ensemble, French 75, and performs regularly with the Juniper Hill Jumpers and Corinthian Jazz Band. He also regularly performs with multiple Klezmer musicians and ensembles. Kollias is also a founding member of HuaTian Ave, a trio of musicians dedicated to creating a new wave of unispherical jazz. Each member brings a unique voice, rooted in their own cultures, by melding jazz, klezmer, and Chinese music traditions. HuaTian Ave, is a group dedicated to playing and improvising together to create something original and honest, and is comprised of guzheng, clarinet, and guitar.

Kollias has performed across the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Winter Garden, in the World Financial Center, in New York, the Yokosuka Arts Theatre in Japan, and Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland. Kollias has recorded on two previously released CDs with the GVSU New Music Ensemble, Music for 18 Musicians and In C Remixed, both receiving much critical acclaim. He has premiered multiple works by composers such as Susan Botti, David MacBride, Jessica Rudman, Thomas Schuttenhelm, and Ken Steen. Kollias is a previous winner of the Paranov Concerto Competition, Sewanee Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition, and the Grand Valley State University Concerto Competition.

Along with performing, Kollias has a continuous commitment to pedagogy. His students range from young beginners to university students. He is on faculty at The Hartt School Community Division, The Hotchkiss School, Miss Porter’s School, and Holyoke Community College. His young students are competitive at the district and state levels, and many continue their clarinet studies at the collegiate level.

Kollias holds both a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA 2018) and a Master of Music (MM 2013) degree from The Hartt School, where he studied with Ayako Oshima. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) from Grand Valley State University, where he studied with Dr. Arthur Campbell.

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