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The ICA is saddened to learn of the passing of Harry J (Bud) Rubin. Rubin was lawyer and a clarinetist and served as the voluntary legal council for the ICA since 1976. Below is a note from Rubin’s nephew, clarinetist Todd Levy.
“Tonight my family mourns the loss of my uncle, Harry J (Bud) Rubin. A great man, incredibly bright legal mind to the end of his nearly 90 years, and a wonderful amateur clarinetist for many years. Bud was one of my early inspirations on the clarinet. Every summer, he would invite me over to play duets at his house on Long Beach Island on the Jersey shore, which conveniently was right across the street from my grandparents’ house. Bud studied clarinet with the great Iggy Genusa, with whom I eventually had some lessons, so I was fortunate to hear beautiful tone from an early age. When I decided to pursue a career in music, Bud of course followed my path with great interest, always trying to attend concerts that I would play in NY, and after moving to Milwaukee, listening to the Milwaukee Symphony recordings and live concerts on NPR. Bud loved the clarinet, and law, but I think he vicariously lived his dreams of a life in music through me, and I was always happy to call him up and share certain milestones along the way. A recent highlight for him was when Ricardo Morales asked me to play Guest Principal for him for 6 weeks with the Philadelphia Orchestra when Ricardo’s daughter Victoria was born. Bud was thrilled beyond belief to hear me playing with the orchestra that he grew up listening to and admiring his whole life, and a long way from where I started, playing those duets with him as a young kid.
In addition, Bud was our family lawyer his whole life, for both my parents and my grandparents. And since 1976, has been voluntary legal council for the International Clarinet Association. Julie DeRoche recently wrote on the ICA website:
“Drafting our legal incorporation documents was attorney, Harry “Bud” Rubin from York, Pennsylvania. Bud Rubin is the most important volunteer we have ever had. His generosity has been equaled only by his expertise. Consistently refusing to even allow the I.C.A. to pay his conference registration, he is to our organization what a good reed is to a clarinetist, a rare and cherished find.”
The ICA Youth Committee recently held an online survey to gather more information on ways to better serve the youth in our organization. The survey participants were entered into a drawing to win a prize generously donated by Vandoren. This prize included a Vandoren mouthpiece, Vandoren ligature, Vandoren swab, Vandoren reed case and four boxes of Vandoren reeds. The survey received a total of 445 responses and from those responses, Sarah DeVries, a current master’s student at Indiana University, was randomly selected as the winner!
DeVries had this to say about being selected: “My sincere thanks goes to ICA and Vandoren for their generous prize gift! I was not expecting to be randomly selected to win the giveaway, but I’m very grateful to receive products from a brand I already use and trust. The products will be put to good use as I continue pursuing a master’s in clarinet performance at Indiana University.”
For more information on the activities of the youth committee, please contact Mitchell Estrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While our current ICA logo has served us well over the past many years, we feel it is time update, upgrade and modernize our brand.
We are currently seeking submissions for a new ICA logo. The new logo should fulfill the following criteria:
1) Have the three letter abbreviation “ICA”
2) Have the full words “International Clarinet Association” spelled out
3) Be able to fit into more of a square shape than our current rectangular logo
4) Logos must be submitted as TIFF (.tif), EPS (.eps), and JPG (.jpg) files to Executive Director of Operations, Evan Lynch, at email@example.com
The deadline for logo submission is April 1st. The winning logo design will be revealed at ClarinetFest® 2018 in Ostend, Belgium and the winner will receive their choice of free registration to attend ClarinetFest® 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee OR a $200 cash prize.
This contest is open to all, even those that are not members of the ICA.
The ICA is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Bill Cook Foundation! Mr. Cook will donate $2,000 toward the purchase of a new professional line clarinet for a student in El Salvador, Yareed Castellanos, if the ICA matches his contribution. Please specify that your donation is “in support of Yareed” in order to raise these funds.
The Bill Cook foundation is also helping Casa Alianza in Guatemala City. This is a home for 60+ girls who have been rescued from being sexually trafficked and several have babies. They have a volunteer music teacher as part of their education and therapy. The teacher is looking to form a girls band and is in need of two clarinets. If anyone is able to donate an intermediate/beginner clarinet to this home, DHL will ship the package free of charge. You may also donate money and specify that it should go toward the purchase of these two clarinets.
We are hopeful this new collaboration with the Bill Cook Foundation will connect students in need with clarinets all over the world!
The campaign has raised a total of $16,270 of the goal of $100,000. We hope that you’ll consider donating!
The Office of Student Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts
Job Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Clarinet)
Job description: The College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Music at The University of Texas at El Paso invite applications and nominations for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Clarinet). This is a 9-month, full time faculty position, whose primary responsibility will be to teach applied clarinet with secondary teaching responsibilities based on the candidate’s secondary area of expertise.
Job responsibilities include:
Teaching Applied Clarinet
Serve as lead recruiter for the UTEP Clarinet Studio
Supporting all recruiting efforts of the Department of Music
Develop and expand outreach opportunities in the regional K-12 school system to further nurture the musical talent of EL Paso students while motivating, encouraging and recruiting students to UTEP.
Work with the Department of Music, and specifically the winds and percussion area, in its mission to instill postsecondary educational aspirations in youth, increase resources for college readiness in high schools, and improve access to higher education for all students in the greater El Paso borderland region.
Collaborate with local educators to develop clarinet programs, clinics and workshops to encourage and support students’ interest in clarinet.
Facilitate the transition of clarinet students into music programs at UTEP irrespective of their chosen academic major.
Identify and actively participate in all events and program where the visibility of all UTEP performing ensembles can be amplified.
This position reports to the Chair of the Department of Music through the Winds and Percussion Area Coordinator.
About UTEP and El Paso: Set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert, The University of Texas at El Paso is located at the heart of the U.S. – Mexico border region in one of the largest bi-national communities in the world. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of almost 700,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is consistently ranked as one of the safest large cities in the United States. El Paso enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents engage in outdoor activities year-round. The City of El Paso lies adjacent to the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it an ideal location for academic programs and research on topics of national interest, including bilingual education/language acquisition, border security and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.
El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, history museums, and a full schedule of seasonal festivals and events. UTEP contributes substantially to El Paso’s arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum. The University of Texas at El Paso and its “access and excellence” mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. UTEP enrolls 23,922 students – about 80 percent of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs – 73 bachelor’s, 75 master’s, and 22 doctoral degrees – taught by outstanding faculty who have been recognized for their commitment to student success. For more information about UTEP, please visit www.utep.edu.
Required qualifications: Master’s degree required/doctorate preferred. The successful candidate will have documented experience and a record of success in the areas of clarinet performance and pedagogy. In addition, proven success in other academic disciplines pending the qualifications of the applicant and successful school recruitment, retention, and teaching experience. Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills are also essential.
Application Procedure: Applicants must submit the following:
(1) Letter of interest
(2) Current curriculum vitae
(3) Complete contact information for three current professional references
(4) In a Word document, please provide the following links:
video recordings representing clarinet performances of candidate
video recordings representing candidates clarinet teaching & pedagogy
Review of applications will begin February 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Bradley Genevro, Search Committee Chair firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit completed packets to Dr. Bradley Genevro, Search Committee Chair email@example.com.
Hiring decisions are subject to final budget approval.
In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.
The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or in the provision of services.
Roadkill Clarinet Quintet: Mark Smith, John Patterson, Steve Litwiller, Jim Gai, Russ Coleman
The Roadkill Clarinet Quintet – if they don’t get it the first time, they back up and run over it again – was established by five clarinet performers/music educators with over 200 combined years of teaching experience at the university and public-school level. The ensemble consists of four B-flat clarinets and a bass clarinet and was formed in 1998 while attending the Missouri Music Educators Association Annual Conference/Clinic. The group has presented performances at the University of Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium, Iowa Bandmasters Association State Convention, Arkansas Clarinet Day, Missouri Bandmasters Association Conference, at seven universities and colleges, various schools and for numerous community concert programs.
The majority of the arrangements performed by the group were written by principal clarinetist Russell Coleman, Ph.D., who was inspired by a series of quintets written for that instrumentation in the 1950s by Matt Betton, founder of the NAJE. Betton was a dance band leader and owner of a music store in Manhattan, Kansas. His reasoning was two-fold. Five parts allows for a solo line, a bass line and three harmony lines, allowing the arranger more freedom to create a fuller sound with the small instrumentation. While many clarinet quintets include the use of the Alto Clarinet, it is often not available. The clarinet’s wide range contributes to this full ensemble sound. Because of the musical and technical proficiency of the members of the Roadkill Quintet, the arrangements have been written to provide solo and leadership opportunities in each part. For more information on the Roadkill Clarinet Quintet, please visit www.sekelsky.com/Gai/Roadkill.
In creating the arrangements, the public domain music of the 18th and 19th centuries provide a wide amount of quality compositions available for use. The musical works of Mozart, Bach, Weber, Debussy, Bizet and others are easily adaptable. The addition of folk music and other public domain selections help balance performances. Several of these arrangements are now published by Claude T. Smith Publications and distributed by C. L. Barnhouse Publishing Company. Many of these arrangements are included on high school state contest performance lists.
If you’d like to see your ensemble featured in Meet the Ensemble blog series, please email Jessica Harrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICA Honorary Member Stanley Drucker (b. 1929) was recently featured in the Listening Through Time podcast series, produced by the New York Philharmonic. Drucker was a member of the New York Philharmonic for a total of 61 years, spending 49 years as its principal clarinetist.
The podcast can be downloaded in the itunes store from the link below: