Happy New Year to all and welcome to the opening of Clarinet Talk from Miami! We will be blogging once a month about all things clarinet. We'll be talking about specific pieces - sort of a masterclass in the form of a blog - we'll call them masterblogs! Along with repertoire, we will also deal with skills specific to clarinet playing, equipment, tips on practicing, thoughts about auditioning/interviewing, landing your first job...the list goes on!
Who will be writing these masterblogs? I'll start by introducing myself. My name is Margaret Donaghue Flavin (known to my students as Dr D), and I am Professor of Clarinet in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. I have been at UM for nearly 15 years, and I have to say it is a dream job. My colleagues are tremendous musicians and people. My students continually inspire me. The University, Coral Gables, and the surrounding Miami area are all beautiful 12 months a year (ok, a bit hot in July and August!). South Florida is diverse, culturally exciting, and - did I mention - beautiful!
Also contributing monthly masterblogs will be several UM alums. They are all former clarinet students from UM and are now performing and teaching at the university level. We'll be sure to include bios each month so you know who these talented people are.
Feel free to request masterblog topics. Perhaps you are working on a specific skill, maybe you would like another perspective on a particular piece...we will accommodate topics if at all possible. Thanks for visiting Clarinet Talk from Miami and I hope you will be back to visit us each month to check out the latest masterblog.
I wish you all Good Health and Good Reeds in the New Year!