Clarinet Camp

Clarinet Camp

2018 Clarinet Camp Intensive
with Mr. Richard MacDowell

Clarinet campers, ages 13-18, will participate in a clarinet playing intensive camp from Sunday afternoon to Thursday evening. The camp culminates in a demonstration performance for parents, family and friends on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

Core topics include:

  • Warm-ups! Will focus on producing a great tone and intonation. Also learning great exercises to warm-up the proper way. Emphasis on long tone exercises.
  • Breathing! Learn how to effectively breathe correctly! This will create better tone and will support your sound!
  • Articulation! Focus on the correct placement of your tongue against the reed! Also the first steps to double tonguing!
  • Rhythm! Learn to make counting and sight-reading rhythms easier! 
  • Sight Reading! What to look for and how to effectively sight-read!
  • SCALES!!!! A fun and easy way to learn your scales fast!
  • Playing as a Soloist - Bring some of your favorite solo pieces with you! (Hint – what are some of the past and present district/regional audition music?)
  • Playing in an ensemble! Learn how to blend the sounds of a clarinet consort together, creating the best possible clarinet sound. Learn to follow and respond to fellow musicians!
  • Clarinet family! Experience and play on harmony clarinets!
  • Clarinets, mouthpieces, and reeds! Bring all and any questions you might have!
  • Reed preparation! What are you supposed to do with those things anyway?

Campers will be grouped according to ability for maximum learning. In addition to solo repertoire, participation in chamber ensembles is an important part of the experience!

For more information, contact Mr. Richard MacDowell at or call the Music Department at Mansfield University at (570) 662-4710.

Camp Director - Mr. Richard MacDowell

Mr. MacDowell attended Eastman, earned the Bachelor of Music at New England Conservatory, and Master of Music at Northwestern University, with doctoral studies at Florida State University. He taught at Interlochen Arts Academy and was Associate Professor at University of Texas at Austin from 1989 until 2011. He is a Buffet Artist/Clinician and has written many pedagogical articles.


Clarinet Camp

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Dates: June 24 (afternoon check-in and audition) - June 28, 2018 (final concert at 4:00 pm)

Ages: 13-18

Residential Fee: $330
(includes instruction, all meals, & lodging)

Commuter Fee: $280
(includes instruction, lunch, & dinner)

Non-refundable Deposit: $75
(Required at the time of registration)

Balance of Payment Due:
June 15, 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018

2:00-4:00 pm: Check-In and Placement Auditions (in residence hall)

4:00-5:00 pm: Group Activity

5:00-6:00 pm: Dinner in Manser Dining Hall

6:30 pm: Orientation and Introductions

7:00-9:00 pm: First class in music building

Typical Daily Schedule

Camp Performance:
Thursday, June 28, 2018 final concert at 4:00 pm