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Woodwinds Day

Woodwind Day 2018 group photo
Woodwind Day 2018 group photo

The SDSU Oscar Larson School of Performing Arts will be hosting SDSU Woodwinds Day for middle and high school woodwind players on Saturday, March 30, 2019 on the campus of South Dakota State University. Last year was our biggest year ever, and we look forward to another fun-filled day! This is a day to help your students with a variety of topics, including technique, tone, scales, vibrato, articulation, and warming up. We’ll be discussing audition preparation and how to deal with those pesky nerves. Current SDSU music students will be assisting throughout the day and will lead a discussion of opportunities to stay involved with music during college. 

The day will also include performances by faculty and students. Everyone will join in the big flute, clarinet, or saxophone choir finale! Parts will be sent out in advance so students are able to prepare. 

Students of all ages and abilities are welcome and they will certainly take away information that will strengthen your band. This event costs only $5 per student, and each student will receive a souvenir t-shirt. A schedule and registration form in included with this letter. 

In order to get the ensemble music to you in a timely fashion, we ask that you register your students by February 15, 2019. Send registration forms to: 

Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce
SDSU School of Performing Arts
1601 University Blvd., Box 2830
Brookings, SD 57007

Email Dr. Yonce

We are pleased to announce our 2019 Clarinet Guest Artist: Jeremy Wohletz

Jeremy Wohletz
Jeremy Wohletz

Jeremy Wohletz currently serves as Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Dickinson State University, where he teaches woodwind lessons, coaches woodwind chamber groups, and directs the DSU Jazz Ensemble. He enjoys a diverse musical life as both a performer and educator. As a performer, he maintains a very active performance schedule and is a large advocate for new music, both performing and commissioning new compositions. One of these commissions was recently chosen to premiere at the 2016 International Clarinet Association convention, involving solo bass clarinet with electronics. Another piece was commissioned and premiered at the 2012 ICA convention by his guitar and clarinet duo, Pararo. This performance was described by The Clarinet Journal as “a soothing blend of guitar and clarinet that washed through the ears to the soul.” As a solo recitalist, he presented performances and masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, and Portugal.

As an educator, Dr. Wohletz has taught a variety of courses such as woodwind pedagogy, music theory, and music history, along with private lessons and chamber coaching. He has also been asked to guest lecture numerous times on topics ranging from extended techniques for clarinet, history of jazz, Balinese gamelan, and been asked to work with several high school woodwind sections. In addition to regular classroom teaching, he has been published in the National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussions Instructors journal and was selected to present at the 2018 American Single Reed Summit. He also won second prize at the 2014 International Clarinet Association’s research competition for his presentation entitled “East meets West: Transcribing Balinese Gamelan for Clarinet Choir.”

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