Age limit: 30 years
Entrance examination: August 1/ 9:30 a.m.

By studying style, phrasing, and improvisation techniques in klezmer music, students will be helped to achieve a freer approach to performance in general. The Course is intended primarily for high-level classical clarinetists, but professional-level klezmer clarinetists are also invited to attend.
Both classical and klezmer repertoires will be studied with the aim of developing performance techniques.

For the entrance examination, candidates must present two pieces (or movements from within the same work) of a contrasting character to be chosen from among the following:
Brahms Sonatas for clarinet and piano, op. 120, nos. 1 and 2;
Stravinsky Three Pieces for solo clarinet;
Debussy Prémière Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano;
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A maj. K. 622;
Poulenc Sonata for clarinet and piano;
Messiaen Abyss of the Birds for solo clarinet (from Quatuor pour la fin du temps);
Weber Clarinet Concerto no. 1 in F min. op. 73.
Applicants who are primarily Klezmer clarinettists can skip the classical repertoire requirements, and just play two contrasting Klezmer pieces of their choice.

Along with traditional klezmer melodies, participants will also study pieces from the examination repertoire. Music for the klezmer melodies may be found in the volume The Compleat Klezmer (Tara Publications) or in transcriptions of recordings of klezmer melodies from their original sources from 1920 to 1950 by Naftule Brandwein or Dave Tarras. These are the only sources to be used. (Contemporary klezmer melodies will not be accepted for study during this Course).