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Welcome to the USC clarinet studio

The Clarinet Studio at the University of South Carolina is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of clarinet pedagogy that are consistent with the pedagogy of Daniel Bonade, David Weber and Robert Marcellus. The basis of these fundamentals is clarinet sound.  Students at USC are taught to have the most beautiful, consistent, focused and full sound on the clarinet. The characteristics that are addressed from the start which have a direct effect on sound are embouchure, voicing and air support. Other pedagogical issues that are taught in line with the teachings of these famous clarinetists are articulation, finger technique and ultimately, musical interpretation.   

The USC Clarinet Studio is comprised of approximately 20-25 clarinet students, give or take a few each semester. Of these, roughly 20 are music majors and the rest are non-majors who participate in the school of music through taking lessons and being a member of one of the auditioned large ensembles. While most of the undergraduate majors are music education majors, many of them are also pursuing a Performance Certificate, which is USC's version of a double major in education and performance. There are several straight performance majors and usually about 2-4 graduate students in the studio. The clarinet studio does attract students from around the world, but most are from the east coast of the United States. In general, about half are from South Carolina. Other states and countries that have been represented in recent years include Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Dakota and Brazil.

All clarinet majors take weekly lessons with the major professor, Joseph Eller, for at least their curriculum required allotted lesson times.  Non-majors study with the graduate assistant on a regular basis.  

The clarinet studio has a registered organization with the USC Student Government where they can apply for funding to support visits by guest artists, social events and clarinet related travel to events like the International Clarinet Association's annual convention each summer. Some recent travel to conventions they have partially supported have been the conventions in 2010 in Austin, TX and in 2013 in Assisi, Italy.  Each semester the studio hosts a prominent guest clarinetist who's visit is supported by student government. Some of the more recents guests have been Pedro Rubio from Spain, Dan Silver from University of Colorado, Steve Cohen from Northwestern, Fan Lei from the Beijing Central Conservatory, Tie Bai from China and Robert DiLutis from University of Maryland.

Performance opportunities

Performance opportunities at the University of South Carolina are numerous. There are two concert bands by audition, the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Winds. Being the premiere concert band at USC, the Wind Ensemble has had many recent achievements which include a tour in China, a new CD released on the Naxos Label featuring all Bernstein and a performance at the closing concert of the 2013 national CBDNA convention, which followed the release of their latest CD of this live performance on Mark Records.  The are also planning to record a new CD for Naxos in 2014-15 season. The USC Symphony Orchestra program is also excellent featuring many world renowned soloists and a wide variety of repertoire. The chamber music program at USC is exceptional featuring students from across all areas in the school of music. All areas throughout the school are exceptionally strong, including all string studio and piano, which make playing a wide range of mixed chamber music very common. Most students chose to partake in chamber music for credit which allows their groups to be assigned to a faculty coach who works with them once a week throughout the semester. Additionally, there are also performance opportunities through pit groups with the opera program, new music ensembles and conducting ensembles.  

Apply:

Undergraduate application to USC

Graduate application to USC

Links:

USC Wind Ensemble

USC Symphony Orchestra

Joseph Eller Faculty homepage

Joseph Eller website with Baroque transcriptions