University of Nebraska, Diane Barger, Midwest Clarifest

It was a glorious day spent of music making. Hosted by: Dr. Diane Barger, UNL’s Hixson-Lied Professor of Clarinet. and celebrating its 20th year, Midwest ClariFest 2017 feature guest artist Dr. Stephanie Zelnick from the University of Kansas. What a treat it was to hearStephanie play! And what a beautiful player she is! 

Judi Dietz from Judi’s Woodwind Shop ( came and brought Silverstein ligatures, LefreQues for all wind instruments, clarinet jewelry, Chesher barrels, and silk swabs.

Robert Dickason  came with his expertise as a certified Straubinger pad technician, among his many other repair technician talents. He offered free instrument seal checks with his Magnehelic tool.

Larkin Sanders gave a D’Addario presentation and gave away free reeeds. Dr. Sanders is a native of Branson, Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She recently completed her Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance and a certificate in arts administration at Florida State University. She is also a Reserve Method Artist for D’Addario Woodwinds for which she frequently gives masterclasses and lectures. In addition to her activities as a clarinetist and teacher, Dr. Sanders is also a composer who has a fondness for songs and unique chamber ensembles. Most notably, Larkin is the founder, executive-artistic director, and clarinetist of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, a summer music festival in Branson, Missouri.

Our Lisa Canning was there and gave a free lecture on “How to think about clarinet selection to develop your voicing, concept of sound production, and ultimately your unique musical voice.” She also had a nice selection of Buffet clarinets and barrels and a steady stream of customers.

The day concluded with a wonderful performance by Dr Barger’s clarinet studio.

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