Boston Conservatory Single Reed Weekend

Clarinets and saxophone are fanned out and filtered to be a variety of colors

October 15–16, 2022

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is pleased to host its inaugural Single Reed Weekend, a two-day celebration of musical artistry and innovation that all single-reed musicians and music lovers are invited to join. 

The weekend will feature master classes, performances, and presentations by guest artist Yehuda GiladTibi Cziger, and esteemed Boston Conservatory at Berklee faculty members YaoGuang Zhai, Jan Halloran, Philipp Stäudlin, and Matthew Marsit

In addition, the Conservatory will host a special solo clarinet competition for prospective undergraduate and graduate students, offering a chance to win a full-tuition scholarship to Boston Conservatory for the entire duration of their program.

All Single Reed Weekend events are free, but registration is required. Registration will open in late summer 2022.

About the Artists

Yehuda Gilad

Yehuda Gilad

Professor, Colburn School for the Performing Arts
Professor, USC Thornton School of Music

Yehuda Gilad is a renowned teacher, instrumentalist, and conductor who has earned numerous honors and awards throughout his career, including the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, the Ramo Award, and USC’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. In addition, he was named one of Musical America’s 2015 Professional Influencers of the Year. Gilad is the founder of the Yoav Chamber Ensemble and the Colburn Woodwind Chamber Players, and is a founding member of the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he currently serves as music director of the Colburn Orchestra and professor of Clarinet for the Colburn Conservatory, the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, and the Colburn Music Academy. Learn more about Gilad here.
Tibi Cziger

Tibi Cziger

Clarinet, Israeli Contemporary Players
Artistic Director, Israeli Chamber Project

Tibi Cziger is artistic director and founder of the award-winning Israeli Chamber Project. Cited as an “exciting soloist” by the New York Times, Cziger is a passionate soloist and a sought-after chamber musician. He has appeared as a soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, iPalpiti String Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, among others, and served as the principal clarinetist of the Israeli Camerata Orchestra and coprincipal at the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. A winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships, Cziger serves on the faculty of the Buchman-Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv University), the Israeli Conservatory, and the Jerusalem Music Center. Learn more about Cziger here.
YaoGuang Zhai

YaoGuang Zhai

Principal Clarinet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Professor, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

YaoGuang Zhai is principal clarinet with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Prior to that, he was associate principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and served as principal clarinet of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Long Yu. YaoGuang has been praised for delivering “the most beautiful lyrical playing” (the Boston Globe) and performing with “mesmerizing grace” (Toronto Star). He has won several competitions and awards, including the Hellam Competition, the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition, the Spotlight Award, and the Pacific Symphony Concerto Competition. Learn more about Zhai here.
Jan Halloran

Jan Halloran

Principal Clarinet, Boston Lyric Opera
Professor, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Jan Halloran is principal clarinet with Boston Lyric Opera and is a professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She performs regularly with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Boston Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, where she has been a company member since 1993. Halloran is a founding member of the New England Reed Trio, with whom she performed, recorded, and commissioned dozens of new works for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon as part of their mission to  enhance and share reed trio repertoire. Learn more about Halloran here.
Philipp Stäudlin

Philipp Stäudlin 

Associate Professor, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Philipp Stäudlin is an award-winning virtuoso saxophonist who has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Sound Icon ensemble, White Rabbit Ensemble, Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, Callithumpian Consort, Bielefelder Philharmoniker, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Tufts University Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Providence Singers, and more. Stäudlin is an associate professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he teaches in the woodwind and contemporary classical music programs. Learn more about Stäudlin here.
Matthew Marsit

Matthew Marsit

Chair of Instrumental Studies, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Matthew Marsit is an active conductor and clarinetist who has led acclaimed ensembles and performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the United States. He is chair of instrumental studies at Boston Conservatory and serves as artistic director of the Charles River Wind Ensemble. A champion for new music and advancing the wind ensemble repertoire, Marsit has led premiere performances of works by Christopher Marshall, Louis Andriessen, Daniel Basford, Christopher Theofanidis, Richard Marriott, Michael Gandolfi, Matthew Herman, Edward Green, and Thomas Miller, among others. In addition, he has spearheaded educational outreach work, leading ensembles on service missions that collect and donate instruments to schools, and give concerts and workshops to struggling arts programs. Learn more about Marsit here.

Solo Clarinet Competition (Grand Prize: Full-Tuition Scholarship)

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Single Reed Weekend’s solo clarinet competition is for prospective undergraduate and graduate students. The grand prize is a full-tuition scholarship to Boston Conservatory, covering the entire duration of their chosen program. Please note that scholarships are valid only upon full admission to the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

To participate in the competition, students must first begin their online application to Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Learn more about how to apply and get started here.

More details about the competition guidelines will be available here shortly. Any other questions can be emailed to Matthew Marsit at mmarsit@berklee.edu.

Weekend Event Schedule

The weekend event schedule will be added here when available. 

Boston Conservatory Single Reed Weekend has been made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:

Buffet Crampon

D’Addario USA

Selmer Paris and Conn-Selmer USA

Vandoren US

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