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Academy Clarinet Quartet
Delaware Clarinet Day 2017

Delaware Clarinet Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017, and features Michele Gingras from Miami University (Ohio), Wolfgang Lohff of Lohff and Pfeiffer USA, noted Pete Fountain expert Gregory Harrison, and the Academy Clarinet Quartet from the United States Army’s West Point Military Academy, along with UD's own Christopher Nichols and the Clarinet Ensemble.

Activities for the day will include concerts, master classes, exhibits and performing activities.

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Featured Concert: Academy Clarinet Quartet


Delaware Clarinet Day 2017 Schedule

8:00 AM Registration and Check-in (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL LOBBY)


8:45 AM Festival Choir - Rehearsal (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)

9:30 AM Michele Gingras - Klezmer Clinic (GORE RECITAL HALL)

11:00 AM Wolfgang Lohff - Instrument Customization Lecture(GORE RECITAL HALL)


1:00 PM Michele Gingras - Masterclass (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)

2:00 PM Academy Clarinet Quartet - Recital (GORE RECITAL HALL)

3:15 PM Festival Choir - Rehearsal (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)

4:15 PM Gregory Harrison - Pete Fountain Lecture Recital (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)

5:30 PM Closing Concert and Reception (PUGLISI ORCHESTRA HALL)


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​Michele Gingras
Michele Gingras

Michele Gingras is Distinguished Professor of Clarinet at Miami University in Ohio, where she was named Crossen Hays Curry Distinguished Educator and Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate Faculty. She is the author of Clarinet Secrets, 2nd edition, she performed and taught master classes worldwide, released over a dozen CDs, and wrote 200 articles and reviews for numerous international publications.

She performed with the Cincinnati Klezmer Project for 20 years and concertized with Duo2go and Miami3 throughout the United States. Gingras is past-secretary of the International Clarinet Association and is an artist clinician for Buffet Crampon and Légère Reeds. She earned a Premier prix from the Quebec Music Conservatory in Montreal and a M.M. in clarinet performance at Northwestern University. In fall 2017, she will become Instructor of Clarinet at Butler University in Indianapolis.

Wolfgang Lohff and Birgit Pfeiffer
Wolfgang Lohff and Birgit Pfeiffer

Wolfgang Lohff and Birgit Pfeiffer formed their company in Copenhagen in 1986. Since then, they have been the factory agents for Buffet Clarinets, Schreiber Bassoons and Keilwerth Saxophones in Denmark. Wolfgang has worked as a consultant to both Buffet Crampon and Leblanc, in their French factories.

Overhauls and customization by Lohff & Pfeiffer are of the highest quality; their commitment and passion has led to them to work with nearly every Scandinavian and German orchestra. Worldwide, performers from the finest orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, La Scala di Milano and Santa Cecilia di Roma have come to Lohff & Pfeiffer for all their custom clarinet work.

Gregory Harrison
Gregory Harrison

Gregory Harrison, Ph.D., P.E. is a graduate of the University of Maryland in Fire Protection & Environmental Engineering, and a graduate of George Washington University in Safety and Construction Engineering and currently works as a Forensic Engineer. When Greg was 25 years old, he met Pete Fountain and fell in love with his clarinet sound and style. The same year, Greg met Sidney Forrest (former National Symphony clarinetist and professor at The Catholic University of America) and began studying clarinet with him for over 17 years. Greg is the leader of the Greg Harrison Jazz Band has performed in the DC metro area for decades, including two performances at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and for 12 years at Mon Ami Restaurant in Bethesda. He has recorded three compact discs of jazz standards. Greg and Pete Fountain developed a friendship over the years, and Greg made reeds and mouthpieces which Pete used in performances during his storied career. Greg has performed with Pete Fountain on stage in New Orleans at the Pete Fountain Jazz Club and at the Casino Magic showroom in Mississippi on numerous occasions.

​Christopher Nichols
Christopher Nichols

Christopher Nichols joined the faculty of the University of Delaware as assistant professor of clarinet in 2013 where he instructs undergraduate and graduate applied clarinet, clarinet ensemble, chamber music, pedagogy and literature, and annually hosts Delaware Clarinet Day. As an artist clinician, Dr. Nichols has recently appeared at Rutgers University, the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam, the University of Maryland and the University of Southern Mississippi. Dedicated to the cultivation of clarinetists of all ages, Dr. Nichols has served on the faculty of the Delaware Governor’s School of Excellence and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, and maintains a private studio. Dr. Nichols’ students have found success in competitions, won positions in military bands and serve as music educators.

Dr. Nichols is a versatile clarinetist with performances as a soloist and in ensembles across the United States and abroad. He regularly performs with orchestras such as the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Kennett Symphony and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Christiana Winds and has recently collaborated with the acclaimed Serafin String Quartet, the Taggart-Grycky Duo and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has served for over a decade in the Army Music Career program with performances throughout the United States, Germany, France and Austria. Dr. Nichols currently serves as a reservist with the 380th Army Band in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Nichols has appeared as a featured soloist at conferences of the International Clarinet Association, European Clarinet Association and College Music Society. His live performances have been selected for inclusion in the Audio Performance Archive of College Music Symposium and broadcast on Kansas and Michigan Public Radio. In 2015, Dr. Nichols work as a solo recitalist was recognized with an Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Dr. Nichols is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, International Clarinet Association and Music Teachers National Association. He currently serves as the College Music Society Northeast Chapter’s executive board member for performance and as audio reviews editor for The Clarinet.

Dr. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from the Boston Conservatory, Master of Music from Kansas State University and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas. His primary mentors include Ian Greitzer, Kenneth Radnofsky, Steven Barta, Tod Kerstetter and Stephanie Zelnick.

As a Légère Reeds Endorsing Artist and a Buffet Artist Clinician, Dr. Nichols performs exclusively on Légère Signature Series reeds and Buffet clarinets. Additional information is available at his personal website