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Annual Delaware Clarinet Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020, and
features Friedrich Pfatschbacher, Birgit Pfatschbacher and Wesley Rice, along
with UD's own Christopher Nichols and the Clarinet Ensemble.
Activities for the day will include concerts, master classes, exhibits and
Delaware Clarinet Day 2020 Schedule (CANCELLED)
All events in Puglisi Orchestra Hall unless otherwise indicated
8:30 a.m. – Registration and Vendor Time9:30 a.m. – Festival Choir Rehearsal
10:30 a.m. – Friedrich Pfatschbacher Lecture – The Clarinet Choir
11:30 a.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Featured Artist Recital: Friedrich Pfatschbacher, Birgit
Pfatschbacher, Christopher Nichols and the UD Clarinet Ensemble – Gore Recital
2:00 p.m. – Festival Choir Rehearsal
3:00 p.m. – Wesley Rice Clinic – Instrument Maintenance
4:00 p.m. – Closing Festival Choir Concert
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Friedrich K. Pfatschbacher
K. Pfatschbacher is a musician with specific interests in performance, education and
lecturing, as well as clarinet choir workshops. He studied clarinet under
Professor Alfred Rosé (Vienna Symphony Orchestra) at the Graz College of Music, with Postgraduate Studies (1999-2004) in Musicology with University Professor
Dr. Wolfgang Suppan at the Graz University, where he received the Doctor of
Dr. Pfatschbacher has served as a clarinet
soloist with the Wind Band Donawitz/Styria since 2003, and he is director of music and teacher for clarinet at the Mautern Music School. In 2002, he participated at the National
Competition for Wind and Percussion Ensembles with excellent success. He
has performed regularly as a soloist and in chamber ensembles.
Dr. Pfatschbacher is active in several professional organizations
and ensembles, including founder of the clarinet ensemble Woodwind, and, since
2006, founder and president of the Austrian Clarinet Society. Since 2007 he has been chief conductor of the Austrian Clarinet Choir. He is the continental
chair of Europe and Austria´s National Chairperson for the International
Clarinet Association (I.C.A.) for whom he regularly plays with his ensembles
Austrian Clarinet Choir and Austrian Clarinets (quintet), featuring voice at
the I.C.A. Clarinet festivals in Europe and in the United State
In 2013 he was appointed professor from the president of Austria. Since
2013, he gives lectures, clarinet choir workshops and master classes at home and
abroad (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, United States, Mexico, South America and South
Dr. Birgit Pfatschbacher studied piano, accordion, guitar and recorder at
various music schools in Austria. She studied vocals, choral direction and voice
training at the State Conservatory Klagenfurt and at the University College of
Teacher Education/Viktor-Frankl-Hochschule and University of Graz, where she received a Ph.D.
been a choir master in excess of 20 years of ensembles and large choirs in
Carinthia/Austria and has overseen several recordings with choirs. She conducts children’s
choirs and music ensembles in elementary schools and has performed
many children’s musicals.
regularly performs as a vocal soloist in choirs or with the Austrian Clarinet Choir and Austrian Clarinets at home and abroad (I.C.A. Clarinet
festivals). Furthermore, she is moderator of concerts (Austrian clarinet
Choir, Austrian Clarinets), vernissages and readings.
Wesley Rice is the owner and founder of Rice Clarinet Works—a company that
specializes in clarinet repair and restoration, as well as the manufacture of
various clarinet-related products. A clarinet player himself, Wesley has used
his performance background to bring more than 1000 clarinets to artist-level
playability over his career. After working with a renowned machinist for a
short period, Wesley was able to take the knowledge he had gained and pursue
manufacturing and design. Through the acquisition of many pieces of equipment—both computer controlled and manually operated, he has been able to manufacture
almost every part of the clarinet. Over the past several years, Wesley has been
producing custom lines of products such as CNC-manufactured mouthpieces, barrels,
bells, ligatures, tuning rings, and even a reed machine for some of the biggest
names in the clarinet-product industry.
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
endorsing artist for Légère Reeds, Rice Clarinet Works, Silverstein Works and Buffet
Crampon USA, Dr. Nichols performs exclusively on Légère Signature Series reeds,
RCW Barrels, Silverstein Ligatures and Buffet clarinets. Additional information
is available at his website: www.christophernicholsclarinet.com