Curriculum & Events

About the Academy
The mission of the 2019 Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy is to offer an outstanding summer educational clarinet seminar to talented student clarinetists 18-26 years of age. The student/teacher ratio will be 4:1. The low student teacher ratio will offer a unique opportunity for students to live and work closely with the internationally acclaimed Artist Faculty in a unique and intimate setting.


When: July 8-13, 2019

Where: University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2019


Tuition and Scholarships:

Academy tuition is $1,600, which covers curriculum, room & board, clarinet tool kit, Academy t-shirt, guided tour of Buffet Crampon USA (with opportunity to playtest clarinets), and all meals.  The Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy does not offer scholarships but does present the Stanley Drucker Award at the conclusion of the Academy.  The recipient, selected by the Artist Faculty, will be presented a Buffet Crampon Tradition B-flat clarinet, hand-selected by the Artist Faculty members.


The curriculum includes:

Daily Private Lessons, Masterclasses and Lectures
Special emphasis is placed on instruction and review of fundamentals, solo repertoire, orchestral excerpts, chamber music, performance and audition technique, reed making and adjusting, E-flat and bass clarinet performance, as well as instrument maintenance.


Two levels of participation in The Academy are available:

Academy Student Level: Students receive daily private lessons and participate in all masterclasses, lectures, performances, outings and social events. Students will have the opportunity to perform in recital as soloists and chamber musicians.

Academy Auditor Level:  Auditors are invited to attend and observe Academy events including masterclasses, lectures, and performances. Auditors do not perform and do not receive or audit private lessons.


Curriculum & Events:


Daily private instruction:  Each student receives one lesson from every member of the artist faculty.

Daily master classes:  Afternoons are devoted to in-depth masterclasses taught by artist faculty members.

Private rehearsal/practice time:  Private rehearsal and practice time are part of the daily schedule of events. Piano-accompanied rehearsal time is scheduled in order for students to prepare for Academy student recitals. Staff accompanists are assigned to perform with Academy students.

Visit to the Buffet Crampon USA headquarters: Students will have an opportunity to test instruments in the Buffet Crampon professional clarinet line. Personal instrument adjustment will be provided by Head Woodwind Technician Bruce Marking.

Instrument Technology classes:  A comprehensive hands-on seminar Instrument Technology Program led by Buffet Crampon Head Woodwind Technician Bruce Marking will focus on instrument maintenance, adjustment, design and manufacture.

Evening recitals/activities:  Evenings will feature recitals by Academy Artist Faculty and Academy students.  The Academy will also host several informal social events attended by students, artist faculty and administrators.